Zoe Martin, Holistic therapist

THERAPIES:

Reflexology

Reflexology can be traced back to Egypt in 2,500 BC. It is based on the principle that organs and systems of the body are mapped on our feet within 10 longitudinal zones. Through points known as reflexes, the feet ‘reflect’ imbalances within the body which stem from deeper sources, causing us to feel ‘dis-ease’ in the mind, body and spirit. With trained, intuitive hands, reflexes can be stimulated with a balance of relaxing movements and careful, specific pressure to the corresponding points. This activates the energy pathway between the reflex and related body part, improving the efficiency and inter-relationship of the body systems.


Holistic/Deep Tissue Massage

Massage can be traced back to China in 3,000 BC. The term Holistic means to treat the whole person, not only the physical symptoms. Its meaning, “whole,’ was derived from the Greek word ‘Holos.’ Holistic massage uses a range of movements that soothe and relax muscles of the whole body. It treats a wide range of muscular/skeletal related conditions. On a deeper level it encourages better circulation, lymph drainage and removal of cellular waste. It can help with digestive complaints, fatigue, insomnia, low immunity and many more conditions. Massage promotes relaxation, encouraging self-healing at all levels.

>Deep tissue massage uses more targeted techniques working on the deeper layers of muscles and built up scar tissue. It involves deeper pressure which may be felt more intensely but aims to soften the connective tissue and the deeper source of discomfort. It is used commonly with holistic massage techniques but the strokes are often slower and more specific to the affected areas.


Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is at least 6000 years old. Its use can be traced back to ancient Egypt, Greece & Rome. It uses essential oils which are extracted from plants to obtain the life force for use in holistic practice. Aromatherapy massage is lighter than holistic or Swedish massage. Its main purpose is to stimulate the body to absorb the essential oils, thus producing the desired therapeutic effect. It also helps the lymphatic system to drain and encourages better elimination and flow within the body on all levels. The treatments are tailored to how one feels and safety factors have to be carefully considered before essential oils are chosen.


Holistic Therapies

A healing touch is one of our most instinctive and primitive needs and some of us have become distanced from it. This can contribute to why we may lose a healthy balance within ourselves and our lives.

I practice Reflexology, Holistic Deep Tissue Massage, Aromatherapy and Hopi Ear Candling. I also help women with fertility problems, pregnancy and postnatal care, using Maternity Reflexology.' I can offer Neal's Yard Remedies Organic Holistic Facials and Bach Flower Remedies.

Combinations of therapies are most popular with my clients. It is quite typical to give a reflexology treatment combined with the use of specially blended aromatherapy oils. With existing conditions, it is wise to have a course of treatments to regain a state of well-being and balance.


Maternity Reflexology

A new life starts from the initial thought & intention, making this a very special time. Regular Maternity Reflexology can help support this process. This ranges from fertility problems, pregnancy to post-pregnancy. Each phase has associated symptoms whether it be morning sickness, fluid retention, postnatal depression, hormonal imbalance, muscle aches, insomnia or general tension. Other lifestyle factors contribute to & may influence the process of creating a new life. Reflexology encourages deeper relaxation for both mother and child and implements more defined techniques relating to the developing pregnancy & associated symptoms.

I prefer not to treat in the first 3 months of pregnancy, as this trimester carries increased risk.


Hopi Ear Candling

This therapy originated from Native Hopi Indian tribes in South western USA. The candles used at Neal’s Yard Remedies are made from pure beeswax and raw cotton. The treatment involves lying on your side and the candle being lit and gently placed into the ear canal.

The candle is held at a vertical angle while it burns down to the safety line. There is a filter inside the candle preventing any candle wax entering your ear. As you relax, the natural ingredients are drawn down into your ear, creating a warm gentle convection, chimney effect. This effect combined with the warmth creates a change in pressure allowing earwax to soften, blood flow within the ear to increase and has antibacterial action. The same process is repeated on the other ear. After this you can enjoy having a face massage designed to work on meridian points that connect to sinus points, lymphatic drainage and headaches. The result of the ear candles will be discussed after the treatment along with any advice to help you get the best from this therapy.


Neal's Yard Remedies Organic Holistic Facials

This is a facial that uses Neal’s Yard Remedies products in a specialised routine on your face. A short consultation is taken to find out about your skin type, daily skin routine and your medical history. It is very important to know about health issues as this may affect the products that can be used and the facial may need to be tailored more carefully to your needs, being a holistic treatment.

This relaxing treatment lasts approximately one hour. There are two different types of massage involved in the facial working on both nourishing the skin from deep down, aiding lymphatic flow and boosting circulation. Your face will receive cleansing, toning, exfoliation, face mask, moisturiser and other products that enhance your well being and skin type.

I can provide a list of the products used during your treatment and offer guidance about how to continue your skin routine at home, along with any holistic/lifestyle advice. I refer to a Chinese Facial map to give further insight on a holistic level. At Neal's Yard Remedies I will introduce you to the range of tinctures, specially blended teas and flower essences available in store that are thought to work on deeper causes of skin problems. After treatments in store on the day, you will be entitled to a 15% discount on products.

Please avoid wearing heavy make up when arriving for your treatment as this will need to be removed at the start.


Bach Flower Remedies

Bach Flower Remedies were created by Dr Bach (1896-1936). He had a natural empathy and interest in understanding plants since childhood. He became a doctor/consultant and a bacteriologist where he invented vaccines to treat those injured during wartime. He also studied homeopathic medicine and discovered that many of his patients' symptoms and diseases manifested from an emotional origin. He decided to go back to his roots, exploring how plants relate to feelings and spent much time in the countryside capturing the plants essence from the sun.

Over the years, he gave up conventional/Orthodox practice and devoted his skills to finding 38 plants that could be used to treat people, animals and plants to regain a sense of harmony and bring balance to emotional states. He believed that if we used these essences in our daily lives, illness would have little chance of manifesting on a physical level, causing disease.

I work from Dr Bach's method of having a consultation, giving you the safe, confidential opportunity to express your feelings with a view to choosing some plant essences, creating a tailored remedy to help you. It is a bit like peeling the layers of an onion and the idea is to connect with each layer as it manifests, eventually getting to the root cause. The remedies have no contra-indications and are safe for anyone to take whether pregnant or on medication.

They have no side effects and work on the level that you choose as and when you feel ready. One bottle lasts 3/4 weeks if taken consistently, as Dr Bach intended. 4 drops on the tongue or in a glass of water, 4 times a day. During this time, you observe and make notes about your feelings and return to follow up the remedy selection with me.


PRECAUTIONS:

If you have any conditions including high/low blood pressure, epilepsy, skin conditions, cancer, heart, lung or kidney problems or are pregnant, it is important to let me know from the start.

During our initial consultation, it will be your responsibility to tell me your medical conditions. If you do have a diagnosed condition, it would be advisable to check with either your GP or consultant to make sure treatment is suitable before booking an appointment.


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CONTACT ZOE:

T: 0771 520 1492

E: holisticzoe@mypostoffice.co.uk