girl sitting cross legged with her hands on her stomach

Why you might want your stomach massaged after all…

“No” is the answer I get from around 80% of my clients, along with looks of fear or puzzlement,  when I ask if they would like me to massage their stomach. But when it’s done well, stomach massage can be both wonderfully nurturing and incredibly beneficial. So why do so many of us shy away from it?

I get it, I really do. For years, I could not 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

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

Health benefits of Rosemary

Rosemary is an amazing herb. Delicious in dinners, did you know it also has amazing benefits as an essential oil?

Rosemary essential oil has long been one of my favourites for its ability to warm tight muscles. I frequently use it in a massage  oil blend with black pepper and lavender to warm and relax tense, overworked or tired and achey muscles. Great for use in post training recovery or for mornings where you can’t seem to wake up.

Read all about the amazing health benefits of rosemary, both as a herb and an essential oil, in this article from Mother Earth News.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-health/meet-lovely-rosemary-zbcz1408.aspx#axzz3Df8om1H5

It really IS all about you.

Having spoken recently to a few people who have had bad experiences with massage and having had one myself, I thought it was about time to set something straight. When you go for a massage, it absolutely is all about you.

You are the one who has decided to have this experience and you are the one paying for it. You wouldn’t go to a restaurant and order something you know you don’t like so why settle for a massage that you don’t enjoy? Continue reading