The Magicial effects of a Dr Hauschka Classic Treatment

A two hour Dr Hauschka Classic treatment is unlike any other facial. In fact calling it a facial demeans it. A healing treatment, which transforms the appearance of you skin, leaving you looking great and feeing calm and relaxed. Dr Hauschka’s unique lymphatic movements of the face and neck are subtle yet incredibly powerful. These gentle movements performed by the hands  and ultra soft brushes help to stimulate the flow of lymph. The Lymph is a magical substance which bathes all the tissues of the face and body in fluid. By increasing the flow of the lymph, the tissues are plumped up and fine lines and tension  spots are removed from the face. Redness and congestion due to broken capillaries or rosacea is diminished as the capillary flow finds new pathways. One of my regular clients who is in her seventies, remarked last week that her husband said she looked ten years younger after her treatment with me. Treatments may be taken every month and are perfect even before a special occasion, there is no need to wait for the skin to settle down as with most facial treatments. You will notice instantly how comfortable your skin feels, no tightness or taut feeling, just a glowing radiance and plumpness to the skin.

The Two hour Classic treatment  is £95.00

Christmas Shop Sat 22nd Nov 11am

Dear Friends, I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of another year! I’ve just had my 11th work Anniversary here at The Swan Hotel in Southwold and I’m beginning to feel like the old retainer! Seriously though, I’ve had a wonderful summer and it was great to meet new clients from all over the UK and to welcome back my regular ones. As Christmas is fast approaching I wanted to let you know what’s new at Priya Spa, so I would like to invite you along to the hotel for a Christmas get together, enjoy a glass of fizz and catch up with news. There will be a Christmas shop with 10% off all Dr. Hauschka stock including some pretty Christmas gift sets and tins. We also have smart new Gift Vouchers, just in time for Christmas and a brand new Loyalty card and a free surprise gift. I Look forward to seeing you, please let me know if you are coming.



What is Rhythmical Massage Therapy?

Rhythmical Massage Therapy was developed in the 1920’s by Dr Ita Wegman, a medical doctor schooled in physiotherapy and massage. In collaboration with Rudolf Steiner she founded a clinic in Switzerland where Anthroposophical Medicine began its development. It was at this clinic that she applied an anthroposophical understanding of the human being to therapeutic massage.

After Dr. Margarethe Hauschka joined the clinic, she and Dr. Wegman collaborated for 12 years to develop this new approach to massage therapy. In 1962 Dr. Hauschka opened the first school for Rhythmical Massage in Boll, Germany.
Rhythmical Massage Therapy uses a gentle rhythmical breathing quality of touch which can penetrate the tissue deeply. The movements are rounded with an element of suction rather than pressure and are designed to influence the flow of fluids through the body. It enables the life processes in the tissues to be stimulated and lifted out of gravity into levity.
Rhythmical Massage Therapy aims to address the warmth organisation. During illness the warmth distribution over the physical body is often affected, and this can serve as a diognostic starting point for the massage therapist.
Rhythmical massage differs from other types of massage in that the therapist often works on one part of the body in order to influence another. For example, a complaint of warmth and tension in the head, neck and shoulders can be accompanied by a coldness and lack of presence in the thighs, calves and feet. By bringing warmth to the lower half of the body, tension in the upper half of the body can be relieved.
In most of the treatments a variety of oils and ointments are used. Rosemary may be used on the limbs to awaken and enliven, lavender can be used for symptoms of anxiety and persistent sleeping problems and hypericum (St. Johns Wort) is often used to address the warmth organisation.
It is as if the warming sunlight that forms the plant is transferred from the oil to the body through the massage process. A warming massage with arnica massage balm for example can unlock us from muscle spasm, neck pain, back ache tightness, stiffness. As well as easing common physical aches and pains, rhythmical massage therapy can significantly influence our emotional health, reassuring, reviving and healing.
Rhythmical Massage Therapy is used in an increasing number of clinics and doctors’ surgeries around the world to treat a wide range of problems. The massage may be used individually or used alongside physiotherapy and other complementary therapies, but it is usually prescribed by a doctor as part of a total treatment program which may also include natural remedies or conventional medication.
Rhythmical Massage Therapy devises and implements a treatment plan according to the individual needs of the client/patient and his/her illness picture, at times also referring to other health care providers where appropriate.
The therapy process evolves over a period of several weeks. Therapy is given in a warm room with the client well wrapped in sheets or towels. Only the area to be treated is left uncovered. Each session lasts 20 to 30 minutes and is then followed by a rest period of approximately the same duration. The rest period is considered an integral part of the treatment.
Rhythmical Massage Therapy is suitable for children, adults and the elderly. It is particularly beneficial in the treatment of acute and chronic conditions. For example: orthopaedic problems, circulatory problems and pain management. It is also effective in treating psychological conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, emotional trauma and immune deficiencies. It can also be used as a treatment for various life threatening illnesses.

