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Discover Beatitude

Our Spa Team love working with trusted local partners, and it doesn't get any more local than the fantastic Beatitude who are based just down the road from us in Gullane.

Their award winning range includes therapeutic bath, body and facial oils as well as aromatherapeutic candles which offer you the very best in rejuvenation and wellbeing.

We are delighted to give you an exclusive 15% discount on any orders placed on the Beatitude website, using the code 'SPA15' when checking out. Limited time only, offers ends Sunday 12th July. Discover More

Read more about their array of fantastic products and how they can help you to create your own haven of relaxation at home here.

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Scrub your way into Summer

After spending so much time indoors over the last few months your skin may be starting to feel dull and lifeless. Exfoliation is key to bringing back that natural glow and softness to our skin in time for us re-entering the outside world again.

When exfoliating the body, we remove the top layer of old cells revealing that natural fresh glow below. By opening the pores it enable any serums or creams applied to penetrate fully into the skin. This can also increase blood and lymph circulation, which can assist with puffiness and keep our cells nourished for longer.

We suggest full body exfoliation at home twice a week, along with daily body brushing. Apply most scrubs to warmed damp skin and gently rub into the skin in upwards movements.

Our top three product recommendations which we have available in the Spa Retail Space when we re-open are...

  • Aromatherapy Associates Revive Body Scrub – Rosemary, Juniper Berry and Grapefruit.

  • Natural Spa Factory Scrub – Lime and Lemongrass

  • Made or Life Organics Embrace the Day Body Scrub – Lemongrass and Marigold.

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Lavender Love

We are sure you are missing our beautiful and peaceful Spa walled garden. One of the our favourite sights is the swathes of iconic lavender blooming at this time of year.

Growing your own lavender at home can be so rewarding; it's pretty, fragrant and attracts plenty of wildlife. With the right conditions, this perennial will thrive in your garden for many years, filling it with gorgeous scent and bright colour.

Lavender makes an excellent companion plant for other herbaceous perennials such as thyme, rosemary, and sage. Most English varieties are hardy and will cope with hard frosts, and can be grown in containers – perfect for patios and small spaces.

The lavender blossoms can be harvested for a variety of uses, from infused oils, helping you sleep at night or bath salts. It can even be added to herbal teas or used to infuse your infused vinegar.

Why not try yourself until you return to the Spa Garden!

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Mental Wellbeing During Lockdown: Part 4

It is of particular importance in these exceptional times the we need to think about our own mental health as much as that of others around us.

Being kind to yourself is often overlooked but there are lots of ways you can improve the way you feel.

Here we bring you the final in our series of home care tips to help you flourish in these testing times brought to you by the Fletcher's Cottage Team.

Let's Dance

Dancing is not only a great form of exercise but it will also put you in a much happier place.

Unlike dancing at a party or event, nobody is judging your moves, you can let go of your inhibitions and express yourself.

Put on your favourite tunes, turn up the volume and dance around your kitchen until you feel like your teenage self again. It is sure to leave you feeling exhilarating and full of life.

Socialise

Maintaining healthy relationships with people you trust is vitally important for your mental wellbeing.

Staying at home, especially if you live on your own, can feel lonely so find creative ways to keep in touch with friends, family, co-workers and others to help you feel more connected and supported.

There are endless ways you can stay connected; try Zoom quiz nights, virtually celebrating happy occasions or even movie nights or a dinner party via video-call.

Some of us are now thankfully able to meet outdoors while observing social distancing guidelines and combining this with getting your daily exercise is a great way to make you feel good about yourself.

Timetable

Create a schedule of things you need to do or they simply won’t happen! If you don’t timetable these your ideas, then they will likely remain as an ‘I might do it soon.’ or, possibly even ‘I probably won’t do it ever.’

This will keep you focused on what you want to get achieved and seeing each task being completed will aid you in feeling accomplished.

Get a pen and piece of paper out and start planning. Then place this plan somewhere you will see it – perhaps the fridge door or notice board so it won't just be 'forgotten'.

We hope these tips help towards you maintaining your physical and mental wellbeing throughout lockdown and beyond. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Spa as soon as we can and in the meantime stay safe and stay well.

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Mental Wellbeing During Lockdown: Part 3

As you continue to spend a lot more time at home many of your regular social activities, including visiting us at the Spa, are no longer being available to you.

