~ Holistic Treatments ~
Swedish massage has been used for centuries as an instinctive way to relieve muscle tension and to relax the body and mind. It can help trigger the release of endorphins a give a general sense of well-being
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscles. Deep tissue massage focuses on the muscles located below the bodies superficial muscles. This is an ideal treatment for prolonged muscle tension
Aromatherapy is a caring hands on therapy which seeks to induce relaxation, reduce the affects of stress and alleviate pain. Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses plant materials, known as essential oils for the purpose of altering a persons emotions, cognitive functions and health. I do not pre-blend any of my oils, enabling my clients to benefit from a truly tailor made treatment
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 us 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 Mum has a history of miscarriage or troubled pregnancy/birth
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.
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
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 and scalp. The aromatherapy oils used condition the hair and skin and promote a feeling of tranquility
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
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 is also beneficial when trying to conceive all the way through to labour. 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 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;
Soothing Chamomile & Yarrow
Cleansing Grapefruit & Juniper Berry
Nourishing Neroli Orange Blossom
Regenerating Frankincense and Palmarosa
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
No preparation of the feet is required as the feet need to be dry in order to carry out this treatment.
Patch & Wrap
Skin soft patches are placed over the heel/sole area. They are wrapped in clingfilm and left for 10-15 minutes
The callus are gently peeled using the plastic scraper
The skin is buffed with the foot file and you nails are cut and filed
Moisturise & Massage
The feet are moisturised with the callus peel cream followed by a relaxing foot massage
Callus Peel is a safe, hygienic treatment which does not hurt and there are no side effects. Depending on the condition of the feet results are often seen after one treatment but monthly treatments may be necessary. Callus Peel is a treatment and not a cure.
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