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I’ve been coming to see Amanda for over 7 years for my Gel Nails which I think already says a lot. From the start, it’s always been such a friendly and relaxing place to come that’s got a homely, warm and welcoming setting, which beats any non cosy shop. You also receive a much more personable experience with lots of chatting which I much prefer (previous places where I had my nails done would be in silence). I think if my hands fell off tomorrow, I’d still visit every three weeks for our catch up :).

Thank you for always giving me pretty nails xx


"Very informative and fun participating in the vision boarding workshop"

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Introducing the fabulous new LIFT & TINT LASH TREATMENT

Ananda Healing Eyelash TintingThe latest lash treatment!

Do you want the extended look without the ‘falsies’?

Are you too sporty for mascara?

Too busy for make-up?

Whether you are a sporty girl, a working girl or a busy mum – THIS TREATMENT WAS MADE FOR YOU!

Throw away the mascara and the lash curlers and forget about the old lash perm because this is something else.  Gone are the old perming rods which gave the over curled look.

Lashes are lifted onto a silicone pad, thus lifting them from the root.  This gives a naturally extended, youthful, open eye look.  The tint is then applied to make sure every lash is visible.

There is no sudden ‘droop’ either as it grows out naturally and slowly with your lashes.

In just one hour your eyes are transformed.  No need for mascara and, even better, they last for up to 8 weeks

Dramatic results with no need for false lashes!

And the best news? The cost – ONLY £35!

BUT DON’T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT – Read The Daily Mail’s review -Nicle Mobray of the Mail says “many treatments are billed as ‘making a difference to daily life’ but few actually have. However, here’s one that does’


Let me talk you through a Luxury Spa Pedicure

Let me talk you through our luxury spa pedicure.

We begin by checking your feet, looking for any conditions that may need special attention.

We clip & nip those nails before placing them in our massaging foot spa, filled with our beautiful Arbonne Sp Detox Rescue Wash

As your feet soak away, so do the stresses and strains of your day.  We then gently apply our cuticle care & softener (no part of your feet go un-attended!)

Then we come to the exfoliation, again, using our luxurious Arbonne Spa Salt Scrub. We cleanse away any residence dirt and bacteria, thus preventing many foot disorders and odour.  This stage also removes any dead skin cells and encourages new skin cell growth.

Already your feet feel smoother and softer!

As we buff away any remaining hard skin, we then apply our deeply nourishing foot mask and wrap your feet is hot towels leaving you to relax and chill out whilst the mask does it’s majic.

After removing the mask, the next, and for many the best, stage – the foot and lower leg massage!  Using our deeply nourishing and moisturising lotion, the massage is not only relaxing but also stimulating the circulation and blood flow and removing of toxins.

Watch your newly treated toes soak in that smooth, cooling lotion – delicious!

Chaps? – Are job is now done, we can buff it you like then you can go.

Ladies? – you now get to choose a nail colour and we apply using our base & top coats so the polish lasts.  We can even apply some gems or nail art if you would like?

BEAUTIFUL!  – But not just beautiful. This is essential care for those hard working feet.   Think about all they do for you – don’t you think they deserve it?

Finally, you can walk away on air! and all for £24.99!

Ananda Healing Manicure and Pedicure

A Little Bit of Waxing History

Waxing is a semi-permanent form of hair removal, which removes the hair from the root, unlike shaving or depilatory cream which remove hair from the surface.  Because it removes from the root it takes much longer to grow back giving you a longer hair-free period.  Another benefit of waxing is that it generally, especially over a number of treatments, grows back softer and without the harsh, stubbly effects that you get with shaving or creams.

So how long has waxing been around? Around 60BC!  The ancient Egyptians developed the method of sugaring (using honey) to remove hair.  Egypt at that time priced hairlessness on women as a symbol of beauty and youth.  Later the ancient Greeks and Romans also adopted the fashion of hairlessness beauty and developed various different methods of removal including waxing using resin or pitch.

Us Brits didn’t really catch on until 1960s with the invention of the bikini!

More recently though it has become more popular with the gentlemen as well as the ladies.  The trend started with sports people and models who wished to show definition of muscle and not to mention the whole sweating, chaffing thing!!

YES, BUT DOES’NT IT HURT I HEAR YOU ASK? NO! Provided your therapist is well trained in removal technique the pain should be minimal.  There are different types waxes now available for different areas and they are skin friendly.  Waxing isn’t like it used to be.

So now you know a little bit more about waxing!

For your appointment with super smooth, hair-free skin, call Ananda Healing on 01342 842098 or follow the link

Ananda Healing Leg Waxing

Facts About Feet!

