25 years of re-designing relaxation
I remember my grandfather who was an incredible gardener, showing me the ‘pretty flowers’ when I was about 3 years old and I thinking ‘but what does it do’? As a child I wanted to be a doctor and was always playing hospitals, giving dolls various concoctions from the garden, generally rose or begonia petals in water which turned into a smelly brown slime –lovely!
Having a science background helps me look at the modern day research and chemistry of essential oils as well as the ‘old’ wisdom. My degree was in genetics and microbiology I did work in a lab but I missed the people contact so much that I re-trained as a clinical Aromatherapist.
Nowadays I still help people feel better, but the clients are real people and thankfully the ‘concoctions’ smell a whole lot better than the ones I used to make as a child!
I believe that so often nature has the answers to our well-being. After all there is nothing new about using plants for healing. I’ve seen first hand and understand how using aromatherapy and essential oils can make a huge difference to your well-being. It’s a huge privilege and one that gives me enormous satisfaction and pride to make a difference to people’s lives. As one client said “I feel very safe and confident in your hands, it’s wonderful”.
My biggest wish is to instil the message that self-care isn’t selfish. I get very excited about giving clients (private or those I see in my NHS work within specialist units), as many aromatic tips for relaxation as possible.
Muscle Gel Story
In 1994 I had a horse riding accident, I landed on my head but on the way down I caught the horse’s knee with my head causing a whiplash injury to my neck. I rode back to the stable but in the car on the way home couldn’t feel my left side, after an x-ray the Dr thought my neck was broken and commented that ‘girls aren’t supposed to fly, next time you won’t be so lucky’… Needless to say the pain was horrendous and the painkillers the hospital gave me weren’t that effective. So I resorted back to my oils and made up a blend for pain, which, to my surprise worked! Looking back, it turned out to be a ‘lucky’ accident, although I’ve given up horses nowadays!
As I continued my Aromatic Medicine training I altered the ‘recipe’, which has evolved over the last 20 years into the formula I use today for Muscle Gel.
Muscle Gel is used by sports people and overworked gardeners or those doing manual work and even some people going through chemotherapy find it helps with the achy side effects. I’ve now developed a bath soak to help ease aches and pains at the request of sports people doing winter training.
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For further information about the benefits of aromatic therapy, to book a consultation or appointment, call the Shelley Baker Aromatic Therapy practice today.
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