Find your inner calm…

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Find your inner calm in the run up to the festive season… take a little ‘time to yourself’ – and experience complete relaxation with a bespoke treatment. Discover which is yours…

If you would like to discuss which treatment is suitable for your specific requirements, then I’m happy to have a chat!

Mairead

https://harmonizingtherapies.co.uk

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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 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 – 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

 

 

 

 

Essential Oil of the month – Ginger

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Winter is a cold contractive time, but with the use of essential oils, we can bring light & balance into the long dark season.

One of the delightful aromas around Christmas time is freshly baked gingerbread cookies. The warming scent, stimulates the taste buds, similar to that of ginger oil.

Ginger has been used since ancient times in Asia, and during the Middle Ages, travelled to the west along the spice route.

Ginger is very warming, spicy oil, with a hint of lemon and pepper. It is used for many circulation conditions; especially arthritis, muscular aches, pains and sprains. It is also helpful for digestive disorders such as; flatulence, stomach cramps and indigestion. Ginger is very effective with feelings of nausea, motion sickness and hangovers, as it seems to settle the stomach.

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