Heather Booker

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Heather Booker
Serenity
Tel: 07974 919 079

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Having carried out extensive training in Swedish Massage, Holistic Clinical Aromatherapy, Reiki and Reflexology in 1998 and 1999, I set up Serenity in 1999 to offer clients a range of Treatments to suit each individuals needs. This was followed with training in Chiang Mai in Thai Massage, and further training in Seichem, Karuna and Angelic Reiki.

What began as a new way of life soon evolved into a passion to be able to provide Treatments with expertise, knowledge, compassion and understanding. It is important to me that every person leaves feeling relaxed, cared for and has addressed whatever issues they brought with them.

From this the idea for a Therapy Centre which would build on this ethos was born, and in early 2009 The Serenity Centre became a reality and a way of bringing together Practitioners with the same holistic professional approach, experience and knowledge who could offer a range of Treatments to suit all requirements.

This also allowed me to further increase my other passion for holding workshops, circles and courses to help develop, enthuse and pass on my knowledge in an environment filled with interest, love and laughter. I hope you leave feeling inspired, calm and with clarity and the energy to face the world.

Services & Treatments

Aromatherapy Deep Tissue or Relaxation Massage

Aromatherapy can be used in many ways, I choose to use it in combination with massage as a therapeutic treatment. But, I will recommend other ways if I think it will help you. I have a deep love and connection with the plant kingdom and this has only grown over the many years I’ve worked with essential oils. Plant oils are natures healers to me, natural chemicals which have their own special uses. When you blend a combination of these oils you can create magic. They have the power to relax your body, soothe your mind and heal your soul. I’ve used them to help with depression, stress, grief, heartache, tension, headaches, migraines, muscular aches and pains, hormone imbalances and digestive problems, to name but a few. They are impressive when used to their greatest effect.

Now the science bit…It’s still a common mistake to think of aromatherapy as a beauty treatment, or self-indulgent time out. Thankfully it is now being recognised by many health professionals in the UK and is regularly practiced in hospitals, GP’s surgeries and hospices for many conditions and illnesses including cancer. Advanced training has helped raise the level of service received, and we now have a greater understanding of how essential oils work on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. The training needed to become an Aromatherapist includes understanding human anatomy and physiology whilst studying various illnesses and allopathic as well as traditional medicine. Knowledge of organic chemistry helps with an understanding of how the plant extracts work with or affect conventional medicines.

For me, when combined with the beneficial effects of massage essential oils exert a subtle influence on the mind and soul and, in the care of a good therapist, they offer a truly holistic, gentle and natural way of achieving balance, relaxation and clarity in your life.

Bad Backs

Stress can be responsible for many bad backs; tense muscles in the upper back, neck and shoulders tend to lead to spasm, pain and discomfort causing problems such as headaches, tiredness and occasionally nausea. Aromatherapy treatments can help to relieve the pain and tension by reminding you and your muscles to relax. Massage is very effective at breaking up tissue adhesions, improving muscle tone, boosting the circulation and increasing feelings of well-being. I have treated over 20,000 back problems, easing muscular pain, relieving tight, tense bodies and easing out trigger points through pressure relief, please feel free to contact me for chat about your pain.

Most back massages require a 60 minute appointment time to allow full work on the entire back, neck and shoulders to be effective. 30 minute follow up appointments are available.

Reflexology

Reflexology has its origins in China and ancient Egypt and is a safe, non-invasive treatment recognised worldwide for its effectiveness and the deep relaxation which it brings. The Chinese believe that the foot mirrors the body, and that the application of gentle firm pressure to certain areas of the foot can relieve tension and pain in the corresponding areas of the body. Each session is completed with a relaxing foot massage to increase the benefits of the treatment.  It is a therapy which can be received by anyone at any age, from newborn babies to those receiving end of life care, and everyone in between. We do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. Reflexology is a very individual treatment which is tailored to you as a whole person, taking into account both physical and non-physical factors that might be affecting your wellbeing. Some people find it works for them – some don’t. The best way to find out is to try it! Reflexology may be one of the nicest ways to mitigate the stresses of modern life.

