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What Is Pregnancy Massage?


I am fully qualified in pregnancy massage so I can offer this treatment at a very special time in a woman's life and it is a real privilege to be able to do so. Pregnancy massage is the same as conventional massage but it is tailored specifically to make sure no additional strains are caused and it is carried out ensuring the comfort and safety of both mother and baby.


What are the benefits of Pregnancy Massage?

Pregnancy Massage has all the benefits of conventional massage but most importantly it gives the new mother time to connect with her ever changing body. it also helps constipation, improves breathing, aids restful sleep, reduces stress, relieves aches and pains and improves digestion.

Throughout the treatment you will be in a safe and secure position for you and your baby. My pregnancy massage is gentle and comforting and it connects the mother and baby through the power of touch, working with two heartbeats as one.

For more information please see my treatment list or you can call me directly on 07786 330758.

I look forward to hearing from you

Lydia-Rose

What is Stress?

Stress is when you feel under pressure with too many things to complete or too much responsibility. We all feel stressed about different things & we all have different stressors, one person may find something stressful that another person does not.

What is the difference between Stress & Anxiety?

Stress is a reaction to a problem but anxiety is the effects from long term stress. When the problem has gone but you are left with an impending doom feeling, well that is anxiety.

Symptoms of Stress & Anxiety

Stress & anxiety symptoms are similar, we all experience our own version of symptoms because it is personal how we deal with life’s problems. The body’s physical symptoms are triggered by a chemical change & adrenaline is released, blood pressure goes up, pupils dilate, airways open up & it’s that ‘fight or flight’ response when the chemical change in our body has prepared us to be able to leap into action at any moment. It is important to note that the human body is extremely clever & when in stress mode things like digesting food, ovulating & metabolic rate all are pushed aside to prioritise this getting ready for ‘surviving a tricky situation’ a protective mechanism.

Signs of Stress & Anxiety

The emotional & mental signs of stress

These are similar & interlinked being on edge, grumpy, moody, tearful, overwhelmed & depressed.

Stress & Anxiety can manifest into these physical symptoms like nausea, tummy aches, headaches, feelings of numbness, insomnia, tension, shortness of breath (panic attack) palpitations & many more this is just a few to give you an idea.

The Purpose of Stress

A small amount of stress in bursts can be good to stretch us mentally & it is a known fact that performance is improved with a small amount of stress & the physical chemical response can be helpful. We can operate more mentally & physically with (I stress – no pun included) a little bit of pressure though not if there are other stressful things going on in our lives. Long term stress can have a negative impact & it is how we deal with it that can cause issues. We are all different & we all have different ways of coping during stressful times.

How To Manage Stress & Anxiety

Relaxation, relaxation, relaxation to activate the parasympathetic nervous system which will switch back on the digestion, ovulation & libido all functions in general & relaxation allows the body to carry on as before.

BUT being totally honest if something in your life is making you stressed then stop it & avoid stressful situations that make you cross or upset because nothing is worth it. Don’t let something manifest into a bigger anxiety problem. I know this is easier said than done, we all have additional complications causing stressors like money or complicated relationships but try & work out your stressors & manage a plan to manoeuvre a way away from them to help yourself for a clear light at the end of the tunnel because the hope & working away from a negative will help mentally manage any stress or anxiety.

Holistic Treatments Can Help Stress & Anxiety

Holistic Treatments whether it be Massage, Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology or Reiki are all about facilitating a safe & comfortable environment in private with a trustworthy Therapist to ensure a relaxing environment & I can give you advice about aromatherapy, meditation, herbal supplements or coping mechanisms dependent in your personal symptoms.

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Therapy for Stress & Anxiety

A good talk with a non-involved person can really help. I offer CBT alongside my Holistic Therapies



Thanks for reading please call, text or email to book in for a treatment.

I look forward to meeting you soon 


Lydia-Rose


What Is A Knot?


A knot is when fibres in a muscle are stuck in a spasm which is a mini contraction. Knots feel hard because when a muscle contracts it releases calcium & it is a build up of this excess calcium in the muscle that feels hard & stops blood flowing to the area which is why there is a decrease in mobility & aches & pains in that area.

