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|Posted by spiritualmother on June 8, 2019 at 12:15 AM||comments (2218)|
So here’s the low down on our wonderful massage therapy Balinese style.
Balinese massage originated in Indonesia and is a specialist Ayurvedic* massage bringing equilibrium to the body. Firm pressure and long strokes are used to balance the Chi energy element and bring a sense of calm to the whole being. It helps to stimulate the circulatory and lymph systems, clearing pathways for physical and energetic flow. Working on the whole body using long strokes, skin rolling techniques and stretches promotes a release of blockages and tension build up as well as balancing the main chakras. Traditionally this was healing treatment and herbs were used to heal painful areas until tourism meant that more relaxation techniques were incorporated into the techniques.
What is Ayurveda?
The traditional Hindu system of medicine (incorporated in Atharva Veda, the last of the four Vedas), which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing.
This massage technique fuses ancient techniques in order to provide a restorative experience. Reflex and acupressure points are worked on and aromatherapy is an essential part of the whole experience allowing you to use all of your senses to sink deeper into relaxation and a meditative state. The physical aspect does include working into knots and tense muscle fibres so a firm pressure is used however this can be adapted for the client. The release of knots is seen as a release of energy and blockages within the body, allowing Chi energy to flow.
You will be uncovered (one half at a time) to allow the long lomi strokes and each half of the body is worked on from feet to shoulders so we provide disposable underwear and if you are not comfortable with this then adaptations can be made. This fusion of techniques offers a unique experience and is unlike most western styles of massage. Treatments last for 50-60 minutes and at Ostara we do include a scalp massage also.
Here is a quick guide to how Balinese differs to a traditional Swedish Massage:
1. We uncover half of the body working from foot to shoulder using long lomi strokes.
2. Pressure can be firm to work on any blockages
3.Acupressure points, skin rolling, percussion movements & stretches are used.
4.Beautiful scented oils are used to bring balance to the whole being.
5. The focus is on balancing the Chi energy as well as the physical aspect.
Give us a call or message to book your massage today.
Our Balinese Massage is 40 GBP
|Posted by spiritualmother on June 4, 2019 at 8:00 PM||comments (1)|
I wanted to share a personal story of how I was introduced to healing therapies and holistic ways as not many people know. I hope it may resonate for some of you and inspire others on their path who may be considering learning. Many of you who have followed Ostara know that we value holistic health and healing and it is at the core of what we do. Even our beauty treatments have wellbeing at the heart of them.
When I was 23 I got my dream job (four years earlier than I had anticipated). I became a lecturer- it was all I had aspired to be at the time. However two weeks into the job I remember sitting at my desk staring at my computer screen. I thought "Is this it? What's next for me? Or is this my life until I can retire?"
I truly felt a mixture of emotions- I felt lost, stuck, unhappy, yet so guilty because I had gotten my dream job and now didn't want it! What was wrong with me? Not even a month had passed and I was developing anxiety issues, panic attacks and the onset of depression. It was hard and I remember being told the choice is to sink or swim.
Throughout this time I had found a teacher of meditation and I knew I had to do something to help myself. From this I started learning about holistic health but only on a surface level. I was already a qualified beauty therapist but had not looked into the holistic aspects.
About a year later I had left my job and moved to another college to teach Business studies. I was feeling better so not meditating or looking into holistic health as much. It was at this time that my little dog Bonnie became seriously ill- she ended up paralyzed from her mid body to her back legs and tail. I was devastated and told it would cost thousands for a spinal operation which may not even work. We were told to put her to sleep there and then and that it was cruel to keep her alive. The vets said she would not get better. But something in her eyes and my gut instinct told me to keep trying for a little while longer. To give her a chance. I was desperate so contacted my spiritual teacher who passed on the details to her friend- a formidable healer. She told me immediately that she could help, that it wasn't yet Bonnie's time to go. We worked on healing her every night for a week; I was only passing on the healing from Angie who was sending distance healing. Yet I could feel it coming through me and visualize it, even though I won't lie, I was sceptical but desperate to try anything.
After a little less than a week I came home to Bonnie and was talking to her and I noticed her wag her tail. It was so surreal that I didn't react to begin with because it didn't click that this was significant. It took me a few minutes before I cried with joy. By the next day she was stumbling and attempting to get up and walk.
