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What is an Aromatherapy Massage?

What is an Aromatherapy Massage?

    If you're booking for a massage you'll soon discover there are a lot of different types, including aromatherapy massage. Aromatherapy massage is a specific type of massage which uses a blend of essential oils diluted in a carrier oil (vegetable oil)....

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Essential Oils and Pregnancy

Essential Oils and Pregnancy

  Recently, I've been contacted by a therapist who is concerned to see a course encouraging essential oils for pregnant women. The person advertising the course has a health background but is not an aromatherapist and is part of a multi-level-marketing company....

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5 Tips to get the most from your therapy

5 Tips to get the most from your therapy

If you've booked for a therapy you may be wondering how to get your money's worth from it. These are tips you may want to think about: 1. Before every session we have a little chat, however depending on what therapy you're choosing and how you're feeling on the day...

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How we Choose your Essential Oils

How we Choose your Essential Oils

If you're thinking of booking an aromatherapy massage, you may be wondering what oils are used for the session and if it's a pre-blend of essential oils, or if you're expected to tell the therapist what oils you want - if you have a limited knowledge of essential oils...

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Why book to see an holistic therapist?

Why book to see an holistic therapist?

If you've never been to see an holistic therapist, you may be wondering why you would want to book. They can seem expensive, with no indication of what they may help, and with no guarantees to their efficacy. What's in a name? An holistic therapist is someone who...

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How Does Reflexology Work?

How Does Reflexology Work?

If you've never tried reflexology you may know it's to do with the feet and is supposed to be relaxing, but beyond that you may be a bit confused. What is reflexology? Reflexology is a complementary therapy which traditionally takes place on the feet. You can actually...

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When is the best time to massage my baby?

When is the best time to massage my baby?

When you learn baby massage you may find yourself wondering when is a good time to massage your baby. Some people automatically think they'll use baby massage before bedtime to encourage their baby to sleep. This can be a good idea, but, if you already have a routine...

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New Year, New You?

New Year, New You?

It's January again, and that time of year when we get bombarded with messages of hope, aspirations and aims that we should aspire to for the next coming 12 months. Usually, after the Christmas deluge of overindulging, there are...

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What does self-care look like?

What does self-care look like?

So, as we're approaching the end of the year I hear a lot of people commenting on how their lives are getting a bit crazy as they try to fit everything in. Self-care is a bit of a buzz phrase at the moment, but it's because it is important, especially when things...

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What is clinical aromatherapy?

What is clinical aromatherapy?

These days, it can be difficult to identify what type of aromatherapy you want. You may see the term aromatherapy, go for a therapy and then discover it's a set massage sequence using a pre-blended oil. Technically, yes, this is...

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Why have regular therapies?

Why have regular therapies?

Are you someone who has trouble understanding why someone would pay so much for a therapy? Do you consider it a luxury or a pamper? If so, then you may not understand why people would book to have regular therapies. Years ago, I'll admit I fell into the camp where I...

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What are hydrolats and hydrosols?

What are hydrolats and hydrosols?

  What are hydrolats and hydrosols? In America they are called hydrosols, while in the UK they tend to be called hydrolats or hydrosols depending on the supplier. They are both used to refer to the same product. During steam distillation, the plant material is...

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Diffusing and inhaling essential oils

Diffusing and inhaling essential oils

Did you know that inhalation is one of the most effective ways for essential oils to enter the body? When you inhale an essential oil some of the components make their way to the limbic area of the brain. This is the area which is associated with memory and explains...

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Therapies and Pregnancy

Therapies and Pregnancy

Occasionally I'm asked if I offer therapies to pregnant women. I don't advertise it on my website, and perhaps I should, but it's because I don't consider it a special skill and I don't consider a therapy for a pregnant woman as something that needs highlighting. As...

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How can you touch peoples’ feet?

How can you touch peoples’ feet?

So, this is a question I often get asked, and it's usually from people who don't like having their feet touched People are often worried about the appearance of their feet or the fact they may smell a little, however, often feet do look very similar -  foot shaped...

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What is Baby Massage?

What is Baby Massage?

Baby massage has become more popular in recent years, as parents think it's a nice thing to do with their young baby while health professionals are beginning to understand the implications of positive touch for an early age. So, what is it? Some people think it...

