Bowen Technique in Northampton

I was born in Northamptonshire and a regular outing when I was a child was a bus ride to Northampton with Mum. Mum and Dad never learned to drive so it was buses everywhere. I was always terrified because as soon as Mum sat in a bus she fell asleep, and I was always thinking we would miss our stop, but we never did. It scarred me for life, as I hate bus travel now! I would love to include a picture of a bus but they just don’t make them like that anymore.

Bowen Technique in NorthamptonDoc Martens
Mum worked in a shoe factory which made Doc Martens shoes and boots. I always wanted a pair of Doc Martens with daisies painted on them, and I still haven’t fulfilled that dream. I might go shopping in a minute. Not sure how a Bowen Therapist in Doc Martens would look – pretty good I should think?

Kinky Boots?
So when you think of Northampton the thing you might think about is shoes and boots, (wasn’t the film Kinky Boots based in Northampton?), and Northampton Saints, and the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival to name but a few. Also my son has just moved into a flat in Northampton, and I have just started at Therapies At Wootton Fields, my new clinic. So much going on in Northampton! Well in my life anyway.

Bowen Technique in NorthamptonStaying Upright
So, high heels, very lovely to look at, not always so easy to walk in, especially when you are already 5’9” like me, so I am probably safer in a pair of Doc Martens to be perfectly honest. Did you know that 1 in 10 women wear high heels at least 3 days a week? However, a third have fallen while wearing them. Many women suffer permanent problems due to wearing heels for a prolonged period of time. It doesn’t just hurt your feet, it damages your back.

So here’s a few of the issues which your heels might be causing you:

Bowen Technique in NorthamptonOn Your Tippy Toes
Because your toes are constantly bent into an unnatural position, a range of ailments can ensue such as ingrowing toenails and damaged leg tendons. You can also develop bunions (I have personal experience of this.) You can cause nerve damage and can end up with knee and hip problems and your body tries to compensate by balancing your posture. Then you may get lower back pain, sciatica and may develop plantar fasciitis. The muscles in your calf may shorten and then when you take off your shoes you notice pain.  Just to mention a few things.

Lets Cheer You Up Again
Well that was all a bit depressing. So what can I do? I love my heels I hear you saying….
Okay so here’s the thing. You can do some things to help:

  1. Save the heels for the days when you know you aren’t standing and walking around too much.
  2. Get some heels which are a bit lower and have more room for your toes.
  3. Alternate what you wear, day by day, and maybe during the day, so take a pair to swop, and when you know you have to walk have a comfortable pair handy.
  4. Buy some nice soft insoles. Check your foot arch too, to see that you have enough support.
  5. Be sure that you have bought the right size shoes, often one foot is bigger than the other so you need to accommodate the biggest foot, yes I know it sounds obvious but we have all done it.
  6. Stretch your feet and legs every day.
  7. Bowen Technique in Northampton
    Last but not least. Get some Bowen.  If you are already in pain, come for a Bowen treatment. People suffering from a wide range of problems including plantar fasciitis, sciatic and knee problems have benefitted and obtained relief from Bowen treatments. Of course we don’t just deal with feet and legs, we deal with the whole body.


PS This blog was aimed at females, sorry guys, (unless you are wearing heels of course), but remember, men can have Bowen too.

Aromatherapy First Aid Kits

Conventional First Aid Kits

Hopefully we all have a first aid kit of some kind in the cupboard. I did my First Aid refresher course with St John’s Ambulance recently so I am feeling all inspired again to make sure my kit has the right stuff in it. (Good course – here is the link – if you get the chance, do it!)   Anyway, I decided to buy a complete new kit as my old one had things missing, and, quite frankly, was a bit of a mess.  What does yours look like?
Aromatherapy First Aid Kits

Aromatherapy First Aid KitsWhen I was on holiday recently, we went out for the day, when we arrived at our destination (an hour’s drive) I went to get my dog out of the car and looked for the dog lead. It was nowhere to be seen and then I remembered where I had left it, back at the apartment where we were staying. Not bright. I was not popular. Think……what can I use…….INSPIRATION – a large bandage from the first aid kit of the car. It was okay at first until she pulled a bit and the bandage stretched, and stretched, and I ended up with a 12 foot long lead and getting some very strange looks. I kept wrapping the excess around my hand until it looked like I had a nasty injury.  Anyway I thought I deserved Brownie points for ingenuity, but my point is, this is what happens to First Aid kits, well to mine anyway. And here is another story….

During a visit to a large supermarket chain at the weekend, (I won’t mention which one), I was standing in the queue waiting for my turn when I noticed a member of staff running along the shop behind the tills and I was sure she was shouting ‘I need a First Aider‘, but my friend thought she was shouting ‘I need a Key Holder‘.  Anyway a good 5 minutes later a woman passed us, holding her arm, she had her hand wrapped in a supermarket carrier bag, she was crying, and her hand was dripping with blood. No one was helping her, everyone just staredat her, so I went to see if I could help.   Turns out that the member of staff was a cleaner who was indeed shouting for a First Aider, but the only First Aider was serving on the checkout, and the injured woman was still waiting. A young male member of staff then came over and looked totally flummoxed as to what to do, so I sent him off to get the First Aid kit. He returned after a few minutes with this tiny and tatty First Aid kit, which had nothing useful in it, but it did have one very large size dressing, and about six pairs of disposable gloves.  I dressed her hand and she was okay after a while the bleeding stopped and she went off to the hospital for stitches. Take my advice don’t have an accident in a certain supermarket. Anyway back to my point – First Aid kits – make sure they are refilled and you have everything you should have in them. What is that I hear you ask?

