Mums need… Me-time too!

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How does a ‘Kid-Free’ zone sound?… no kids calling for attention, free from running after them and a much needed break from daily chores, never mind trying to keep a career ongoing. No wonder Mum’s are feeling completely frazzled!! Constantly multi-tasking… sleep deprived and crying out for a couple of hours to themselves… free from any distractions!! So how about making a ‘date with yourself’ and giving permission to not feel guilty for experiencing some relaxation time. Sounds good yeah!

What are you waiting for… have a look at my list of available treatments and make that call for some ‘Me-Time’.

#motherhood #wellness #mentalwellbeing

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Nourish your soul… with an Ayurvedic Massage and receive a Free 20 min Weleda Facial!

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So summer time is approaching and I’m offering a free 20 min Weleda Facial when you book an Ayurvedic Massage! A perfect combination of eastern style massage techniques and with the added bonus of treating the skin with 100% natural chemical free products. A complete head to toe treatment!

Make some quiet space in your life for relaxation, away from all distractions to nourish the soul – your body will love you for it!!

Ayurvedic massage  also known as ‘Abhyanga’, is a full body detoxifying massage using herbal oils selected according to ones dosh.  It works on mama points to release any blockages, eliminating impurities, strengthening and boosting the immune system, therefore increasing vitality!

I must say nothing feels more nurturing than a good massage, leaving you totally relaxed… grounded and not just a luxurious indulgence, but extremely beneficial to our physical and emotional wellbeing.

So if your feeling totally out of balance, low in energy, generally run down, or suffering muscular tension, then an Ayurvedic massage will help to bring some harmony and equilibrium.

Ayurvedic Massage – Offer valid for a limited time only – until 10th July 2017

Mairead x

 

Invigorate the senses… Rosemary essential oil

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Hi everyone, this month I shall delve into the herbaceous world of Rosemary.  A wonderful refreshing fragrance renown for it’s uplifting and stimulating properties.  We are all very familiar with the pungent aroma of Rosemary and it’s amazing flavour when used in cooking.

Within the world of aromatherapy Rosemary is one of the most common and widely used essential oils, originating from the Mediterranean coast.  It is steam distilled from the leaves and flowering tops and one whiff of this wonderful oil is enough to invigorate the senses!

It brings a whole range of benefits, from boosting concentration to relieving muscular tension and treating scalp conditions.  Rosemary has a strong, clear, refreshing fragrance, with herbal and medicinal notes.

During this time of year we can find ourselves sluggish and in much need of a boost.  This is a time when we are more susceptible to colds, coughs and various viral infections.  Therefore, Rosemary makes is an excellent choice of oil to use in energising the body and invigorating the mind.

Whenever your feeling mentally fatigued, try placing a few drops on a tissue, inhale! The invigorating aroma will instantly lift the spirits and renew mental clarity!

Due to its pain relieving properties it helps in easing rheumatic pains and an excellent  oil to use in massage, for tired and over worked muscles, especially sports and fitness enthusiasts.  It also works well in treating headaches and nerve pain, such as neuralgia.

Rosemary is a good heart tonic, stimulating blood flow, improving circulation and normalising low blood pressure.  However, it should be noted as it is a highly stimulating oil it is not suitable for those with epilepsy, high blood pressure and best avoided in pregnancy.

It is a very valuable oil for respiratory conditions, acting as a good decongestant, helping to assist with throat congestion, colds, flu and used for conditions such as; asthma and chronic bronchitis.

I have a personal oil blend I like to use when feeling congested or when blogging and just need some mental clarity!   The combination of oils works in perfect harmony, stimulating the senses and clearing the head!

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 Add 2 drops each of Rosemary, Lemon and Peppermint to a diffuser or oil burner and enjoy the aroma!

Rosemary is also  beneficial in aiding digestive problems, helping to relieve flatulaence, constipation, bloating and detoxifying for the liver.

Lastly, its stimulating action is said to be beneficial in treating scalp conditions and  promoting hair growth.  Try massaging the scalp with rosemary essential oil  to help nourish the scalp, removing dandruff and to strengthen the hair.

Blends well with: Basil, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange and Peppermint.

Mairead x

Nourish your senses… with the warm and spicy aroma of Black Pepper

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Hi everyone, autumn time brings a need for cosiness… that feeling of been cocooned in warmth, whether it be food, clothing or a deeply relaxing and nurturing massage. Therefore as the temperatures become cooler we can benefit from a warming essential oil, such as Black Pepper to ease tired achy muscles and boost circulation!

Black Pepper is a very commonly used spice for culinary purposes, known as ‘king of the spices’.  It has a hot taste and a warm, spicy and pungent aroma, adding flavour and warmth to our daily meals.

