Five Benefits of Massage in the Winter

By Monday, November 17, 2014 No tags Permalink 0

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The winter months decrease our opportunities to do our favourite sports.   With the dark nights we are more likely to stay indoors, exercise less, sleep and eat more.  But with Massage this can really boost the body again.


This time of year is all about picking up coughs and colds, massage is proven to help boost the immune system.  Massage therapy increases the lymph flow which is packed with white blood cells, which then go off and fight infections around the body, therefore boosting our immune system and helping us to fight infections better.


Are your hands and feet cold? Do your muscles aching more than normal?  Massage plays a crucial role in increasing circulation and providing stress and pain relief throughout the colder months.  Regular massage enhances blood flow and body warmth, helping to increase the flow of oxygen throughout the body.  Treat yourself to a warm and relaxing massage to ease those muscles.

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Our skin gets drier over the winter months.  Massage therapy improves skin hydration during these months with oils and lotions that are used in massage as they contain lots of Vitamins to nourish the skin.  You’ll not only feel better on the inside but be glowing on the outside too.


Massage creates positive changes in the endocrine system where hormones are formed.  With regular massage this can have long term benefits on your health as after you receive a massage cortisol levels decrease (the stress related hormone) and oxytocin levels are raised (the happy hormone)  leading to the release of serotonin and endorphins, relieving the stress and enhancing your mood.


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Massage has become a big part of many people’s lives in our busy and frantic routines.  High stress jobs, endless personal obligations, the list goes on….  Getting regular relaxing massage can be an excellent step towards improved wellbeing.  Stress plays a big part in our lives today and to reset the balance relaxing massage can certainly aid this release.  It’s so important these days to take time out for you.  It will help with improving your sleep and giving you more energy than before.

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Get in touch with Orchid Beauty to book yourself in for that relaxing Massage to help you to feel refreshed again….

CND Shellac

By Monday, October 27, 2014 No tags Permalink 0

Well these last couple of weeks have been all about CND Shellac.  I’ve attended a brilliant course on this, which highlighted the many benefits of using it.  Have a look at my Treatment list to see what I now offer

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, CND Shellac is a ‘Power Polish’.  It is the ease of a polish, yet with the performance of a gel.  No other product can stand up to this claim of 14+ Day Wear, mirror shine and Zero dry time.

Here is a link to a Q&A sheet on CND Shellac, to really help you to understand the benefits yourself….

One of the key things people keep asking me is about whether CND Shellac damages the nails.  It doesn’t, if anything it helps to strengthen the nail whilst worn, it’s just important to come back to the Salon to have the CND Shellac removed properly.

It’s so important to keep your nails and hands hydrated.  I’d highly recommend using a hand cream morning and night to keep your fingers nicely nourished, plus when using CND Shellac, around the nails can become dry, so it’s really important to use Solar Oil (created specifically for CND Shellac) which will help keep the nails and cuticles moisturised.  Please ask me about purchasing Solar Oil as I now stock this.

Here is my latest range for Autumn/Winter, getting you ready for the party season!  My personal favourite at the moment is Rubble (second from left), which can look stunning on.



You also want to be sure that you are getting the genuine article when it comes to CND Shellac, there are a lot of copycats out there.  Make sure the business has a Certified Pro Logo, check out the salon locator on, also ask if they are using CND Shellac products.

The other part of my course was learning how to deal with ridged, peeling, splitting and weak nails.  With CND Shellac you can use this on weak nails as it will add strength, however on splitting, peeling or ridged nails there is a product call CND BRISA Lite, which I now stock and it has huge advantages for the nail.  It is a new soak off gel that smooths the nails and lasts up to 3 weeks.  This can be used as an option for anyone to make their CND Shellac last an extra week.



I hope this has helped you to understand more about CND and I look forward to professionally applying a CND Shellac treatment for you soon.

Have a good week x


By Sunday, October 19, 2014 No tags Permalink 0

Hi everybody, my name is Maddy Williams and I wanted to offer you a warm welcome to my website.


I’ve been a Beauty Therapist for the last ten years and now have a home based salon in Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham.


Here at Orchid Beauty, I am committed to offering a professional service, leaving you feeling relaxed and looking fabulous.


With a passion for beauty I offer a variety of treatments performed at a high standard using quality products.  My facials offer naturally derived ingredients that are paraben, sulphates, propylene glycol and mineral oil free, so are kind and gentle on the skin, yet with excellent results.


As Autumn is upon us, it’s so important to really look after your skin, exfoliation is especially key at this time of year in order to maintain healthy, youthful glow.  Exfoliating will help to remove the old dead skin cells and to speed up cell renewal, enabling new healthy skin cells to grow. Why not treat your skin to a Luxury Facial where you will be exfoliated to let your inner beauty shine through….


I have a great range of CND Shellac products including the CND BRISA Lite for strengthening weak or splitting nails. These products deliver up to 14 days wear with zero dry time and if using CND BRISA Lite as well can last up to three weeks.  I only use genuine CND Products and am a certified user.


I look forward to welcoming you to my salon soon, please do get in touch to book an appointment and to start have a little ‘Me Time’ for a change.


Maddy x