How do knots form?

Knots are formed by poor posture, over use & accidents for instance if you have an office job & sit with hunched shoulders over the computer then you are likely to get knots in your shoulders because they are rolled over.

Over use of a muscle can also cause knots for example people that are stressed & anxious may clench their muscles more causing knots to form.

How to avoid & prevent knots

Regular massage to help release knots by releasing the contraction & breaking down the knot so blood can flow to the area & heal away the aches & pain.

Ongoing massage can also help maintain muscles to prevent knots forming.

Improving posture & minimising any repetitive actions will prevent knots forming but also it is important to have some relaxation time & avoid stressful situations.

What happens if a knot is left?

Knots left to fester can cause aches & pains, decreased mobility & a desensitisation to pain & this can escalate on to more serious conditions like frozen shoulder, stiff neck, back ache or tension headaches because not enough blood can flow freely to all areas. If left they will take longer to clear.

What Is Aromatherapy?

The British Aromatherapy Council’s definition:

‘Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils in a holistic treatment to improve physical & emotional well being’.

I think it is much more than that. It is using the strength of Mother Nature to enhance holistic treatments. The exciting thing is that there are solutions to many of our health ailments within nature & we are still discovering them.

The Limbic System – Our Reptilian Brain

This also known as the old brain or smell brain it is the centre of our brain & is responsible for our more primitive urges like hunger, thirst, sex drive, sleep pattern, emotions & intuition it is our reptilian brain base & we do not know much about it but we do know it is recording our likes & dislikes & making judgements for us through our experiences, scents & emotions & is recording memories & storing limitless information.

Do you ever smell a scent & it brings back a memory or evokes a strong reaction in you, well this is your limbic brain. A scent has unlocked an experience & brought this feeling up to the surface. It can surprise us & not be a reaction we expected.


Scent Notes

Just like a Perfumer the Aromatherapist blends together a synergy of scents but to ensure they work they have to use the correct combination of scent notes.

The top note oil is what you smell first & works the fastest, the middle note gives body to the blend & the base note deepens the blend & holds it all together this emerges last & lingers the longest.


Bespoke Aromatherapy Treatments

An aromatherapy massage is a very personal bespoke treatment. I am taking in to account everything from our initial consultation & creating a unique blend of oils to help manage any specific ailments, conditions or requirements


The Benefits of Aromatherapy

There are many benefits associated with each essential oil 

Here are just a few examples:

-Rejuvenate, refresh, & wake up with stimulant oils like lemon, black pepper or rosemary 

-Soothe muscle aches & pains & release tension with chamomile, sandalwood or lavender.

-Lower blood pressure with Ylang Ylang, Sweet Marjoram or Bitter Orange 

-Aid in Childbirth & keep momentum of contractions with Clary Sage, Fennel & Jasmine.

-Help manage insomnia with Vetiver, Valerian Root or Chamomile.

-Balance Hormones with Geranium, Rose or Jasmine

-Create a deep state of relaxation with Neroli, Frankincense or Myrrh.


The Science behind Aromatherapy

The chemical constituents of essential oils are the cause of their various therapeutic properties. There are many groups of chemical constituents here are just a couple:

-Monoterpenes are beneficial as decongestants because their properties are antiseptic, expectorant, antiviral & slightly analgesic. Monoterpenes are in Pine oil, Eucalyptus oil & Tea Tree oil.

-Sequiterpenes are generally soothing with anti-allergy properties because they are anti-inflammatory, bactericidal & calming. Sequiterpenes are included in Chamomile oil & Rose oil.

So there is science behind aromatherapy


Safety With Aromatherapy 

It is important you use a qualified Aromatherapist to ensure the correct ratios of quantities are used because an overdose can cause a toxic effect like nausea, dizziness, fatigue, hyperactivity, euphoric feelings, burns & skin irritations.

What Is Hot Stone Massage?

