Hartwell House Hotel and Aromatherapy Associates – Anti-Bucket List 2015 Update

Health & Beauty, The Anti-Bucket List, What's Happening?

One of the best things about putting ‘visiting Spa’s’ on my Anti-Bucket List is getting to do one of my favourite things…. visit spa’s!

Last weekend I had the complete joy of visiting a new spa near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, at Hartwell House Hotel with my lovely friend L.J. Ross.

Our rather stunning room

Our rather stunning room

The old manor house has been turned into a hotel in the most beautiful way.  It has retained the feel of a house, keeping four large drawing rooms with fire places for guests to relax in (or read and write within as was the case with us – what can I say, it’s all rock n’ roll when two writers go away).  With such a number of drawing rooms and a library available to use, it never feels crowded.  There was more than one moment when I felt like I was in Downton Abbey, especially when walking down the engraved, ornate staircase.

The Spa is in the old stables and has been wonderfully converted, again very sympathetically, complete with the required beige stone and soothing music.  The Spa uses Aromatherapy Associates a product that surprisingly, I hadn’t tried before.  The smell was delicious, not as fragrant as other products but I think that is a good sign.  It shows that there aren’t high levels of chemical perfumes added.

Unknown-3I had the Aromatherapy Associates Essential Rose Facial with Back Massage.  Starting with the back massage the therapist focused on my shoulders after I told her it was my area of concern and then went into the facial, complete with an amazing head massage.  I honestly felt like a new woman and my skin looked so clean and radiant, wonderful.  My wonderful co-assistant reviewer had an Indian Head Massage which she enjoyed but would have liked more time spent on her head and less on her shoulders as her back is so ticklish.  Thank God I don’t have that problem, couldn’t imagine not liking back massages!

I was very impressed by the products and went on to buy the Rose Face Mask and Rose Facial Tonic, which I am enjoying using.

Overall, I loved Hartwell House Hotel and Spa.  So much so that I am planning on taking husband there and it is high on my list of favourite hotel.  An amazing big tick of the Anti-Bucket List 2015, but I think I will happily add it again and again! 🙂

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Spring Health & Beauty Tip 4

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Help your body to rest, relax and revive

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 4 – Work Your Solar Plexus

The solar plexus is a network of nerves that is situated directly behind the stomach in the body.  Its function is a nerve centre for the abdominal area.  It is like a personal power centre, and is used by Reflexologists to calm and centre their patients.

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Work this reflex yourself when you are feeling tired, stressed or fraught by applying some light pressure to the area shown in the picture above (in the centre, just below the ball of the foot, when the hardness stops), in small circular movements.

Working on this reflex can help relax the entire nervous system, relieve stress and nervousness, aid relaxation and deep regular breathing, and restore a feeling of calm.

Enjoy! x

The Joy of Head Massage

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Commonly known as Indian Head Massage this gorgeous treatment is pure relaxation.  We hold so much tension in our heads, jaws, shoulders and neck and all these key areas are worked throughly during a Head Massage treatment.

There are a number of different Head Massage techniques but in the tradition Indian practice, you keep your clothes on, no oil is used and you stay sitting up in a comfortable chair.  The massage therapists will the massage, apply pressure and treat the shoulder, neck, jaw and head areas to dissolve knots and relax and release the muscles.  This can release headache-causing blockages and to encourage better circulation of the cerebral fluid, relax the entire head, neck and shoulder area, encouraging circulation and stimulating hair growth.

The benefits of Head Massage can include;

  • Relieve built up tension that can often result in headaches, migraines, neck and back pain.
  • Detoxify the body by stimulating lymphatic drainage
  • Boost overall immunity
  • Improve circulation
  • Promote clarity and increased concentration.
  • Boost cerebral spinal fluid circulation.
  • Relieve sleeplessness, restlessness and insomnia
  • Provide relief from stress and promotes relaxation
  • Renew energy levels
  • Increase feelings of peace, calm and well-being.

The Joy of Reflexology

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Over the years I have trained in a number of treatments but Reflexology always remains a firm favorite of mine.  As well as being the most wonderfully relaxing treatment, it is truly Holistic, which means that it treats the Mind, Body & Soul at the same time.

Reflexology is an ancient Chinese therapy that works on the principle that nerve endings and energy pathways all travel down to the feet and present a map of the body on the feet. By massaging and stimulating these areas, Reflexologist are able to assist in treating the body internally and removing any blackages in the body’s energy.  Reflexology is a very individual treatment that is tailored to you and your needs & current health.

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What Does Reflexology Do?

Reflexology increases movement in the circulatory (delivering blood, oxygen and nutrients to the cells and organs) and lymphatic (removing waste and toxins from the cells and organs) systems on a very physical and cellular level – you are basically flooding your cells with the good stuff and encouraging the removal of the bad stuff. Reflexology is a natural treatment that encourages your bodies own systems to work more effectively. Having said that you need to do your bit to help. Drinking lots of water being step number one to keep flushing the cells clean.