How often do you think about your feet? Well unless they hurt, probably not much.  So here are some interesting facts about YOUR FEET

  • On average you walk 10,000 steps per day, that is 115,000 miles in a lifetime, 4 times around the world!
  • Your foot holds 25% of the bones in your body
  • On average, a woman will walk more than a male (it is a fact-really)
  • Toe nails grow faster in warmer weather
  • You have more sensory nerve ending per square inch in your feet that is why they tickle
  • The afternoon is the best time to shop for shoes -WHY? Because it is when your feet are most swollen
  • They are 33 joints and 100 tendons in your feet – WOW!
  • Feet love to walk, it is the best exercise for them and less tiring than standing! BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT!
  • You have 250,000 sweat glans in your feet that produce up to 1/2 pint of sweat per day – POOOH!

Now you know all about them, isn’t it about time you starting looking after them?

At Ananda Healing we love your feet so bring them on over and we will make them feel brand new for you with our fabulous Luxury Spa Pedicure!

Spa Luxury Pedicure
Spa Luxury Pedicure
1 hour consultation & treatment. Includes soak, mask, maintenance, file, cuticle removal, polish (or buff) and foot/leg massage.
Price: £30.00
½ hour - consultation & treatment. Including File, Cuticle Maintenance and Polish (or buff)
Price: £14.99

Gels – The future of beautiful nails. Our quick guide to what they are, what they are not, and why we love them


Gelish (our choice) is a gel that looks like a polish but it last longer (21days in the case of Gelish)and in that time, with your care, will not chip or peel and remain a high gloss finish.

Coloured, clear or French, they are an ‘enhancement’ not an extension. They protect your natural nail when applied by a skilled, trained technician.  They protect nails from breakages, and allows healthy growth.

With Gelish, we are also able to offer repair and strengthening treatment with Vitagel – a vitamin based repair system. This has only been available in the UK since last November but already the results have been outstanding.

What else do you need to know?

Gelish does not contain the toxic big 3 – toluene, dibutyl phthalate  (DBP) and formaldehyde

The finish is stunning.  Your nails are protected, none of the above chemicals, and all this for 21 days!

So whether you are an acrylic girl, a tradition polish girl or a never had my nails done girl, come and see us.  Try it and we know you will be a convert too!

GELISH Manicures and Pedicures are currently available now

Gelish Nails
Gelish Nails
Revolutuionary Gelish Nails direct from Harmony, Los Angeles. High shine, no chipping, no peeling, no maintenance for 21 days.
Price: £30.00

The Broken Pot (courtesy of our friends at W.Sussex Chiropractors)

A water bearer in India had two large post, each hung on an end of a pol which he carried across his neck.  One of the pots had a crack in it, and, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the masters house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water in his master’s house.  Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made.  But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of it’s own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.  After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke the water bearer one day by the stream.

“I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologise to you”

“Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?”

“I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house.  Because of my flaws, you have to do all this work and you don’t get full value from your efforts.” the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flower along the path”.

Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some.  But at the end of the trial, it still felt bad because it had leaked out  half it’s load, and so, again, the Pot apologised to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side? That is because I have always know about your flaw, and I took advantage of it.  I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day, while we walk back from the stream, you have watered them.  For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table.  Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.”

Each of us has our own unique flaws.  We are all cracked pots.  Do not be afraid of your flaws. Acknowledge them, and you too can  be the cause of beauty.  Know that in your weakness your strength is made perfect.

Thank you to West Sussex Chiropractic (01293 510210 for that lovely story.

Who’s in charge? How to find true happiness and take control of your life.

Who is in charge of your life? It may seem like an odd question, but one that I regularly ask. I ask it of myself, my family and friends, and my clients. The answer may seem initially obvious, but wait a minute and consider the question a bit more deeply. If you immediately answer that you are in charge of your life, consider another question, are you truly happy in ALL aspects of your life? If you can say yes, without question, limit or but, then that’s great, read on in the knowledge that you know the answers. If not then you may not be quite as in control as you imagine. Read on and you may find new ways to help. If you said you weren’t in control of your life then definitely read on, I sometimes make sense!


When I studied for my NLP, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Practitioner course I was challenged to take responsibility for everything that happened in my life, the good and the bad. I started by saying that was crazy (How can I be responsible for the weather? How can I be responsible for other people taking what I say the wrong way? and many such other answers), but after a while I looked a bit deeper, and talked to my NLP trainer about what it actually meant. I didn’t have to be responsible for the weather, but I did have to take responsibility for my reaction to it. I didn’t have to be responsible for a train being delayed, but I could be responsible for how I react to it. Slowly, very slowly, it started to make sense.

