For most of us, flower power is a term associated with 1960s America, but while Allen Ginsberg instigated the social healing powers of shrubbery, he probably wasn’t quite as aware that the power of the flower can have a rather more literal healing effect on the mind, body and soul. Visit a well-informed spa however, and flower power takes on a whole new meaning.
So what exactly is Flower Therapy?
Its long history dates back to 16th century physician, Paracelsus. However, today’s practice is predominantly thanks to Australian aborigines, and is most prevalent in the form of Bach’s Rescue Remedy. Essentially, it uses the power of nature via distilled dew from flowers, to heal people of their various ailments. To obtain the energy from a plant and thus its essence, practitioners pick fresh blooms and place them in a crystal bowl. They allow the sun (or the moon, or sometime both) to beat down on it, and when the flowers wither the extracted essence is combined with alcohol to preserve it. Sound a bit ‘out there’? Well, it’s a response that practitioner, Sue Davis, at Lifehouse Spa and Hotel in Essex, is very familiar with: “it is quite spiritual, but it works on a physical as well. It’s very good for headaches and depression and is restorative. It can be similar to going to see a councillor.”
How does it work?
Flower remedies work on a similar level to aromatherapy. Therapists believe you are drawn towards the essences you are lacking in, and while Davis is aware that it sounds ‘kinda wacky,’ she also points out that research has been done in Australia testing energy fields around people before and after flower therapy and showing significant changes.
What is it for?
The therapy is designed to reinstate balance in the body. Practitioners believe that our energy fields change before we see physical signs of illness, and ailments themselves are the final materialisation of an ongoing imbalance. Flower remedies address that at an earlier stage, which is why they can be used for a particular problem, or simply to help individuals to feel better.
Who is it for?
Unlike most treatments, which usually come with a catalogue of contraindications, Flower Therapy is one of the few that really can be used by anyone, including conditions that usually rule out the majority of spa treatments, including anyone being treated for cancer, who has recently had surgery, or anyone in the early stages of pregnancy.
Citing a slightly different benefit to the therapy however, Davis also points out that it can have a profound effect on a few practical, life issues as well, even relationships: “I always used to go for the same man, just with a different name. There was a pattern (they were always born in the same month) and of course relationships kept failing. I found the right remedy and now I have moved from June to August, and it’s all going well!”
A spa treatment that has the potential to help me locate my very own Mr Darcy AND improve my health? … Now that’s worth a try!
To find out more about alternative therapies and spa treatments visit Spabreaks.com’s blog, The hot Tub: http://hottub.spabreaks.com
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