PHAN NEWS PHAN WELLNESS AFTERNOON
HAN members were in for a real treat on Monday 16th April at Sofitel Wentworth Sydney Hotel for a wellness programme including Meditation, Yoga, Hand Pampering, Managing Stress & Productivity through Fitness and Art.
The opening session of 30 minutes was Guided Meditation conducted by “3 Minute Angels”. This session provided a “taste of meditation” using the Yoga Nidra style that is said leave everyone feeling deeply rested and revitalised. Twenty minutes of meditation in the Yoga Nidra style is the equivalent of four hours sleep! All participants were provided with a towel and lay on the floor listening to the soothing voice of the leader who assisted us with breathing exercises and listening to and putting us in touch with our bodies. At the end of 30 minutes all participants would have been happy to stay supine in our total state of
relaxation but we had to move on to the next event. The participants then split into two groups. The Yoga group was taken through a series of exercises (Astanas) that provide relaxation and stretching to the degree that each is capable. This was certainly a lot more strenuous than the meditation! We were not all able to fully replicate the positions required but there was a sense of achievement no matter what level you were able to reach The feedback from many of the participants was that they would like to learn more so it is something the committee could consider for the future. Whilst the yoga was being conducted, the second group was treated to hand pampering. This unit was conducted by Leanne Bailey of Mary Kaye cosmetics and was total luxury with beautiful lightly perfumed hand lotions. The big revelation was the hand scrub, we all agreed, our hands after the scrub had never felt so smooth and soft, a real winner.
During the hand pampering we were also treated to a 5 minute neck and shoulder massage, what bliss! Our keynote session was Krista Elliott presenting her novel fitness approach “Stress Management and Productivity Enhancement through Fitness and Art”. She had us all working out learning some simple techniques that we could use in our workplace. These exercises are geared to assist relaxation and stress – fast, no fuss, in our work clothes on the job. Then we became artists, despite some initial nervousness, we all were able to produce an “artwork”. What a fun way to wind up a delightful afternoon working at working out and learning some techniques to assist recharging and re-energising – without leaving our hotels. We have lots of exciting events planned between now and Christmas and will update everyone in the next issue of Executive Housekeeper.
FNPHN NEWS T
he last letter FNPHN submitted we were maybe a little smugly gloating that we were having a ‘quiet’ period. It didn’t last long however and since the end of May Cairns we have been very busy once again. Recently it was because of Conferences on protecting the Great Barrier Reef and now of course it is the people from the Southern States escaping the cold, plus of course many groups from China, India and America. Sadly, recently our Sally Vowles passed away suddenly. Sally had been the Executive Housekeeper at Green Island
Resort for several years and later was at one of the local Dry Cleaning companies making sure the Housekeepers had as little dramas as possible with the Guest Valet service. After retiring last year Sally and her husband retired onto their yacht in the Trinity Inlet but unfortunately her health declined and we lost her at the end of June. On the Committee for many years she was the driving force behind many of the events etc. With unending enthusiasm, quick wit and an unfailing happy disposition her time spent within FNPHN helped build the very foundations of the Association. Known for her bright Kaftans many of
by Rae Read, president
us remember her as a busy butterfly, always willing to lend a hand with a cheerful word to anyone in need. Sadly missed by us all. The next big event on our Social Calender is our AGM coming up at the end of August with a couple of breakfasts in between. Other than that it is heads down and hurry scurry etc. for us up here in the sunny north which is always a shock to the system when we have had a brief lull in occupancy. Until next time Happy Housekeeping to All.