Mar 18 2020

Natural Spring Cleaning

Most UK households have a variety of over 23 cleaning agents in their cupboard at any one time, people use an assortment of soaps, detergents, polishes, glass cleaners, bleaching agents, floor cleansers and drain cleaners when cleaning their home. Individuals like their home to be clean and germ free but is there a hidden risk…

Mar 15 2020

What is Indian Head Massage?

Indian head massage (also known as champissage) originated from India and has been an important part of Indian life for over four thousand years. It is a versatile treatment that can be offered for anywhere between 15 and 45 minutes depending on the circumstance and targets the neck, shoulders, back, face and scalp. Traditionally, the…

Mar 10 2020

The Importance of CPD

Continuing Professional Development often abbreviated to CPD is widely recognised as vital to the improvement of standards and skills for individuals and their industries. Many therapists will belong to a membership body such as the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) where by annual renewal is dependent on having completed the minimum amount of CPD criteria…

Mar 1 2020

Argan oil

Argan oil is a plant oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree (Argania spinosa L.) that is prevalent to Morocco in particular the western part. Argan grows wild in semi-desert soil, its deep root system helping to protect against soil erosion and the northern advance of the Sahara. It has traditionally been used…

Feb 14 2020

Self Care Tips

Februarys most popular day in modern times has to be Valentines Day, the 14th of the month is also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine. Originally it was as a Western Christian feast day honouring one or two early saints named Valentinus but now is more of a commercial celebration of…

Feb 10 2020

What is Fire Cupping?

  Cupping has become hugely popular with many celebrities now sporting the cup marks on their backs and swearing by its results. Whilst more people are becoming aware of fire cupping it actually dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus,…

Feb 3 2020

Knowing your Carrier Oils

Most holistic therapists especially those who offer some form of massage will use and stock an oil known in the industry as a carrier oil, they can also be referred to as fixed oils. They can be used on their own or used in an aromatherapy treatment with essential oils, however they have a variety…

Jan 9 2020

What is Swedish Body Massage?

Swedish massage is the most popular type of massage in the western world. It involves the use of hands, forearms or elbows to manipulate the superficial layers of the muscles to improve mental and physical health. Active or passive movement of the joints may also be part of the massage. In Swedish massage, the client…

Jan 8 2020

Rosemary Essential Oil

One of the most common essential oils on the market today is Rosmarinus officinalis known by its common name of rosemary, which many of us recognise from our gardens or culinary cupboard. The plant itself grows all over Europe now but originated from the Mediterranean. There are three chemotypes of rosemary oil on the market…

Jan 1 2020

Explaining the Herxheimer Reaction

All natural health treatments, whether they involve dietary changes, vitamin or herbal supplementation, detoxification therapies, or bodywork, focus on removing the disease causing agents using the body’s own power of healing. We are here to help put the body back into its normal balance through addressing muscle tension, stress management and more. This process often…

Nov 22 2019

Explaining Therapeutic Grade Oils

There is no such thing as clinical grade, CPTG (certified pure therapeutic grade), food grade, or anything else you may have heard. Pure unadulterated essential oils will be therapeutic whether they have been grown for the food industry or not. These terms are created by the companies to help them sell more products, they want…

Nov 11 2019

Sweet Orange Oil

Nearly everyone that comes across sweet orange oil (Citrus aurantium var. sinensis) loves it’s uplifting and fruity scent. It has quite a long botanical name as we also get other essential oils from the same tree – petitgrain (the leaves) and neroli (orange blossom). The oil is usually expressed from the peel of the fruit…

Nov 6 2019

What are Hot Stones

As the weather cools many therapists bring out warming packages that incorporate hot stones as they are a popular choice among many clients, are they really worth the investment and additional training? Hot stone therapy is a specialist massage that uses smooth, flat, heated basalt stones that are positioned along your spine, in the palms…

Nov 5 2019

What does Holistic mean

  Many therapists out there refer to themselves as holistic therapists but what does that mean? Holism is defined as the theory that living matter is made up of organic or unified wholes that are greater than the simple sum of their parts. When someone applies this to being a holistic therapist it means their…

Oct 5 2019

How to buy good quality oils

How to buy good quality oils The wellness and holistic health industry is booming and many people want to use carrier oils and essential oils at home or when they first sign up to a training course they are keen to purchase what they will need. However there is so much choice out there and…

Oct 4 2019

Grapeseed Oil

The most popular and favoured carrier oil of therapists is Vitis vinifera known by its common name of grapeseed due to its pale colour, light scent and good consistency. With it coming from the grape vines it was first thought to be grown in France during Napoleons reign but is now mostly grown in Spain,…

Sep 20 2019

What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the controlled use of essential oils for the treatment or prevention of disease. It is a form of complementary therapy – something that’s used alongside medical treatment. You can absorb some essential oils through your skin. Some have an effect on you through your sense of smell and through breathing them in. Plants…

Sep 10 2019

Benefits of Massage

Massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, most effectively performed with the hands. It is used to produce effects on every system of the body. Massage is probably the oldest healing art known to man. It almost certainly started as a form of structured touch that people found beneficial for their…