Complementary Therapies

Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage

Tutor Donna Peck
Saturday 10:00 - 12:45
November 18th @ £22.50

Suffering with neck and shoulder tension? Have a partner or friend constantly on about lower back pain? Then why not come and learn massage techniques specifically for back, neck and shoulders to help ease the tension in these areas. Massage can help to release tight muscles and bring relaxation and rejuvenation to the whole body. This is a practical class where there will be a brief discussion about massage and then a practical demonstration. You will then have a chance to practice your skills on fellow students trying out different techniques and moves to release knots and tension.  NB This is a mixed class (of both men and women) and to participate students will need to remove some layers of clothing. The techniques you learn in the class you can then use to practice on friends and family. Notes will be provided. Please bring a large towel and pillow.

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Home Herbal

Tutor Angie Woodard
Mondays 19:00 - 21:00
January 22nd, 9 weeks @ £72.00 + an additional cost of £10.00 to be paid directly to the tutor at the first session

This course is designed to give you confidence to be able to make your own teas, tinctures, syrups, salves and oils to address common ailments at home. You will be able to begin to develop your own medicine box of natural remedies using botanical plants and weeds. We will discover how easy it is to make simple culinary recipes for pestos, salts, vinegars which can be made into tasty herbal based gifts from the countryside. We will easily identify common weeds, plants and herbs that we find in our garden and their medicinal properties.

The herbs/weeds that are available from January to mid spring will be investigated. Each week we will sample teas or waters of the herbs we seek. We will look at dandelion, stinging nettles, violet, yarrow, cleavers to name a few. We will make something herbal each week and will include on the course tinctures, infusions, oils, salves and balms, vinegars and look at how these weeds can be used in culinary ways.

I have been studying how to use herbs and edible weeds for the past 3 years and qualified in Herbal Medicine Making in 2016. I regularly attend foraging walks in the local community and also travelling to other areas like Gloucestershire and Dorset foraging safely and discovering the therapeutic properties of the countryside. I organise herbal trips on the Oxford Canal taking people along the canal in a canal boat discovering what is available on the bankside and how these plants can be used. It amazes me to see how nature can provide all we need for our health and medicine.

Students may have to bring with them each week the products we need such as vinegar, alcohol for tinctures, olive oil, small jam jars. I will provide the herbs either fresh or if we need them to be bought already dried and prepared. The extra cost is £10 per person as I will also provide beeswax and shea butter for the balms, creams and salves and the tins that they are stored in.

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Indian Head Massage

Tutor Donna Peck
Saturday 10:00 - 12:45
February 3rd @ £22.50

We will explore the practical skills of Indian Head Massage covering the upper back, neck, arms, head and face using different massage techniques.  Light oils like coconut oil can be used for the head routine but this is not a requirement.  The treatment is performed in a seated position over light clothes.  A bath towel and pillow will be required.

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Making Herbal Teas, Tinctures and Herbal Infusions 

Tutor Angie Woodard
Saturday 14:00 – 17:00 *note this is a different time than advertised in the brochure
February 3rd @ £25.00 + an additional £5.00 to tutor on the day for herbs

If you’ve ever made a cup of tea with a teabag then you’ve made a herbal infusion.  Teabags are certainly convenient, but if you want to prepare your own herbal blends or concentrated medicinal teas, then learning how to use dried or fresh herbs, in the form of infusions and tinctures, is indispensable.  Buying herbs in bulk, or growing and gathering your own, is also substantially cheaper than purchasing teabags.  Preparing dried herbs to make your own homemade tea blends enhance the enjoyment of each herb’s texture, colour and aroma.

Learn how to prepare basic herbal remedies such as teas, infusions and tinctures, and try easy recipes to sip your way to better health or simply a more soothed state-of-mind.  The course offers ideas for vibrant health with homemade remedies for everything from relieving cold and ‘flu symptoms to simply getting a good night’s sleep. Angie will guide students through every step of the process including harvesting herbs, matching herbs to ailments and determining dosage.

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Reflexology: Foot and Lower Leg Massage

Tutor Janice Hellens
Saturday 14:30 - 17:00
October 14th @ £21.00

This workshop is an introduction to the principles of reflexology and foot massage. Students will explore how our wellbeing can be improved through foot massage, see how it came about and look at the body map on the feet. This is a hands-on workshop, where participants will give and receive foot and lower leg massage and learn a variety of touch techniques for feet and legs.  ou will take in a little about anatomy and physiology during the morning helping to deepen your understanding of how our bodies operate.  You will need to bring a cushion and a bath towel (and a fleece if it’s chilly!). Wear clothing that is comfortable and allows access to the lower leg and feet. Not suitable for anyone in the early stages of pregnancy or with a high temperature.

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