Retreat life in lockdown…

Hello everyone, I haven’t written an update on here for ages, opting to send emails out to my database and a few posts on Instagram instead over these past few months. But today I wanted to write a short note to say hello to all my lovely clients and followers on various social channels and upload a few pictures of what I have been up to since my girls stopped going to school and life as we know it turned upside down!

I know we are all feeling the same, some days are better than others for me. Homeschooling my 6 year old twin daughters has brought me near to tears on occasion, especially now the novelty has worn off having ‘Mrs Brown’ as their new charge came into force. But, I draw on my strength and mettle and try to turn things around in my head and heart, knowing that ‘this too shall pass’ and one day we will look back and talk about the time the world slowed down. Spring is in full flow, the sounds and sights of nature surrounding Ash Cottage really do take my breath away. I feel so lucky to be able to go off for a run or nature ramble with my girls without seeing a soul for miles… Social distancing at its finest.

I do however, miss giving my treatments. My little therapy room has now been converted into an office for my husband and I to use for the time being. I get so much positivity on an energetic and emotional level when connecting in therapy with people. To not be able to offer and hold space for someone is affecting me more that I thought it ever would.

I hope to be open again in a few months but until then I am going to post some self care and wellbeing tips and messages to help get us through these challenging times…

With love, Julie x

My Koshi Bell…

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.

The growth of vegan beauty…

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.

Spring Yoga Weekend with Jeff Phenix 5-7th April 2019

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…

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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.