Thursday, 16 November 2017

New Prices from January 2018

Hi All, 

This is a little post about my treatment prices as there is going to be a small increase to my treatment costs from the New Year. 

I really do hope you can understand this is necessary to cover ongoing running costs, continued professional development and ensures I can still provide these therapeutic treatments to you.

Here are the new prices which will come into effect for all bookings from January 2018: 

Holistic Massages 

Back Neck and Shoulder Massage – 30 minutes   £25.00 
Back Neck and Shoulder Massage - 45 minutes  £33.00
Tired Legs and Feet Massage – 45 minutes   £33.00
Upper Body Massage – 60 minutes   £40.00
Full Body Relaxation Massage – 60 minutes   £40.00
Full Body Indulgent Massage – 75 minutes   £46.00
Full Body Indulgent Massage – 90 minutes   £54.00

Hot Stone Massages 

Hot Stone Back Neck and Shoulder Massage – 30 minutes   £30.00
Hot Stone Back Neck and Shoulder Massage – 45 minutes   £38.00
Hot Stone Full Body Massage – 60 minutes    £45.00
Hot Stone Full Body Massage – 90 minutes   £58.00

Reiki 

Reiki treatment – 60 minutes   £38.00
Combined Reiki + Back Neck and Shoulder Massage – 60 mins   £40.00
Reiki Package (3x 1 hour Reiki Treatments)   £92.00
Additional 30 minute Reiki   £16.00
Additional 60 minutes Reiki   £32.00

Ear Candling 

Standard Hopi Ear Candles   £25.00
Deluxe Hopi Ear Candles   £33.00

Home Visits 

Mobile Charge   £8.00

I would like to take this opportunity to again thank each and every one of my clients for your ongoing support and loyalty. I’m glad I can provide you with the rest, relaxation and tension relief you need and I look forward to continuing to provide tailored treatments to help maintain your health and overall well-being in the future. 

Take care all, Emma xx

Friday, 25 November 2016

Beautiful new therapy room for you to relax in

I’m really pleased to announce the opening of my new therapy room. I have created a lovely calm and tranquil space for you to rest and rejuvenate during your chosen holistic treatments. The good news for all my existing clients is that I haven’t moved building, just upstairs!  


For all those who haven’t visited the salon, it’s called Complexions Beauty and is based in Lowford, Southampton. Full address details can be found on the appointments page of my website. 


I’ve been based at Complexions since May 2014 and I’m delighted to have a dedicated room for providing holistic treatments. With a warm welcome and friendly lovely staff, it’s a pleasure to be part of the team.


Please take a look at the photos, I hope you like what you see and I really look forward to treating you there soon.


For your comfort, I have invested in an electric massage couch which helps you to easily get on and off and is kept nice and cosy with a warm electric blanket keeping you toasty during your treatment. Obviously if you don’t like the warmth I can turn it off, but most people just melt into the bed and don’t want to leave! 



If I haven’t seen you before, take a peak at the treatments I offer which include back massage; full body massage; hot stones massage and Reiki. If anything takes your fancy and you would like to book in or discuss any questions please get in contact with me. 

Warm wishes, Emma x

Monday, 30 November 2015

Pre-blended Aromatherapy Oils


Below is a short summary of each of the pre-blended aromatherapy oils I currently have on offer to give you that extra pamper during your massage treatment. 

The oils I'm using are finest cold pressed and pure essential oils made by Naturally Thinking which are synthetic free, naturally scented and luxury. 100% pure oil, no added preservatives, chemicals or dispersants, contain organic cold pressed ingredients.


Calm & Tranquillity Massage Oil

Bring peace and tranquillity to body and mind, allow your mind to relax and escape from the humdrum of life with this beautiful blend of Lavender, Frankincense, Sandalwood Almond and Jojoba which promotes relaxation, nourishes the skin and calms the mind.

Ingredients: Sweet Almond seed, Jojoba Seed, Vitamin E, Lavender flower, Frankincense resin, Sandalwood.

Renewed Energy Massage Oil

A complete recharge to body and mind this uplifting blend of Bergamot refreshes, invigorates and re-focuses the mind, and blended with vibrant Australian Eucalyptus oil and Wild Thyme helps stimulate the body into action too.

Ingredients: Grapeseed, Bergamot peel, Thyme herb, Lavender flower, Eucalyptus leaf, Neroli flower.

