The Little Lavender Room Complementary Therapies for Eastleigh,
Southampton and Winchester

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aromatherapy & pregnancy...

I was back in the classroom at the end of January, brushing up on my knowledge of essential oils during all stages of pregnancy and labour.

Complementary therapies are a wonderful way to support your pregnancy and one of the main benefits is relaxation, something which can be hard to achieve if you are also working or already looking after a toddler. Sleep can be hard to come by at the very time you need it most and stress can lead to high blood pressure which can end up being risky for Mum and baby.

Regular sessions of reflexology or a gentle seated aromatherapy massage can help to maintain healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels and can often help to manage common pregnancy complaints such as swelling, headaches and digestive issues. It is also much needed time away from the daily demands of life where the mother-to-be can have some time purely for herself ahead of what is possibly the most exhausting time in her life.

If you are unaware of the contra-indications surrounding complementary therapies and pregnancy, it is worth noting that using essential oils during the first trimester is not advised. This is not because they are likely to cause a miscarriage, but purely because this period is when 80% of miscarriages occur. It is a distressing time and the temptation to blame something you did is great. The truth is that, as it is so hard to prove with a lack of published evidence, we just don't know and it is better to err on the side of caution. However, once the pregnancy is well established and progressing normally, aromatherapy using a gentle, carefully chosen blend of essential oils can provide a safe helping hand to reach full term in a calm, mentally prepared way.

I often get asked how often a client should come for a treatment. My answer to that normally is whenever your body tells them it needs a little help. However, I have noticed that some ladies wait until full term and an imminent C-section to arrive on my couch! Much as I'd love to be able to wave a magic wand and work miracles, sadly my powers are limited! What I would suggest instead is, wait until your first trimester or, if you prefer, your first scan is out of the way and your midwife is happy and then plan a regular program of treatments. That could be monthly to start with and then increasing to, say, fortnightly as you reach your due date. That way we have a chance to work together to create the ideal situation for your baby to be born.

As you’ll know if you’ve contacted me for a treatment, safety and well being is my primary concern and it’s vital that therapists stay up to date with all the latest information. I’ve chosen to continue my essential oil training with the Winchester School of Aromatherapy....the only Penny Price satellite academy in the South of England.

If you’re interested in starting your own journey as a qualified aromatherapist and wish to learn about safe and effective ways to use essential oils, I’ve popped the school website link for you to have a look at and you’ll find a separate link on the home page to discover more about the Penny Price Academy.

Later in the year I’ll be attending a maternity course to add to my reflexology tool box but these are all just extras to add to my existing full qualification so, if you are looking to support pregnancy using a natural and holistic approach, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


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a little absence.....

I've had a little enforced break from therapy over the summer as sadly, in June, my lovely Mum was diagnosed with advanced metastatic cancer. She had been feeling poorly for some time but, as she had suffered for many years with osteoarthritis, we all, her GP included, put it down to her spine which was in quite a poor state of degeneration. It wasn't that anyone was negligent, all Mum's blood tests and X-rays had come back with nothing unexpected as recently as April.

In mid June Mum was taken into Southampton General. Less than a week later we got the diagnosis which knocked us all sideways and, on 23rd July, she was brought home to me where she spent two and a half weeks being cared for like royalty, in her hospital bed next to the garden where she could see the hydrangeas and roses and listen to the birds, before she finally passed away with me at her side in early August.

Some of you will have experienced giving end of life care to a loved one and all I can say is that you have my utmost respect and admiration. It is exhausting, devastating and heart breaking. It is also unfair, undignified and cruel to have to be on the receiving end. As you can imagine, I have roller coasted through every conceivable emotion and I am eternally grateful to my existing clients for their patience, kindness and consideration while I took some time to recover and adjust. As Mum's only executor and offspring, I still have a lot to do with regard to sorting out her affairs so it may be a while before I am back to full time in the treatment room but I know you will bear with me.

The one thing I can't do is give up the career she was so proud of me for starting. Her death has flexed and toned my empathy muscles and given me a new focus to go forward with my passion. I'm looking forward to new training courses to add tools to my reflexology tool box and will also be looking into new techniques to add a twist to my facial menu.

Thank you for allowing me to share my news with you. I hope it goes some way to showing you that there is real person behind this small business and I am always here if you find yourself in a similar position and need someone to talk to.

mental health awareness week...

14th ~ 20th May 2018

What lifts your mood? What makes you smile when the rest of your world is in a little disarray?

Just because I’m a complementary therapist doesn’t mean I always have a clear mind and a calm life. So, I also need to have a little box of tricks which I can use when things aren’t quite right.

  • I mean, a good beach or woodland walk with the hound is obviously my main ‘go to’ when I’m feeling a bit out of sorts. If you have a dog you'll know that they get you out when sometimes you don’t want to open the front door. We’ve been spoilt with the weather recently and one of my favourite things is either an early morning or late evening walk, somewhere abundant with trees and blossom. Even after a rain shower, the smells from the freshly watered greenery can do wonders for your mood. I love walking with my partner and my daughter but, let's face it sometimes our family members can be the ones to cause us stress in the first place! If this sounds familiar, don't feel guilty about saying that you need time to walk alone. It really does clear your head and boost those endorphins if you do it regularly. If you know you love nature and all that it offers, make more time for it in your daily routine even if it is a 15 minute walk during your lunch hour.

  • For the same reason, I love to be out in the garden after it wakes up from its winter sleep. To be fair, I'm a fair weather gardener but as soon as it's possible to get the garden fork out without getting frostbite, I'll be out there weeding and just noticing what has and hasn't survived the frosts. I tend to start out thinking I'll just do ten minutes and then, before I know it, a couple of hours will have passed and I'll be reaching for the aromatherapy oils to ease my strained leg and back muscles!! I always feel better the next morning though when I look out of the window at my efforts!

  • If I’m low I bring out ALL the citrus oils. Sweet orange, mandarin, lemon, bergamot, lime, grapefruit...maybe with a couple of drops of spearmint. They really do lift you as well as calm the nervous system. (They do a fine job of keeping the bugs and less pleasant household smells at bay too!)

    If you’re feeling overloaded and maybe my coping mechanisms aren’t accessible to you, why not try and reboot with session of reflexology or an aromatherapy massage to get the lymphatic system moving and the happy hormones topped up. Drop me a message or give me a call and I’d love to chat to you about how complementary therapy can help.

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  • facial reflexology...

    8th March 2017

    In a follow up to the initial course last year, I spent the day at Regents University in London last Saturday and I am now the proud owner of a certificate in Advanced Facial Reflexology. The course is taught by Ziggie Bergman in her London School of Reflexology teaching role and covers all 42 points on the face which correspond to the different organs and systems of the body. The pressure used is much lighter than that on the feet and this makes the treatment so deeply relaxing that I challenge those of you who are tired and stressed not to fall asleep within minutes! I am currently perfecting the routine which I will offer as a stand alone treatment as well as incorporating it into tailored holistic facials.

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