  • A leaflet giving general First Aid guidance.
  • Individually wrapped sterile plasters (assorted sizes). (Some people are allergic to plasters so hypoallergenic maybe)
  • Sterile eye pads.
  • Individually wrapped triangular bandages.
  • Safety pins.
  • Large sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings.
  • Medium sizes sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings
  • Disposable gloves (beware latex allergies)

The above is the advice from and is applicable to workplaces.

Aromatherapy First Aid Kits.

However, if you are at home obviously you can put in your First Aid kit whatever you find useful and being an Aromatherapist these are some things that I find invaluable in my personal First Aid kit. Always make sure the oils you buy are pure essential oils and not fragrant oils. I have added some links to pure oils further on. Keep them in a cool dark place. They keep for ages (but citrus oils can go off after six months or so).

Tea Tree – antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-fungal so this is a supreme oil. It can be applied undiluted – minor cuts and abrasions, put a few drops onto a cotton wool pad and dab gently on the area. I wouldn’t advise a cotton wool ball where the cotton wool might stick. A few drops of this oil in a foot bath for athletes foot, or in the bath. Use for acne and spots, just dab on gently.  I have added a link here to an Neals Yard organic essential oil.
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Lavender – antibiotic and antiseptic properties, plus it smells nice. Great for minor burns and sunburn.   For small burns, eg to the hand, run the hand under cold water for five minutes first. Apply a drop of undiluted lavender oil on to the burn – repeat every few minutes. For larger areas and for mild sunburn you can mix up a spray with a hand sprayer, fill with cold water add 3 to 4 drops of lavender and shake, then spritz the area with a fine mist. Dab it directly onto insect stings and bites (if it’s a bee-sting, remove the sting first). It’s a lovely calming oil, so a drop on a pillow to aid sleep and induce calmness. A drop on the temples for headaches.  Here is a link to Lavender Neals Yard organic essential oil.

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Roman Chamomile – superb for children, soothing and calming, super to add a drop or two into a warm bath. A gentle clockwise massage on the tummy using a small amount of carrier oil (such as sweet almond) with a drop of this oil helps with tummy ache. 5 ml carrier 1 drop oil. Here is a link to NYR organic Roman Chamomile essential oil.

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Eucalyptus – decongestant and antiseptic – immediately when we smell eucalyptus we think of cold and flu remedies – I like to add a couple of drops to a bowl of hot water and inhale when I have a cold, it soothes and clears the sinuses. Or put a few drops on your pillow, or on a hankerchief.    Here is a link to NYR organic Eucalyptus essential oil.  (Do people use hankerchiefs anymore? My dad always had some with his initials on.)

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I have limited myself to 4 oils for the First Aid kit – I could go on! All of these oils can also be used in an oil burner of course.  I have one of the oil burners that you plug in, but that is a bit expensive.  Otherwise you can use the ones that have a night light candle and a drop of water in the top.  Check out the range by NYR here.  Use cool (not hot) water otherwise the oils will evaporate too quickly. The idea is that the candle gently heats the water and then you will get the benefit from the oil. I have recommended these essential oils as I use them myself and know them to be a good quality and pure essential oil.

Any questions? Suggestions? Just contact me I will be pleased to hear from you.

Thanks for reading,


PS: Apparently they still do hankerchiefs with initials!! Who knew!
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Aromatherapy and Bowen in Northampton

Aromatherapy and Bowen in NorthamptonExciting news this week, as well as having a clinic in Milton Keynes, I now also have a clinic in my home town of Northampton at Therapies At Wootton Fields, you can check out their website here.  Easy to reach and plenty of parking.  There are ground floor treatment rooms too, so when booking if you have difficulty with stairs just let me know and I will be sure to book a down stairs room for your treatment.

Here you will find a super range of holistic therapies offering too many treatments to mention but to pick out a few there is Acupuncture, Allergy Testing, Counselling, Kinesiology, Life Coaching, Reiki, the list goes on, and now I am offering Bowen Therapy and Aromatherapy Massage to add to the menu.  (I am sure menu is not the right descriptive word for a group of therapies but I am sure you get my drift).

Also new this week is the ability for clients to book online directly with me, just click here to try it out, you can choose which clinic you want (MK or Northampton) and check at a glance the times and dates available.  It sends you an automatic email to confirm your booking. Look at me going all technological – not surprising from an ex IT teacher I suppose!

Looking forward to seeing you soon, all details of treatments available, prices, and everything else is on the websites homepage which you can find here.  If I have forgotten anything, just drop me an email.