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Can massage do more than release tight muscles?

You learn a lot when you study a massage diploma; from the basics to the complex. You study the muscles, all the body’s systems and much more besides. But you really start learning when you start seeing clients. There’s nothing like hands on (pardon the pun) experience to teach you what massage can actually do.

When I first started as a massage therapist, I was so excited to get my business going. I massaged as many different people as I could and started to realise that our bodies are so much more varied than we think. How and where we hold our tension differs Continue reading

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy. That’s just smelling things right?

This is a question I get asked on quite a frequent basis and if you want to keep things simple then yes, aromatherapy is partly about smell and the use of essential oils. But the truth is that aromatherapy is so much more than just a nice smell.

At some point, most of us have experienced the power of aromatherapy, whether we are aware of it or not.
A certain smell might trigger a memory that could date back to childhood and we then often experience an emotional response. This known as the limbic system – the part of the brain that deals with emotion, memories, hormones and more. (If you want to read more about the limbic system, the following article gives more detail: http://www.quinessence.com/blog/the-limbic-system)

The use of aromatherapy dates back centuries to the earliest civilisations and there is plenty of evidence Continue reading

Why I want to maintain my health the natural way

It’s been a while since I lasted posted anything on here so excuse the wait but now i’m back and i’ll be making more of an effort to bring you interesting articles, tips and information on all aspects of natural health. Feel free to send in your own thoughts and comments on anything I write or on things you have discovered that you want to share.

Stacked chocolate barsAs I have grown older, the state of my health has become more important to me. It sounds an obvious statement to make but often it’s not until things go a little wrong that you think about what really matters. Continue reading

Three simple steps to beautiful skin

Have you ever gone to bed with your make up on? Research shows that not cleansing your skin is a significant ageing factor. It can leave you with dry, parched skin, deeper wrinkles, uneven skin tone, redness and blocked pores. Whether you wear make up or not, cleansing your skin at the end of the day is vital in helping to keep your skin clear and glowing, not to mention an essential part of an anti-ageing regime. Continue reading

Pioneering Aromatherapy: The Micheline Arcier Legacy

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines aromatherapy as “the use of natural oils that have a pleasant smell to make a person feel better especially by rubbing the oils into the skin”. Yet aromatherapy is so much more than that. True, oils can have a pleasant smell and , absolutely, they can make a person feel better but that is just the start. There are so many oils that can help with so many things ranging from headaches to anxiety, digestive problems to skin disorders and the list goes on. Continue reading