Aromatherapy is my passion. It’s a therapeutic treatment using essential oils. These oils or essences are very carefully extracted from a single botanical source, their unique individual therapeutic and healing properties are used to enhance health and well-being. Promoting good health, relieve stress, relaxation, eliminate toxins and support and comfort the mind, body and spirit.
Aromatherapy has been used since Egyptian times and is practiced all over the world. It not only combines the touch of massage, but uses the properties of natural essential oils for inhalation, compresses and baths.
A full consultation is taken before the treatment so a bespoke blend of essential oils can be mixed in a carrier oil and applied to the skin through a massage.
You don’t have to have a specific condition to receive an aromatherapy treatment. If you want to feel relaxed or take some time out and fancy a treat, you could benefit from a massage, blend, lotion or potion. Your blend can be used in conjunction with a range of massage techniques. You can leave feeling revived, refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
Montserrat, Spain, 2015 © Angela Allen
Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire, 2016 © Angela Allen
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue massage is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It combines traditional massage techniques along with compressive and stretching techniques, to work more deeply into the tissues of the skin, muscles and supportive fascia. Strokes are generally slower and we use our forearms, elbows, fist as well as thumbs and hands to achieve compression.
It helps to relax, calm and promote a feeling of well-being. Deep Tissue massage will help loosen muscle tissues, improve joint mobility and range of movement, increase blood flow and stretch muscle and fascia.
Fertility Massage Therapy™
Fertility Massage Therapy™ is a supportive treatment to help aid a woman through her fertility journey but also through any stage of her life. It’s a massage that is focused on the sacral, digestive and reproductive areas, combining a range of massage techniques, pulsing, guided meditations, energy work and rebozo wrapping.
Many woman find this treatment a nourishing, balancing and centring therapy, working on areas that are usually ignored in a lot of western massage treatments. It can help to improve circulation to the abdominal organs, with an aim to improve blood, nerve and lymph flow. The massage also focuses on releasing physical and emotional tension.
It’s important to focus on these areas as the abdominal cavity is serviced by the same neural pathways, connecting the organs, muscles and connective tissue of the reproductive and digestive systems along with the lower back muscles. If any of these are misaligned it can disrupt the rest and may cause problems.
FMT can help in many different areas of womens health, from preconception, assisted conception (IUI, IVF, ICIS), PMS, Fibroids, Endometriosis, painful or irregular menstruation, cycle awareness, emotional and digestive problems.
Dale Chihuly, Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, 2004 © Angela Allen
North London, 2014 © Angela Allen
Usui Reiki is the traditional method of healing. It was developed by Mikao Usui in Japan in the early 20th century. It works on all levels – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. My training to Reiki Master was completed over years and was as much about personal development before connecting with others and the ‘Universal life energy’ or ‘Reiki’ in Japanese.
The treatment is non-invasive and the practitioner places their hands on or near the body. It can help with a range of physical and emotionally issues, aiding deep relaxation, balancing the emotions, calming the mind and supports other holistic treatments.
Pre & Postnatal Massage
Pre & Postnatal massage is a great way to help before, during and after pregnancy. Pregnancy is an amazing time for most women, but during this time the body will go through significant physical and emotional changes. A massage treatment can help with some of these changes from stress, muscular aches, tension and making sure there is some time for mum-to-be. Being able to treat you through your trimesters, labour and the postnatal period by using specific techniques, stretches and mobilisations has been fantastic for my clients. Aftercare is included with additional sessions available on labour, partner involvement with massage, labour focus points and labour techniques.
You’ll find me listed on the Wellmother website as an accredited practitioner.
Mikonos, 2014 © Angela Allen
Citrine Crystal, 2018 © Angela Allen
Advanced Massage Techniques
I am constantly furthering my knowledge in massage, body function and movement to progress myself and my clients. Through CPD courses I have gained skills in sports massage techniques including MET, PNF, trigger points, myofascial and hands free.
Other techniques I add to my toolbox are Soft Tissue Release, Effective Stretching and techniques for treating Neck and Shoulder pain.
I have been lucky enough to attend Guys Hospital for a day in the dissection lab to benefit my anatomy knowledge.
I have a keen interest in movement and fitness as I suffer from hypermobility so am always amazed as to what we can do to help ourselves.
I personally work on stability, proprioception and strength to support my condition and am currently in training to become an Animal Flow L1 instructor.
Holistic Facials, Facial Rejuvenation & MFR Fascial Facial.
Holistic Facials are a fantastic way to treat your skin, relax your mind and induce a greater sense of well-being. It is a tailored facial treatment incorporating a consultation, cleansing, toning, exfoliation, mask, facial massage and moisturising, using the best natural skincare products. A very special part of the treatment is the traditional Chinese facial diagnosis techniques, which can suggest issues with inner health. There is no extraction in any of the facials.
Amer Fort, Rajasthan, India, 2013 © Angela Allen
Griffith Observatory, LA, 2017 © Angela Allen
Indian Head, Hot Stone Massage, Nutrition for Everyday Living
Indian Head Massage is traditionally known as Champissage. It originated about 4000 years ago and is based on the ayurvedic system of healing, which is an integral part of Indian life. IHM aims to work on chakra points and energy flow around the body with the benefits of massage. It focuses on the head, neck, upper back, shoulders and finishes with the face. It usually lasts 20 – 30 minutes however I like to combine it into a 60 minute treatment with a back massage. It’s great for relieving stress, tension and fatigue leaving you calm, relaxed and revitalised.
Hot Stone Massage uses smooth, heated, basalt stones to massage the body. The stones are slowly heated in a traditional water bath and used to apply a variety of massage techniques to the body. It’s a lovely way of delivering a relaxing massage using the heat to help achieve a deeper massage without the pressure of a deep tissue massage. A stone placement is also part of this treatment and they are placed on chakra points, in between toes and along the spine.