Our quote of the day:

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.

Turn your face towards the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.


A different impression of THE LITTLE ESCAPE

If you have ever popped in, or called the lovely Little Escape on weekends, you probably know who I am. My name is Aline and I have been working as part of the receptionist team since the very first day and today I will share a little bit of my journey….a Brazilian student who lives and works in London.

I am a speech therapist and Audiologist who decided, a few years ago, to be part of the complementary therapy world. Everything started in 2009 when I came back to Brazil, after 6 months living in Switzerland and found my self completely lost in my career and in my hometown, trying to find happiness in what in my work and I decided to do my first Reiki level course.   At that time, all my friends and parents were worried about me, wondering if I had hit my head somewhere! I knew at that time I needed to be stronger than ever to support my decision and keep moving towards what I felt it was right for me.

In my country (I come from Sao Paulo- Brazil) complementary therapies are not often recommend by the doctors to people and it’s hard to find really well qualified practitioners. This makes it even more difficult when you are trying to leave a career and move into another.  I always tried to find good professional courses and I took part of the module 1 and 2 of Bach floral therapies course in SP (Bach Centre Program – UK) and started to get more involved with the idea of becoming a qualified practitioner. Because of this course I got in contact with Vera Guedes O’Neill who was teaching a clinical aromatherapy courses in SP in partnership with Penny Price Academy from Hinckley/UK.

IMG_0200I decided to do a short aromatherapy course (module 1) with Vera and I was so fascinated about how well aromatherapy worked for me that I decided I wanted to study this therapy to a professional level.  However because I’m not a good example of a patient person, I couldn’t wait for the module to happen in my country and I booked myself in to the module 2 and 3 in England.

The only thing I forgot was that I didn’t have my family’s financially support and that I didn’t have more money to travel from Brazil to London, paying accommodation, courses, food and so on. It was then that I spoke with a friend who was living and working in London on an au-pair program.  She asked me if I would like to come and stay in London until I finished my course working in her place as she was about to leave the job.  Hard time!! I didn’t want to live abroad again without friends, family or my boyfriend, and looking after children?! …but I TOOK THE RISK to be where I am now … and NO REGRETS!   Since January I’ve been living in London, working full time as a nanny, looking after 3 children and part time as a receptionist to have the money to pay my final modules and my diploma exam.

Working at The Little Escape is still a challenge because of my English. I do not consider myself to be the best (I’m also a little perfectionist) but I’m very pleased to be part of this team!  Anyway, being a Brazilian gave me twice the opportunity to explain to people about the treatments in my native language. It’s a pleasure to talk in Portuguese sometimes and give your brain a break! 😉  I was definitely lucky when I’ve found this job and I am very glad for the opportunity. Not only because it helped me to complete my courses, but mainly because it was always a nice environment to be and to work in.  Lovely atmosphere, lots of different treatments in one place and qualified practitioners!

Wish all the best to this little/BIG Oasis in Crystal Palace

Lots of Love,

Aline Ferreira Alves

NOTE: My final exam took place at the end of May and I passed in my ACADJ. Now it’s time to come back to my country! Gratitude!

Hello from The Little Escape

Hi All,

Let me introduce myself…I am Sandra and am part of the reception team at The Little Escape. I am the one responsible for the mysterious quote of the day that appears on our notice boards every time I am in. So I thought it was only fair to share our quotes with the blogging world.

Today’s Quote of the Day:

“Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power”

Seems very fitting with regards to the weather! So lets not dwell on the rain. I will be picturing this instead:


The fledgeling little escape

The Little Escape is growing up fast.

This homely little haven in the centre of Crystal Palace is almost 2 1/2 (months that is) and already it’s changed so much. I feel like a proud auntie trying to resist the urge to pinch its cheeks and tell it how much it’s grown. Why it only seems like yesterday that the doors were first flung open and it made its first few tentative steps out into the Crystal Palace “Triangle”. The opening weekend was wonderful. The sun was shining and there were so many people who came out to welcome the new holistic health clinic into the world.

But really I should start further back than this. Back to when “The Little Escape” was no more than a twinkle in the eye of one very inspirational acupuncturist with a serious vision. Back to a summer day about a year ago when I was sitting in the garden with Lilja as she told me of her plans to open a clinic in Crystal Palace. “I need to think of a name for the place” she mused,  and we spent the next sky gazinghalf an hour trying to think up suitable names that would convey the message of the place but nothing sounded quite right.  We sighed and gave up, then surrendered to the heat of the day, lying back on a picnic rug gazing at the blue sky. “What about “The Little Escape?”  Lil plucked the name out of the air in a sudden flash of inspiration and it just seemed so right because sometimes it’s just a little thing that can make all the difference.  Just a little time away from “real life” and all the craziness and stresses it can bring.  A place to take a “little escape”, to gather strength, to look after yourself, to be welcomed and looked after, to find new energy, inspiration and enthusiasm, to find health and happiness.

And so the idea for The Little Escape was born and it’s quite emotional to see how it has become something REAL! Something that is already having a big impact on people’s lives. The lives of the people who work here as well as those who come to visit. Practitioners who share a common goal to help people achieve health and all who have come together with all of their different skills and insights and knowledge. They are all inspirational and this blog will be a great way to hear their voices and to get an insight into the inner mind of the clinic.

As for me, I love working here and seeing how the place is evolving all the time. Keep your eyes on The Little Escape. I have a feeling that the future of this little one is very very bright.



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