Five years on she was a happy healthy little girl who was given a chance but who also gave me a chance to discover the power of healing and holistic health. If ever I needed proof that I had to explore such therapies, it was through her. She communicated that to me and thankfully I listened and it was the same when she passed away. I knew 100% when she looked at me that she was asking me to let her go so I consciously made that decision and knew when the time came, that's what I'd have to do. Although thankfully she passed away peacefully in her sleep on her own terms. She helped me to find a gift that I love to share with others, whether that's giving healing therapies such as Reiki or massage or whether that's teaching them to others who also desire to help others. That's why I'm so passionate about what I do because it is a gift that I'm honoured to share with you all. If you come away feeling better, whatever the treatment or course, then I've done my job and I'm grateful for my little miracle dog showing me a life that has more meaning to it and has led me meeting the wonderful people that I have. All of us at Ostara have our own stories and paths but it is our love for helping others that connects us and makes Ostara what it is.
|Posted by spiritualmother on January 29, 2019 at 12:20 AM||comments (5)|
Hello & welcome to February 2019!
It's been cold and crisp towards the end of January but I do love this time year where the snowdrops are peeking through and the days are starting to seem lighter for longer! It is still the time of year that we may feel a little low or have a lack of energy, so it is really important to invest time in your wellbeing and prepare for the beautiful spring months ahead.
Spending time out in nature, doing something relaxing or focusing on mindfulness is really beneficial for our health. And learning to love ourselves and take some well deserved time out is a way of helping to prevent the dreaded winter colds and physical tiredness that come with the long, dark days.
We have some wonderful new packages designed to maximize your feeling of wellbeing. Our latest and newest treatment is Reflexology and the feedback has been so very positive!! I myself fall asleep to Reflexology and really value the insight it gives into the body. Why not give it a try!!
Our Reiki One was a beautiful course with wonderful energies and I am available to teach Reiki on all levels. For anyone wanting to progress to Reiki Practitioner Level, or thinking of learning other therapies, please get in touch. We do offer discounts for multiple courses bought as a package!
For anyone who celebrates Valentines, we have lots of treats to offer, so please do think of buying your loved one an experience that they can use, to take some time out and enjoy one of our many therapies! We can give gift vouchers for an amount or specific treatment. Remember treatments aren't just for women- why not treat your male loved ones to a much deserved treat!
Retreat Days, Events & Pamper Parties
Both Rachel and I are available for retreat events, hen parties, baby showers, get a way weekends and pamper parties. We can add to your event by offering a range of many treatments from beauty to holistic as well as workshops. Get in touch for a unique addition to your event!
Have a great February and remember to feel fabulous!
Please check out or website for all of our treatments http://www.ostaraholistichealingcentre.co.uk/treatment-menu
Try Our Reflexology
We have had some fantastic feedback from our Reflexology treatment, so why not try it whilst it's on offer at £35! Reflexology is an ancient treatment focusing on the acupressure points to release any blockages within the body. The feet represent the whole body, so we can tell if there may be a build up of toxins/blockages that we can work out. It's truly fascinating and relaxing!!
|Posted by spiritualmother on July 31, 2017 at 10:50 AM||comments (2)|
Massage as an Insurance Policy
One of my clients couldn't have put it better the other day; they said to me they view their massage as "preventative maintenance". They explained it to their friends as being similar to taking out an insurance policy- they invest in themselves at least once/twice month and it prevents them from taking time off work due to back or muscular injuries. "Just think if you invest £35 a month compared to taking a week off work which totals on average to a couple of hundred a week" they said. This made me think and really reinvigorated my message that massage is more than just indulgence; it's needed on a physical and also mental/emotional level. The amount of travelling we do, the hours sat at an office desk, the busy stressful lives we lead, all build up. It takes a lot longer to sort out muscular build up when massage is the last resort; it's much better to have regular maintenance treatments so the muscles physically 'remember' to relax.
I offer various packages and bespoke loyalty deals for clients and also corporate rates for wellbeing within companies.
|Posted by spiritualmother on October 22, 2016 at 7:15 AM||comments (150)|
Come & join us at Chic Beauty for for a festive evening of pampering and retail therapy. Alex from Miss A's Chic Beauty & Vicki from Ostara Therapies will be hosting at the salon from 5PM-8PM. We have mini treatments on offer such as nail treatments; massage therapies; angel readings; mini facials; reiki; facial threading/waxing, all for a reduced price so you can experience what we offer.
