Group meeting turns into pamper night

Pure Therapy owner Katharine De Vere.
Pure Therapy owner Katharine De Vere.
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Morpeth Town WI

The ladies of Morpeth Town WI enjoyed a very relaxing evening when one of their members, Katharine De Vere, owner of Pure Therapy, Morpeth, was the guest speaker.

Katharine explained that ‘counting sheep’ may make you sleep, but a holistic massage is an even better approach to general all-round wellbeing and a good night’s sleep.

And complementary therapies offer wellbeing benefits that extend beyond the traditional ‘pampering’.

Katharine is a member of The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and has a practice in Oldgate, Morpeth.

With a ladies-only approach, she specialises in back and neck massage, Indian head massage, full Swedish body massage and hot stone massage.

With the philosophy that holistic massage is a wonderful skill to develop and not difficult to learn, everyone had the opportunity to practice hand massage.

And very skilfully, Katharine demonstrated some of the holistic techniques that therapists use on WI member Sue, who was positively enthusiastic about the experience.

Katharine explained that some of the massage techniques that holistic massage therapists use can improve circulation and concentration, relieve muscular tension, help strengthen the immune system, promote relaxation and alleviate stress, and the benefits that massage brings to promoting good health and wellbeing for all ages.

The evening was also themed around ‘Think Pink’ for October breast cancer awareness month.

As Vice President Carole said, when we are all in need of a little bit of pampering, or have had a stressful day, we are very fortunate to have such a talented club member who can take away all that stress.

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