Holistic Treatments​ 

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Swedish Massage

Swedish massage has been used for centuries as an instinctive way to relieve muscle tension and to relax the body and mind.  As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.

A study conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and published in The New York Times, found that volunteers who received a 60 minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as arginine vasopressin-a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. Volunteers also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system, and a boost in the immune cells that may help fight colds and the flu.


Additional Swedish massage techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching. Before and during your Swedish massage session, communication is encouraged with your professional massage therapist so that your massage is customized to your specific needs.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage uses slow, firm strokes and pressure to ease and release tension deep in your muscles. Similar to Swedish massage, deep tissue massage uses slower and firmer strokes and pressure than other treatments

This massage helps to refresh and relax muscles, increasing the blood flow and therefore the oxygen flow around your body. This gets rid of toxins in very sore and strained muscles, which helps them to strengthen and heal.

Deep tissue massage is often used to treat people who are recovering from accidents, and for sports injuries as it increases blood circulation in muscles that are underused, relieves chronic muscle tension throughout the body, and can also break down scar tissue and "knots" deep in the muscles.

Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy is an ancient therapeutic treatment that aims to relieve stress and enhance psychological and physical wellbeing, using  plant oils, known as essential oils.

Aromatherapy oils are pure essences extracted or distilled from plants. Flowers, fruit, bark, leaves, roots, resins and seeds of many herbs, shrubs and trees are used to produce aromatic oils, each with their own unique combination of healing properties. Some oils are used for their regulating effects on the nervous and hormonal systems, and some for their beneficial effects on the functioning of bodily systems. Some oils have, for example, a powerful antiseptic action, while others act as natural painkillers.

Oil blends and applications are designed to treat the whole person by supporting our bodies’ natural ability to balance, heal and maintain themselves.

Regular aromatherapy treatments can help to strengthen our immune systems, assisting in prevention, rather than the cure, of ill-health.

The aromatic molecules in essential oils are so tiny that they easily pass through the skin into the bloodstream, which circulates them throughout the body. Whilst the most common means of applying the oils to the skin is through massage – using a few drops of essential oils mixed in a ‘carrier’ oil such as sweet almond, grapeseed or sunflower – they are also used in compresses for some conditions, or added to baths. Because they are highly concentrated, only a small quantity of essential oil is required to be effective.

The molecules are also administered through inhalation. They are inhaled through the nose and transmitted to the part of the brain which influences the nervous and hormonal systems, and which is connected to higher functions such as memory and emotional behaviour.

Aromatherapy can be beneficial for a wide range of individuals and problems, including:-

-Relieving pain in muscles and joints

· Relaxing muscles

· Stimulating the immune system

· Improving circulation

· Triggering the release of neurochemicals which have a relaxing, sedative, stimulating or euphoric effectand has been found to be particularly helpful in stress-related symptoms such as

· Skin problems

· Poor digestion

· Disturbed sleep

· Low energy

· Anxiety

Aromatherapy can help to release physical, mental and emotional stress (or dis-ease).

Acute stress sometimes manifests in hyperventilation leading to conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, panic attacks, mood swings, nervousness and anxiety.

The deep relaxation that aromatherapy offers, can help to regulate the breathing process, assisting the nervous and hormonal systems to return the body to its ideal state, known as “homeostasis”.


An aromatherapy treatment with a qualified and experienced practitioner is a real tonic to the system, helping you to sleep peacefully, increase your vitality and boost your immune system

Pregnancy Massage

Studies show that women who receive regular massages have fewer complications during their pregnancy and labour, and that their babies are more settled and content. Although pregnancy is a wonderful magical time many changes take place in the mothers body as the baby develops. This can put strain and pressure on the joints, ligaments and organs causing some pain and discomfort which massage can help alleviate. In addition massage also greatly benefits the baby as endorphin's (feel good chemicals) are releases by the mother during the massage and passed to the baby. The stimulating effects of the massage strokes help to increase circulation, which will increase the flow of nutrients delivered to the baby via the placenta. Massage aids the lymphatic system by stimulating the white blood cells of the immune system, encouraging the elimination of waste and toxins, which will help relieve odema. Another benefit of receiving regular massage during pregnancy is that the mother can be more aware of her own body, with the increased ability to relax during the first stage of labour. This often results in shorter, easier ans less painful births and a lower ratio of post natal complications. Further more, breast feeding is often successful due to the increase of prolactin and mammary development. Pregnancy truly is a magical journey. It is a time to be gentle with yourself and to get to know your new body and baby, a time to relax and enjoy. You are doing an amazing job growing a new little life. 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

