Welcome to my new website and business! Katie Wheater Wellbeing is a new massage business, recently opened on Morrell Avenue, east Oxford.

Did you know that massage has been used around the world since ancient times to promote and restore health and relaxation? During the Roman times, Julius Caesar was said to have received daily massages – lucky him!

As most of us won’t be receiving daily massages, this blog hopes to bring you inspiration on leading a more sustainable life – with tips on taking care of yourself, others and the planet.  I hope to bring you tid-bits of interesting information on massage, links to interesting articles (although I won’t be commenting on the validity of the science – you’ll have to decide that for yourselves!), special offers, healthy recipes and anything else I can think of that might benefit your wellbeing.

So, tip number one: when did you last stand still and breathe in the smell of the seasons? I love this poem to remind me of all the beautiful things in danger of being missed out on if we’re forever rushing around, trying to tick things off our never-ending to-do lists!

What is this life, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can,
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand, and stare.

It’s by William Henry Davies. So, my challenge to you is to go outside – take your coffee if you like – look up at the sky, notice the colour of the leaves on the trees, the sound of the wind and the birds…. and breathe, great big, deep breaths expanding your chest. Be conscious of where you are right now and all of the positive things in your life, forgetting your to-do list for just a few minutes and re-connecting with yourself. I’d love to know how you get on – get in touch or visit me on Facebook!