“Through rhythmical massage there is the attempt and aim to improve the connection of soul and spirit to the physical body”
Dr. M. Hauschka.

At Priya Spa I offer The Dr Hauschka Body treatment which uses movements  developed from Dr Wegmans work. The massage is light yet intense. The treatment was developed by Manuela Bolter in Germany some 18 years ago. Manuela is a highly experienced  and qualified Rhythmical therapist and she will be coming to Suffolk in October 2014 to teach a course in this extraordinary technique.

Dr Hauschka Body Treatment 1hr 45mins £83.00


Inner Beauty

We are all moved by the image of a beautiful woman or a handsome man, but beauty is so much more than skin deep. If we think about the people in our lives who we admired or who influenced us, they weren’t necessarily beautiful in the classic sense.

They may have a caring loving nature, or a beautiful smile, a reassuring tone or words which were full of wisdom. Beauty is something which can shine through us all, It’s the sum of all our parts, put together and expressed in a unique and delightful way. In Ayurveda beauty is seen as something which results from a harmonious balance of body, mind and soul. Only when these components are working together will real beauty shine through. This inter-connectedness of body, mind and soul, results in the fulness of life, connecting us to our true essential nature, which is Joy.

We can all achieve a degree of beauty regardless of our looks or age, true beauty is actually an outward expression of positive and noble thoughts, the humanity of ones life expressed through grace and serenity. When we care for our body, by eating healthily, take regular excercise and meditate regularly we start to reconnect with our true nature. This is carried into our daily lives in whatever we do, enhancing our own relationship with the world around us and that of our relationship with others.

Coming soon in September 2014 Ayurveda Marma Massage Course with Dr Swaroop Verma

This is a unique opportunity to learn Ayurvedic Marma Massage and Ayurvrdic Nutrition and Cookery with a Master Practitioner. Dr. Swaroop Verma is returning  to the UK, to spend a long weekend with us  here at The Harmony Centre during September.
Prior to the weekend course Dr. Verma will give a free and open talk on Ayurveda, Yoga And Tantra “A Journey From Physical To Consciousness.”
“Mamas” are the energetic cross-roads of the body, junction points between matter and consciousness. “Ayurveda Marma Massage” is an excellent way to work on marmas and regulate the Prana (Vital Energy) in the Nadis (Energy Chanel), stimulate the Kundalini and balance the Chakras. This practical technique has been passed down from generation to generation in the Ayurvedic and Yogic families in India, for thousands of years.
This type of massage has many healing benefits. Beside the mental and emotional releases, Ayurvedic massage increases immunity, flexibility and strength, it reduces toxins, stress and fatigue while slowing down the ageing process and improving general well-being.
This course is for Ayurvedic consultants, massage therapists, professional body-workers, Healers, Yoga and Tantra teachers and also for all those who want a deeper understanding of authentic Ayurvedic massage.  Anatomy & Physiology, and body massage qualifications are a pre-requisite to attend the course.

