Logo created by Hannah Doyle
Croeso i Encil Melangell
Llanfair Caereinion, Welshpool
As a qualified Complementary Therapist my main objective is to offer a retreat from the everyday; an experience in which you feel able to practise the pause and leave feeling more rested, restored and revived than before your bespoke treatment session.
Individuals and small groups (up to six people), are welcome.
More details are available under the 'Treatments' section on the website.
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Treatment room at Encil Melangell
A little of my story and how my business came into fruition:
Why not I thought, something has to help…
Travelling through depression and episodes of anxiety, having spent years disconnecting from anything that resembled self-care, I sat on the treatment couch feeling anxious about stopping; surely something else needed doing?
At the start of my first Reflexology session I made a mental list of all the jobs I should be doing to keep the world I had created turning; I was exhausted by never ending external responsibilities.
No longer able to focus to read books and wanting that additional connection with others, going through similar experiences, I started listening to podcasts. I found an old episode in which Maya Angelou (author of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings), was being interviewed.
Her words resonated with me and from that moment I decided I needed to look after myself…
“Nothing will work unless you do”
By the time the Reflexologist started to work on my second foot I felt my body physically drop into the couch as my muscles released the tension I had held onto for so long. I drifted into a place somewhere, full of contentment, between being asleep and awake.
I left the treatment room with renewed energy and although in reality it was going to take more than one treatment to rewire my thoughts and my bodies physical reactions to the way I approached looking after myself… I had started.
I booked in six weekly sessions which gave me a focus as the days went by. At the end of the six weeks I found I was able to pause long enough to start reading a little. I was feeding my body with more nourishing food and finding time to listen to short guided meditations. The physical symptoms of stress related conditions started to ease.
I eventually received support for my depression and anxiety with a talking therapist through my GP which was also beneficial; Complementary Therapy is not about replacing the care of medical professionals but working alongside treatment when it is safe to do so.
I decided to refocus my energy into a career change from teaching into completing my Level Three in Complementary Therapy. I felt the need to learn more about how to support my own and others wellbeing.
170 case studies later I qualified and started to focus on setting up my own business which has blossomed from my mobile service to my new day retreat at Victoria House.
Over time I started letting go of the busyness in my mind and some of the additional work I did to mask thinking about it. I am now able to connect with what I need in the moment more than I worry about the future or indeed the past. My ability to sit and focus on things like reading novels returned and although the process was far from linear, step by step I made it out the other side.
“It is impossible for you to go on as you were before, so you must go on as you never have”
(Cheryl Strayed author of Wild)
Self-care has become a habit and Reflexology the focal point, the reminder and the time out I need to function in a way that values my own sense of being in the world.
Since moving back to Wales I have completed The DPJ Foundation Mental Health Foundation Awareness Training, provided treatments for people accessing local mental health services and hospice support in addition to individual clients and small groups.
There are many research articles to be found online about the benefits of touch therapies. Different treatments work for different people at different times in their lives.
Please see the 'Treatments' section of my website for more details. Questions are always welcome through messages or I am happy to arrange a telephone appointment.
I look forward to discussing your treatment requirements, to make sure you receive the approach that works best for you.