If you are struggling throughout your pregnancy, or you have struggled during a previous pregnancy then please let me know when you contact me. Below are a few contraindications that are an absolute NO to performing the massage

  • No massage within the first 3 months of pregnancy
  • No massage if any alterations in blood pressure
  • No massage if mother has developed gestational diabetes
  • No massage if mother has become anemic
  • No massage if mother has severe varicose veins
  • No massage if there are any concerns with the placenta

  • No massage if there is a risk of pre-eclampsia
  • No massage if baby is not in the correct position for the weeks developed
  • No massage if mother is spotting or bleeding
  • No massage if the mother has a history of miscarriage or troubled pregnancy/birth


Imagine the deep relaxation you feel with a nurturing reflexology treatment… now add the soothing scents of AromaReflex essential oils. Inhale their therapeutic aroma as you receive your extra long reflexology session while your skin absorbs the blended oils to enhance your well-being.

AromaReflex uses the power of plants in the essential oils in the following areas: 

Immune System Boost

 Reproductive Support






 Hormone balancing


Stress Refief 

For extra decadence and improved absorption of the essential oils, Hot Stones may also be used during the session. This warming therapy is very complementary to the efficacy of the essential oils.

A few drops of your chosen essential oils will be mixed into your nourishing treatment cream and applied directly to your feet. I recommend you allow 4 hours before washing the feet, to allow your skin to absorb the essential oils fully.

Your treatment begins with a foot and lower leg massage using your blend. This is followed by reflexology. More of the blend will be added to the feet at different intervals. The session concludes with a further lower leg and foot massage, foot masque and heated booties enabling  your body, mind and soul to receive maximum benefits from this luxurious, therapeutic treatment

AromaReflex rebalances your body and cleanses it of toxins and impurities leaving you with:

Increased energy

Better circulation

Improved mood

More restful sleep

At the initial consultation I will discuss with you your medical history, your lifestyle, diet and how you are feeling physically and emotionally so that I can tailor the treatment to your individual needs.

Working with the information you provide we will create a cream enriched with essential oils, designed especially for you. This cream is then used throughout your AromaReflex session. This bespoke blend will be yours to keep so you can treat your feet between treatments

You will remain fully clothed during your treatment except for your shoes and socks which you will remove before relaxing back on a zero gravity chair.

On request I will cover you with a soft blanket before gently cleaning your feet and beginning the treatment.

I will apply subtle pressure with my thumbs and fingers to all parts of your feet applying the AromaReflex session, noting any problem areas for discussion at the end of the treatment.

You need not worry about the appearance of your feet. In fact, it helps me to understand more about your current health and well-being.

The manipulation of your feet is not ticklish and is usually very pleasant and extremely relaxing. It is possible that you might occasionally feel some slight and fleeting discomfort as I stimulate blood circulation and unblock nerve endings in your feet, but this is perfectly normal and is part of the body’s natural healing mechanisms.

At the end of the session you will sit in the chair and I will offer you a chilled glass of mineral water to help flush out toxins that may be released by the treatment. You will then have the opportunity to talk with me about the treatment you have received and discuss after care advice.

Hot Oil Massage

A relaxing and soothing massage using warmed oils to ease tight muscles, aching joints and moisturise the skin. 

Hot oil massage incorporates a variety of massage techniques specially suited to you and your own individual needs.