Another effective function of Reflexology is that it balances the endocrine system which is in charge of all your glands, hormones, mood balancers, stress, which can go into overdrive when stressed or run-down. Balancing the glands again, can help with that lethargic and de-motivated feeling and can help to calm you and give you more energy. You will also feel like you have more energy once you body starts to detoxify…. another massive benefit.

As part of the balancing effect on your hormones, Reflexology can be very effective in regulating ladies menstrual cycles, something I have found Reflexology particularly helpful for in my clients.

As Reflexology is primarily a holistic treatment that looks to being about reducing stress and aiding relaxation this can have a wonderful effect on any stress induced conditions in the body such as headaches and sleep problems.

On top of all this Reflexology is a very relaxing treatment that also offers wonderful pampering – heaven! 🙂

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What Can I Expect From a Reflexology Appointment?

On your first appointment, your Reflexologist will take a brief medical history and make sure everything is OK for you to go ahead with the treatment.  You will remove you shoes, socks and pull your trousers up so everything below the knee is exposed then, sit back and get nice and comfortable.  The Reflexologist will apply gentle pressure to the feet, ankles and lower legs.  This pressure shouldn’t be painful, but not so gentle it will tickle either.  I Have the most ticklish feet in the world but I am fine, it is a very different sort of pressure to someone tickling you.

How Will I Feel After My Reflexology Appointment?

You should very relaxed and calm.  Most clients also tell me that they sleep better and their general feeling of well-being is improved after a Reflexology treatment.

Reflexology During Pregnancy

Reflexology is completely safe during pregnancy as long as you have passed the 12 week point (which really is only advised to be an extra precaution) in fact I would go as far to advise it as strongly as is possible!  I had Reflexology religiously through both pregnancies and I couldn’t recommend it enough.  It helps with your energy levels as well as your general well-being.  Towards the end Reflexologyists can start working on reflex points to assist the body in getting ready for labour.

Are There Any Times I Shouldn’t Have Reflexolgy?

  • During the first 12 weeks of pregnancy
  • Any contagious skin disease ie. impetigo, scabies, chicken pox, mumps etc.
  • Any untreated severe medical condition, or acute pain (Reflexology may hide a condition which needs medical attention)
  • Severe varicose veins i.e. phlebitis (Reflexology may increase pressure of blood to veins)
  • Any form of infection, disease or fever (can make client feel worse and spread infection to the therapist)
  • Diarrhoea and/or vomiting
  • Cuts, grazes, open skin, rashes, bites, burns, severe eczema or psoriasis, fractures, athletes foot, verrucaes, inflammation or bruising on the feet.
  • Cervical spondylitis
  • Haematoma
  • Epilepsy
  • If you have any condition, disease or illness that you are currently visiting a GP or specialist for, you should get written consent from them that you are able to have Reflexology treatments before you begin.

 

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Treatments are based in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, close to the station. To purchase a Gift Certificate please call 07834 789 107 or email nicola.bourne@yahoo.com

Reflexology for Lovers

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Happy Valentines Day!

If you’ve forgotten to get your loved one a gift don’t worry you can still buy a Gift Certificate from me today & I can drop it round (Harpenden and surrounding areas)

Reflexology Gift Certificate £35

Treatments are based in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, close to the station.  To purchase a Gift Certificate please call 07834 789 107 or email nicola.bourne@yahoo.com

Gift Certificate

Reflexology works on the principle that nerve endings and energy pathways all travel down to the feet and present a map of the body on the feet. By massaging and stimulating these areas, we are able in turn, to treat the body internally and removing any blackages in the body’s energy.

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Reflexology increases movement in the circulatory (delivering blood, oxygen and nutrients to the cells and organs) and lymphatic (removing waste and toxins from the cells and organs) systems on a very physical and cellular level. You are basically flooding your cells with the good stuff and encouraging the removal of the bad stuff. Reflexology is a natural treatment that encourages your bodies own systems to work more effectivly. Having said that you need to do your bit to help. Drinking lots of water being step number one to keep flushing the cells clean.

Another effective function of Reflexology is that it balances the endocrine system which is in charge of all your glands, hormones, mood balancers, stress, which can go into overdrive when stressed or run-down. Balancing the glands again, can help with that lethargic and de-motivated feeling and can help to calm you and give you more energy. You will also feel like you have more energy once you body starts to detoxify…. another massive benefit.

On top of all this Reflexology is a very relaxing treatment that also offers wonderful pampering.

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Treatments are based in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, close to the station.  To purchase a Gift Certificate please call 07834 789 107 or email nicola.bourne@yahoo.com

Easy Quick Healthy Tip 23

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So pretty, oh so pretty….

Easy Quick Healthy Tip 23 – Warming, Nourishing Hair Treatment

Don’t forget about the gorgeous hair that frames your face.  A fantastic hot oil treatment that will treat your hair & scalp.  Massage the whole scalp to relieve any tension, relax the muscles & help with headaches.