Hot Stone massage is a more effective way to give a massage treatment using hot stones. One stroke with a hot stone is worth 5 with the hand, so the treatment is more powerful because it enables deeper penetration to break down the knots that are found in muscles. The therapeutic heat is deep and soothing making for a luxurious and relaxing treatment. This is my best treatment yet and the hot stones take massage to the next level.

The History of Hot Stones

The use of hot stones can be found across many cultures & civilisations. The Japanese 4,000 years ago used hot stones placed on their abdomen to help aid digestion. The Chinese massaged and placed the hot stones over organs to heal & improve function. Acupuncture before needles started off as sharpened stones. The Native Americans used hot stones as part of their rituals in the sweat lodge they believed each stone had a soul & represented lost truths as part of a detoxifying process. The Native Americans also placed hot stones on the abdomen to help women with period pains, this is where the hot water bottle originated from. The Romans used hot stones to heat a room for bathing this is now our modern day sauna. The Hawaiians wrapped stones in leaves in a shallow pit & the treatment involved lying over the stones. The South Americans used cold stones to stop a bleed after childbirth & numb the pain and inflammation. We now use a bag of frozen peas when we sprain an ankle & heat packs from the chemist when we have back ache to help mobilise stiff & pulled muscles. Stone Henge is famous because of the Pagan rituals performed around and within the energy of the stones. The effects and benefits of stones have always been around and used by many different cultures and have a place in society even today.

What stones are used in a Hot Stone Massage?

The hot stones used in a hot stone massage treatment are basalt stones because they retain heat & have been handpicked & naturally shaped & smoothed to give a deep & relaxing pampering treatment. Basalt stones are a common volcanic rock formed from the rapid cooling of lava as it touches the earth this is why it is very hard & holds heat making it perfect for a treatment.

The Benefits of Hot Stones

The hot stones increase circulation, relax the muscles for a deeper more powerful treatment. They have a naturally grounding effect and the warmth is soothing & relaxing. Cold stones can also be used over areas of inflammation for a cooling effect. Overall the experience takes massage to the next level because it helps in the same way massage does but faster and with more powerful results in helping managing these conditions:

Stress

Anxiety

Arthritis

Migraine & tension headaches

Constipation & digestive disorders

Asthma

Muscle aches, back pain & sports injuries

Insomnia

Pre-Conception & Fertility Reflexology


I have recently specialised in pre-conception reflexology which helps to prepare the body for pregnancy and helps with sub-optimal fertility. There are lots of factors affecting our fertility. Couples are waiting longer before having children and as we get older our chances to conceive drop and sensibly some couples are waiting to start a family to ensure finances are in order.

Here are some of the common causes of sub-fertility:

Blockages in the male or female reproductive system

Missing a part of the reproductive system

Poor egg or sperm quality or sub-optimal hormone levels

Stress

Lifestyle factors

Age

Reflexology can help maximise your chances of conceiving by getting your body ready and in condition for conceiving. I have seen evidence of reflexology working by regulating irregular periods, making painful periods less painful, controlling hot sweats that are common at the time of menopause and releasing muscular tension. Other common ailments that reflexology can help with is improving sleep patterns and helping the client to become more centered and relaxed.

Reflexology can aid in preparing the body for conception by helping manage stress because it is a known fact that the bodies’ chemical reaction to stress takes up a lot of energy and distracts and limits the ability to conceive and can also stop ovulation completely.

When in stressed mode our bodies run on adrenalin and pump out cortisol and testosterone this is when survival instinct takes over and the body prioritises surviving over reproducing this chemical reaction is to help us in a fight or flight situation, which is why in this state reproducing is not important, it is about running away from a lion or fighting off a bear as if we were in cave man times. The body does not realise you have had a bad week at work  and an overwhelming to do list!


There are no guarantees Reflexology will help you conceive and I can make no promises but I have the best will, intention and commitment to helping you conceive and feel very privileged to be able to offer my services.

I commit to offering a bespoke pre-conception reflexology treatment plan. I can work alongside IVF and many other medical treatment plans 

I never discuss any of my clients’ details, I am dedicated to client privacy and confidentiality. I really do appreciate it can be an emotionally challenging time trying for a baby.