Within the world of aromatherapy Black Pepper essential oil is extracted from the fruit of the scrub, using the steam distillation method.  The oil is derived from Black Pepper rather than white as it contains greater quantities and much more aromatic!

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Firstly, it is  a very stimulating oil, helping to strengthen the nerves and emotions, warming the heart and blends extremely well with Rose, adding a calming floral note.  Try adding a few drops to a diffuser to help ease anxious feelings.

The most beneficial means of using any essential oils is through a massage, not only are you experiencing a relaxing massage but the aromatic scents and therapeutic properties enhance the overall treatment experience.  Therefore, using Black Pepper in massage is more beneficial when combined other essential oils, increasing its overall therapeutic properties.  Try blending it with Cedarwood, creating a calming and grounding effect, and relaxing the body and mind. 

Black Pepper is also beneficial in helping to ease muscular aches, pains and tired and aching limbs.  It is a great oil for sport enthusiast, especially after a rigorous workout, to help ease muscle discomfort.

As it is a warming and stimulating oil, it helps to boost circulation, therefore aiding and giving some relief to those suffering  with rheumatism and arthritis.  Due to these properties it is useful in expelling toxins from the body.

Black Pepper is extremely beneficial in the overall digestive system.  It stimulates the salvia glands and  promotes secretion of digestive juices, having an overall strengthen effect and therefore facilitating digestion.

Blends well with: Bergamot, Cypress, Frankincense, Cedarwood, Geranium, Grapefruit,                                                       Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang.

Precautions: Too much can over stimulate the kidneys and cause possible skin irritation.

So a good twist of black pepper not only adds flavour to our food, but has an entire list of benefits!

Mairead x

 

 

 

 

Fall in love with Ayurvedic Massage this Autumn

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Hello everyone, Its been a while! Doesn’t time just fly by!  We are now entering into Autumn!  Such a magical time of the year, with its rich tones, long walks, rustling through fallen leaves and the abundance of fruits from the harvest.  Whats not to love!

With the change in seasons so does our bodily needs.  So as temperatures become cooler, we could all appreciate a little extra comfort in our lives.  Autumn is a time for inner reflection, release and letting go, making way for new growth!

Therefore  its no better time to allocate some precious ‘time’ to ourselves within our ever growing schedule, to nourish our mind, body and soul.  So Fall in love with Ayurvedic Massage this Autumn’ and enjoy this space to unwind and declutter our busy minds!

Ayurveda is one of the oldest medical health system, dating back 4000-5000 years ago.  In Sanskrit ‘Ayur’ means life and ‘Veda’ means knowledge, so literal meaning the science/knowledge of life.

The principle of Ayurveda are our bodies are controlled by energies, known as dosas, vata, pitta, kalpha, which in many cases are out of balance, resulting in poor health. Therefore, Ayurveda adopts an approach to treat the cause of the disease and not just the symptoms. It’s practice is to increase awareness around our health, through lifestyle changes, such as; diet, yoga and integrating massage therapies into our routines, in order to achieve perfect balance of mind, body and soul!

Ayurvedic massage  also known as Abhyanga,  is a full body detoxifying massage using herbal oils selected according to ones dosh.  It works on mama points to release any blockages, eliminating impurities, strengthening and boosting the immune system, therefore increasing vitality!

I must say nothing feels more nurturing than a good massage, leaving you totally relaxed… grounded and not just a luxurious indulgence, but extremely beneficial to our physical and emotional wellbeing.
So if your feeling totally out of balance, low in energy, generally run down, or suffering muscular tension, then an Ayurvedic massage will help to bring some harmony and equilibrium.  The perfect autumnal pick-me-up!

(Ayurvedic Massage 10% off valid until 20th October)

For further information Click Here

Mairead

Nourish your senses – Chamomile essential oil

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This month I would like to share the wonderful benefits of Roman Chamomile – anthemis nobilis essential oil.  If you have ever sipped Chamomile tea you are only too familiar with its use in promoting relaxation and aiding sleep, making it perfect before bedtime!

Chamomile is such a commonly recognised herb and has been used throughout the ages by many physicians for its amazing properties.  It was a favourite in many garden lawns, releasing a pungent fragrance of chamomile when walked upon and used also as companion planting.  Today it is more widely used in cosmetics, perfumes and herbal teas.

Chamomile essential oil has a sweet, fruity and heady aroma and the oil is steam distilled from the flowers. It is extremely ease too grow, and has white daisy like flowers, with a yellow centre and slightly furry green leaves. It is known for its calming and soothing properties making it excellent for the nervous system, muscular conditions and soothing skin conditions.

Firstly, it is excellent in easing anxiety, tension and helps to calm the emotions in stressful situations.  It is also very beneficial in raising the spirits if suffering from depression, even smelling the oil can give a ‘feel good factor’.  As it promotes relaxation it is often helpful with insomnia.

