Hillside Massage goes local: Charity and Currency!
10th February 2019
Again, it popped up on my newsfeed as for quite a few years now. The Big Bath Sleep-out.
For the 10th time the local charity Julian House invites to sleep outside in Victoria Park for one night on March 8 and raise money for the homeless.
I love sleeping outside. Usually on a holiday, on the beach or in the mountains – but the park will do.
And even though I have a rather complicated relationship to charities in general, there are actually 2 local charities that touch me in a way I can agree with. Both a house, Julian and Dorothy, the latter engaging in hospice work of all sorts of shape and form.
Not bound by work duties for the first time of my time in Bath I will commit to the Sleep-Out as “Team Hillside Massage” raising money for Julian House. Join the team for the night or/and contribute to my fundraising here, the highest contribution will qualify for a Massage Coupon (1 hour massage).
The really big news this week is just as local and even more political: Hillside Massage now is part of and accepts “Bristol Pound” as payment. According to the app I’m the first business in Bath that has joined Britains biggest local currency!
In order to engage in and contribute to our local community I now offer the first massage treatment for almost half price (£20/30mins, £30/hour) to local residents. Qualifying is everybody with a “Discovery Card” or a B£ account.
This feels like coming home since I passionately believe that the solutions to most of our so-called global problems are to be found locally, be it healthcare, environmental healing, food production, social engagement, energy or banking. Active in my community in Sweden before 2012, less so since living here, I think one of the most promising and engaging initiatives I’m aware of is “Transition Towns” , founded by Rob Hopkins, Peter Lipman and Ben Brangwyn 2006 in Totness, local currencies being one of many ideas for creating more resilient communities.
Until Wednesday 13/2 you can still admire the abstract artwork by my fellow students and myself in the Guildhall in Bath. “Unfurling” has been put together and made possible by our amazing teacher Lucy Baile at “Fern”.
Happy 2019, blocks and silver bullets
2nd February 2019
On Happy New Years, Blog Blocks and the Silver Bullet of Wellbeing
“Health, contentment and trust
Are your greatest possessions,
And freedom your greatest joy.”
How long can one wish a happy new year? I’ve learned, probably from one of my moderately superstitious italian friends, that it supposedly brings bad luck to wish a happy new year before the 31st of December. There seems to be no fixed rule though how long into January it is still appropriate. Certainly the beginning of February seems highly inappropriate! I like the swedish greeting after New Year, which combines both a late Christmas and New Year greeting, is used well into January and could be translated with “Happy Continuation”.
So, inappropriately late even by swedish terms, I would like to wish you all happy beginnings and continuations in 2019.
Blogging. It’s been on my mind forever and on my to-do list for quite some time. Apart from some feeble random outbursts in the past I’ve always found ways and reasons to avoid it. Typically, I believe, for many us that were informed and educated in pre-internet times, I’ve always felt not sufficiently entitled to write and publish words and other content (with the exception of photographs). I never considered myself a writer, jokingly I even used to say in the past that I had to become a photojournalist because I could not read or write.
Here’s my resolution – feed content! The expectations are high.
Last summer, for the first time since my early 20’s, my mild psoriasis – an inheritable skin condition that in some form or shape affects a quarter of the population – disappeared miraculously after I joined my partner on a gluten and dairy free diet for just 2 weeks. Astonished I began reading up on gluten, autoimmune conditions and other diet related topics.
Not only did I have a few relapses in my ongoing diet but I also realised that there were most certainly other lifestyle factors involved. My psoriasis eventually returned when the summer was over and contrary to my initial, wishful, impression I come to the belief that there is no silver bullet, no holy grail and no universal solution to any condition, be it physical, mental, or environmental. Only individual and holistic approaches will serve long term, true healing.
More on this and other health related issues coming up here or in my newsletter.
The body is extension and servant of the mind, but when the body becomes the mind with desires, with distractions or with pains – the servant becomes the master.
14th January 2019
Hillside Massage at Shindig Weekender 2018
7th June 2018
Thank you all for a great time, filled with healing, connecting to new and old friends, thunderstorms, music, food and family.
Hope to see many of you in my clinic or elsewhere – stay tuned and be in touch!
Site is up!
19th May 2018
By the time you can read this we’re there with the site and a blog and..
Lots of thank you’s for help and support and patience and interest.
Tom Keeble is the man, the hacker and the designer, an amazing climber and friend, and all that in the midst of his A-Levels!
Thank you Frida Posth for her amazing drawings that we used for some logos! You rock!