Original Carshalton Lavender Massage Oil 

Rich therapeutic tones of pure indulgence this oil is bliss for the skin and mind, a deeply calming and relaxing blend of Lavender helps sooth dry skin, ease tension and stress and is wonderfully nourishing to the skin.

Ingredients: Organic Sweet Almond, Organic Jojoba, Original Carshalton Lavender™ Oil, Vitamin E.

Muscles Massage Oil

Naturally easing muscle rub for sore muscles, relieves tensions, aches and pains, warms muscles and helps with toxin removal. Helpful for those suffering anxiety and tension by assisting with relaxation and mind clearing.

Ingredients: Sunflower seed, Grape seed, Clary Sage, Sage leaf, Lavender flower, Rosemary flower, Black Pepper fruit, Vitamin E.

Signature Base Massage Oil 

Divine skin nourishing oil, this anti-oxidant burst of sunshine is rich in Sea buckthorn providing an antioxidant charge for the skin, aids skin recovery and repair and deeply moisturise's the skin giving a natural glow. The oil can temporarily colour your skin due to the rich nature of Sea buckthorn oil, but it truly is worth the long term skin benefits.

Ingredients: Sweet Almond seed, Sea Buckthorn fruit, Argan, Vitamin E.

If you have any feedback or questions relating to the oils I'm using then please do get in touch with me.

For further information about the above oils and their benefits please see the Naturally Thinking website: http://www.naturallythinking.com/categories/Aromatherapy/Massage-Oils/


Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Reiki explained

Have you heard about Reiki but don’t know what to expect?  A Reiki treatment is peaceful and gentle to receive, producing powerful results for some individuals.  It’s a treatment I totally love doing and to experience a session is really the best way to understand it but if you are cautious about trying Reiki for the first time then keep reading to see how easy it is. 

Receiving Reiki assists your body in its natural healing ability by helping to balance and restore your natural energy flow. Negative thoughts or emotions can disturb your energy flow which can result in you feeling unwell.  We are all made up of energy that flows in and around our body and any blocks of this energy can eventually manifest into illness. Reiki can assist you to feel better within yourself and can help your body to heal.  If you need Reiki for a specific aliment or current emotional problem, by receiving a few sessions very close together this should really get to the route of the energy blockage and help it come to the surface to be released.

During your Reiki session

Before any treatment proceeds we will discuss the reason for your session and if there are any issues you are looking for help with.  The session will not be rushed and making sure you feel at ease and comfortable is important to me. 

The Reiki treatment is carried out whilst you are lying fully clothed on the massage couch.  I provide a warm blanket and heated under blanket to keep you warm and cosy if you would like.  You will start by lying on your back for the first part of the session and then turn onto your front for the second part, but if that’s not comfy for you we can choose a way that works best for you. 

To begin the actual Reiki, I will hold my hands over your head and the energy will start the flow to you. I will hold this position for as long as I feel necessary before moving my hands to the next position. These hand placements can be either held a few inches away from your body or actually in contact with you and this will be discussed prior to your session starting.  The hand placements will gradually move down your body, which includes the 7 major chakras and continues down to your feet.  If I feel or sense an area that needs more healing time, then I will continue to hold my hands in that position until I feel ready to move on.  Once I’ve completed your whole body and have reached your feet, I return to any areas that I feel need further healing. 


During your treatment energy will be passing into your body through my hands, to the areas needed.  I find that each client’s experiences differ and are personal to them.  You will become deeply relaxed during the treatment and may see colours or images may come into your mind.  You may feel the heat from my hands and often this will continue after my hands have moved position. 

How will I feel after?

Everyone is different, so your experience will be personal to you. It can be an amazing and moving experience where you will most likely feel slightly difference and more positive after your treatment. You can feel re-energised and better within yourself.  

After your treatment I will explain where I felt any energy blockages and this often correlates with an existing illness, chakra imbalance or pain you are experiencing.

To gain maximum results after your treatment, it’s best to listen to what your body needs and give it time to heal.  Old thoughts or emotions may come to the surface, which need confronting and dealing with.  It’s always advisable to drink plenty of water after your treatment, as the toxins have been moved and need to be eliminated.  Continuing to receive Reiki treatments will help with your well-being and your body’s natural healing ability.

Who can practice Reiki

You can channel Reiki energy once have you have been attuned and taught by a Reiki Master and anyone can learn. The attunement process gives you higher vibratory levels, provides you with the Reiki symbols used and the ability to channel the Reiki energy.  This energy is never sent by the healer, it is drawn by the recipient to the areas where it is needed most.  Each Reiki practitioner should be able to follow their lineage back to the original Reiki master Dr Mikao Usui who first discovered the healing abilities of Reiki.