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How to Choose Essential Oils

How to Choose Essential Oils

If you're new to essential oils, chances are you've had an oil recommended by someone, or you've read something somewhere and you think it may be worth a try. So, how do you choose your essential oils?                     If someone has recommended an oil to you, what...

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What affects essential oil absorption into your skin?

What affects essential oil absorption into your skin?

If you have a massage, you probably think of essential oils being smelly, fragrant aromas which are massaged onto your skin before being absorbed by your body. The skin is designed to be a barrier and to protect things getting into our body. This isn't to say things...

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What is an Holistic Massage?

What is an Holistic Massage?

  If you're looking to book a massage, it can be difficult to know which one to go for. Do you want aromatherapy, deep tissue, holistic, no hands, hot stone, warm bamboo, shells etc, etc? The list is endless! As with other complementary therapies, when you start...

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Why Book a Reiki Session?

Why Book a Reiki Session?

You may already know a little bit about Reiki, you may have had a taster session, or you may have read previous blog posts about Reiki and felt drawn towards trying it. If you've never heard of Reiki, you may want to read my blog post, What is Reiki? which explains...

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Baby Massage and Reflux

Baby Massage and Reflux

Sometimes during my baby massage courses I see babies who appear to have reflux. In recent years, this condition has overtaken colic in popularity - if you find your baby is crying at the same time every evening then it may be colic and you may want to read my blog...

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Why Choose an Indian Head Massage?

Why Choose an Indian Head Massage?

Indian head massage is traditionally a seated massage through the clothes, although it is possible to have the massage with a towel wrapped around you so oil can be used on the neck and shoulders. So, why do people book an Indian head massage? The short answer is,...

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Checking Qualifications

Checking Qualifications

When you enter the realm of complementary therapy you will soon discover there is a vast variation of qualifications and it can be difficult to know how qualified the therapist you are visiting is. Some therapists may have completed lengthy courses with case studies...

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Essential Oils for Bedtime Monsters

Essential Oils for Bedtime Monsters

During my baby massage course I talk to parents about how to safely use essential oils around children. If you're thinking about using essential oils with your baby you may want to read this post, essential oils and babies. Many parents think about using essential...

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How long should my therapy be?

How long should my therapy be?

When you book a therapy you may find there is a choice between half hour, hour, and an hour and half appointments, and if you've not booked a therapy before you may be unsure about which one to choose. Regardless of which one you select, you will find that for your...

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Privacy and Consent for your Therapy

Privacy and Consent for your Therapy

You may or may not be aware that there are changes taking place on 25th May with new legislation called GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). This is to change the old Data Protection Act, as we now collect and store so much information. This is important, as you...

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Why I Include Songs with Baby Massage

Why I Include Songs with Baby Massage

At the end of my baby massage courses parents are given the chance to provide feedback. Recently at the end of one of my childrens' centre course I received the following: "The singing is awkward and unnecessary. Playing music/lullabies in the background would be much...

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Looking After Citrus Oils

Looking After Citrus Oils

If you buy essential oils then you may well have already looked into how to store them and look after them. If you don't know how to store them and you'd like some guidelines you can check out one of my previous blog posts about how to look after your essential oils....

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Essential Oils and Babies

Essential Oils and Babies

Across the internet there is lots of information about essential oils, and there is lots of conflicting advice about essential oils and babies. Some people will say never to use essential oils on babies below 2 years of age, others 12 weeks, and others say it's fine...

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Getting the Most out of your Therapy

Getting the Most out of your Therapy

With holistic therapies it is possible for your session to be tailored to you, so, how do you get the most out of your therapy session? Before the hands-on part of your therapy begins, you'll find that your therapist has a little chat with you. Apart from letting you...

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Suggestions for a Good Nights Sleep

Suggestions for a Good Nights Sleep

It happens to everyone from time to time and it’s quite usual, but if you find you’re struggling with getting to sleep or staying asleep, then it may be worth reviewing what is going on. Recent research is showing the importance of sleep, and how it is used by the...

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Why have reflexology?

Why have reflexology?

Reflexology tends to have a bit of a marmite effect on people - mention reflexology involves the feet and some people will begin to tell you why they hate having their feet touched, while others will tell you they could have their feet rubbed all night. Reflexology is...

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Looking after your essential oils

Looking after your essential oils

If you're buying essential oils, you may discover that some cost a few pounds while others actually cost quite a bit. The cost is usually a factor of where it was obtained, current levels of availability and how difficult it is to extract. For example, you'll find a...