Everybody can benefit from Hot Oil Massage but it is greatly beneficial to those who participate in sport or any other strenuous activity and to those who find heat helps relieve pain and tension

Aromatherapy oils can also be incorporated into your treatment making it individual to your unique needs and requirements

Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone Massage has to be one of the most enjoyable and relaxing massages available. For hundreds of years, hot stone massage has been used by many different cultures and modern day therapists apply the same massage techniques designed to work on muscle tension at the deepest level. During the Hot Stone massage treatment, smooth basaltic (volcanic) stones that have been heated in water are used in two ways; some stones are wrapped in towels and placed on specific energy centres known as chakras, along the body to align and re-balance the body's natural energy flow, whilst other stones are used to perform the massage. The heat of the stones penetrates deep into the muscle tissue allowing the muscles to relax 4-5 times quicker than in standard body massage, easing muscle tension and revitalising the muscle tissue by increasing blood circulation. The deep relaxation and increased blood flow to the areas being treated not only accelerates any healing process but also creates a state of deep mental relaxation

Holistic Candle Oil Massage

This warm oil candle massage has been designed using the purest natural ingredients including beeswax, soybean and coconut oil. The luxurious candle is packed full of vitamins and essential oils and each candle has been specifically chosen due to its skin healing properties.

Light your chosen candle, set your intention and drift away as the massage and oil soothes both body and soul. This wonderful holistic treatment will release tension in the muscles and stimulate the release of positive endorphins in the brain guaranteed the leave you glowing from the inside out

Choose your sacred candle from.....

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Head In The Clouds

Bed Time Sleep Ritual

Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage is based on the ayurvedic system. It helps to balance the three vital energies in the body and helps to improve health. Evolved from traditional techniques that have been practiced for thousands of years. A treatment consists of aura cleansing, chakra balancing and massage to the upper back, arms, neck, face,scalp and feet.

 The aromatherapy oils used condition the hair and skin and promote a feeling of tranquility

Indian Head Massage benefits all the main systems of the body.

 This treatment can promote relaxation, reduces stiffness and aids joint mobility as well as improving circulation and stimulating lymphatic flow

Natural Face Lift Massage

Natural Face Lift Massage is a gentle non-intrusive approach to looking younger. Although ageing is a natural process, this therapy may help delay the visible signs of ageing and prevent further damage in the future by means of simple, natural and effective massage techniques and energy balancing to make the most of the assets you possess. It successfully combines ancient theory with a practical, modern approach.

Tensions can very easily build up in our facial muscles without us realising it. Over a period of time, habitual thoughts and emotions can lock themselves into expressions on our faces- particularly around the eyes and mouth. This can be exacerbated by additional factors such as sunlight, pollution, alcohol, poor diet, lack of sleep, the effects of gravity and every day stresses and strains. Under such conditions muscles can actually "dry up" and contract, inhibiting freedom of expression. This can encourage ageing and the formation of wrinkles as the face loses its muscle tone and elasticity

Natural Face Life Massage can relieve tension in areas you had no idea were tense. Energy balancing techniques bring a deep feeling of relaxation to the whole body and the noticeable effects can quickly be seen on the face

During the treatment over ninety face and neck muscles are systematically massaged. Acupressure points are activated, stimulating energy flow and releasing deep-seated tension, freeing layers of muscle and connective tissue. Ayurvedic smoothing techniques are used so that circulation and elimination are improved and the tissues can glide smoothly over the deeper layers of muscle and bone. The whole process has been described as a bit like ironing out the creases, making the skin feel smoother and softer and improving the complexion and skin tone

Detox Massage

This deeply detoxifying treatment targets areas prone to cellulite such as the legs, thighs, buttocks and upper arms. Combining circulation improving and lymph drainage massage techniques along side a special blend of essential oils known for their detoxifying properties and a detoxifying masque to improve the tone and texture of the skin

Foot & Leg Revival

This massage treatment helps aid circulation, relieve fatigue, sooth aching joints and reduce water retention. This deep cleansing and antibacterial treatment leaves the legs and feet feeling invigorated. The treatment starts with a foot soak using lavender and peppermint aromatherapy essential oils which aid circulation, a luxury leg and foot scrub and an invigorating leg and foot massage to ease fatigue. The treatment is finished with a nourishing masque to relieve aching joints and to leave the skin soft and revived

Full Body Exfoliation & Massage

Treat yourself to a gentle, full body exfoliating scrub designed to gently remove dead skin cells, moisturise and improve skin tone. Followed by a relaxing full body aromatherapy massage using essential oils specially selected for you. This treatment is guaranteed to leave you glowing and silky soft