If you are interested in pre-conception reflexology or would like to book a treatment please call or email me.


Hot Stone Reflexology

What is Hot Stone Reflexology?

Hot Stone reflexology is a more effective way to give a reflexology treatment using hot & cold stones. One stroke with a hot stone is worth 5 with the hand, so the treatment is more powerful because it enables deeper penetration to break down the tangled nerve fibres that are found in the congested reflexes on the feet. The therapeutic heat is deep & soothing making for a luxurious & relaxing treatment.

The History of Hot Stones

The use of hot stones can be found across many cultures & civilisations.

The Japanese 4,000 years ago used hot stones placed on their abdomen to help digestion. The Chinese massaged & placed the hot stones over organs to heal & improve function. Accupuncture before needles started off as sharpened stones. The Native Americans used hot stones as part of their rituals in the sweat lodge they believed each stone had a soul & represented lost truths as part of a detoxifying process. The Native Americans also placed hot stones on a womans abdomen to help period pains, this is where the hot water bottle originated from. The Romans used hot stones to heat a room for bathing this is now our modern day sauna. The Hawaiians wrapped stones in leaves in a shallow pit & the treatment involved lying over the stones. The South Americans used cold stones to stop a bleed after childbirth & numb the pain & inflammation. We now use a bag of frozen peas when we sprain an ankle & heat packs from the chemist when we have back ache to help mobilise stiff & pulled muscles. Stone Henge is famous because of the Pagan rituals performed around & within the energy of the stones. So the effects & benefits of hot & cold stones have always been around & used by many different cultures & have a place in society even today.

The Stones

The hot stones used in the hot stone reflexology treatment are basalt stones because they retain heat & have been handpicked & naturally shaped & smoothed to give a deep & relaxing pampering treatment. Basalt stones are a common volcanic rock formed from the rapid cooling of lava as it touches the earth this is why it is very hard & holds heat making it perfect for this treatment

The Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

The hot stones increase circulation, open up the reflexes for a deeper more powerful treatment. They have a naturally grounding effect & the warmth is soothing & relaxing. Cold stones can also be used over areas of inflammation for a cooling effect. Overall the experience takes reflexology to the next level because it helps in the same ways reflexology does but faster and with more powerful results in helping managing these conditions:

STRESS RELATED CONDITIONS

INSOMNIA

ARTHRITIS

FERTILITY

HORMONAL IMBALANCES

SPORTS INJURIES

BACK PAIN

MIGRAINE

DIGESTIVE DISORDERS

Book a Hot Stone Reflexology Treatment Today

07786 330758

What Is Indian Head Massage?

Indians use this therapy as part of their daily family ritual to promote good health which is passed on from generation to generation. Barber shops in India include a scalp massage before cutting the hair because they believe the release of tension gives a better cut, but it is relatively recently that back and neck massage have been incorporated into an Indian head massage by the West.

Indian head massage is a relaxing soothing massage therapy treatment that includes treating the back, arms, neck, scalp and face.


The immediate benefits of Indian head massage:


Releases tension

Induces deep relaxation

Improves blood circulation

Improves lymphatic drainage by aiding waste removal

Improves facial skin tone

Promotes better sleep

The use of oils moisture & nourish the hair

Relieves stiff joints

Conditions that can benefit from an Indian head massage:

Tinnitus

Temporo-mandibular tension – also known as lock jaw

Stiff joints

Dandruff

Migraine – if cyclical a massage prior to a migraine occurring can help minimise the pain level but never have a treatment during a migraine.

The use of oils on the hair is the same as a salon conditioning treatment if left on for a couple of hours after can moisturise & nourish the hair. Applying coconut oil on the hair during a treatment is specifically good for moisturising the hair & scalp, it also has a natural SPF4, makes the hair gorgeous & shiny, slows down hair loss & prevents split ends from worsening.

The treatment ends with a facial massage that helps gently drain away lymph and marma points are also included, these are part of the ayurvedic health system and are specific pressure points on the face that clear congestion to the nerves & help naturally rebalance the body.

If you would like to book in for an Indian head massage then please call, text or email me.

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