Giving Holistic Massage and Aromatherapy Massage at Yoga Retreats this summer is a real treat for me, as I get to work at the lovely Tilton House in Firle again. This week I was lucky enough to spend a day massaging students of the Creative Writing & Yoga Retreat, with Yoga teacher Sevda Mustafa who has teamed up with Chris Difford, from Squeeze! I used to love their music (& still do!) and have been singing ''Cool for Cats'' to myself all week!
Everyone at Tilton House is always really friendly and appreciative. Coupled with working in a beautiful space, it is very nourishing for me to be there, as well as for the clients that come for a treatment (they have a B & B there too & guests can book a treatment).
Some of the essential oils I've been using this week are organic Rosemary, Geranium and Ylang Ylang. Rosemary is great for helping to ease muscular aches and pains, as well as aiding mental clarity; a perfect complement to a Yoga & Writing retreat. Geranium assists with hormonal balancing, as well as helping to reduce inflammation and is fantastic for the skin (see my May 2015 Blog). Ylang Ylang has antidepressant properties and is known for supporting issues of anxiety and stress, as well as smelling gorgeous.
Combined with a base oil (in this case organic Almond oil), the oils are absorbed into the bloodstream & then into the muscles and organs of the body. Additionally they awaken the sense of smell via the limbic system, helping to give us emotional support. See my Treatments page for more information.
I am also enjoying the first steps of my new adventure practising Holistic Massage & Hot Stones at A.S Apothecary in Lewes, where they distill and make ''natural scents, creams, aromatic waters and balms'' from organic plants. I use their own beautiful distilled oil for massaging from their relaxing & peaceful therapy room, where just walking through their welcoming shop is a heavenly experience. There are such an array of uplifting aromas from their plant preparations, as they make many of their products at the premises. It's a sensual & visual feast just to be there.
Here I will write occasional articles within the realm of Holistic Massage, Aromatherapy & Hot Stones Massage, as well as Starflower Massage updates. I'd love to hear any comments that you have. Thank-you for reading...