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Give Yourself a Head Massage

A head massage can assist to release tension and increase blood flow, which is good for your hair. And you can give yourself a head massage and reap the benefits.

First, find a relaxing spot and place your phone on silent. You can burn burning oil to enhance your experience.

Sit with your back supported, then run your fingertips in a straight motion through your hair from the front to the back. Apply downward pressure, but not too hard. Then in circular motions run your fingertips from front to back. Reverse this motion starting from your crown to hairline. Repeat these circular movements on the sides of your scalp.

To finish up, use your thumbs and fingertips to gently massage in circles behind your ear, then around the ear, and pay special attention to your ear lobes. You can also do this massage using oil.

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Meet Thobeska. She is from Mangwanani Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom located in uMhlanga, and below is her story.

Hi! My name is Thobeka Madolwana, a young black woman who has always wanted nothing but the best in life. I completed matric in 2015, but because of financial issues, I couldn’t further my education. I then heard about Mangwanani − a company that focuses on empowering black women to achieve their dreams. In 2017, I joined the company, starting as a therapist at the Orange Spa, where I gathered experience in this field. I then focused on growing myself within the company and on becoming an empowered woman. I have been able to take good care of my family − and all thanks to Mangwanani.

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Meet Nozipho Ntuli, Assistant Trainer working at our training centre. She is an orphan, a single mom, but she does not allow anything to stop her and as with other staff rely on your support. This is her story: “Dear Mangwanani, this is Nozipho speaking. I would like to tell you the story of my life with Mangwanani. In 2014, I began working at Mangwanani as a therapist. I loved being a therapist, especially giving full body, head, neck, and shoulder massages. This was the treatment I loved most. One day, Chris and Erin ask me to become a trainer. At first I resisted because I was very happy in my present job. However. Erin tasked me with creating more Noziphos out there. My dream was to be a therapist and the best one ever. Chris explained that, to continue as Nozipho, I could not be a therapist for the rest of my life. We all need to grow. I was encouraged to take the opportunity of sharing my skills in helping to create more Noziphos like me. Put this way, I started to think. I then changed my mind about my job situation. Stagnation can set in. Change means growth to the positive person. It is not only about your comfort zone. You need to share your skills and knowledge, extending to others the chance to learn. I love Mangwanani. I am where I am because of Mangwanani. Trust me − trust us all − if you want to grow, you certainly can do so with Mangwanani. It’s all about believing in yourself. I have a long path ahead here at Mangwanani. I intend to keep changing and growing with you, Mangwanani!”

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We want to share the story from Jackina, from Mangwanani River Valley. Here is her story: My name is Jackina Ngwepe (41-years old), a Mangwanani employee. In September 2005, I took employment with Mangwanani when I was 23. Erin (the CEO) took me through my interview. I was nervous because this was my first job, two years after my matric. After the interview, I told Erin that every month I have to attend my hospital for a check-up, as I have a heart problem. I asked Erin whether this could be done while employed at Mangwanani. I also explained that carrying anything heavy would be against the doctor’s instructions. Erin − an angel from God − accepted me despite my condition. My history − Since 1995, I have often been in and out of the hospital because of my cardiac problem (double valve replacement). I was living in fear that I might die young. Even my parents did not at that time have an understanding of my condition. I did not worry about my future or have goals in my life. My disability grant was deposited every month in my bank account, which satisfied me. I did not dream of myself working. Even when still at school, every year, I had to be admitted to the hospital for a month, or at least some weeks. I did not see anyone employing me, knowing that I had this condition. All I can say is: “My boss, I owe you my life.” After my three months’ training, Erin suggested that I go into the facial department as there was a vacancy there. “In every situation, you come across, you have to understand that you cannot get it easily.” I started as a foot therapist and as people lack “ubuntu,” colleagues will give you the strong feet (man’s feet) to welcome you. Although it was a challenge to me, I did not want to complain. I only asked God to give me strength. I remember my angel (Erin Limbert) was always around me. One day after a treatment, I was called to the office to give information about another therapist who was chewing gum. I had no information to offer. It was after the interview, and again walking up the hill, that I found I could not breathe properly. That was when Mrs. Limbert made sure that they only use me in the facial department. Happy therapist! My first year I won best therapist of the year – a voucher for two to Durban with a flight (owing to weather conditions, we had to use a bus), 2 nights’ bed and breakfast at the Lodge. An Uber driver took me wherever I wanted to go. And I won a voucher for two to the Protea hotel for one night. In four different years I won staff member of the month, worth R1000. I was promoted to HOD for the facials, then to hostess; and now I am the duty manager. Thank you, Mangwanani, for the person that I am today. Even though people consider me very strict, I have learned my strong work ethic here at Mangwanani. Thanks to everyone who played a role in building me, the therapist for making me strong (no longer that preciously sensitive person that I was, crying all the time). A big thank you to management for having faith in me, for pushing me to where I am today. Yes, I know that I am a hard worker; however, I would not have believed it possible to handle all those positions. I was able to do so because, above all, I did not want to disappoint the people who entrusted me with their clients. Today I say: thank you! Clientele care is my passion. I love being around the clients, checking and making sure that they are happy and enjoying their stay. We value our clients enormously − they are our first priority. Without them we are jobless. There would not be a Mangwanani. Secondly, our therapists, our lovely ladies, are on hand to guide clients who need this help, showing them a positive way of life, listening to them when they have problems and difficulties. We try to assist where we can because truly, we care very deeply for our clients. Discipline is not hatred; it is necessary to maintain order. We accomplish this by sticking to rules and regulations.

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We wanted to share the story from Siphiwe, from Mangwanani Palazzo at Montecasino in Fourways.

My name is Siphiwe Zwane. Mangwanani has truly enhanced my life. Through my employment here, I have been able to become independent, paying my rent and being able to live alone. I can also afford to buy furniture for the house even though by instalment. Because I work hard and show a good attitude and work ethic to my employers and clients, I can afford to look after myself.

A big thank you to Mangwanani. Although I work far away from my rural area, I can now support my grandmother financially. Nothing gives me greater joy than to be able to buy my grandmother groceries, and see her smile. I intend to continue working at Mangwanani. I am looking at going to beauty school to learn nail technique and make up. I can afford to pay my own fees, and still maintain my daily activities. I am a proud worker here at Mangwanani. Together we will accomplish more, growing over time.

To Mangwanani − thank you for giving us the opportunity to be independent.

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