It is beneficial in easing muscular aches and pains especially when related to nervous conditions.  Due to its analgesic properties in relieving pain it is also effective for those experiencing headaches, neuralgia, toothache and earache.

Chamomile can also help with regulating the menstruation cycle and ease painful periods. As it has a calming effect on the body it is good for pre menstrual tension and menopause.

It is beneficial in soothing the stomach, easing digestive problems and may help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  Also it is thought to help with liver problems, such as jaundice and disorders of the genitourinary tract.

Chamomile is an excellent oil to help soothe agitated babies and toddlers suffering from temper tantrums at bedtime , making it beneficial to induce a peaceful sleep.  It can be used in a in small contractions, 1 -2 drops in a bath (at over age 3) or a vaporiser  in the bedroom. Watch the little ones drop off!

Lastly but not least, chamomile is an excellent oil used within skincare due to its soothing and calming properties.  It has amazing effects on soothing burns, blisters, inflamed skin and good for dry itchy and hypersensitive skin conditions.  It is a great skin cleanser and helps to ease puffiness and strengthen the skin tissues.

It is most definitely one to have at hand and a little goes a long way!

Precautions: Avoid during pregnancy, especially the early months.

Blends well with:  Benzoin, Bergamot, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Neroli,                                        Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose and Ylang Ylang

Mairead x

 

Tea time – Me time

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Tea time -Me time with freshly picked Peppermint leaves, refreshing, cooling and excellent for soothing and calming the digestive system, especially those suffering from IBS problems.  It is so easy to grow, and comes in lots of varieties, but best grown in pots as spreads vigirously throughout the garden.

To make Peppermint tea pick a few large sprigs and infuse in water which has just come off the boil.  It could’nt be easier!  So sit back relax and enjoy!

Mairead x

 

Nourish your body – receive 10% off a purifying reflexology treatment

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Summer has arrived and nothing feels more nurturing than happy, pampered feet!  So put a spring back into your step and nourish your body with a purifying and bespoke reflexology treatment.

Reflexology not only soothes tired achy feet, but also restores the body’s natural equilibrium, inducing a deep sense of relaxation and creating harmony with oneself.  A perfect way to grow and cleanse, the body and mind for those summer months ahead!

Reflexology  works on the principle that reflex points on the feet correspond to every organ, gland and area of the body. By working on the feet, this stimulates the thousands of nerve endings and reflex points to revitalise and replenish the mind and body, so energy flows more freely and boosting the bodies self healing process. Thus, at a physical, mental and emotional level a person becomes more balanced and as reflexology has a accumulative effect, benefits will be most noticeable after four to six weekly sessions.  All treatments are adapted to suit individual client requirements.

(Reflexology 10% off, valid until 21st July 2016)

Happy feet equals relaxed body and mind, so be good to yourself!

Mairead x

Nourish your senses – Grapefruit essential oil

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This month I’m going to explore the wonderful refreshing and uplifting essential oil of Grapefruit.  It is one of my many favourite citrus fruits, both to eat and use in a massage or a body lotion blend.  Perfect to awaken the senses first thing in the morning!

Graperfuit grow in large bunches,  on a glossy leaved tree with white flowers and the oil is mostly obtained from Israel, Brazil and USA.  The oil is expressed from deep within the peel of the Grapefruit and can range in colour from yellow through to orange/green, yielding a small quantity of oil in comparison to the other citrus oils.  It is widely used within food, cosmetics and perfumes.

Due to its balancing effect on the central nervous system Grapefruit can be beneficial during times of stress and anxiety and help stabilise depression.  It soothes the body and helps relieve headaches, migraines and premenstrual tension and may help with some of the effects of jetlag.

It is also an excellent lymphatic stimulant, nourishing tissue cells and helping to rid the body of excess water retention and build up of toxins.  It’s diuretic effect could help with cellulite.  A combination of Grapefruit, Fennel and Juniper essential oils make an perfect cleansing blend to detox the body.  Regular massage is the most effective way to improve overall skin tone, helping with flabby skin and stretch marks.

Grapefuit is known for its amazing cleansing properties, aiding the kidneys and vascular system and said to be a liver tonic, improving secretion and function.

It can be a beneficial oil for those taking part in regular sport activity, in treating stiffness and cramps in muscles, as it helps with the release of lactic acid in the muscles, therefore easing muscular aches and pains.

Within skincare it is a particularly good oil for balancing oily skin and treating skin conditions such as acne, resulting in an overall clearer complexion.

Precautions: can cause skin irritation if exposed to sunlight after application. Avoid during                                     pregnancy.

Blends well with: Basil, Bergamot, Chamomile, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine,                                                               Lavender, Palmarosa, Rose, Rosewood and Ylang Ylang

Mairead x