It is important to try to see this time as a different period of time in your life, and not necessarily a bad one, even if you didn’t choose it.

Our Spa Team have put together the third in our series of home care tips to help you flourish in these testing times.

Meditation

It is important to try and take time out of each day, even if it is only 15-20 minutes, for peaceful meditation.

Meditation allows you to be completely present at the moment and can be enormously rejuvenating for mind, body and soul during lockdown.

Research shows that it reduces the symptoms of depression and anxiety so a good meditation session can calm you considerably and enhance self-awareness.

There are hundreds if not thousands of techniques and practices to explore, so it is important you find ones that work for you.

Get Creative

Why don't you try leaving a notepad and pen by your bed. As soon as you wake each morning, fill your book with whatever comes to your mind – what you dreamt, what you hope to accomplish that day, any worries or other thoughts you have.

This will help you empty your mind of thoughts and worries so you can embrace the new day with vigour and a clear mind.

You can also rediscover old hobbies that you have been meaning to re-connect with. It could be gardening, writing poetry, singing or learning a new language, after all creativity is to the soul what oxygen is to our lungs.

Declutter

Decluttering is less about tidying up and more about focusing on what really matters to you. The practice of choosing what stays and what goes encourages you to make active decisions about what belongings you want in your life right now.

Working on your home if you have the time can also be a great way to feel productive and remain in control of your surroundings.

A clean and organised house can also offer your mind, body and soul respite from your daily stresses and worries.

We hope these tips help towards you maintaining your physical and mental wellbeing throughout lockdown and beyond. Keep your eyes peeled for the final one of these blog articles from the Fletcher's Cottage Team in the coming days and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Spa as soon as we can.

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Taking Good Care Of Yourself

A strong, functioning immune system is the cornerstone of good health, keeping you feeling good and allowing you to recover more quickly if you do get sick.

A well-nourished, well-rested body is one of the best strategies for keeping your immune system strong.

With that in mind our Spa team has come up with three great tips to keep you feeling fresh, hydrated and your body topped up with happy, healthy cells:

  1. Make your first drink of the day warm water with lemon juice, a large tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a dash of Cayenne Pepper.

    This will help increase your metabolism, boost stomach acid to aid with healthy digestion and help break down foods more easily in the day.

  2. It is important to get greens into your body and a great way is with a deep green juice with huge health benefits.

    Here is our favourite green juice that we serve in the Spa.

    Green Machine: Large Handful of Spinach Leaves, half a Cucumber, juice of one lime, cup of coconut water and then stick in a strong blender with a little ice (handful of fresh pineapple optional for sweetening)

  3. Good wholesome soups should be one of the bedrocks of a healthy diet!

    Our Spa Director Zoe brings you a recipe for her favourite Sweet Potato with Chilli and Lime. With fresh ingredients and the hint of lime it’s perfect for summer.

    1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

    1 Onion finely chopped

    1 Garlic clove finely chopped

    3 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into medium cubes

    900 ml Vegetable Stock (so one cube is enough)

    1 lime, grate the zest and juice

    Pinch of Chilli Flakes

    Coconut Milk (small drizzle for serving is optional)

    Method

    Heat oil in a saucepan and add Onion and Garlic. Cook for 4 mins until softened.

    Add the Potato Cubes, Chilli and Lime Zest and stir for one minute

    Pour in the Stock and simmer for 15-20 mins until the potato is soft.

    Once cooked, leave to cool and then blend fully until soup is smooth

    Stir in the lime juice through the soup fully

    Serve in a warm bowl and you can add a swirl of coconut milk and sprinkle with chilli flakes for an added kick.

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Mental Wellbeing During Lockdown: Part 2

Whether you’re cut off from the people you love, worried about a vulnerable relative home-schooling your children: everyone is facing their own challenges during these unprecedented moment.

At a time where we all feel slightly powerless, focus on the things you can take ownership of..

We may be unable to help you in person at the Spa just now but we have put together the second in our series of home care tips to help you get through these testing times.

Writing A Journal

When you feel yourself complaining or wishing you were doing things out of the house it's so important to write this down! When we return to normality in the future weeks, take a look at your list of things and then do it, MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Writing a journal can be very effective in times like these when a lot of us are dealing with anxiety and stress. It can be a great stress reducer through organising your thoughts, clearing your mind and helping with solving any issues throughout the day.

