Adding different experiences to my therapies is very important to me, as I believe that to engage as many senses as possible throughout a treatment ritual, lifts it from a ‘nice’ treatment to something other-wordly. I want to offer an experiential journey that is remembered long after the treatment has finished, one that encompasses as much holistic expression as possible. Using sound therapy helps to facilitate shifts in our brainwave state from beta (normal waking consciousness) to alpha (relaxed consciousness) and even reach theta (mediative state) and delta (sleep: where internal healing can occur).
Sound helps create the pathway to this place of stillness the same as a mantra helps you to arrive at the still point of meditation. Various tools used for sound therapy include the voice, drums, Himalayan or Crystal Singing Bowls, tuning forks or Koshi Bells.
The Koshi bell or chime is my tool of choice. Crafted in a workshop at the foot of the Pyrenean mountains, eight chords are welded with silver at the base of a resonance tube made of bamboo, a material renowned for its acoustic quality, the Koshi chime is deep in sound and rich in overtones. There are four melodies, Terra (earth), Aqua (water), Aria (air) and Ignis (fire). I have chosen Aria, or air as I enjoyed this sound the most, and I use it either at the beginning or conclusion of each bespoke treatment.
Treatment room goals…Looks inviting don’t you think? But, spending time on a massage couch does more than just offer an hour or so of relaxation in a beautiful space. Massage is the healing power of touch from knowledgable hands of a skilled therapist bringing about a whole plethora of benefits to both psychological and physiological wellbeing. Relieving stress and reducing anxiety, helping release fibromyalgia and adhesions, soothing tension headaches and helping us to sleep better. Massage can relieve symptoms of depression, improve cardiovascular health and reduce the pain of osteoarthritis.
In 2017, the Cornwall-based Made For Life Foundation saw a need for those living with cancer to be welcomed into spas rather than seen as a contra-indicated client who needed a GP referral letter. The foundation designed and launched a fully accredited 3 day Cancer Touch Therapy training course. This advanced course enabled qualified beauty and massage therapists to gain a deeper understanding of what cancer is, the staging and grading of cancer and how treatments for cancer can affect the need to adapt spa therapies. A game-changer in the wellness stakes when one is needing all the comfort and support out there in what must be one of the most challenging times of life. For more information visit www.madeforlife.org
So, celebrate this amazing age-old therapy and book some regular couch-time, regular investment for your health and wellbeing, not just for an annual spa day treat.
Having been part of the spa and beauty industry for more than two decades, I have seen many skincare, spa, and wellness brands come onto the market over the years. With the surge in vegetarian and vegan movements across many sectors, from the food we eat to the clothes we wear being driven by social media and campaigns like Veganuary, the popularity of a vegan lifestyle has grown as consumers embrace a more wellness-oriented lifestyle. Now we are witnessing that it isn’t just about the food that we put on our plates; veganism is present on our bathroom shelves and in the skincare we use on our bodies and faces.
Natural numbers Statistics from the NPD Group, a global information company, state that the luxury beauty market has also been boosted by the growth of natural beauty. Natural brands (including organic, naturally-derived and vegan) are growing at 16%, ahead of the market growth which is at 7% in the 12-month period to the end of January 2019. The top five product types for natural brands are anti-ageing, cleansers, moisturisers, eye treatments and masks.
Cruelty-free As clients become more aware of the ingredients used in beauty products, ethics are now becoming more important to individual brands. For example, more customers are aware that if a brand is selling in China then their products need to be tested on animals. That’s a key factor to consider when making choices about adopting a vegan lifestyle and what brands to buy from when choosing your next cleanser or lipstick.
Becoming vegan The popularity of veganism is undeniable and many beauty companies are now capitalising on the movement. Mainstream spa and beauty brands are now offering a vegan range, such as the launch of Super Food Skincare by Elemis which is not only vegan, but also meets customer demand for super food ingredients. I have always advocated working with high performing organic skincare, I use brands such as De Mamiel, Pai, Votary and Herbivore within my wellbeing treatments. I believe the trend for vegan beauty products and therapies that not only help clients look good, but also feel good on an ethical level is set to increase even further in 2019 and beyond.
Last month, I was delighted to offer my wellbeing treatments within a very special yoga retreat, run by Jeff and Jennie Phenix, both super experienced yoga teachers who offer classes, workshops and residential retreats both in London, throughout the UK and overseas.http://jeffphenixyoga.com
After such a wonderful weekend with amazing feedback from some very special yogis, I will be taking bookings for the next planned Spring retreat in April. I offer a mix of my bespoke massage therapy, wellbeing face treatments and reflexology, using a beautiful selection of the best skincare and essential oils. For enquiries about booking your place on the retreat, please click the link above and contact Jeff – to book any couch time, please contact me directly!
A Gift of Wellness… Imagine if you could wrap up a parcel of good health, send an envelope filled with relaxation, or courier a box full of nurturing intention, to a much loved family member or a very special friend.
Well now you can, as I have just launched ‘A Gift of Wellness’ treatment vouchers. A beautifully designed and well presented gift card that can be used for any of the therapies offered at Boutique Wellbeing, from a Deep Sleep Face Treatment, Deep Connection Body Massage to a Luxury Manicure or Reflexology.
Boutique Wellbeing at Ash Cottage is just 5 miles from the beautiful town of Woodstock, located in the heart of the Cotswolds. A rural retreat that offers bespoke natural therapies, a perfectly unique and indulgent gift for Christmas or any special occasion.