The Yoga of Self ~ Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation

This was a presentation I gave as part of my Yoga teachers training course in December 2009. I wanted to write this from my own understanding and experience of Yoga, because the description of the path of Yoga being taught was different to my own understanding. In Yogic practice meditation is seen as something difficult to perform, and self-realisation is something only the most developed Yogi’s can achieve after much purification of mind and body. I wanted to show that Yoga can be interpreted differently, and that the Path of Patanjali’s Yoga beginning with Yama’s and Niyama’s are actually the result of Being and not the cause.
We live in a world full of sensory experience, in fact that’s how we experience ourselves, others and the world around us. We like experiencing new things and enjoy the excitement and the challenges life brings, but all too often the happiness is short lived. We are rarely content with just one thing. We crave more and more new experiences, relationships and material possessions. The society we live in encourages us to work harder and consume more. This creates stresses of all sorts, addictions, disease, depression and unhappiness. The majority of the population is totally caught up in this cycle. We search for some remedy some natural panacea, but we don’t know what it is. It’s a fact that we always look outside ourselves for the answer first. Our relationships also suffer as a consequence of our own expectations; we are hoping that our partner will make our life happy and complete, somehow filling in the missing gaps in our own shortcomings and inadequacies. This is a pattern that is often repeated over and over again and leads to dissatisfaction on both sides. One thinks that he or she doesn’t match up to you ideals, and they are feeling inadequate because they can’t give you what you want.
 If we can transcend the superficiality of life then we can enjoy the relationships we have with our self and with others.
  Through the simple technique of deep meditation we can literally transcend the limitation of our mind and body. We come out of activity and go into silence, and as the mind settles down the thoughts settle, and when we transcend we go beyond conscious thought to the transcendental level of life, which is silent yet dynamic. It is the field of all possibilities, this is how we establish Being ”I ness” or Self Awareness, by connecting with this field of Pure Transcendental Consciousness. The mind will always move to the area of greatest charm, seeking joy and bliss, the process of transcending helps to establish this bliss within the mind and nervous system. It is a pleasant and relaxing experience. But it’s the effect of meditation, what we do out in activity that’s important.
 The deep rest gained through 20 minutes of transcendental meditation is equivalent to the deepest part of the sleep, which, usually takes between four to five hours. During this time the breathing slows, the heart rate drops. Stress hormones in the blood, like cortisol and adrenaline are lowered. Levels of melatonin and serotonin are increased in the bloodstream. Levels of Ojas as are also increased. Ojas is a precious fluid, which gives immunity, strength and lustre to the skins and eyes. Afterwards you feel relaxed and refreshed. Meditators on average have a biological age ten years younger than their chronological age. Regular practice of meditation cultures the whole nervous system
and mind.
 Each time you come back into activity you take a bit of that stillness and calmness with you. Maharishi used to make a very good analogy with the dyed piece of cloth. A piece of white cloth is dipped in dye and hung out to dry in the sun, after it is washed some of the dye remains leaving a stain upon the cloth. Each time the cloth is dipped in the dye, dried in the sun, then washed the stain becomes stronger.
 So it is with the regular practice of transcendental meditation. In time this inner awareness stabilises in the mind and physiology, so that when you are in activity a part of you always remains silent and still. This state of being is called Transcendental Consciousness.
 Once established in the Self, Self- Referral Consciousness starts to develop, whereby spontaneous right action occurs. Yogastah Kuru Kamani, (established in self perform action.) You start to live in a way, which helps your own evolution, and doesn’t go against it.
 You care for your body by eating pure healthy food. A vegetarian diet becomes a natural evolution and not something that’s forced or unnatural. Addictions start to leave you and not the other way round. Your health and immunity improves, and even if you do get sick, you are not overwhelmed by the burden of ill health, a part of you is well even in sickness. It doesn’t mean you turn into a saint over night, but in time you are more in control of your thoughts and actions and your relationship with others improves.
 As time continues the intellect grows and expands, because the intellect or buddhi is not caught up by the limitations of the mind. The mind and ego, is bound by the Three Gunas, satva, rajas and tamas, which are connected to our physical body, sensory perceptions and emotions, but when we transcend we also transcend the physical limitations of the three gunas.
