Hot Stones Massage

If like me you spent December dreaming of a ‘White Christmas’ and love the light dusting that London sometimes gets, but secretly hate the cold freezing weather, then you should definitely try a Hot Stones Massage this January.

Simply put a Hot Stone Massage Treatment is the use of smooth hot stones to help gently penetrate the muscles.

Sometimes the therapist will use the heat from the stones to warm their own hands before performing a relaxing massage. Others use the stones to transfer heat to their client by placing the stones near to the body or on the body over a towel. I also incorporate the stones into the massage itself by gliding the stones over areas of tension. A trigger point stone is particularly effective for working on knots. You can actually feel the tension ‘melt’ away.

Feel the tension melt away...

Feel the tension melt away…

The basalt stones can be heated up to 70 degrees Celsius and are chosen for their heat retaining properties. However, in reality the stones are only used directly on the body when warm, at a temperature that is both comfortable for the client and for the therapist.

A Hot Stones Massage is deeply relaxing and people often request it when they are seeking a good night’s sleep. As an aromatherapist, it’s great to be able to combine various oils, based on the client’s preferences and needs, and after the hot stone massage body treatment is finish I incorporate the oils for the facial sequence and watch them drift off. Snoring is totally allowed!

It is also an all year round treatment as most clients I treat, for a Hot Stone Massage Treatment, are in need of the remedial benefits of the penetrating heat. If you have for example, any neck or shoulder pain I would strongly recommend that you book a session. The results are just amazing!

Peter is here at The Little Escape on Monday and Wednesday evenings and also Saturday afternoons so call us on 020 3384 0509 to book your heavenly Hot Stones Massage. 🙂

Self-Hypnosis for Change

Have you thought of Self-Hypnosis for a Change?

• What would you like to do differently?
• What would you like to achieve this year?
• Would you like to change any habits or beliefs?

I’m hearing fewer and fewer people talking about New Year’s Resolutions. Is it now becoming, or has it always really been just a quaint cultural game we play with ourselves; this year I’ll get fit, lose weight, empty my email box every day, give up snapping at the children?


According to some research in America, as many as 45% of people make New Year’s Resolutions but only 8% of them actually achieve their goals. That’s a horribly small success rate isn’t it? What about you? Are you still going strong on your resolutions, have you failed already or did you simply not bother to set any?

Whether you fail to fulfil a new year’s resolution or whether you are simply not doing the things you would like to see yourself achieve, the reasons for failure can be myriad. From choosing the wrong goals, not really wanting to succeed, conflict of values and self sabotaging beliefs, to a lack of knowledge of how to achieve those chosen goals, and many other explanations beside.

Hypnosis has proven to be a powerful tool to make profound changes

 in behaviour, beliefs and attitudes as well as reducing pain, controlling blood pressure, depression or anxiety. It has even been shown to make warts go away. Hypnosis can enable people to achieve things they could hardly dare to dream of previously.

Because very few studies have attempted to discover precisely how it works, many scientist and medical practitioners remain sceptical of its efficacy (though this is slowly changing).


One person who has been keen to rectify this is Dr. David Spiegel who has been working along side other researchers to discover precisely what happens during hypnosis and trance. In one fascinating experiment, they chose to focus on a part of the brain which is well understood already. The fusiform circuit is known to process the perception of colour, so subjects were placed in a PET scan and shown a slide with coloured rectangles first and then a black and white slide and told to imagine it having colour. Blood flow in the brain was simultaneously being mapped out.

The same subjects were then asked to repeat the task while under hypnosis. 

The results were fascinating. When looking at the true colour slide, the researchers saw a higher blood flow to both sides of the fusiform circuit. On initial observation of the black and white slide, whilst imagining colour, only one side lit up. Under hypnosis however, activity was registered in both sides of the brain exactly as it had been with the true colour slide, indicating the ability to ‘hallucinate’ in trance. The results were published in 2000 in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

With the potential for change that hypnosis makes available to anyone, I have to ask the question, Why do we not make more use of this power than we do at present?