Gift vouchers and retail items including Neals Yard, Eve Taylor and St Tropez sets will all be availabe to buy on the night; why not treat your loved ones to a voucher for a treatment or monetary value.
We will be offering festive drinks and refreshments to get you in the mood for the holiday season; whilst offering you a relaxing environment to unwind.
For mini treatments on the night prices will range from £5-£10 & to avoid any dissapointment, we recommend booking a 15 minute slot prior to the evening; however there may be chances to book on the night.
We are located at 17 Orwell Place Ipswich IP4 1BD and there is parking right behind the salon at Upper Barclay car park or in nearby areas.
We look forward to celebrating the festive season with you and introducing you to our beautiful salon and therapies.
|Posted by spiritualmother on October 12, 2016 at 9:30 AM||comments (2)|
We must remember that to hear is not to listen. To truly listen means to comprehend and to take in information. If we stand still for a moment and allow ourselves to hear what is around us, we can tune in to our deepest thoughts and feelings. Listening is not just about the external sounds, it’s about tuning into deeper vibrations and intuition. By doing this we enable ourselves to be able to fulfill our true desires and potential.
First we must acknowledge the effect that sound can have on our physiological and psychological being. Sound and vibration healing have been used for centuries, certainly in Hindu cultures and yoga practices. Music and chanting are methods used to initiate sound healing which affects our mood. Consider when you hear classical or meditation music. How does it make you feel? The resonance of the music’s tempo and vibrations should begin to calm and relax the body; you almost sync into the slower tempo of the music. Now think about when you listen to rock music or upbeat pop. The liveliness of the tempo and usual rise in volume will often raise your heart beat and get your adrenaline rushing with excitement. Not only this, but we all associate favourite songs or pieces of music to past memories; if these memories are positive it is likely to be because you were in a happy mood when listening to the piece and your mind stored these emotions for future reconciliation.
By tuning into you’re your own resonance, you will be able to pick up on what the universe is trying to tell you. Begin to listen to nature, hear it speak to you. The sound of silence is as golden as hearing laughter and joy. To hear the trees whisper and the wind whistle is aiding you to connect to the earth’s energies and in turn understand where the universe is guiding you. Below is a great meditation to start your connection with nature.
Exercise- Nature meditation
Begin by sitting or lying outside or with a window/door open.
Start to inhale deeply to the count of four; hold for four and exhale to the count of four.
Repeat three times.
Imagine a white light entering through the top of your head and slowly trickling down passing through each of your main chakra points. Now see the light immersing through the whole of your body out to the auric fields.
You quieten your mind, focussing on your breath and begin to listen for the sounds of nature.
Allow your mind to wonder and take you on an outside journey. Where do you end up? What animals do you see or speak to? Take in the flowers, the smells and the colour. Is there a gentle breeze- does it speak to you? Notice the weather and the environment which surrounds you and know that this is your special place.
Lie down where you are in your mind’s eye and feel the earth mould to your body. Allow the earth to envelope you like a duvet and connect with the soil.
You slowly feel water lift you gently from the earth’s grasp and float you away down a beautiful stream. You hear the rushing of the water and feel its warmth. As you gently float you feel your body get lighter and lighter.
You notice yourself rising with every breath you take. You are floating in the air, being carried by the wind. Look down- do you see yourself? You feel warmer and warmer as you float to the sun- its rays gently beaming down on you. It comforts you and fills you with happiness and love.
Allow this experience of flight to connect you with air as you gently start to float back down like a soft feather.
You can see yourself lying on the ground where you had started as you softly fall back into your own body and into a state of awareness.
Now wriggle your toes and fingers and gently open your eyes. How do you feel? You have just connected with the universe and its elements: Earth, Fire, Water and Air.
Ground yourself by placing your feet firmly on the ground and imagining tree roots attach themselves to you, going straight down to the earth’s core. Remember to breathe.
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It is often ignored that aromas can change our mood and the way we think; such a simple way of aiding our emotional system, yet really over looked. The sweet smells of spring and summer conjure up feelings of hope, aspiration and happiness, whilst Autumnal scents in the air, prepare us for hibernation and feelings of cosiness.