  • Warm 4 tablespoons of olive oil (more for longer hair) by gently heating it on the hob.
  • Once warm take off the hob.
  • Add 4 drops of Rosemary or 4 drops of Lavender essential oils to the warm olive oil.
  • Coat the entire scalp & end of your hair in the mixture.
  • Cover your head with a shower cap or with a cling film then a towel & let the mixture do its thing for at least 15 minutes – but the longer the better…
  • Wash out.  You may need to shampoo twice to get all the oil out.

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Easy Quick Healthy Tip 21

Delicious Healthy Recipes, Health and Beauty Tips

Slice of Lemon

Easy Quick Healthy Tip 21 – Hot Water & Lemon

The best time to have this is in the morning before you have anything else and there are some awesome reasons why….

  • The juice from the Lemon is detoxifying and helps clear out the body.
  • Supports the liver and aids digestion.
  • The digestive qualities in the juice from Lemon eases bloating.
  • Lemon’s increase the rate of urination which helps flush out unwanted materials quickly and also helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
  • Lemon’s are high in Vitamin C which we chatted about how fantabulous that is in my earlier blog – Vitamin C
  • It is well known to Aromatherapists that the smell of Lemon’s can brighten your mood, clear your mind, reduce anxiety and depression – also love because they smell like a Mediterranean holiday.
  • Supports the Immune System.
  • Warm water and Lemon replace fluids lost by your body which can help you feel stimulated, energised, concentrate and sleep better, that has to be good right?!
Hot Water & Lemon

Hot Water & Lemon

FLASH SALE!

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FLASH SALE!!!

Reflexology Treatments on Saturday 1st Feb only £20 (usually £35).

Appointments at 12 Cornwall Road, near Harpenden Station.  To book please message or call 07834789107

Reflexology is one of the most wonderful Holistic Treatments as it truly treats your body from the inside.  Working on reflex zones within the feet, Reflexology can unblock and stimulate from within.  It is also the most wonderfully relaxing treatment

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Find out more about Reflexology helping you to Detox here

Easy Quick Healthy Tip 16

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Lovely Lavender

Easy Quick Healthy Tip 16 – Lavender Oil

This is known to Aromatherapists as the all-healing oil, it is the most wiudely used essential oil.  It is good for everything and goes well into any blend so Aromatherapists love it and you should love it too!

Lavender is paricularly renowned for it’s calming and soothing effects.  Lavender can help with sleep, stress, insomnia, aid relaxation.  It can also help heal wounds and burns including sun burn.

Some of the wonderful ways you can use Lovely Lavender…

  • Put a few drops in a vaporiser or oil burner and inhale the lovely smell.
  • A couple of drops in a warm bath and a long soak will soothe away stress physically and mentally.
  • If you have trouble sleeping, pop a couple of drops on your pillow or a tissue that you keep on your pillow (favorable if you have expensive linen as oils can stain).
  • Headaches and migraines can be treated with a cold compress – flannel soaked in cold water – with a couple of drops of Lavender on it.
  • Obviously you can never beat a massage!
Lovely Lavender

Lovely Lavender

You should always be careful when using essential oils as they can have side-effects and be contra-indicated to certain conditions such as pregnancy, epilepsy and long-term health conditions such as cancer.  It is always best to consult an Aromatherapist if you have any questions.

Easy Quick Healthy Tip 9, 10 and 11

Complementary Therapies, Health and Beauty Tips, Journey Back to Health

I have missed a couple of days (life getting in the way) so you are getting 3 for the price of 1 today.

Easy Quick Healthy Tip 9, 10 and 11 – Holistic Therapies

Holistic therapies are not only my speciality, they are also amazing. Right now I am talking specifically about Massage, Reflxology and Aromatherapy.

9. Massage
Yes massage is good for the health – isn’t that the best news?!  You actually have a reason to go for a massage! Massage stimulates the circulatory and lymphatic systems, meaning it helps blood deliver all the good stuff to your cells and takes all the crap away, keeping you nourished on a cell level. It helps to relax you and we all know the damamge that stress can do to your body. Unknotting muscles can help with your posture and with headaches. Basically go and get a massage, your body needs one!

10. Reflexology
Like massage it assists the circulatory and lymphatic systems and stress. Reflexology treats the body from the inside out. For a more comprehensive article on how Reflexology can help, view my Time for a Reflex Detox article here.

11. Aromatherapy
There are essential oils for everything. The best thing to do is contact an Aromatherapist (such as myself) and find out which ones are best for you specicifically. But its January so we are thinking detox!  Grapefuit oil is a winner for stimlating the systems and getting everything moving.  You should never put Aromatherapy oils directly onto the skin put you could add a drop or two to your body lotion in the morning and massage it into the skin.  That lovely summer citrus smell alone will get you motivated… especially in this weather!

Enjoy x