Purifying Back Treatment

An ideal treatment for acne prone skin. To include deep exfoliation, purifying masque to draw out impurities and toxins, followed by a 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage using lavender, cypress and peppermint aromatherapy oils to relax your muscles and re-energise your body


Reflexology is a natural holistic therapy based on the discovery that different areas of the feet correspond to organs, systems and structures within the entire body. Gentle pressure is applied to the feet to bring about a state of relaxation and to stimulate the body's own healing process. By applying pressure and using massage to stimulate these reflex areas, I am able to detect subtle changes in specific points or zones and clear congestion allowing the flow of energy to be restored and encouraging the body to heal from within. Reflexology produces a deep state of relaxation and can be used as a treatment and prevention for a wide range of illnesses and complaints including; stress, depression, respiratory problems, IBS and digestive disorders, headaches, migraines, menstrual problems and back and neck problems, to name but a few.

Reflexology can also be beneficial when trying to conceive and when labour begins.

 Reflexology is suitable for all ages. This wonderfully relaxing holistic treatment includes a refreshing aromatherapy foot soak, gentle foot scrub, heated nourishing masque and heated booties

Hot Stone Reflexology

In addition to the above traditional Reflexology treatment, Hot Stones are used to massage and apply gentle pressure to specific reflex points in the feet and legs. The warming stones have the ability to make the Reflexology more holistic in nature

Hand Reflexology

Hand Reflexology is equally as effective as traditional foot Reflexology. There are reflex points on the hands that correspond to every organ and gland in the body and by using the unique thumb and finger techniques on these reflexes the body responds by relaxing, re-balancing and improving blood circulation. Hand Reflexology is a particularly useful treatment to have when the foot is injured, where the client is not able to elevate their leg or simply do not like their feet being touched.

Hand Reflexology can also be used for self help and I can demonstrate the techniques to enable you to use in- between appointments

Luxury Bespoke Holistic Facials

This beautiful luxurious holistic facial will leave you rejuvenated and glowing on the inside and out. Using gentle organic aromatherapy healing products to compliment your unique skin type and needs, which are paraben and sls free

Please choose from;

  • Sensitive Skin Soother
  • Anti blemish and calm

  • Comfort and Repair
  • Intense Hydration

  • Vitamin Glow

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All Facials at Lydia's Holistic Therapies include a moisturising shoulder, arm, hand, foot, face and scalp massage

Hot Stone Facial

With this Hot Stone Treatment you will enjoy all the benefits of the Holistic Facial with the added benefits of the deeply soothing Basalt Stones. This treatment is recommended and beneficial for all skin types and is extremely helpful for puffy under eye areas, those with sinus congestion and tension headaches.

The Basalt Stones are heated to a safe and comfortable temperature. This wonderful Holistic Facial will leave you glowing on the inside and out 

Hair & Scalp Nourishing Ritual

This deeply hydrating treatment that not only benefits the condition of your scalp and hair by using blends of nourishing aromatherapy oils it also helps in relieving stress and tension in the shoulders, upper back, neck and temples. Incorporating both Reiki and Indian Head Massaging techniques to stimulate the scalp and the senses that will leave you and your hair glowing

Callus Peel & Nail Tidy

inc Massage

No preparation of the feet is required as the feet need to be dry in order to carry out this treatment. 

Hopi Ear Candling

Thermo auricular therapy, also known as Hopi Ear Candles, are an ancient and natural therapy used to regulate pressure in the sinuses, stimulate the lymphatic system and clear away toxins. The Hopi Ear Candles are inserted into the ear and a lit flame creates a gentle suction which safely draws out impurities from the inner ear. Hopi Ear Candles can also aid the treatment of conditions such as tinnitus, excessive ear wax, sinus conditions, headaches, stress and sleeping difficulties. Many clients report a state of complete mental, psychical and emotional relaxation. Ear candles are not like wax candles at all, they are hollow, made from cotton flax, stiffened by bees wax and infuse with therapeutic herbs and oils such as chamomile and sage. This calming treatment finishes with a relaxing aromatherapy pressure point massage to the face, scalp, neck, arms and shoulders


What is Acupressure?

