Holistic Aromatherapy Massage

Me and my work

My name is Linda Southall.

I began my training in Complementary Health together with counselling in 1995. This was a difficult time in my life when I was going through a divorce and needed time and support to deal with personal issues that surrounded me.

During this process I began to explore many areas of Complementary Health. I found regular Aromatherapy treatments gave me the strength to take responsibility for myself and so I began my personal voyage of discovery into the wonderful, healing abilities of essential oils.

My next stage was to take this a step further to learn and study Aromatherapy. After qualifying as an Aromatherapist I began to put my qualifications and life experiences into practice. Raising a family and bringing up teenage children up as a single parent made me more intuitive and sensitive to people’s needs during these exhausting, lonely and painful times.

On looking back, I feel thankful as if my past had been different, I would not be working as a therapist: helping, supporting and encouraging others to gain confidence and hope for their futures.

Life can be exciting and rewarding if you let it.

I began my Reiki training in 2000. I now incorporate Reiki within my treatment but seek permission from clients if they wish to receive it. I wish to thank my clients who have encouraged me to continue my training as they feel they have gained more out of my treatments.

In the past a few of my clients had been unable to relax fully after an aromatherapy treatment but since I started giving Reiki there has been dramatic improvements. The body is totally relaxed and balanced.

I practice holistic Aromatherapy/ Reiki/ Stress Management sessions by appointment from my home. The first session is the longest and lasts for around two hours. This involves a thorough discussion about lifestyle, diet and medical history. This is followed by an Aromatherapy treatment using selected oils appropriate for the individuals needs. I use mostly organic essential oils.
I offer my clients a warm, calming environment to relax and let go. Afterwards, a cup of herbal tea is offered giving space for a relaxing wind down. Oils used in the treatment are given to the client to take home and use accordingly.
I offer an after-care service offering support for those who may be more vulnerable or needy at that time. Working holistically I spend extra time with clients in order for them to go away feeling relaxed, balanced and ready to face the world. I make a few home visits to clients who are unable to travel to my home.

From 2003-2015 I ran successful Aromatherapy courses. One small workshop grew into a Centre offering four varied one-day and weekend courses. Three out of four were accredited by the Complementary Therapists Association and offer the opportunity to gain CPD credits.
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I was an elected Council Member for the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA) from October 2006-October 2007 as well as being a registered member of the Aromatherapy Council and Embody Complementary Therapists Association (formally IGPP).

  • Trained at the Stewart Mitchell School of Complementary Health, Exeter

  • ITEC Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology and Massage

  • ITEC Diploma in Aromatherapy

  • MASC Diploma in Stress Management

  • Devon Pastoral Counsellors Foundation Year in Psychodynamic Counselling

  • OXSEM trained in Divorce and Separated Recovery Programme

  • Trained at the Clare Maxwell-Hudson School, London in (Basic)Vodder Manual Lymphatic Drainage

  • Third Degree Reiki Master - Usui Traditional Natural Healing.

  • Elected Council committee member of the IFA (International Federation of Aromatherapists)October 2006 - October 2007.

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Work history

In addition I have practiced/continue to practice at the following centres:Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust, Occombe House, Paignton (2014-present)
Longcombe Residential Home, Exeter. (2009 - present) Guiness Care and Support.
Windsor Drive Residential Home, Dawlish
(1997 - present)Assisted Living South West

Half hour/I hr (depending upon the needs of the client). Aromatherapy massage sessions to adults with profound learning difficulties. The essential oils are individually selected for clients’ needs.

"Linda has been visiting Windsor Drive since 1997 and our client group has been benefiting from her expertise in essential oils ever since. Linda got to know all of the clients on an individual basis; a difficult task as they all have serious communication problems. She worked with staff to gain knowledge of the needs of the clients and some staff were able to carry on with massage sessions following instructions from Linda." – Denise Fogden, Manager, Windsor Drive Residential Home, Dawlish

Totnes Natural Health Centre (1998 - 2001)

Aromatherapy sessions on a donation basis one morning per week. This gave people facing some financial difficulty the opportunity for an introduction to arometherapy and to experience the benefits at a low cost. I found this to be very rewarding work.

Wonford Hospice, Exeter (2002-2003)

Working in a day care clinic one morning a week on a voluntary basis, offering Aromatherapy treatments to patients giving patients an opportunity to share their thoughts, relax and come to terms with their illness. I also offered treatments to carers or partners at the clinic from time to time. Working at the hospice has given me the experience and confidence that I feel I previously lacked.

"The mind, which before massage is in a perturbed, restless,
vacillating and even despondent state, becomes
after massage, calm, quiet, peaceful and subdued:
in fact the wearied and worried mind has been converted
into a mind, restful, placid and refreshed."
Wrote the Victorian Doctor Stretch Dowse in 1887.

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