Complex issues will need the help and guidance of a skilled hypnotherapist but many simple problems can be helped tremendously by self-hypnosis.

There are a variety of techniques that can be easily learnt. Change may be dramatically rapid or a gentle, steady process over time and it will only need a little practice and regular repetition of the techniques.

Oh no! Are we back to sticking with your resolutions once more? 

What have been your experiences of hypnosis? Do you have any fears or doublets about its use?

Come along to our Hypnotherapist Jane’s self-hypnosis for self-empowerment workshop on Wednesday the 22nd of January at 7pm!

…or book in for a full consultation… visit our website to find out more.

January Rejuvenation!

Christmas is over….all that planning, excitement, spending…..and in just a few short days its all over leaving us perhaps feeling a little worse for wear and with not always very much to look forward to. With cold, dark January days stretching ahead what can we do to put a spring in our step and help to shift wintry sluggishness?

Obviously ‘detox’ info is everywhere and now is a great time to start afresh and revitalise our lives. We all know that more water, less alcohol and more fresh fruit and vegetables are good for us, but asking our bodies to start shifting stagnation or toxicity when our routes of elimination may be impaired is quite unrealistic and could end up making us feel worse.

So what can we do? Our largest organ of elimination is the skin – so this is a good place to start when supporting the body’s natural healing process.

One technique that can aid the body in eliminating toxins is dry skin brushing. This is a safe and easy way to invigorate the skin and stimulate the body to naturally detox and purify.

Dry skin brushing removes the uppermost layer of skin, which holds some acidity and toxicity. Brushing this layer away makes available a whole new surface area through which to excrete toxins. Skin brushing also promotes movement within the lymphatic system, and can have a similar effect to taking exercise making us feel more refreshed and alert, especially first thing in the morning. 
If you are constipated, begin gently with skin brushing as it will create more material needing to be eliminated via the bowel.
Skin brushing is applied to dry skin to ensure the scurf layer is easily removed.
1.Begin by brushing the outermost parts of the body (hands and feet) towards the centre of your body. So from the foot up the entire leg – then the other foot/leg.
2.Brush from one hand up to the shoulder and then the other hand up to the shoulder.
3. Always brush towards the heart, as this is where the lymph enters the bloodstream.
Do not brush the face or head.
Do not apply skin brushing to varicose veins, painful rashes or open wounds.
The entire process should only take 1 or 2 minutes.
Shower after brushing to remove exfoliated skin.

Use a dry body brush with soft natural bristles available from health stores and internet health sites. Best to keep it dry so it maintains its effectiveness.

Another great technique to help detoxify is hot and cold showering, this creates movement within the circulatory system, which in turn stimulates the flow of lymph.


When the body is subjected to cold external temperatures, the flow of circulation/blood is directed inward towards the internal organs to keep the vital inner organs warm. Wherever the blood goes the lymph will follow. As the outside temperature increases, the flow of blood (and lymph) goes outwards towards the skin to release excessive heat. The alternating hot and cold increases activity within the circulatory system, and therefore within the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system helps to carry waste and pathogens from cells, playing a major role in defending the body from infections. When lymph is stagnant and blocked symptoms such as frequent colds, sore throats,  infections and joint pain can occur.

1. Have a wash in a normal warm shower.
2. Turn the temperature to cool or cold (depending on your tolerance) and remain in the shower until your body feels cool or cold.
3. Turn the temperature back to warm or hot and remain in the shower until your body feels warm again.
4. Repeat this process twice (i.e. 3 times in total) – be sure to finish on a cool or cold shower.

Don’t be surprised if you feel invigorated after hot and cold showering, its particularly good for those with a low body energy as it is able to supply energy to the body to get the system started and begin to move the stagnation.

There are many more techniques that are great for giving our bodies the kick start they may need – but these 2 are a good start.

Happy January!! 🙂