SPA and Fusion @Ramside Hall

We all love a good pamper session and what better place to do that then in a very special hotel like Ramside Hall Hotel.

Up until a couple of weeks ago I had never visited the Hotel. I had driven past it more times than I care to remember, but it was lovely to get an insight in to what goes on beyond the entrance on the A690.

Very excited to see what was on offer I was blown away when I pulled in. Such a large hotel complex and so many things to do.

The entrance to the Spa/Fusion is gorgeous and was all decorated ready for Christmas with Polar Bears and a Snow Theme running throughout.

The team were very attentive and we were given a talk and a guided tour from Jasmine the Membership Coordinator. As well as some lovely welcome drinks ….

The one thing that stood out for me from the chat we had was that Ramside Hall were the first Hotel in the country to offer treatments that are aimed specifically at Cancer patients. I really wanted to know more about this and asked Jasmine if she could go in to more detail and this is what I found out….

Ashleigh Lamb The Senior Therapist explained…..

Upon working for Ramside, I have taken part in extensive training here at the spa, one of my courses being Wellness for Cancer. Our Wellness treatments are all tailored made to our guests by how they are feeling and the results they would like to achieve. The training involved passing numerous case studies before gaining a certificate, so our highly trained therapists are sure to personalise the perfect treatment for you.

The training consisted of completing online modules, each one lasted around 45minutes. We then watched clips from doctors and the Director of Wellness for Cancer to help us complete our online exams. The director, Julie Batch then came to the Spa and took us through a two day practical training course. We carried interactive practical activities to learn specialised massage techniques and how to incorporate them into our ESPA Massage and Facial treatments.” Continue reading

The Big Chop …… Thank YOU!

This post is to say a massive Thank You to all of you.

On the 28th of November 2016, courtesy of Toni and Guy in Durham Libby had The Big Chop and has so far raised £760 for The Toma Fund. (I say so far as there is still approximately £100 to come in). This would not have been possible without all of you.

If, you are reading this and have no idea what I am talking about then you can read more over at The Big Chop post.

This huge total would not have been possible without the support of YOU! Whether you donated or bought raffle tickets your donations will all be used to help make boys and girls with cancer in the North of England smile and that is exactly what Libby wants. Continue reading

Winter Sunsafe

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Having Gorlin’s Syndrome comes with it’s responsibilities if we want to stay well.

There are so many things we should and shouldn’t do but one of the main things we have to keep on top of is keeping our skin covered and protected.

We all need sun cream in the summer, but in the case of the girls and I, it has to be a year round affair. In the winter the application routine isn’t as strict as the months of spring and summer but we still need to be sun aware and make sure to Slip, Slop and Slap our body parts that are exposed to the sun.

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As a rule I use a moisturiser in the winter that has UV protection included. I do however have the added issue this year of no hair. You would think having no hair would cause less problems, but with it comes a whole new set. Not only is there the constant up keep of the short hair, but there is the intense heat loss. (I have taken to wearing a hat in bed it is that bad. Saying that I think this is down too the Erivedge too). Then there is the need to keep my scalp protected in the sun.

Calypso Sun care offer a wide range of products and in amongst them is Scalp Protection Lotion.

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The formula is SPF 30. The non greasy formula comes in a spray bottled and is to be generously applied to the scalp or hair. It is water resistant and quick drying but the advice that Calypso give is that you should reapply frequently due to perspiration, swimming or towelling.

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I found the spray to be pleasant in fragrance and also very easy to apply. There is nothing worse with sun creams and lotions than the thick greasy feeling you get. The ones that you have to massage and massage until it goes away. There is none of that with this lotion as it is thin and clear. I would describe it as having a thin oil texture.

One of the things we have to do as parents to the girls is too make sure that the school are very aware of the girls needs. Although there are not many, there could be, heaven forbid, anything went wrong.

The school knows that they need to wear sun cream and they help them with this, however they do prefer them to able to apply their own cream. Libby has become very good at doing so and Penny is getting there slowly but surely. I am always on the look out for products the girls can use. Calypso do a Once a Day Cream that is ideal.

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The cream is 40 SPF and is Photostable. The treatment is once a day and is water resistant. Very easy to apply and the smallest amount goes a very long way. The product smells very pleasant and isn’t remotely greasy. It feels like you are applying a moisturiser rather than a sun cream.

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(Before school this morning, hence the PJ’s)

The test of course with this one was with the children. Penny was very impressed with the smell. Libby has applied it herself and said she really likes the feel of the cream. She said it was far easier to rub in as it disappeared quicker than the brand we currently use.

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All in all I am very impressed with the products. These products are perfect for anyone. For us in particular they are great for the everyday use we need them for, especially during the cold months. (We have to use an SPF 50 when the warmer weather starts to kick in). Calypso have some exciting products that are available on the high street, and I can not wait to see what else they have in the pipe line.

Calypso can be found online and via Social Media. (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram)

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