 The intellect or buddhi experiences this ocean of silent pure awareness. “Knowledge is structured in consciousness.” (ref: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.) Knowledge and self- enquiry start to grow. This is Jnana Yoga. (This is how the Rishi’s were able to cognise the whole of the workings of the universe through deep meditation.) Inner awareness and intuition also grow and in time you instinctively know something to be true, without having to study it; Ritambhara Prajna, the spontaneous realisation of something. As knowledge and self- enquiry grow so does the love of God, the divine aspect of your Self. The Sadguru within and of the Absolute. Bhakti Yoga, the growth of love and devotion spontaneously develop. The love of the divine aspect of ourselves and the love of the absolute. They become one and grow together on the path of Self- Realisation. This is the path of Yoga that Shankara, India’s great teacher and saint also extolled. Many have mistook his teachings as two separate paths but in reality this was never the case. This was also the sad fate of Buddha’s teaching, many hundreds of years later the devotees lost that connection to Being and mistook the path as the way to enlightenment, not the result of it. Guru Dev, Maharishi’s great teacher and master said,” When the foundations of a house lay hidden from view, the foundations are forgotten.” In the same way a house that is built on faulty foundations, sways in the wind and in time falls down. Without being, confusion of cause and effect pervaded every field of understanding. Even the most practical path of Yoga was misunderstood, Karma Yoga, (attainment of union by way of action) began to be understood as based on karma, (action) whereas it’s basis is Yoga, Union- transcendental consciousness.
The founder of Yoga philosophy Patanjali was also misunderstood, the order of the path of his Ashtanga Yoga was changed to begin with Yama’s and Niyama’s (the secular values), whereas in reality it should begin with Samadhi. Samadhi, Self Realisation cannot be gained by the practice of Yama and Niyama. Proficiency in the virtues can only be gained by repeated experiences of Samadhi. It was because the effect was mistaken for the cause, that this great philosophy of life became distorted and the path to Samadhi was blocked.
 It is to Guru Dev we thank for restoring this beautiful knowledge in its entirety and to Maharishi for bringing it to us in the form of Meditation that everyone could enjoy. For fifty years he worked to restore the purity of the Vedas and helped to raise man to a higher level of consciousness. He wanted to create an ideal society, where man could live in peace and harmony. “Jnana” knowledge, and “Bhakti “ devotion, are the fruits of this Transcendental state. It is not something separate, it’s part of this whole process of evolution, from Transcendental Consciousness to Cosmic Consciousness, whereby the workings of the of the cosmos, living in harmony with nature become one. In God consciousness, we recognise our own divine nature and that of others and of the absolute reality of life. And of Unity where there is no separation of thought action and deed, God is within all and everything. Sat Chit Andanda “Unity in the diversity of life.” Bliss and joy in Self Realisation, in Being. This is liberation, Moksha. There is no need for renunciation, for sacrifice. The Sadak doesn’t feel his is sacrificing anything, this is the play of consciousness, the true reality of life.
 It is important for everyone to realise that they can be self-realised if they choose. All they need is the right technique and the discipline to do the practice. Maharishi gave the world such a beautiful gift of Transcendental Meditation for everyone to enjoy.

Diwali Celebration at The Harmony Centre, Walpole, Halesworth, Suffolk. Tuesday 13th November 7p.m – 10p.m

In India Diwali is a festival which comes at the end of the monsoon season and celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Diwali is called the Festival of Lights and is celebrated to honor Rama-chandra, the seventh avatar (incarnation of the god Vishnu). It is believed that on this day Rama returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana. People lit their houses to celebrate his victory over evil (light over darkness.)The goddess of happiness and good fortune, Lakshmi, also figures in the celebration. It is believed that she roams the earth on this day and enters the houses that are pure, clean, and bright. Everyone dresses in their best clothes and women in silk saris. Diwali celebrations may vary in different communities but its significance and spiritual meaning is generally “The awareness of the inner light which shines within us all.”
Please come and join us for an evening celebration, and let us bring the light in together! We will start with a Pooja, mantra chanting and a group meditation, followed by sharing some delicious food, and a chance to speak to practitioners, and have a general get together, ending the evening with the screening of an Indian Movie! All are welcome, please bring a vegetarian sweet or savory dish with you, and please RSVP so we have an idea of numbers.
Please call lucietta at The Harmony centre.  tel: 01986-784712