Reiki (Usui, Karuna, Seichem)

Reiki means “universal life force” and is a non-invasive treatment, carried out through the clothing. All living matter is made up of energy, which we regularly deplete and replenish. However sometimes we find it difficult to find the levels of energy that we need to get through the day. Stress, colds, emotional problems, mental pressures, illness, long hours working and the general pace of life today can have a negative effect on our body’s ability to function at full capacity, leaving us drained physically, mentally and emotionally. Reiki activates the body’s natural ability to heal itself and allows you to re-energise yourself, change direction, renew interest in life and find yourself in the world around you.

Angelic Reiki

Angels are beings who exist in a different dimension. Through their guidance, and the healing art of Angelic Reiki, we can positively influence the creative energy systems of any individual or group. This could be on a physical, emotional or mental level. At this momentous time in the history of Humanity and the Earth, issues are surfacing to be cleared that have their roots deep in the past. We carry the imprints of these at cellular level and they are often worked out through many incarnations, on this and on other planets. Angelic Reiki is a new and powerful hands-on healing method, working with the highest energies of the Angelic Realm to bring about healing and balance on all levels to those receiving the healing energy. In Angelic Reiki we have the possibility to send healing to ourselves and other people, places and situations near and far. Angelic Reiki draws from the Usui and Shamballa Reiki lineages and combines these with powerful new transmissions channelled by Reiki Master Kevin Core. It is a complete system of energy healing which is open to all.

Hot Stone Massage

The ancient healing art of using warmed stones with massage techniques relaxes your body at its deepest levels and creates balance and harmony. The subtle energies of stones introduced into a treatment calms the senses, relaxes muscle tension and promotes a meditative state. I find the the wonderful heat from the stones penetrates to a deeper level and that this brings about physiological changes as well as influencing your body’s internal energy flow; allowing balance of mind, body and spirit. Each treatment incorporates the very special properties of a full body aromatherapy massage in conjunction with the relaxing yet re-energising effects of the warm stones. If you love crystals you can also experience the very special feelings of a facial massage with crystal palm stones. Sheer blis  

Hot Wax Treatment

Living in a cold, damp country means that over the years I have seen and treated many painful hands and joints. Arthritis is one of the main burdens on health in our local and most of the time the solution medically is pain relief. Massage with essential oils can help relieve the pain, break down arthritic nodules and prevent further inflammation. However, I have found that using hot wax followed by massage brings a different dimension to the treatment. Wax with essential oils is gently warmed, painted onto your hands which are then wrapped in film and placed in a towelling glove. The heat gently penetrates through to your muscles and joints bringing pain relief and breaking down the inflammation which causes the pain. Once the wax has done its work it simply slides off your hands, is disposed of and followed by a luxurious hand massage. You’ll find your hands are left soft, conditioned and feeling wonderful. In a recent study, a number of people with hand arthritis had a number of paraffin wax treatments. Those who used the paraffin wax experienced more pain relief and stronger hands compared to those who did not use the paraffin wax.

TMJ & Facial Pain Massage

This is a specialist, advanced massage technique specifically to help sufferers of facial pain & TMJ disorder. Figures from the British Dental Health Foundation estimate that 1 in 4 people suffer from TMJ (temporo-manibular joint disorder) – a debilitating condition that can cause intense pain in the face and jaw and completely affect the quality of a person’s life.
Conventional treatments on offer have mixed success and include wearing splints at night, taking muscle relaxant drugs and painkillers, adjusting high fillings and replacing worn fillings. When these measures fail, patients can be referred to a specialist for extensive tests including panoramic x-rays and even MRI. Surgery can be an option but is very rarely considered and is a last resort.

“TMJ” stands for TemporoMandibular Joint.
The TMJ is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull. The joints move up and down and side to side and enable you to talk, chew, and yawn. Muscles attached to and surrounding the joint control it’s position and movement.
Because it combines a hinge action with sliding motions, the TMJ is one of the most complex joints in your body. The parts of the bones that interact in the joint are covered with cartilage and are separated by a small shock-absorbing disk, which keeps the movement smooth.
“TMJ” is also used to describe a number of diseases and disorders associated with the joint.

