At Jecca’s House we’re all about the r&r! We have introduced a relaxation therapy group, one-to-one reflexology sessions and M Technique Massage Therapy for those with a serious illness, their carers or anyone who has experienced bereavement. These services have been introduced to promote well-being and relaxation, and embrace the power of the senses through touch, smell and hearing.
The sessions take place on Tuesdays and are run by Kim Edwards, our Serious Illness Support Nurse. Kim is a registered nurse who has been practicing holistic therapies for a number of years and is qualified in reflexology and M Technique Massage Therapy.
Relaxation – Just Breathe
These sessions take place at Jecca’s House in the beautiful Ramseyer room, with a small group of people. Kim promotes the techniques of meditation and breathing (using the Calm app). The aim is to provide a quiet, calm space to allow those taking part to relax, feel safe and be able to talk and share their experiences if they wish. They all say one of the biggest benefits of the group is having time dedicated to ‘me’ and to stop and reflect. Kim says: “It’s really all about the breathing, which slows us all down. Some of the group have meditated previously. However, they all say it is so much better when it’s structured – there is no right or wrong, just sit back and enjoy!”
Aromatherapy – and relax!
Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils derived from plant extracts for therapeutic benefit, using the senses of touch and smell. When inhaled, the scent molecules in essential oils travel from the olfactory nerves directly to the brain, promoting a sense of relaxation and well-being. Kim uses the oils through diffusers and touch, spending time researching oils to suit the individual. Kim said: “Smell is an incredibly important sense and can make a huge difference to how a person feels.”
Reflexology – an ancient therapy
Reflexology is a one to one, non-invasive complementary therapy that can be effective in promoting a feeling of deep relaxation and well-being. It is a touch therapy and based on the theory that different points on the feet are connected to different points on the leg, hands, face or ears. The origins of reflexology date back to 2500 BC to ancient Egypt. Symbols are thought to be recorded on the feet of statues of Buddah in India and China.
Here Kim tells answers some questions about the therapies she offers:
Why did you start the sessions?
Having practiced nursing for 40 I have always been very interested in holistic treatments. I believe touch gives us a sense of connection; if you refer to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, it’s right up there in Love and Belonging. Add in the sense of smell and the calm atmosphere I promote, and you have a powerful combination to support those in need.
When and where are the sessions?
They are held at Jecca’s House in Chipping Campden on Tuesday mornings.
Can anyone come along?
Yes – anyone living with serious illness, bereavement and also their carers. Call for more information or to make an appointment for reflexology which is held on a one-to-one basis, also on Tuesdays.
I have never taken part in anything like this before, do I need special equipment or clothes?
No – the sessions are very informal but it is important to wear loose comfortable clothing to enable complete relaxation. Footwear (but nothing else!) has to be removed for the reflexology sessions.
I’m not sure that this is for me, can I come for a taster session?
You are welcome to come along to experience a session. There is no pressure to attend in future or on a regular basis. The group are very friendly and supportive.
A patient at Jecca’s House, said:
“The relaxation session with Kim is just a joy. It’s makes me take time out of my day to focus on my well being, without interruption or distraction. It also gives me a chance to talk about my feelings if I want to and provides and totally escape from life’s stresses and strains. Kim is warm, easy to talk to and she really cares. She also makes great cakes which we all enjoy at the end of the session!”