Opportunity for reflexologists to enhance your business

Ultimately, selling gets a bad name when the person doing the selling is selling for selling’s sake: they are not passionate about the product and they don’t believe what it stands for, they just want to make money.

As reflexologists we are passionate about our therapy and believe in its powerful yet gentle and subtle effectiveness. Our beliefs and enthusiasm drive us forward in promoting reflexology to everybody we meet.

When you believe wholeheartedly in what you do and why, selling becomes something else, it becomes the promotion of a good thing, it becomes “spreading the word”, it becomes “people helping people”.

So, as therapists we are selling our therapies, so why not also sell products too? Especially when the brand sets the bar in its ethical ethos, organic standards and care for the environment.

So if you want to be about people helping people, where the product ingredients are natural and organic, where the people in the supply chain are treated fairly, and when you look behind you there is no carbon footprint, then adding NYROrganic to your therapy business is a good choice.

By adding NYROrganic to your reflexology business you will open up more doors to an additional income stream, you will discover new ways of marketing your business, casting your promotional net further and wider, you will meet new people and learn new business skills, and become part of a wider community of like minded people, many of whom are also therapists.

I run reflexology parties with NYROrganic.  This works well because you are combining/showcasing both sides of your business.

I use the following products in my reflexology treatments, but this is in no way limited and there are many products that would work with reflexology from the NYROrganic range:

Mother’s Balm This is a lovely medium to work with without fragrance so great for new clients who you haven’t gotten to know very well yet, and for clients who might be hypersensitive to strong fragrances.

Geranium and Orange Body Balm This is another lovely medium to work with, and the smell is quite strong but beautiful. Definitely a great conversation starter.

Arnica salve  This is a great medium to work with for client’s feet as it improves circulation, encourages lymphatic drainage, eases tired and aching muscles, and is great for the feet and also YOUR hands! See more about Arnica here.

Organic Defence Hand Spray I use this to sanitize my hands before starting. It smells lovely and can generate conversations. It is also much nicer for my hands than the yukky stuff you can buy on the shelves of the supermarket.

Facial Wipes  I use the cotton facial wipes to cleanse the foot. Like all NYROrganic products, these are  certified by the Soil Association. The cotton is biodegradable so is kinder to this beautiful planet. You can also use one of the two spray deodorants as a foot spritzer.

If you would like to know more about this wonderful opportunity please get in touch with me on 07799144606 or JMReflex1@gmail.com, or take a look at the information here.

Jackie Marsden MAR is a qualified reflexologist and independent consultant (Group Leader) for Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic. Jackie leads and mentors a growing team of consultants (many of whom are therapists integrating organic products into their existing businesses) via the NYRO social selling channel, holding regular team meetings, one-to-one coaching via phone and facetime, and a closed facebook group. All views are my own.

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Selling is about people helping people

I am always slightly dumbfounded when I invite other therapists on the NYROrganic journey and they respond ” no thanks, I’m not into selling”. Even as therapists we are still selling, and selling is selling whether it be a product or a service.

There seems to be a conflict of interest within the mindset: therapists are passionate about their therapies but anything to do with money seems to damage or taint their holistic principles.

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But it is like a very good friend of mine said of reiki, “everything is energy: money is energy, reiki is energy. So all you are doing is exchanging energies.”

Ultimately, selling gets a bad name when the person selling the item is selling for selling sake: they are not passionate about the product and they don’t believe what it stands for, they just want to make money.

When you believe wholeheartedly in what you do and why, selling becomes something else, it becomes the promotion of a good thing, it becomes “spreading the word”, it becomes “people helping people”.

So if you want to be about people helping people, where the product ingredients are natural and organic, where the people in the supply chain are treated fairly, and when you look behind you there is no carbon footprint, then adding NYROrganic to your therapy business is a good choice.

Jackie Marsden MAR is a qualified reflexologist and independent consultant (Team Leader) for Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic. Jackie leads and mentors a growing team of consultants (many of whom are therapists integrating organic products into their existing businesses) via the NYRO social selling channel, holding regular team meetings, one-to-one coaching via phone and facetime, and a closed facebook group. All views are my own.

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It is absolutely acceptable to be a salesperson

I recently read Jane Binnion’s book The Heart of Sales. Jane is a social media and ethical sales training, and has written this book for small business owners who choose to trade ethically. This book is the inspiration behind this blog.

Many people are so frightened by the whole “sales” idea of a business, and it is not surprising really when  the term “sales person” conjures up an image of a man in a grey suit knocking on doors cold calling, or swathes of telesales staff in a windowless office harassing “innocent” people.