The role of acupressure has been paramount in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for more than 2000 years, and the fact that it is still in use today is a testimony to its effectiveness in the treatment of illness and pain. Acupressure is essentially a method of sending a signal to the body (by needle or other means) to “turn on” its own self-healing or regulatory mechanisms. Normally, Qi (vital energy) circulates through natural pathways in the body called meridians. Blockage of this flow or an imbalance in Yin and Yang can cause illness and pain. Acupressure helps to correct functional imbalances and restore the flow thus returning the body to a more natural state of well-being.

Acupressure is an effective form of stimulation used to help relax the muscles. If done regularly, this method of massage can sustain improvement and minimize recurrence of symptoms


What is ear acupressure?

Ear acupressure, also known as auricular therapy, is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Auricular therapy refers to the ear acupressure system according to Paul Nogier, a french doctor who tested ear acupressure scientifically on a very large scale. It is widely used for many conditions, including addiction treatment, mood disorders, obesity, pain, and many other symptoms . This medical system is seen as a holistic approach to medicine, an approach that treats the whole person. The acupuncture points found on the ear can help to regulate the body's internal organs, structures, and functions.

How is ear acupuncture used in a treatment?

Ear acupressure is often incorporated into a regular acupressure treatment. In addition to using acupressure points on the rest of the body, I may select a few ear acupressure points that i feel will be helpful for your particular condition.

It is also used on it's own for specific conditions

Ear acupressure points can be stimulated for a longer period of time by using ear seeds.  These seeds are held in place on the ear with a small piece of adhesive tape. Ear seeds may be left in the ear for a few days or up to two weeks. 


Cupping is an ancient technique used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to stimulate acupressure points or larger areas of the body. It is often practiced alongside Acupressure and massage but can also be a 'stand-alone' treatment.

The technique involves creating a vacuum inside round glass or plastic cups by inserting a naked flame and removing it, or sucking out air mechanically.

The cups are then left in place for anything up to 20 minutes.

If large areas of the body need treating, a technique known as 'sliding cupping' is used. A thin layer of massage oil is spread over the skin; the cups are placed onto the body in the normal way and then slid along the muscles being treated.

This treatment is often compared to deep tissue massage.

Cupping is not painful but can leave slightly red patches on the skin, like circular bruises. Although these marks resemble bruises, the muscles have not been traumatised in any way. The redness on the skin indicates that there has been movement in the circulation of blood under and around the cups. Not all cupping treatments will result in redness as this depends on the complaint being addressed.

We like to think of cupping as the reverse of a deep tissue massage - where tissue is lifted rather than compressed - making it ideal for people who cannot tolerate deep tissue massage.

Meridian Psychotherapy

(EFT-Emotional Freedom Technique)

Meridian Psychotherapy comprises a fast growing family of techniques that provide quick and usually permanent relief from negative emotional states. It has its roots in both psychology and ancient healing sciences, and combines ‘talking therapy’ with energy techniques that work on the same meridians as those used in acupuncture/acupressure to release the underlying disturbances and restore the free flow of life energy to the body/mind.

Emotional freedom technique (EFT) is an alternative treatment for physical pain and emotional distress.

It’s also referred to as tapping or psychological acupressure.

According to its developer, Gary Craig, a disruption in energy is the cause of all negative emotions and pain.

EFT tapping has been used to treat people with anxiety and people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

How does EFT tapping work?

Similar to acupuncture and acupressure EFT focuses on the meridian points — or energy hot spots —

to restore balance to your body’s energy.

It’s believed that restoring this energy balance can relieve symptoms a negative experience

or emotion may have caused.

Based on Chinese medicine, meridian points are thought of as areas of the body energy flows through.

These pathways help balance energy flow to maintain your health.

Any imbalance can influence disease or sickness.

Acupuncture uses needles to apply pressure to these energy points. EFT uses fingertip tapping to apply pressure.

Proponents say the tapping helps you access your body’s energy and send signals to the part of the brain that controls stress. stimulating the meridian points through EFT tapping can reduce the stress or negative emotion you feel from your issue, ultimately restoring balance to your disrupted energy.

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