When you think about it our sense of smell is working constantly, often to the point where we do not notice them. It is only when a new or strong scent arrives, that our scent buds kick in. There are so many ways in which we can use scent as a therapy; an aid to making us feel happy and relaxed or revived and energised. One of the best ways to conjure up natural smells is using aromatherapy and essential oils. Essential oils are taken from natural plant sources and distilled in order to extract the precious oils. With the distillation process, essential oils will retain their natural scent as well as their natural plant properties. Not only are essential oils great at changing your moods, they are fantastic for treating common ailments and great to add to your beauty products. Essential oils, undiluted are very powerful and can be used to effect the olfactory system in many ways. The first way is to run a bath and add a few drops of essential oil/ salt crystals with oil or even natural fresh herbs and plants. The hot water will release the smell and fill the bath with natural goodness. By taking in long, slow and deep breaths the aroma changes our brain pattern according to the scent we have chosen. For example Lavender and chamomile are well known for aiding sleep and sleep cushions stuffed with these flowers is a natural method to replace sleep ailments. The calming scents trigger the brain waves to change their frequency and slow the body’s processes and adrenaline down. A drop in adrenaline allows us to feel calmer and more sedate.
The act of breathing in long, deep breaths also has its effects on the brain. The amount of oxygen inhaled will slow the waves down and clear the mind allowing for a meditative state to be achieved. In order to achieve stimulation and focus, fresh herbal smells or vibrant citrus scents will alert the brain to wake up and kick start your adrenaline for the day; hence why many morning shower gels utilize citrus fruits and minty herbs. The same method can be used but on an intense scale; steam rooms or even a vapour bowl are fantastic ways of inhaling precious smells and the beneficial properties which come with them. I always like to have an oil burner or reed diffuser so that these lovely smells can waft around the house and work; it’s amazing the uplifting trigger they really give a home and the people within.
By using products or natural perfumes throughout the day, you can ensure you are in the right mood for whatever comes your way. Mood sticks are a relatively new item on the market, a little like chap sticks, but when applied to the temples, wrists or other major pulse points, will steadily aid your moods throughout the day. Experiments have been created whereby smell can positively affect businesses and work productivity let alone success rates. Aromas within an office environment can manipulate moods and stimulate. Floral scents have been found to be particularly good at this (Welsh, J, 2011).
Of course massage with aromatherapy oils, will not only relax you with the scent but also with the flowing movements of the therapist. This is such an ideal way to enhance not just your mood but physiological properties too. The oils are diluted with a carrier oil such as almond, grape seed or even jojoba. This allows the circulation not to take on too much of the essential oil’s properties as this could be dangerous to the body. It also allows for glide and softer skin. When you inhale the smell of the room, notice just how much this has an effect on you, as well as the massage techniques and quiet back ground music. It’s powerful to realise that smell itself can act as a powerful stimulant and relaxer to the body, amongst other mediums.
When you’re out in nature, be sure to smell the flowers, notice the fresh smell of the air and see how it affects your mood for the day. Be sure to note which smells make you happy and energetic or which ones calm you down. You will certainly notice which smells don’t suit you. Take perfume for example. One perfume will smell lovely on one person and odorous on another. One person will love a certain scent and you may hate it. Smells are extremely individual and that is because they reflect your moods and personality, which are of course all different. Smell affects taste and for those unfortunate enough to have lost their sense of smell, will ultimately lose certain taste buds too. The smell of food will trigger innate feelings of hunger for certain foods and disgust for others. Many people associate certain smells with particular memories and this will affect them throughout their life. The trigger of the nose buds will stimulate our pineal gland, where dreams and memories are created and stored; Melatonin is released creating a sense of well- being, nostalgia relaxation. As such smell has been used as a healing tool for psychological disorders and healing methods.
Thus, smell is a powerful tool which if noticed, can immediately help to heal our emotional and psychological body. So next time you forget your nose, stop and physically remember to take a moment to notice what is around you. Vision is a wonderful thing, but smell is also a remarkable sense, which can closely fine tune our emotional and psychological stability.
Experiment referenced from: Welsh, J (2011) Smell of Success: Scents Affect Thoughts, Behaviors.Available at: http://www.livescience.com/14635-impression-smell-thoughts-behavior-flowers.html (Accessed: 3 June 2015).
For more details on essentils oils please visit https://www.sacredsoulholistics.co.uk/blog/essential-oils/