When I invite people to join my social selling team with Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic (NYRO), many people respond with those images of sales people in mind, saying that “sales” is just not their thing.

ID-100236331But selling is the heart of any business. If you don’t sell anything then where are you making your money? The truth is that the majority of people are selling something. Even as an holistic therapist I am a sales person. I am selling reflexology. I am exchanging a service for a price. This is absolutely acceptable because I have invested a lot of money, time and passion into my training and I am confident in my therapy and with my price.

The same can be said for NYRO. It is absolutely acceptable for me to sell these products, especially when the ingredients are sourced naturally and ethically, and suppliers are treated fairly and the company is environmentally friendly with carbon neutral status. Not to mention its pioneering efforts in organic farming and organic ingredients, and partnership with the Soil Association.

All of these factors give me confidence in my products and their price, and they make it very acceptable for me to sell them.

So yes I am a sales person but I am also much more than that. Because my business makes a difference. I am helping my customers choose the best for their health and wellbeing. I am spreading the word in organic and fair trade. I am passionate about what I do and yes, I am making a profit from that, and yes! I am selling! And yes, this is absolutely acceptable.

If you would like to know more about what I do and how you could do it too – please get in touch. It is absolutely acceptable to do so 🙂

JJackie Marsden MAR is a qualified reflexologist and independent consultant (Team Leader) for Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic.

Jackie leads and mentors a growing team of consultants (many of whom are therapists integrating organic products into their existing businesses) via the NYRO social selling channel, holding regular team meetings, one-to-one coaching via phone and facetime, and a closed facebook group. All views are my own.

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Shopping consciously

It’s that time of year again where we start thinking about the Christmas shopping. We are all looking for a good deal, a bargain, the ideal gift.

But what are we actually buying? Where did it come from? Who made it? How was it grown? How many people were involved it’s creation and how were they treated? How much were they paid? What is the item’s carbon footprint?

Enough of the mindless purchasing of gifts just to get the job done. These questions make us conscious shoppers.

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As an Independent Consultant for Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic I’m passionate about the ethics and ethos of my business. The products and gift boxes I sell encourage a more holistic way of health, beauty and wellbeing.

Here’s a few areas highlighting why shopping with me is such a great choice…

Organic

We believe in “Soil Not Oil” and protect the planet by using sustainably-sourced organic ingredients, grown from healthy soil, free from oil-based fertilisers and preservatives.

We work  hard to minimise our impact on the environment

Throughout our Christmas Gift range, we use Carbon Balanced Paper and were awarded the very first World Land Trust (WLT) Certificate in doing so. By choosing Carbon Balanced Paper we have balanced, through the WLT, the equivalent of 17.4 tonnes of CO2 so far, preserving 815m2 of critically threatened tropical forest.

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In addition, by using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) paper and card in our other gifts and printed materials we are further helping to protect the world’s forests.

Carbon Neutral

We grow many of the organic herbs at the eco-factory in Peacemarsh, Dorset, and Sheepdrove Organic Farm in Berkshire. This gives us zero-transport miles!

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We are a Carbon Neutral company, and our eco-factory has 200m2 of solar panelling installed!

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We also make sure we know the origins of every herb and ingredient we use.

Trading fairly we build strong, sustainable relationships with our suppliers, some of whom have been with us for the last 30 years.

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We are changing the lives of women in Northern Kenya by trading FairWild certified organic frankincense, bringing rare and valuable income to the women of the Samburu Tribe.

We believe in people helping people: our Fairtrade rooibos comes from small-scale growers in the Cedarburg region of South Africa, home of the rooibos plant.

Jackie Marsden MAR is a qualified Reflexologist, Acupuncturist and Independent Consultant (Group  Leader) for Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic. Jackie leads and mentors a growing team of consultants (many of whom are therapists integrating organic products into their existing businesses) via the NYRO social selling channel, holding regular team meetings, one-to-one coaching via phone and facetime, and a closed facebook group. All views are my own.

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Be Prepared for Biting Insects (let’s live together!)

We’re off to the midge haven of Scotland for our summer holiday, so in  true girl guide fashion I’ve followed the motto of “be prepared” and have stocked up on insect repellant and cream to apply on bites.

Just as well I did because just as my stock arrived I suffered this nasty bite to my thigh whilst outside in our garden, from what I can only imagine was a horse fly.

As is usually the case I only noticed it when it started to itch. Immediately applied a generous amount of Stellaria cream from Neal’s Yard Remedies. This cream is rich in almond oil and chickweed extract – exactly what the skin needs to reduce inflammation, itching and allergy. I applied approximately every 3 hours (basically when the itching re-started after the last application) and now 5 days later it no longer itches and has reduced considerably. It didn’t bother me during the night either which was surprising!

