The power of smell and touch
Aromatherapy is definitely "à la mode" as we say in France and my clients come to me with a wide range of beliefs and knowledge about essential oils and their potential therapeutic qualities. I respect that and would never try to change their beliefs, but since you are reading this and might be interested here are the two guiding principles of my work, very much influenced by two important figures of modern Aromatherapy .
Smells can charm and be health-giving, or quite the opposite
René-Maurice Gatefossé 1936
During a session with me you experience a holistic therapy which uses essential oils blended specially for you. The power that beautiful aromas hold on human beings is brilliantly described by the French father of modern Aromatherapy, Gatefossé, and is at the root of the success of the perfume industry. We all hold our own "olfactory libraries" - a memory of smells that comfort, excite or repulse us. As I massage you, the oils will reach into your library - through the skin, nose and lungs - soothing you and relieving stress.
The best essential oils have the finest aromas and I spend many delicious hours selecting and sourcing my oils mostly from brilliant and passionate local distillers in la Drôme, my family home. This beautiful region, between Provence and the Vercors mountains also happens to be the largest essential oil producer in France.
Aromatherapy without massage is like an orchestra without a conductor
I have always believed in the healing power of touch and the last year of lockdown, which has resulted in an ever growing number of articles in the press about touch hunger and deprivation, has been a sad reminder that my beliefs were well founded.
Whether through the soothing strokes of a gentle Swedish massage or deeper tissue work on specific muscle groups to address a particular issue, receiving a massage with me is a comforting experience and my clients often mention improved sleep and a deep sense of relaxation after visiting me, a feeling that their shoulders have literally "dropped back 'into place" (I do a lot of work on necks and shoulders nowadays !) and one recently described my treatments as a "lovely way to reset my body and my mind".
A bit about me
In 2016 I decided to turn my interest in Aromatherapy into a career and trained with lovely Colette at the Winchester School of Aromatherapy, a satellite school of Penny Price Academy where I obtained my Anatomy & Physiology and Clinical Aromatherapy diplomas both with distinction.
I am based right in the centre of Winchester and offer aromatherapy treatments from my peaceful home studio.
My garden and conservatory are growing shelters for my favourite aromatic plants, as my love for essential oils definitely takes its roots in a passion for the plants they are distilled from!
In addition I have since studied Aromatherapy for Pregnancy with Jo Kellet (From the Seed) Facial Rejuvenation Massage (Neal's Yeard Remedies Training School), Aromatic Chemistry with the Tisserand Institute and ABMP courses with the brilliant Allison Denney and Ruth Werner. I am currently enrolled on a scar therapy course and am hoping to be a certified ScarWork therapist soon , watch this space !
What my clients say
"During my pregnancy I had a number of massages from Maïanna, at the end of each session I felt like I could float home. They allowed me to take a little time out of the day to focus on me and the baby, which was really beneficial"
These are the treatments most of my clients seem to request
but I am always happy to tailor each session specifically
to your needs on the day!
Classic Full Body
1hr - £40
This treatment will release tension in your body from head to toes and will help dissolve away your stress, leaving you feeling relaxed and recharged. Depending on your consultation, I will often choose, in agreement with you, to focus on specific areas of the body that need more work, such as the back, legs, neck and scalp to make your session as restorative as possible.
40min - £30
This is a great massage that concentrates on your back, neck and shoulders and will bring relief to muscles that have suffered from too many hours spent sitting at your desk or just hunching your shoulders without probably even noticing!
Body & Feet Treat
1hr - £40
A very popular treatment, which starts with a gentle aromatherapy massage and then moves on to a deeply relaxing foot massage that focuses on the reflex points of the feet.
75mins - £50
This session is all about supporting you with hormonal fluctuations, using specific essential oils and massage strokes to help and relax you. You will also leave this session armed with a “hormone balancing kit” including an aroma stick and aroma roller to keep in your handbag.
75mins - £50
A safe selection of oils and massage techniques are used in this side-lying treatment and will offer you a delicious moment of calm and reconnection with your changing body.
Special package to support you all through your pregnancy and after the birth: 4 sessions, £120
40mins - £25
Your back is feeling sore, anxiety is getting to you and your sleep is not so great…This session is for you, as I will select the oils and the massage strokes that will soothe your mind, unknot your back and get you back on track!
(Over 16s only)
If you have any questions about my oils or my treatments, or would like to book an appointment give me a call or send me an email below
A bientôt !
Contact me to book an appointment
85 Fairfield road SO22 6SG WINCHESTER