massage aromatherapy cheltenhamThe arts of massage & aromatherapy have been around for as long as man. Techniques have evolved to what they are today but they still serve the same purpose – relaxation, promote healing, personal development, a comfort to those in pain and to aid recovery. Massage is a form of touch; it is caring with gentle and consistent movements thus creating a feeling of wellbeing in the person receiving this form of therapy.

There are 6 basic movements incorporated into a massage and here are a few your therapist may use during the course of your treatment:

Effleurage – this is a stroking movement following the direction of the flow of blood back to the heart. It is always performed slowly, as it is generally a manipulation aimed at slow circulation.

Petrissage – a manipulation of the tissues, which presses them down onto the underlying structures or lifts them up. Pressure is applied by one or both hands depending on the shape and size of the area being treated

Tapotement – this technique uses fine, quick vibration movements using the fingers and creates a feeling of invigoration and refreshment to the muscles treated.

Benefits of Aromatherapy 

Aromatherapy enhances wellbeing, relieves stress and promotes good health and relaxation as it awakens the senses, restores balance, supports and comforts the body and mind.

Aromatherapy and your GP

If you are taking regular medication for a specific condition/s, it is always wise to consult your doctor regarding suitability for treatment. There are certain conditions (contra-indications) which may prevent treatment being carried out or require the advice of a doctor i.e. Thrombosis, Diabetes, Infectious Diseases. Aromatherapy is intended to compliment orthodox medicine, not replace it.

About your Aromatherapy treatment 

Prior to your appointment it is recommended that you have a light meal and no alcohol. 
Before your first treatment, the practitioner will carry out a full consultation to assess your general health, medical history & lifestyle. Any information provided during your consultation will be treated in the utmost confidence. An appropriate treatment programme will be created for you, together with general advice to improve your wellbeing between treatments. You will be required to remove your outer clothing and any jewellery – robes are provided and your modesty will be preserved at all times. During the course of the treatment, the soft tissues of the body will be manipulated together with the muscles, tendons and ligaments. 
During and after the treatment you may experience aching or soreness in the muscles; initial tiredness followed by feeling refreshed and invigorated; you may feel a little emotional; dizziness or nausea; these are mainly due to toxins being released from the body.

Frequently asked questions 

How often will I need treatment and how many sessions will I need? On the whole the recommendation is a course of treatments over a period of time depending on the individual’s needs, in order to maximise the benefits.

Is Aromatherapy safe? 

Choosing an Aromatherapist, who is a member of the International Federation of Aromatherapists, means they are required to comply with a Code of Practice set by an organisation that is internationally recognised as the symbol of quality for Aromatherapy.

Will my health insurance cover the cost of my treatment?

Please contact your Health Insurance Provider for confirmation of this.

What qualifications should I look for in a practitioner?

All IFA registered aromatherapy practitioners are experienced and qualified and will:

  • Have successfully passed the IFA professional examination & undertake Continuing Professional Development training.
  • Carry full professional indemnity insurance and hold a current certificate in first aid.
  • Be listed on the IFA register of professional Aromatherapists as a current member.
  • Be dedicated to the highest levels of client care and confidentiality.
  • Use only pure plant oil products.

Why should I choose a practitioner who is a member of the IFA?
Choosing an IFA member means you will be treated by a Practitioner who has trained to the highest standards and holds an internationally recognised qualification in Aromatherapy.


Liesl Potts MIFA Clinical Aromatherapist

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  • Liesl qualified as a Clinical Aromatherapist in 2006 with the Jane Rochfort College of Complementary Therapy where she was trained in Aromatherapy & Swedish Massage and Anatomy & Physiology. She then attained Certificates in Indian Head Massage, Aromatherapy in Cancer and Palliative and Facial Treatments.

    She is a full member of the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA), a member of the NHS Directory of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners. She is also registered with the Complmentary Natural Healthcare Council.

    She works as a Volunteer Complementary Therapist for a Hospice in Worcestershire .

    As a member of the IFA, Liesl is required to complete a minimum of 12 hours of Continued Professional Development each year and a Certified Basic First Aid Course every 3 years. This is designed to enhance and further her work as an Aromatherapist.

    Her principle objective is to specialise in cancer and palliative care through the use of Aromatherapy; to help patients relax pre-operation; assist in pain control and wound healing; help with psychological adjustments; aid convalescence.

    Liesl also offers Indian Head Massage.

  • Working Days: 1st and 3rd Thursday afternoon and 1st and 3rd Saturday morning every month

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    All Consultations:
    Aromatherapy:£40 (60 mins.)
    Full Swedish Massage: £32 (60 mins.)