I’m sure if I hadn’t had this cream to hand the itching would have been unbearable and I probably would have been scarred from scratching.

When I was bitten I was outside taking my regular yoga practice. It’s so liberating and uplifting to practice outside, and I don’t want to stop doing this. So insect repellant to the rescue! The Neal’s Yard Remedies citronella formula spray has worked a treat ever since. With witch hazel and citronella it is cooling to the skin and smells great (but not so attractive for those pesky insects!)

If you prefer to make your own insect repellant lotion, then the following ingredients will serve well: create your own face and body lotion, citronella essential oil, thyme essential oil, lavender essential oil, pine essential oil, peppermint essential oil. Work to 2% of oils to lotion to keep it skin safe. Switch the lotion for a little alcohol (to disperse the oils) and water to make a spray instead. [Note I am not an aromatherapist however I sought this advice from a qualified colleague.]

While we’re away I will also pop a few drops of citronella in a bowl of boiling water to diffuse through the van of an evening.

Jackie Marsden is a qualified reflexologist and an independent consultant for Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic. All views are my own.

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The Dirty Truth about Tampons (and pads)

Did you know that sanitary products are categorised as “medical devices”. “So what?” you might say. This categorisation means that manufacturers are exempt from listing the ingredients used in producing tampons and sanitary pads.

Are they really safe?

The exemption from listing the ingredients is worrying for a number of reasons. The skin around our vagina, and the vaginal tissue itself is highly vascular, leaving it permeable to a wide range of compounds. In other words,  any chemical or toxin is absorbed at a higher rate and will quite possibly enter the blood stream. Chemicals or toxins entering the body via the skin by-pass the filters of the digestive system, and thus are potentially a greater danger to our health. (1)

Other personal care products such as wipes, shampoos, washes etc. are regulated as cosmetics and thus must list all ingredients used. But shouldn’t the ingredients of tampons and sanitary pads be disclosed too? I believe that they should so that women can make informed choices on what they put on their skin and what they place inside their bodies.

Undisclosed substances contained in tampons, sanitary towels and wipes, such as preservatives, pesticides, fragrances and dyes could have possible and serious health effects emerging in the form of an allergic rash, genital irritation, the onset of asthma and an increased risk of cancer.(2)

The cost to our planet

Tampons and sanitary pads create huge waste, which is an ever increasing problem for our planet.

On average a woman will use 11,000 tampons or pads in their lifetime (3). Each one takes years to degrade. This figure is quite staggering – but then – think about how many women are on the planet and how many women to come? We are needlessly creating mountains of waste. We need to do something different.

The personal cost – what is it really?

On average a woman uses around 22 sanitary items per cycle, and spends around £90 per year. (4) Multiply this by 40 years of menstruation, each woman can spend on average £3600 on tampons and pads. Compare this to a Mooncup which cost £19.99 and will last years and years. (3)

Mooncup – what’s that?

The Mooncup is a reusable menstrual cup, around two inches long and made from soft medical grade silicone. It is worn internally a lot lower than a tampon but, while tampons and pads absorb menstrual fluid, the Mooncup collects it. This means it doesn’t cause dryness or irritation, and also that it collects far more (three times as much as a tampon!). Because the Mooncup is reusable, you only need one so it saves you money and helps the environment, too. (3)

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The Mooncup is designed to be folded and inserted into the vagina, then removed, rinsed and reinserted up to every 8 hours. A light seal is formed with your vaginal walls, allowing menstrual fluid to pass into the Mooncup without leakage or odour. This seal is released for removal, allowing you to empty the contents, rinse or wipe and reinsert. Comfortable, convenient and safe: the Mooncup can be used overnight and when travelling, swimming or exercising. (3)

What next?

Buy a Mooncup, start using it, and never have to buy, use or dispose of tampons and pads ever again!

References

(1) http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/05/22/feminine-hygiene-products.aspx

(2) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2528510/Are-tampons-toxic-How-feminine-care-products-contain-undisclosed-ingredients-linked-allergic-rashes-asthma-cancer.html

(3) http://www.mooncup.co.uk/wc.php?u=3243

(4) http://www.theguardian.com/environment/ethicallivingblog/2009/aug/17/eco-friendly-periods-mooncup

Jackie Marsden MAR is a qualified reflexologist and independent consultant (Team Leader) for Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic. Jackie leads and mentors a growing team of consultants (many of whom are therapists integrating organic products into their existing businesses) via the NYRO social selling channel, holding regular team meetings, one-to-one coaching via phone and facetime, and a closed facebook group. All views are my own.

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