I met with my therapist Gemma who invited me to take a seat at one of the colourful mis-matched chairs around an enormous kitchen table, and presented me with my “Box of Wonder”. Inside the box atop a bed of spongy green moss was a tiny bottle labelled “Drink Me” and a magical mushroom (I jest you not). I felt like Alice about to fall face-first down the rabbit hole.The drink was made from an infusion of elderflower and apple, to open my heart, and the magical mushroom was made of 100% raw cacao, a natural mood enhancer.
Gemma then explained my treatment to me in detail, and what struck me most about my consultation was how personal and extremely knowledgeable she was. I was fascinated by what I was about to experience, the thinking behind it, and I couldn’t wait to for it to begin.
Gemma took me into the treatment room and asked me to lie on the bed underneath a soft towel, and when I was ready, I could tinkle a brass bell for her to come in - one of many oh-so lovely touches. I closed my eyes, the music started and it began. Firstly I had a luxurious facial massage using jojoba oil and hot stones. Gemma concentrated on the area around my jaw which I was later told is where I hold a lot of tension - must be all that chattering I do! After that Gemma asked me to lie on my side and she inserted an Indian Hopi ear candle into one ear, then the next, to kickstart the body’s natural healing process. Once lit, the sensation was incredible, it felt like I was floating and the flame I could see out of the corner of my eye bathed me in a soothing, warm glow. Throughout the Sound Bath Gemma used several apparatus, including tuning forks, to further enhance my relaxation. Placed against various points on my body they buzzed and vibrated, a strange yet comforting feeling. Gemma had explained that on the relax-ometer this was equivalent to an hour of yoga. As someone who rarely has the time for a twenty minute run let alone an hour, I relished the time-saving aspect! Finally Gemma gave me an intense head massage, and then whispered in my ear that my hour-long treatment was over.
So how did it make me feel? When I eventually came to, I felt serene yet invigorated, and deeply relaxed. The music had taken me on a journey and as your hearing is heightened your mind starts to drift. At one point when it built to a crescendo I literally felt a swelling of my heart, an odd sensation, and it gave me an overwhelming feeling of happiness.There were also moments when I genuinely didn’t know whether I was awake or had nodded off, or even both. This, I was later told by Sandra, is meditation – something I didn’t think I was capable of.