What are TMJ Diseases/Disorders?
TMJ diseases and disorders are a complex set of conditions that can cause pain in the area of the joint and associated muscles and/ or problems using the jaw. Both or just one of the joints may be affected. TMJ diseases and disorders can affect a person’s ability to speak, eat, chew, swallow, and even breathe.

Causes

  • Certain factors can make people more prone to TMJ disorder.
  • Having one dominant chewing side
  • Teeth Grinding (Bruxism): Many people grind their teeth when they sleep. Other people tend to clench their teeth during stressful situations. Both situations put unnecessary stress on the jaw.
  • Whiplash Injury to the neck.
  • Dentures: Having worn-down dentures or ones that do not fit properly can cause jaw imbalance.
  • Repetitive Chewing: Consistent gum chewing or tendency to eat other chewy foods can weaken jaw muscles.
  • Heavy Telephone Use: Using the phone for long periods of time, while cradling the phone between the chin and shoulder, can cause jaw pain.
  • Dental Orthodontia

Facial pain can be a symptom of many conditions, such as sinus or ear infections, decayed or abscessed teeth, various types of headache, and facial neuralgia (nerve-related facial pain).
Massage can bring about huge relief for TMJ sufferers where the soft tissues are involved. However there is always the possibility of another problem that needs intervention by a dental professional.

Australian Bush Flower Essences

Flower Essences are a wonderful way to aid personal development, treat deep routed issues and those that are more immediate. Known for their gentle yet profound properties they are now being used in hospital pain clinics, hospices, cancer clinics and children’s homes. The Bush Remedies not only help to give clarity to one’s life but also the courage, strength and commitment to follow and pursue one’s goals and dreams. They help to develop a higher level of intuition, self esteem, spirituality, creativity and fun.

Hopi Ear Candles

Hopi ear candles are named after the Native American tribe who first introduced this gentle therapy to the West. The Hopi nation is renowned for their extensive knowledge of healing and their spiritual lifestyle. The translation of the word Hopi means “peaceful ones”. Ear candles are used widely throughout North America and Asia and although the current treatment has come to us from the Hopi tribe, the use of ear candles to treat ear problems has been known for centuries, having been used by the Egyptians, Romans and Greeks.

The treatment itself is very relaxing and includes an aromatherapy sinus and face massage to help prolong the effects of the treatment and to ease sinus congestion and tense muscles. The ear candles themselves generate a massage-like effect on the eardrum by their light suction action and the movement of the flame which together create a vibration of air in the ear candle. This produces a pleasant feeling of warmth and a balance of pressure in the ears, forehead and sinuses. It can help improve blocked sinuses, free breathing restrictions and increase your sense of smell.

Hopi ear candles can be used to treat the following conditions:


  • Excessive, Compacted or excess ear wax in the ears
  • Helps to stimulate the energy response and flow locally
  • Hearing impairments such as poor or muffled hearing
  • Stress and sleeping disorders
  • Blocked ears and sinuses
  • Noises in the ears, ringing, tinnitus
  • Regulates pressure in conditions such as: headaches, migraine, rhinitis & glue ear
  • Very good for recovery after colds and flu

Please note Hopi ear candles cannot be used on perforated eardrums or grommets, if there is inflammation within the ear canal, with cochlear implants or certain medications.

 

“Bless you Heather for being such an integral part of my healing journey, thank you for being there and thank you for today, I always feel so much better afterwards.”
To Serenity
“Just wanted to let you know that I feel like I’m walking properly today. Don’t know how I walked before but I feel more grounded, upright & balanced now. Yey! X.”
To Serenity
“Thank you so much Heather for all the support you have given me this year. You really are my guardian angel looking after me during this tough year. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
To Serenity
“Just to say thanks for listening, and listening, and listening and listening. For holding my words and situation when I shared it, it’s a rare & special skill & I am very appreciative.”
To Serenity