As a quick aside here we can learn so much from children about finding the positive in situations. They haven’t learned, yet,  to put restrictions on how they react to things.  For instance does a young child moan because it’s raining? Generally not, they go and splash in the puddles! The Dalai Lama cites children as the best example, suggesting the basic nature of man is pure. “Children play together if allowed”, regardless of religion, race, or colour. “The mind is neutral,” our destructive emotions come from ignorance. Watch your children, their sense of fun and freedom can teach us so much, if we allow it to. But more about that another time…..

At some point I made a decision that I was going to take responsibility for my reaction to things that happen, and my life started to change! Sometimes when it rained I’d jump up like a little kid and get my wellies on (That’s not a metaphor, or a joke, I actually did)!  And when it snowed, I’m sure you can imagine, but in case not think snowballs, snow angels, sliding down hills and of course the inevitable hot chocolate, courtesy of my loving wife Amanda! If a train was delayed, or there was a unexpected road closure, then I would get to where I was going and I’d do something else to make use of my time rather than get upset (meditation is a great one for these situations, and meditating on a non-moving M23 with the roof down on a sunny day was a lovely experience!). If I said something and got a reaction I wasn’t expecting I would find a way that the other person would understand (I took to heart the NLP presupposition “The meaning of communication is the response you get”).

It really is a life changer when you realise that no matter what you do, sh*t is going to happen. You can’t change that, but you can change your reaction to it and therefore change the outcome!

Now a little challenge for you. Just for today look for the positive in situations. Don’t find reasons not to enjoy your life, do find excuses to play!

Why Did We Leave Corporate Careers To Start Up ANANDA HEALING?

Recently, I had to do a presentation to a room full of strangers who had little or no idea about Ananda Healing, who we are, why we started the business, our ethics, our passion. So, I told them our story, our why!

It struck me afterwards, that probably few of you know the whole story and so I decided to share it with you too

Firstly, who are we? Lets start with Duncan, Duncan is a Reiki Practitioner, Master Hypnotherapist, and Master NLP Practitioner (Neuro Linguistic Programming).  He comes from a very practical, no nonsense background, his family had a carpentry & building business, they ran a small holding and the extended family were all farmers.  He left school to join the Royal Marines and then the Police Force.  Maybe not the background you think of when you think of a therapist?  He loves Mathematics, computers and logic (I prefer shopping myself!).  But how you go from IT to Hypnotherapy and NLP?  To Duncan it is simple – if you can program a computer, you can program a mind – if you can fix a bug in a pr0gramme, you can fix a problem in the mind!  And I have seen him do this so many times, and sometimes at lightening speed! It never ceases to amaze me.

I have seen him fix phobias, fears, self-esteem issues, sports performance, smoking and weight – he is the registered Hypno-Band practitioner for the area (some of you may have heard Paul McKenna talking about this recently – it is basically providing the benefits of a physical gastric band but without the pain, risks, surgery of massive cost! Not to mention an over 70% success rate!).  Duncan is also amazing at dealing with children’s issues, including self-esteem, bullying, psychology impact of divorce etc.

So now you know a little bit about Duncan but why did we set Ananda Healing up? What was behind this ‘crazy’, according to my Mum, decision to give up successful corporate careers to start a therapies business? What are out core values?

We are passionate about well-being, we want people to feel good about themselves.  We want to help people see that there is always a choice.

Both Duncan and myself have had to come to terms with serious health issues in the past and continue to live with these now.  Duncan was a serving Police Officer, aged just 28, when he broke his back whilst riot training.  He could have just given up at this point but he didn’t.  He took a masters degree, carved a new career and, this is the interesting bit, if you ask him about the accident now, he would tell you it was one of the best things that has happened to him.

I too have had a difficult ride with regards to my health, since babyhood really, including a heart condition and Type 1 Diabetes but I would echo Duncan’s thoughts.  I would say the decision that made the greatest difference to me personally was learning to meditate.  My dad considered meditation to be as important as learning to read and write, but then my dad was something special – a story for another day.  For Duncan it was learning to become a Hypnotherapist & NLP Practitioner.  We always say to our clients, “Everyone’s journey is different and you have to find what works for you” – we are just here to facilitate.

We both took responsibility and made positive choices – choices regarding our lives and our well-being.  Many people do not even know that have a choice.  My Dad, who I have already explained was extraordinary, always told me “You may not have a choice in what happens to you but you always have a choice in how you deal with it”  AND THIS IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE WISH TO GIVE OUR CLIENTS

Before we started Ananda healing though we took time to talk and form our ethos that would drive and guide our philosophy. We decided that money would not drive our business, service would. We made the conscious decision to provide the very best for our clients, even if that meant recommending they go to someone else! And we have stuck to that throughout.