If you have never experienced this lovely treatment I hope this encourages you to find a therapist near you to work with and feel the benefits for yourself.

For further reading and more information about Reiki, its benefits and history can be found on the Reiki pages website http://www.reikipages.co.uk/pages/about-reiki/.  

If you have any questions about me or my therapies, I'd be pleased to hear from you and can be contacted by email, phone or social media.




Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Detox January

I’m meeting lots of people at the moment who are detoxing and trying to stay well and healthy. New fitness routines are being put in place and healthy eating changes are taken place. It’s really great to see so many people looking after themselves and this prompted me to provide some information about how massage therapy assists in this process and give a brief outline of how our body actually detoxifies and helps fight infections.

It’s your lymphatic system that’s in charge of cleaning up toxins to provide immunity, preventing infections passing into your blood stream and aids in the digestion of fats. The lymphatic system protects the body as lymph nodes filter out harmful stuff before returning the fluid back to the blood system and prevents infection passing into the blood stream. 


How does massage therapy help me during detox? 

Massage uses long strokes to start warming the tissues and increase your circulation. These movements importantly increase the flow of your sluggish lymphatic system helping to assisting with the detoxification process. As your blood circulation also increases more nutrients and vitamins can be absorbed by your body and skin.  


Your skin is stimulated and softened; assisting in the removal of the top dead layer of cells therefore enabling the skin to breathe more easily and improves in condition. With healthy skin this in turn increases your resistance to infections as the skin provides a vital barrier to germs.


Also fatty cells can be broken down to be absorbed more easily by the lymphatic system during a massage and by using vigorous techniques such as hacking, this helps speed up the process.


Add Detox massage oil to your massage for increased results

I choose to use beautiful pre-blended massage oils by Base Formula for their additional benefits to clients. The many advantages of their Detox massage oil are explained below by Claire Saxton-Owen from Base Formula:


“This purifying massage oil is expertly blended to enhance the body’s natural detox process. With Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E and pure essential oils of Patchouli, Sweet Orange and Juniperberry. Patchouli is a relaxing and uplifting essential oil that can help treat stress, anxiety and depression. It is an excellent diuretic – which means it increases the production of urine to flush toxins out through the kidneys. It also helps to reduce fluid retention and the appearance of cellulite. Juniperberry is a purifying essential oil with a powerful cleansing and tonic action. It is used in lymphatic drainage massage and in helping the body to eliminate toxins. It can also help to alleviate nervous tension, anxiety and fatigue. Sweet Orange has a diuretic action that helps relieve water retention and aids the detox process. It is soothing and refreshing and can help to relieve anxiety, stress and insomnia.  It is also beneficial for the digestive system.” (Quote taken from Guild Gazette, January/February 2015)


Understanding your lymphatic system


The lymphatic system is similar to the veins and arteries in your body, in that it’s made up with tubes that start off as tiny capillaries in tissues and join up to form bigger and bigger vessels. The fluid inside these tubes is called Lymph and this fluid passes through lymph nodes which clean and filter the lymph that enters it.  Once the fluid has passed through the lymph nodes, the clean fluid is returned to the blood in your body.


The lymph fluid is collected by the capillaries which open up and allow toxins to enter it. When we eat or drink our body absorbs the nutrients and vitamins through our tissues and blood stream, which in turn nourishes our organs and tissues to keep us healthy. Anything our body doesn’t require keeps moving through our system to be excreted or turns to fat. The liver plays a key part in keeping any toxins and foreign substances entering our system via the digestive track. The liver removes drugs, alcohol and harmful substances from the system. As food and drink moves through our system, our lymphatic system is constantly working to filter out any toxins before they reach our blood stream.  


Proteins that are too big to enter the blood capillaries are broken down in the lymphatic system. If any damage or inflammation has occurred the lymph capillaries become even more permeable to let this debris enter.  This could be pus, damaged or dead cells, bacteria and cancerous cells.   


The lymph nodes fight any infections or bacteria it has collected up before returning this cleaned fluid to your blood system. The glands in your neck are actually lymph nodes, which you can sometimes feel enlarged when you are fighting off an infection like a cold.  There are approximately 100 lymph nodes in your body and can be found in your neck, armpit, groin, back of the knee and bend of your elbow. As particles enter the lymph node within the lymph fluid the node attempts to dissolve or break down toxins into small particles before they are released back into the body. 