This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with ourselves deeply, to be grateful for what we have and think about your next move when this is all over so give it a try!

Use Positive Affirmations

We are our often own worst critics and we will have all been guilty of negative self-talk at some point - particularly during the uncertain times we are currently experiencing.

Dedicate a couple of minutes of your day to tell yourself positive affirmations about yourself and the situation you find yourself in.

You need to let go of any and all negative thoughts and images and bombard your subconscious mind with new thoughts and images that are positive and stated in the present tense.

Body Brushing

Just a short period of body brushing each day will promote your lymph, help your body metabolise toxins more efficiently, discourage fluid retention and cellulite and soften and tone your skin. For such a simple tool it has amazing benefits for your overall health and well-being of your body

It only takes 5 minutes of your morning and your skin feels super soft and beautifully flushed giving you an instant glow. Start brushing your feet and work your way up the legs, using small, firm upward strokes. Start on the arms and work your way to your chest and for your tummy brush in a counterclockwise circle.

We hope these tips help towards you maintaining your physical and mental wellbeing throughout lockdown and beyond. Keep your eyes peeled for more of these updates from the Fletcher's Cottage Team in the next few weeks and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Spa as soon as we can.

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Mental Wellbeing During Lockdown: Part 1

Whether you’re cut off from the people you love, worried about a vulnerable relative home-schooling your children: everyone is facing their own challenges during these unprecedented moments.

At a time where we all feel slightly powerless, focus on the things you can take ownership of.

We may be unable to help you in person at the Spa just now but we have put together some home care tips to help you get through these testing times which we will send you throughout the next two weeks.

Make your bed!

It may not seem like a huge thing but getting fully out of bed when your alarm goes off, no snoozing, no going back to sleep! Getting up, airing your duvet and making your bed properly just makes you feel like your room is in order again and ready for the day!

Keep up your routines

Your usual routines probably went of the window a few weeks ago, right? But there are some activities you are still doing that can give structure to your day like taking daily exercise, sticking to your regular mealtimes and sleeping patterns.

You might find it helpful to create a weekly picture calendar and put it up somewhere everyone can see it.

Slow down

Taking some slow deep breaths can help reduce anxiety levels and help you reset. Try breathing in for four counts, then hold your breath for four counts and breathe out for five counts.

Focus on the present moment and think about what you’re grateful for.

We hope these tips help towards you maintaining your physical and mental wellbeing throughout lockdown and beyond. Keep your eyes peeled for more of these updates from the Fletcher's Cottage Team in the next few weeks and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Spa as soon as we can.

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Message From Spa Director

It has been over a month now since Fletcher's Cottage was temporarily closed and my Team and I are missing seeing you all and giving you memorable Spa experiences.

The wellbeing of our Guests and my Team is always the number one priority and we are continually being guided by the latest Government advice.

I am sure you are all looking forward to your first Spa visit when we re-open, be assured when the guidelines allow us to return we will do everything to protect your safety.

In the meantime we have come up with some tips and advice to relieve all that tension and anxiety from being stuck at home.

Please stay healthy, stay positive and we look forward to welcoming you all back to Fletcher's Cottage in the near future.

Zoe Douglas

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Spa At Home

During this current period of uncertainty and stress, it is more important than ever that we all take some time out for ourselves.

Even though you're stuck at home, it doesn't mean you can't treat yourself to a bit of pampering. Here are our top tips for relieving your stress and worries.

Head Massage

Place the bottom of your palms underneath the hair on either side of your head, apply gentle pressure and push the scalp upwards toward the ceiling. Hold for a few seconds, then release. Work in sections across the scalp to relieve tension.

Hand Massage

Relax one arm, on top of your thigh, with your palm facing upwards. Using the opposite arm, apply pressure and push the bottom of your palm slowly along the forearm towards the wrist. Continue across the open palm, all the way down to the fingers. Repeat this motion a few times then switch hands.

Neck and Shoulder Massage

Relax your shoulders, and make sure that they are not hunched up. Slowly tuck your chin in towards your chest. This will elongate the neck, giving it a good stretch. Using two or three fingertips, press firmly on the nape of your neck and hold for a few moments until the muscle feels more relaxed. Roll your shoulders forward and backwards slowly, in circular motions.

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