Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils to help deal with everyday stresses and emotional well-being. Essential oils, extracted from plants, are thought to possess distinctive properties, which may be used to improve overall emotional and spiritual health imbuing the user with a sense of relaxation and calmness.
In a typical aromatherapy session, the aromatherapist will ask questions about previous medical history, general health, wellbeing and lifestyle. This helps the practitioner to choose and blend the safest and most appropriate essential oils for the individual. The oils may be applied in combination with massage or the aromatherapist may suggest other methods.
Aromatherapy may be found to be helpful to those wanting to reduce everyday stress and so help with the ability to cope, relax and sleep. As well as being used in individual therapy sessions and at home, it is also used in a variety of settings, including hospitals and hospices.
In all types of massage therapy, the intention is to relax the soft tissues, increase delivery of blood and oxygen to the massaged areas, warm them, and help the body to relax.
In a typical massage therapy session, I will discuss symptoms, medical history and the desired results. I will generally perform some evaluation through touch before beginning the massage. Specialist massage wax may be used to help reduce friction on the skin.
Massage may be found to bring relief from everyday aches, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address feelings of anxiety and tension, and aid general wellness. It can also be used in support of other therapies to assist in the rehabilitation of muscular injuries.
I also practice:
Myofascial Release - a soft tissue therapy for skeletal muscle immobility and pain.
Neuromuscular Work including -
Muscle Energy Techniques MET
“Reiki” (ray-key) is Japanese for ‘universal life energy’, a term used to describe a natural system to help bring about an improved sense of wellbeing and a positive feeling of spiritual renewal. This tradition was founded by Dr Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication. It is a tradition that is open to any belief system and benefits may include deep relaxation and the promotion of a calm peaceful sense of wellbeing.
The method of receiving a Reiki treatment from a practitioner is simple. The recipient remains clothed and comfortably lies on a couch or sits on a chair. The practitioner gently places their hands non-intrusively, on or near the body using their intuition and training as a guide. There is no massage or manipulation. Reiki can be used on the person as a whole, or on specific parts of the body. It is also possible to receive Reiki at a distance.
Reiki is taught by Reiki Master/Teachers, who have trained in the tradition passed on, in person, from Master to student. Students go through a process of initiation/attunement to the Reiki energy. They are then able to treat themselves and others, not only from a personal and emotional perspective, but also as an aid to individual development and spiritual growth.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy based on the belief that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which are believed to correspond to all organs and parts of the body. Reflexology works on an individual basis and may alleviate and improve symptoms such as everyday stress and tension.
During a typical reflexology session, I will take a detailed medical history. Sessions are usually performed on a comfortable massage couch. If it is to be performed on the feet, you will be asked to remove footwear and socks but other forms of reflexology require no removal of clothing. I will make a visual and tactile examination of the area to be worked before beginning the precise reflexology massage movements. The particular types of movements involved require the application of an appropriate pressure using the thumb and fingers.
Reflexology can be a wonderfully relaxing experience where you can take time out from everyday pressures. My experienced touch will help you relax which can help improve mood, aid sleep and relieve tension.
The result is an overall sense of wellbeing.
All therapies are charged at £120 per session (60 minutes or part thereof) and can be combined if required.
I am a fully qualified CNHC registered Aromatherapist, Massage Therapist, Reiki Master and Reflexologist; with considerable experience working with clients that have had a cancer diagnosis.
I currently work out of a private clinic in Harley Street.
In the past, I have been fortunate enough to deliver complementary therapies in the following clinical settings:
-The Disability Foundation.
-University College London Hospital MacMillan Cancer Support Centre.
-Paul's Cancer Support Centre.
Dip Reflexology - Dip Anatomy and Physiology - Dip Holistic Massage - Dip Aromatherapy - Dip Deep Tissue Massage - Dip Indian Head Massage Dip Spinal Reflexology - Dip Facial Reflexology - Dip Aromatherapy in Cancer Care - Specialist Cancer Awareness Training - Dip Seated Accupressure Massage - Reiki Master Usui - Reiki Master Holy Fire
MAR - Association of Reflexologists.
MFHT - Federation of Holistic Therapists.
CNHC - Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.