Unlike our blood circulation, which is pumped by our heart, the lymphatic system does not have a pump.  The fluids are moved through our system by the constriction of our muscles which pushes the fluids towards our lymph nodes. This means that the lymph fluid moves very slowly through our system. Exercise therefore is very important and beneficial for our lymphatic system, as it speeds up the flow of the lymph fluid. Damage to your lymph vessels can result in severe water retention or oedema in the damaged area.


Maintaining a healthy lifestyle 


Choosing a healthy lifestyle is essential to keeping well and healthy. Try to make healthy food choices and ensure that you keep hydrated by drinking lots of water.  Taking regular exercise is vital to staying healthy as explained above, even if you can only manage a walk.


To keep lymph flowing from your feet, walking is a must as this action helps pump the fluid up from your feet to your legs. Going up and down on your toes pushes the lymph through your feet up into your legs, so this movement is important for healthy feet and legs.


I hope the above information is beneficial and explained how our body filters out nasty bugs and toxins.


For further information about the other benefits of massage and the treatments that I offer, please see the website or contact me. 


Image courtesy of gameanna at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Friday, 20 June 2014

Hopi Ear Candles Explained


Have you heard of Hopi Ear Candles?  It’s a natural alternative to help give relief to many ear problems and is also known as Thermo-auricular therapy.  Regular ear candling treatments are thought to provide relief from ear conditions including compacted ear wax, vertigo, balance in the ears, colds and flu, ear noise, sense of smell, swimmers ear, sinusitis, headaches and migraine, stress and is also a very relaxing peaceful treatment too.

The actual ear candles are 22cm long, hollow cotton tubes which have been soaked in natural ingredients such as beeswax, honey and herb extracts. I use Biosun traditional candles which have a filter in the bottom to prevent any candle residue from entering the ear and also conform to safety standards.  



The candle is lit and placed gently into the top of your ear.  The warm air of the candle is drawn down gently into your ear canal creating a mild suction effect, which gives your inner ear and sinuses a soothing massage whilst drawing out impurities.  

Each ear is done separately whilst you are lying on your side in a comfortable position.  I always fit the candle in your ear first before lighting to ensure that you are happy and it feels comfortable. During the treatment you will probably hear crackling or popping sounds and feel warmth as the vapour is drawn into your ear. It’s deeply relaxing and you may find yourself drifting asleep before the candle has finished burning!  Each ear takes about 10-12 minutes depending on your ear condition. 

Prior to any treatment, we will discuss any medical conditions or problems with your ears that you may have to ensure that the treatment is safe to proceed.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

‘Fight or Flight’ we need to make time for relaxation in our busy lives.

We all have stressful times causing us to feel anxiety, stress, anger, fright or emotional upset due to many different factors in our lives.  Our natural reaction to a stressful situation means that your heart rate may increase, your palms may become sweaty, and your breathing may increase which are all controlled by our Autonomic Nervous System. This is not something we can control, our body and brain takes over to ensure that we are ready for danger if needs be.

Our Autonomic Nervous System is part of our nervous system and controls all automatic body functions such as heartbeat, breathing, digestion, pupil dilation, blood flow, sweat, etc.

This system is split into 2 parts:

•    The sympathetic system (known as fight or flight) is the system designed to prepare the body at times of emergency and excess stress. This can be activated by a stressful situation and your heartbeat and blood pressure will increase and blood will be diverted to muscles so that you are ready to move quickly, your digestion will decrease to conserve energy, your sweat glands will be stimulated and your pupils will dilate. This is all preparing your body to expel lots of energy to escape danger.

•    We have a counter system called the parasympathetic system which works to calm and balance the actions of the sympathetic system and creates a normal body function. This system helps to keep your heartbeat low, lowers blood pressure, increases digestion and keeps your body functioning normally.

Due to our busy lives, the sympathetic system can be activated many times during the day by factors such as work deadlines looming, busy traffic whilst driving, looking after the children etc. This all puts additional stress on our bodies, makes our heart work harder and gives a feeling of increased anxiety. Additional adrenaline and cortisol are released and if unused can cause anxiety, reduces the body’s immune system and can slow down your healing capabilities. 

So, in summary we need to give our mind and bodies plenty of time for rest and relaxation, to ensure that it can function efficiently, stay healthy and heal where it’s needed on the inside.  The parasympathetic system only works effectively when we are relaxed and taking time out, so ensure you listen to your body and have some time out regularly.