Aromatherapy is the practice of using volatile plant oils, including essential oils, which may be helpful for psychological and physical well-being.
Aromatherapy treats mind and body together. The scent of the essential oils used can have a powerful effect on the emotions while the oil's chemistry affects the body
Essential oils are extracted from plants and they have certain therapeutic properties. The aromatherapist will decide on the best oils or blend of oils to use depending on your specific needs.
The oils can be applied in a variety of ways, but massage is a common method of application. The essential oils are blended with a carrier oil and then gently massaged into the skin.
Aromatherapy is an especially effective treatment for stress-related problems and a variety of chronic conditions.
Research has shown that when they are applied to the skin or inhaled, essential oils are absorbed into the bloodstream and metabolised in the body, similar to other substances. Many essential oils possess significant anti-microbial properties, in both liquid and vapour form. There are many studies that demonstrate how essential oils can positively affect mood and the sense of well-being. (Woolfson, A & Hewitt, D (1992) Intensive Aromacare, International Journal of Aromatherapy 4(2) pp.12-13).
Research shows that aromatherapy may be useful for the following:
Indian head massage
Indian Head Massage is a treatment based on old Ayurvedic techniques involving work on the upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp and face. A variety of massage movements are used to relieve accumulated tension, stimulate circulation and restore joint movement. IHM is also used to aid the condition and health of the hair, particularly when combined with the use of natural organic oils.
Indian Head Massage is used by practitioners to help reduce stress and fatigue, increase mental clarity, and relax and rejuvenate the receiver. A treatment will last between 20 minutes to one hour.
Facial cleanse and massage
Holistic rejuvenating facial cleanse and massage using products suited to your needs, including Neal’s Yard products, offers you a relaxing experience which will leave your face feeling soft, moisturised and re energised.
It includes a cleanse and massage routine which lasts an hour and involves a full consultation, cleanse, moisturise and massage. Acupressure techniques are also used to help the skin feel rejuvenated and fresh. There is also the use of hot towels to help cleanse and improve circulation.
Hot or Cold Stone Massage
Hot Stone Massage combines the benefits of heat from warm basalt stones combined with massage strokes, to create a deep, relaxing treatment. As the skin warms from the use of the heated stones this allows the skin to absorb appropriate therapeutic oils, while at the same time warming the muscles so the therapist can work into the deeper muscle layers if necessary.
Cold Stone Massage, using cooled marble stones, can be beneficial for areas of the body with fluid retention which may help to reduce the build up of fluid in the area. Cold stone massage can also be very soothing during hot weather.
Balinese massage is a full-body, deep-tissue treatment which uses a combination of gentle stretches, acupressure, reflexology, and aromatherapy to stimulate the flow of blood, oxygen and energy around the body, helping to bring a sense of wellbeing, calm and deep relaxation. Different techniques are used, including skin rolling, kneading and stroking, and pressure-point stimulation, combined with the aromas of essential oils. Oils used include frangipani, lemon grass and jasmine.
Balinese massage is a good treatment to choose if you want to experience a variety of massage techniques, need some help to relax, or if you're feeling a bit low. It will help you to feel calm, but it will also help your circulation and target knotted tissue to address physical issues as well.
The Dorn Method and Breuss massage
Dorn is a gentle and safe manual Complementary Therapy focusing on the cause of back and joint pain in people of all ages. It is used to correct misalignments of the spine and other joints , targeting common health problems including:
Further information can be found on the Dorn Method Therapists Association website
SHAMANIC healing is thought to be one of the oldest healing practices, stretching back thousands of years and linking to indigenous cultures across the globe. Shamanism is rooted in the belief that everything has an energy and that, sometimes, work needs to be done to bring things back into balance.
The shamanic practitioner sees health issues as being connected to the loss of energy, or power, and will work to balance these issues, often seeking to return lost energy and helping to return the client to wholeness.
During the session there may be the use of drums, rattles and chimes as well as 'smudging'- a method of burning herbs or incense to cleanse and bless the area. Shamanic healing can also be used alongside other treatments such as massage or reflexology.
People consult Shamanic Practitioners for many different reasons including:
These life events can affect us in many ways and in shamanic terms may result in Soul Loss. Physically, the symptoms of soul loss can be many things. Fatigue is very common, along with a weakened immune system. Soul loss can be behind many illnesses. This may then start to affect the physical body causing ill health and weakness.
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, it might be that in shamanic terms, the most likely cause is 'soul loss'. The idea of soul loss is central to shamanism along with the shamanic practice of 'soul retrieval'. This is the idea that part of our soul can literally leave, leaving behind a sense of emptiness and a feeling that something is missing'. The treatment is for a shamanic practitioner to find the missing part and persuade it to come back, and help make the person whole again.
Crystals are minerals and are all around us. They are formed in the earth's surface and come in many different shapes, sizes and colours. They are identified by their colour and degree of hardness which is measured by the Mohs Scale.
Crystals emit vibrations and frequencies which can affect our whole being. They are known to have healing qualities and each crystal will have different healing qualities which can be utilised to help bring balance and harmony.
A Crystal Healing treatment is carried out lying down in a comfortable and peaceful environment. There is no need to remove any clothing. The Crystals specific to your needs are then placed around or on your body.
The practitioner will then work with the energy of the crystal to assist healing and change. Treatments are also deeply relaxing, ease stress, and have a calming effect.
The five principles of Reiki;
• Just for today; Do not anger
• Just for today; Do not worry
• Just for today; Count your blessings
• Just for today; Live honestly
• Just for today; Be kind to all living things
Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is a system of Enlightenment and a Hands on Healing art developed in the early 1900's by Mikao Usui in Japan.
The word Reiki comes from two Japanese words - Rei and Ki, meaning Universal Life Force Energy. The term "Reiki" is used to describe both the energy and the Usui system of using it.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It is effective in helping many illnesses and always creates a beneficial effect. Reiki is a non-invasive therapy that can be used without fear of any side-effects or receive too much. It may be used with confidence alongside conventional medication or natural remedies as it acts in a complementary way.
Reiki is usually carried out either lying down or sitting, in a comfortable and peaceful environment. There is no need to remove any clothing. The practitioner places their hands gently, in a series of positions, on or over the body. The client's system automatically draws in only as much Reiki as is needed. Reiki may be felt as a flow of energy, mild tingling, warmth, coolness, other sensations, or nothing at all. Reiki is deeply relaxing, eases stress, and has a calming effect.
Reflexology is an ancient therapy known to be over 4000 years old. There is pictorial evidence in the tomb of Ankhmahor, an Egyptian physician showing a reflexology treatment in progress. The Chinese are also known to have used reflexology in conjunction with acupuncture.
Reflexology as we know it today was introduced to the West by Dr William Fitzgerald an American surgeon who conducted research into ancient Chinese healing techniques. From this he found that by applying pressure to certain parts of the body produced an anaesthetising effect on another part of the body. From this he developed Zone therapy.
His work was further developed by Joe Riley and Eunice Ingham. Eunice Ingham, known as the Mother of Reflexology, devoted over 40 years of her life to developing and advancing reflexology in the West.
Reflexology is an holistic therapy which means that when you receive a treatment your body is helped to balance itself on many levels including physically, spiritually and psychologically.
Reflexology may help the following conditions:
Blend Fascial facial
Blend Fascial Facial
The Fascial Facial is an advanced method of facial massage using specifically designed techniques for the face and neck. Developed by Tracey Kiernan and Debbie Tamblyn Jones, the Fascial Facial can help to: