Have yourself a touch of Hub TLC in the New Forest
The Natural Health Hub Lymington makes some wonderful suggestions for relief from lack of hugs!
In this month's update from her Natural Health Hub tucked away in its hideaway in the heart of Lymington (have you ever ventured down that little alleyway just between the Halifax and the Dog's Trust? The Hub is a little oasis of calm just off the High Street, it's a treat just setting foot through the door!), Sue Leach reflects on the power of the hug which is currently absent from much of our daily life. And promisingly, she has some delicious alternatives to offer to us.
"When was the last time you had a hug? A lovely big fat ‘hello’ hug, not from your partner or your mum but from colleagues and friends? For over seven months we have been banned basic incidental social touch… the ‘lovely to see you’ greeting, the sympathetic ‘I know exactly how you feel’ touch, the spontaneous happy physical connection with someone. Even shaking hands and high fives are 'not allowed'.
We humans need touch. It’s a fundamental part of interaction and connectedness. When we experience a lack of physical contact deep human needs are left unmet. The clinically proven benefits of touch are profound and wide-ranging:
- decreased levels of cortisol (our stress hormone)
- lowered heart rate and blood pressure
- reduced pain
- stimulation of the hippocampus (an area of the brain central to memory)
- a flood of endorphins (our happy hormones)
- and boost to our immunity.
- Even short bursts of touch – as little as 15 minutes, in one study by Tiffany Field, head of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami – not only enhance growth and weight gain in children but also lead to emotional, physical and cognitive improvements in adults.
So come to The Hub for a bit of that fundamental touch TLC. Here’s what we’ve got on offer to bridge your Covid deprivation. Regular hands-on treatments should be regarded not as a treat… but as a necessity.
‘I didn’t realise just how anxious I’d become. I was in a constant state of tension that had become my normal’
‘I almost cried after the reflexology – being touched and pampered after months of not being able to hug people’
‘I don’t know how I could have got through the past few months without these treatments at The Hub. They keep me grounded, focused despite everything that’s going on out there’
£45 for one hour
Reflexology is a foot massage that’s oh so much deeper than merely a foot massage. With every point on the feet linked to an organ or body area, you’re getting a whole body tuning through the 7,000-plus pressure points on the sole of your foot. The gentle massaging stimulates movement of energy along your nerve channels, unblocking stagnant areas, detoxing and boosting the body’s own healing mechanisms. No wonder people report feeling less fatigued, less anxious and less stressed – altogether more balanced and at one with the world – after reflexology with Ally.
SPECIAL OFFER: £36 (down from £45) for 45 minutes, 3 sessions for £100 (down from £135). Includes a jar of organic, vegan cream with essential oils blended just for you
Aroma-reflex combines two blissful and subtly powerful relaxing treatments – aromatherapy and reflexology – using essential oils specifically and individually tailored to your symptoms and issues. Using the power of plants and their organic essential oils to boost your immune system and energy levels, aroma-reflex aids sleep and relaxation, supports reproduction and decreases anxiety and depression… and lots more.
£45 for 60 minutes' whole body massage, £30 for 30 minutes' neck, back and shoulders
Ally's holistic fusion massage blends techniques from a variety of different massage styles such as the Chinese Tui Na, Swedish and deep tissue massage. She intuitively uses these together to release the stresses and strains of life to relax, revive and restore aching neck, back and shoulders and limbs whether from poor posture, injury or congenital issues – or simply as a treat to improve well-being. Each treatment is tailormade to suit your individual needs – Ally listens to the body to provide what your system craves rather than concentrating on formulaic massage techniques.
Thai yoga massage
£60 for one hour, block of 4 treatments for £220
The lovely holistic process of Thai yoga massage is a massage like no other, combining acupressure massage, gentle stretching and applied yoga – you’re fully clothed and all that’s required is you let Shelley massage, bend and stretch you into deep relaxation. Not only is it hugely beneficial for both giver and receiver, as it releases energy blockages and deep healing occurs while you’re in a state of relaxed meditation… it’s blissfully relaxing and de-stressing.
£45 for facial reflexology (45 minutes). £60 for facial reflexology with natural face-lift massage (60 minutes)
So you’ve heard of foot reflexology, but how’s about treating yourself to facial reflexology? The face is rich in reflex point, just like the feet. Ally gently, gently ripples over every nook and cranny around the face, stimulating those reflex points and massaging where you need extra focus. The result is so utterly nurturing. Plus Ally uses the ultra-deluxe Zone Facelift Facial Elixir, winner of the Beauty Shortlist Awards 2018, an anti-ageing elixir that contains amethyst crystal and medicinal plants used by shaman and Native American healers, along with a myriad magical ingredients to rejuvenate the skin naturally.
The effect: you look and feel a whole lot less wrinkly!
Treat your loved one to a voucher, either for the therapy they deserve or the price you'd like to indulge them with.
Either pop in to purchase or call us and we can put one in the post. What more cherished a Christmas present can you give…
The Natural Health Hub is Lymington’s health and well-being centre offering an extensive selection of complementary therapies. We specialise in stress and anxiety, natural pain relief, gut health and women’s hormonal issues. Services include homeopathy, holistic nutrition, pranic healing, holistic fusion massage, Thai yoga massage, NLP life coaching, weight loss coaching/mentoring, NIS and reflexology (including aroma-reflex and facial reflexology). Our shop stocks supplements, probiotics and all-natural non-toxic products, with lots of Christmas gifts coming in stock. Book online at www.TheNaturalHealthHub.co.uk or give us a call on 01590 670955.
We are tucked behind the high street in Lymington, down the passageway between Halifax and Dogs Trust