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Tasha Bolla, Therapist: Five things I would change about Jersey

Tasha Bolla, Therapist: Five things I would change about Jersey

Friday 10 May 2019

Tasha Bolla, Therapist: Five things I would change about Jersey

Tasha's day-to-day is all about helping islanders balance their bodies and minds to make them feel good inside and how would she transfer that philosophy to life in Jersey?

She started her training and studies in yoga therapy, health and beauty at 18, with a particular interest in skin treatment and how someone's physical and emotional wellbeing can affect it.

"As a teen, I suffered with acne and this affected my confidence, so if I can help someone else feel great in any way in their own skin, I take this is an honour and a privilege," the founder of Charing Cross-based Vanilla Health and Beauty explained.

Today, Tasha's stepping away from the massage and therapy bed and considering how she would give the whole island a boost by sharing five ideas she feels would help Jersey's inner beauty shine...

1. Teaching tranquility... out of town

A dedicated 'Health and Wellness Space' out of town would be amazing. Of course, we have wellness-orientated businesses thriving on the island. However, one thing I think we are lacking is an open space where one can grab a coffee, breakie, enjoy yoga and also enjoy talks that are wellness related for all ages.


Pictured: Tasha would like to see a wellness space close to the coast.

There are many business-focused wellness companies on the island – but one out of town, close to the coast, I would like to see. Whilst travelling, I have seen places that have done this well.

...and while we're on the topic of wellness outside of town, what about in the classroom?

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A post shared by V A N I L L A (@vanillahealthbeauty) onMar 27, 2019 at 5:26pm PDT

Yoga and meditation within education should be a must within Jersey. Both are proven to reduce aggressive behaviour, anxiety, and low self-worth, whilst also boosting focus, concentration and happiness. This is something I would love to get involved with.

2. Drive up bike use

Jersey being a generally affluent place, it comes with countless cars per family. Whilst independence for young drivers is great, one thing that does concern me is how many cars we have for such a small island.


Pictured: With too many cars comes unnecessary pollution, so time to hop on our bikes, says Tasha.

With this comes unnecessary pollution. Public transport is great here, and cycling and walking should be encouraged more - a healthy and environmentally friendly alternative.

3. Get young professionals on the ladder

Being nearly 30, one thing I feel strongly about is the inflation on housing and rentals in general. Buying is particularly difficult for single individuals. The new buyer programmes that are popping up are too expensive in most cases.


Pictured: Individuals in their 20s should be able to get on the housing ladder, not just couples.

I think it should be a positive thing for individuals in their 20s to be getting on the ladder of their own accord – without the support of being in a couple, or an inheritance.

More and more single individuals my age that I speak to are considering buying with a friend as they cannot afford a property in the current market.

4. Like, comment, share... positively

Social media is a great platform for businesses. However, the personal comparisons, jealously and negative impact it can have on any person’s health should not be taken lightly.

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The Big 6 ✨ You can be playing around as much you like with your exterior - however if you are ignoring the basics, there's no foundation. A healthy mindset & outset starts and ends with you. I started Vanilla as I wanted somewhere that connects the Body with the Mind. Always be true to yourself. Don't desire to look or be someone else, or cover up the true you. Just the best you . It's all connected, we are all connected. I love what I do, as I love helping others feel good. Then they pass that goodness on to not only themselves, but others too . If there is something you want to achieve, whether that be internally or externally. Please contact me, I would love to help ♡

A post shared by V A N I L L A (@vanillahealthbeauty) onOct 24, 2018 at 8:52am PDT

With the younger generation, I do think social media should be monitored. Too much exposure is never a good idea, especially if it is taking over your reality, life and experiences.

I try to use my social media platforms to boost awareness, positivity and self care. This should be done in a constructive and informative way.

5. Somewhere to really let our hair down

I have thought about this at length: we are in massive need of a cool bar that promotes a positive attitude to going out and letting your hair down. Myself and my girlfriends have even discussed this and got excited about the idea!

Plastic straws cocktail alcohol

Pictured: "We are in massive need of a cool bar that promotes a positive attitude to going out and letting your hair down," says Tasha.

Jersey, I personally find quite “sceney” - there’s a lot of comparing and anxiety that comes with such a small-town territory.

It would be amazing to have somewhere where there is a cool vibe... coffee or cocktails, beer or spirits, nibbles to share or light bites, day to night vibe, varied playlist to DJ – where you can dress up or dress down. Going out should be about feeling relaxed, having fun and being social.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and not Bailiwick Express.

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