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Can you have therapies with a terminal illness?

Can you have therapies with a terminal illness?

Some people feel if they have received a terminal diagnosis that they cannot receive complementary therapies. If you have a terminal diagnosis you have received the worst news and you will be going on a journey with the medical community on the best way of care for...

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Let’s talk about…flatulence

Let’s talk about…flatulence

Ok, so I appreciate this isn't something that gets discussed very often, but I'm aware if you've never had a massage before it may be something you're a little concerned about and it may even put you off booking an appointment. We all have bodily functions, some a...

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Take it easy on yourself

Take it easy on yourself

So, once again we're at the start of the year. Every year many of us make plans, set goals and set off full steam ahead. For some it's business plans, others health aims, personal challenges; the list can be endless as we try to make our lives perfect. But what if we...

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Can I mix my therapies?

Can I mix my therapies?

As an holistic therapist I have a toolkit of therapies I offer, as I'm aware not everyone likes the same thing. Regardless of your therapy, I'll have a little chat with you before the session, and it's then you can tell me what you think you may want. If you're having...

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How to choose your therapy

How to choose your therapy

Chances are, if you've made it to a complementary therapy website you have an idea about what you're looking for. Someone may have told you they've found something that was fantastic for sorting out their ache, someone else may have found a particular therapy really...

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A Commonsense Approach to Aromatherapy

A Commonsense Approach to Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a massive subject and no one knows everything; we keep discovering things and changing our stance on things based on new information; in many circles this is considered as adopting 'best practice'. We revise and grow. Or we don't.  I am seeing posts by...

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Losing my love for aromatherapy?

Anyone who knows me knows I love my essential oils. I think they're fantastic and I've spent over ten years exploring them, but I'm aware my love for them is waning. This may sound curious from an aromatherapist, but I've been thinking about it for a while. If I'm...

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An Holistic Aromatherapy Approach for Chronic Illness

An Holistic Aromatherapy Approach for Chronic Illness

This blog post is a guest post for Honeysuckle Healing.  The content arose after twitter feedback asking for information about how to use essential oils most effectively, how they can help with spasms, clear thinking, insomnia and other symptoms people living with...

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My extreme self care

My extreme self care

Every year, about this time, I begin to feel exhausted and that I need a break, but I'm aware I have too much to do. With my workload, my family and the increase of pressures such as organising Christmas for home and a business, it can begin to feel a little...

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What is a Hot Stone Massage?

What is a Hot Stone Massage?

If you think of a hot stone massage you may think of a massage with stones laid on your back. While stones may be put on your back while it's not being massaged, it's not actually the main part of a hot stone massage session. A hot stone massage actually involves...

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Aromatherapy without a massage

Aromatherapy without a massage

When you think of aromatherapy, do you think of aromatherapy with a massage? If so, you're not alone. Many people think that when you book with a therapist for an aromatherapy session, you will be getting a massage, however it is possible to book an aromatherapy...

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Do you have therapies yourself?

Do you have therapies yourself?

This is a question I often get asked by people who book my therapies. My take on it is I have a physical job and if I want to maintain my health I need to have regular therapies. Even before becoming an holistic therapist I would dabble with different therapies. In...

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Why do I need a consultation?

Why do I need a consultation?

When you book your first appointment for an holistic therapy, you'll be advised we need to allow time for a consultation. It may seem a little excessive if you're booking for a bit of relaxation, but it's actually really important. A consultation allows you time to...

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What is phototoxicity?

What is phototoxicity?

    If you use certain oils on your skin or if you see an aromatherapist for a massage, you may be warned about going into direct sunlight after your session. Sometimes it will be because it's summer and the carrier oil means you are more likely to burn,...

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From Hating Massage to Loving It

From Hating Massage to Loving It

This is a repost of a blog I posted in 2016 on my other website OK, I have a confession to make. I hated the first massage I ever had. I couldn't work out why people paid for these things and did it regularly. I led there wondering how long it would be, thoughts...

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How often should I have a therapy?

How often should I have a therapy?

Some people who visit me are worried about the level of commitment needed with therapies. They think they're going to be visiting weekly, it will cost a fortune and they don't know if it's going to help. It's important to remember your therapist is a facilitator and...

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