Massage Therapists Just Keep Going!

Here's a heartwarming story that was on Yahoo's UK site today. What an amazing lady!

Gran, 98, celebrates massage moment

A 98-year-old grandmother has been hailed Britain's oldest massage therapist as she celebrated 60 years in the profession. 

Evelyn Blackburn was first granted her licence to operate in 1949 and has just renewed it with Harrow Council.

Mrs Blackburn, of Pinner, north London, has treated tens of thousands of people since a friend's sore neck prompted her to learn the techniques of massage six decades ago.

But she has kept abreast of developments, embracing alternative treatments such as cupping - made famous by celebrity enthusiast Gwyneth Paltrow - and radiesthesia, which treats people's energy or auras.

Mrs Blackburn said: "I have massaged thousands of people over the years - from mothers and grandmothers to builders and scientists. Back when I started, I used iodine-based oil called Dragon's Blood. Nowadays, I use the modern substitutes. You have to move with the times.

"I still maintain the best treatment is a pair of hands.

"I don't think anything can replace massage. I have used lots of therapies and machines, but nothing is quite as effective.

"A massage is much better than all these advertised creams to put on your face and body, although the companies making the cream wouldn't like to hear that - but it's the truth."

Mrs Blackburn used to treat up to eight people a day at the clinic where she worked in Nower Hill, Harrow, but for past 24 years has worked from home in a room adapted into a studio.

Outside of her work, Mrs Blackburn, a widow for several years, has travelled to the US 67 times to visit her daughter and grandchildren.

Special Event!

You are invited to join the Introduction to Energy Medicine Class on Sunday, April 19 for Chakra Balancing.

You will learn
  • about the chakra system in Eden Energy Medicine
  • how the chakras affect our health and emotions
  • how to test each of the chakras
  • how to clear and balance the chakras in a complete healing session
Chakra work is one of the most powerful and effective ways to work with the body's energies.

What Donna Eden says about chakras:

"Chakras support everything. You can move deeply into the energy when you work on chakras. If I have one shot with a person, I do their chakras. Reiki works better if you do a chakra clearing first. It can go in deeper."

Even if you never learn how to work with any of the other nine energy systems of Eden Energy Medicine, learning how to work with the chakras alone will give you an effective tool you can use for yourself, and with friends and family. Chakra work is also a useful adjunct to other bodywork and healing modalities.

Space is limited, so early sign up is recommended.

When: Sunday, April 19 from 2 - 5 pm
Where: West Sedona
Cost: $47 including book ($30 without book)

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You will need to bring something to lie on (the floor is carpeted) and a light shawl or blanket for covering if you tend to get cold easily.