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...

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Massage when you Feel Body Conscious

  I get a few people who come to me for a different therapy because they feel body conscious. They know a massage is probably going to help them the best, but they're not ready to get stripped off in front of a stranger and flaunt it all. Here's the thing - You...

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What is reiki?

Reiki is pronounced as ray-kee, and began as a Japanese self-healing technique. Over the years it has developed into an energy therapy, which some people think is amazing and others consider as rubbish. During a reiki session you lie fully clothed on a couch or sit in...

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Falling off the Resolution Bandwagon

This is the repost of my blog post from January 2015, in case you fall off the resolution bandwagon. Once again we're finding ourselves at the beginning of January with hope for another year. Have you made any resolutions? Have you already broken them and beaten...

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What to expect during a reflexology appointment

  As a complementary therapist I will admit that I'm guilty of assuming everyone knows what reflexology is and about all the treatments I offer. I'm also guilty of explaining reflexology in terms of the feet mirroring the body systems, working through meridians or...

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Where should I buy my essential oils?

As an aromatherapist this is something I get asked a lot. I know it's because it's a minefield, and the market is so adulterated it's difficult to know what to trust. The thing is, aromatherapists are a funny breed, we get to like our particular suppliers. At the...

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Explaining Traditional Indian Head Massage

  I sometimes get asked what is Indian Head Massage. I learned Traditional Indian Head Massage, so if you visit me I'll assume you're asking for a seated massage, rather than a couch massage. I know this varies with therapists, so it may be worth checking with...

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