Blog Posts

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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?

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?

    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, however in...

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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?

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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How ‘Complementary’ Works

This is a reprint of an original blog I posted in May 2016 on a different website Sometimes I refer to myself as an holistic therapist, sometimes complementary. I've lately taken to calling myself an holistic therapist because I'm looking at someone as a person and...

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I’ve seen something on the internet, is it safe?

As a member of a few facebook aromatherapy sites, I keep seeing posts by exasperated American aromatherapists. This advice is being given by marketing companies about ingestion of oils and the neat application of many essential oils. What's the Problem? While I'm an...

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How do I know if my baby enjoys massage?

When I teach baby massage groups I often see parents at the first group nervously wondering if their baby is going to stay still and enjoy the massage. I warn the parents that at some point during the five weeks their baby is likely to cry, and it's ok. It's your...

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Managing Stress

What is stress? We've all heard the word 'stress' and a lot of people use it in everyday vocabulary. Some people think they're not stressed but are used to hiding it, while others frequently feel high levels of stress and are aware of it. Stress can show in many...

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How to get your first therapy session ‘right’

If you've never been for a therapy session you may be wondering what on earth you do. You're going to go and spend some time with a person you've never met before, tell them your health history and then get the therapy you fancied when you had a look at what was on...

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Therapists Advertising Health Conditions

In the UK, therapists are regulated by the Advertising Standards Agency. So, what does this mean? When I first qualified and we were producing leaflets we were told the usual benefits of our therapies, and we all happily produced leaflets and websites saying we could...

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Babies and Colic

I'm often contacted by parents with babies under 7 weeks because their babies have colic. When I teach baby massage groups I usually recommend waiting until 7 weeks. It's because as a group it's easier to manage, because we can rule out certain conditions and your...

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Why doesn’t your centre look open?

I often get comments that my clinic never looks open, and it's true, I don't run a clinic where you can drop in. When I first took the centre I knew I wouldn't be able to have it open all the time, and it's why I chose the location it's in. I also knew I wouldn't have...

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Can you tell things from my feet?

People who visit me for reflexology often ask at some point during the session, 'is it true you can tell things from what you find on the feet?'. The short answer is yes - when we carry out a reflexology session we may feel or see things on the feet which can reflect...

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Aromatherapy isn’t just about essential oil

If you think of aromatherapy, you'll automatically think of essential oils - and you won't be wrong. What you may not know is there is also another aspect to aromatherapy, which is used by clinical aromatherapists. There is a by-product which is created during the...

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Reintroducing Baby Massage

  Baby massage is a wonderful tool to use with babies, but as your baby grows and begins to roll, crawl and toddle it can become difficult. Even the most enthusiastic of parents may admit defeat in trying to encourage their child to stay still and they find their...

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How Would You Invest £1million?

You've received £1 million, how would you invest it? Would you look on the internet and invest all of it based on what you find? Would you invest 50% on something you find on the internet,10%, or you would invest 0% and book an appointment with an investment...

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Men Need Therapies Too

As a massage therapist I've heard of many therapists who won't treat men, or who have decided to give up the profession completely because of the lewd texts and calls that can be received. I do treat men. I work with the men who have back problems, I see men who want...

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Bespoke Blends for Aromatherapy Massage?

As an aromatherapist I naturally make up blends for my clients before we begin the massage part of the appointment. This is what I consider to be an aromatherapy massage, however, talking to other therapists and my own personal experience of receiving an aromatherapy...

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Why I Meditate

A few years ago I signed up to a 21 day meditation course, I tried to make 20minutes a day but it didn't really go too well. I had distractions, the playback was only available for up to five days and I fell behind. So, I tried again. I found the next time a little...

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Why I don’t offer aromatherapy recipes

There is a lot of information on the internet, and it's fantastic, as there's so much information at our fingertips. I've seen some social media sites post various aromatherapy recipes which can help with health complaints but as an aromatherapist it's not something...

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Sunflower Oil and Baby Massage

This is a repost of a blog I posted in January 2016 on another site. This information is still relevant considering baby massage and sunflower oil. At the beginning of November a new piece of research was published which looked at the use of olive oil, sunflower oil...

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Offering several therapies

  People sometimes look at my business card and say 'Ooh, you do a lot of things, don't you?' The truth is, I don't. It's just when they're all listed out like that it can seem a lot. My business is all holistic, I'm not a beauty therapist and I have no desire to be....

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Beginning to Learn about Essential Oils

I remember having a reading list of aromatherapy books for my course, and being so excited when the first one arrived. My attitude soon changed when I looked at it and became overwhelmed. There were so many oils with different cautions and Latin words. Honestly, even...

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Neat And Internal Use of Essential Oils

A repost from March 2016, which I posted originally on another website.   Yet again I've seen a post asking about neat and internal use of essential oils because people are confused. Some people say you should never use oils neat or internally while others say it's...

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