We began by specifically offering treatments that enhance well-being and by doing so we saw this was giving people back some control.  I could go on about the research on massage etc and the chemical/physiological changes that happen in the body but, again, that is for another day.  Gradually we also discovered that beyond the holistic therapies, our clients also responded profoundly with treatments that made them look good, which in turn made them feel good.  It started when I was asked, many times, by clients, if I could recommend a skincare range that was natural and, or, provided help with problem skin, children’s skin etc.  It took me two years of research and putting some very strange stuff on my own skin until I eventually found Arbonne, the Swiss formulated, botanical skincare range – it is phenomenal!  (Do let us know if you would like to trial it). It really is the skincare industry’s best kept secret as it is only available through consultants such as ourselves.  Forget what the Celebs are advertising – this is what they are using!.

Because of our discovery about how people look and the effect on their well-being since starting Arbonne, we have decided to now start moving more into the beauty side of the business. We have recently launched the Gelish 21 day manicure system that DOES NOT DAMAGE YOUR NAILS and DOES NOT CONTAIN FORMALDEHYDE.

During the summer we will be launching other beauty services BUT THIS WILL BE DONE, AS ALWAYS, WITH YOUR WELL-BEING AND HEALTH IN MIND.

Your well-being is our passion.

Victim of circumstance or architect of life? Which describes you?

As a Neuro Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner I like to think that I’m an architect of my life, in fact I know that am, but what are you? Are you a victim of circumstances in your life or do you create a life that’s worth living?

The thing I love about the therapies I use at Ananda Healing to help people, is that pretty much everyone walks in as a victim and leaves as an architect, at least in respect of their old problem. The important difference between the victim and the architect is that the victim sees no choice, whereas the architect sees nothing but choice.

I read a simple equation by a wonderful man called Jack Canfield – E + R = O, Event + Reaction = Outcome. The majority of victims will focus entirely on the events of their lives, blaming their problem(s) on things they cannot change, for example,  I’m not clever because I’m dyslexic, or I’m late because of the weather. We can all find excuses for the way we are, and we can all believe them too! How about accepting that the weather may be terrible and then plan so you can deal with it. It is the same with any problem. “Easy for Him to say” I can hear you utter, I mean what has he had to cope with? What challenges has he had to face? For one a broken back and a load of titanium screws stuck in my spine! So what do I focus on?  Well not the problem, that I cannot change, instead I focus on what I can do in spite of it and create my life! The common theme you will see for ALL people that have overcome great adversity is that they accept they cannot change what has happened, and focus on what they can do!

Having said all that, we all have our moments when we cross from architect to victim and back again. For example, this very morning I had a phone call I didn’t want to get. I started to say to myself “why does this have to happen to me?”. Then I stopped, reminded myself that I can’t change the event, and brought myself to a peaceful acceptance. I don’t get angry with myself for having done that, because again I can’t change what has happened, just learn from it.

So here’s a challenge for you. Just for today, when things happen and you find yourself stepping over to the become a victim, take a breath, STOP, just for a few moments, and breathe. Accept that you cannot change the event and let it go. NOW, NOTICE HOW YOU FEEL. Do you feel better? I’d be willing to bet that you do. Now isn’t that better than raging against things you can’t change? Imagine having that feeling throughout the day, week, month or year.

I love to help people to learn these simple lessons of life, take responsibility for their lives, and create a better life for themselves. That was why we started Ananda Healing, why we are so passionate about it, and a source of great pleasure for us.

9 Healthy Reasons To Make A Massage Appointment Today (the benefits of massage)

Ananda-Healing-Hot-Lava-Shell-MassageWith more and more research now being done to support the health and well-being benefits of massage, we are delighted to share this blog with you.  It has been taken from the Huffington News (we would recommend this online site to anyone interested in all things health & well-being) and each point is supported by research. We hope you find them interesting and some surprising, so here goes –

1. Managing anxiety and depression as it reduces the  stress hormone ‘Cortisol’ Could be useful for the January blues?

2. Eases pain, especially back pain and arthritis – just ask Amanda’s Mum – she can play golf again!

3. Improves sleep due to it’s effects on the delta brain wave pattern associated with deep sleep.  Our clients would definitely confirm that!

4. Boosts immunity by increasing the number of white blood cells

5. Reduces PMS symptoms including pain, bloating and mood swings

6. Improves alertness (though probably not whilst you are having it done!)

7. Reduces the number of tension headaches and migraines in sufferers

8. Your skin loves it! It increases blood flow & lymphatic drainage giving you plumped up radiant skin.

9. Massage relieves the symptoms associated with serious illness including cancer – All of the cancer patients we have on our books will agree

So, officially,  regular massage is good for you!  But you already knew that didn’t you?

Need to book yours? Call 01342 842098 or go to the link below for further details



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