Review: Facial reflexology in Lymington
In line with its secluded, sanctuary-like vibe, The Natural Health Hub is tucked down a dinky passageway behind Lymington High Street. Head from the small gap between Halifax and The Dogs Trust (opposite the United Reform Church) on the High Street. Go down there and turn right down the passageway called The Old Printworks. Walk to the end, turn left and 87b is on your right in the courtyard.
The Natural Health Hub is like a miniature retreat in itself, all scented oils and cocooning warmth. Staff are super clued up on health and nutrition from a totally holistic viewpoint, so expect lots of sound, soothing advice and calming words. Just walking in here made my shoulders drop six inches! Treatments are plentiful, with a wealth of therapists specialising in a whole range of areas, from Reiki to homeopathy to Thai yoga massage.
There are tons of classes and ‘happenings’ to choose from, from hypnobirthing to sound baths, along with some more science-y stuff like food intolerances and hair testing. There’s also a brilliant shop, stashed with supplements, probiotics, sleep support and digestion aids. In short, there’s no better place to come and wind down for few hours.
Ally Brown qualified as a therapeutic massage therapist in London 30 years ago and later turned to reflexology to heal her own health issues. Ally has a gleamy, glowy complexion and a supremely soothing manner, so it was no surprise to learn she’s travelled to India, Nepal, China and Tibet in search of training. In fact, some of her most authentic treatment methods were learnt directly from the barefoot doctors she encountered in her quest.
After three decades in practice Ally sees clients return to her over and over again. At The Hub she offers reflexology, including pregnancy reflexology and facial reflexology.
Oh, how we love discovering an entirely new treatment! Facial reflexology is a variant of foot reflexology and is unique in this area to The Hub. The face is rich in reflex points that are linked to our organs and body systems. So facial reflexology involves detailed stimulation of every little crevice of your face, slowly and intricately massaging all over.
Well, what can I say? It was totally amazing! It took about 10 minutes for it to sink in that this is not a facial or a massage (although it has the added benefits of both, yay!) then I drifted into the deepest zone of zen.
Ally used very slow pressure all over my face with rich oils and pinpointed stress points – digestive issues, aches and pains, kidneys and liver wellness – along the way. My skin was seriously glowing and plumped afterwards – they call it a mini temporary face lift – and I slept like baby that night.
Cost: £45 for facial reflexology (45 minutes). £60 for facial reflexology with natural face-lift massage (60 minutes).
The Natural Health Hub, 87b High Street, Lymington, SO41 9AN. Tel: 01590 670955. firstname.lastname@example.org