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What Is Complementary Therapy Week? 

Complementary Therapy Week promotes and celebrates all forms of natural health, and therapies given by health professionals. These therapies are different to mainstream or conventional medical care. A few examples of complementary therapies are yoga, acupuncture, meditation, and homeopathy. 
All of these therapies help improve our physical and emotional wellbeing, each uniquely focused on relaxation and restoration, many using the natural remedies of the nature’s bounty by way of herbs, oils and even crystals, all used to help cleanse and manage the energy paths in the body. 
At Mires Beck, we provide our Service Users with social therapeutic horticulture, otherwise known as green therapy, where people are surrounded by nature on our green site and the senses are stimulated naturally being amongst the plants, trees and about our rural landscape. Working with plants and soil and being mindful of nurturing the plants, helps people feel calm and also helps improve self-esteem to see the end results being bought by our many visitors. Equally the walking and moving of plants around the nursery strengthens the body through exercise and improves focus and dexterity. 
To find out more about our charity, please click here

Complementary Therapies 

This week is a great excuse to just relax and treat yourself and a special someone. Maybe it’s an opportunity to try something different. 
Aromatherapy is a healing treatment which uses natural plants to improve your health and wellbeing. It uses essential oils to improve the emotional and physical health of the mind, body and spirit. 
Acupuncture inserts very thin needles into the body, which relieves health conditions/symptoms, such as pain. 
Herbal medicine involves using natural plant extracts to treat disease or maintain your health. Did you know that in conventional medicine they only use the active ingredient of a plant, but herbal remedies in complementary therapy use the whole plant. Mires Beck grows over 50 variety of herbs some of which are medicinal. Our ASA Rose Garden plants are grown to extract rose oil from their petals to be used as an essential oil. 
Massage has been practiced for many years, and today you can choose from 80 different treatment styles. It involves pressing, manipulating muscles, and rubbing with fingers and hands. 

Akasha Spa 

A complementary therapy business called Akasha Spa, in Welton, is generously sponsoring our charity for this week. Akasha Spa was developed and launched by Jennifer Ellis, with her husband and three beautiful daughters. 
Jennifer has had over 20 years of experience in the industry and is a Beauty Therapist, Ayurvedic Therapist/Consultant, Yoga Teacher, and Hydrotherm Educator. Previously, she owned Welton Beauty Therapy, but felt the area needed a more holistic facility, and so she created Akasha Wellbeing Spa. 
Jennifer’s spa includes Elemis Body Therapies, Hydrotherm Massage, Hands and Feet plus many more treatments and classes for wellness. Akasha Spa is open Tuesdays to Saturdays. If you are interested in booking, either email enquiries@akashawellbeingspa.co.uk or phone 01482 666500. You can also follow her on Facebook (@akashawelton) and Instagram (@akasha_wellbeing_spa_welton). 

What Will Mires Beck Be Doing For Complementary Therapy Week? 

Some of our plants and herbs are for therapeutic and relaxing purposes, which we will be showing you on Facebook and Instagram throughout Complementary Therapy Week. Come to the nursery Mondays to Sundays 10am-4pm to add a little wellbeing to your garden. We will be selling Retreat Remedies wonderful hand-picked and dried herb and wildflower tea which have been selected to calm, revitalise, and energise the body and are on sale in our retail hut. www.retreatremedies.co.uk 
In return for Akasha Spa sponsoring our charity for this week, Alice, our Garden Team Supervisor, and a few of our service users will be planting therapeutic herbs and plants at the spa as a complement to the spa’s sponsorship. 

What Could You Do? 

Come and take a relaxing walk around our beautiful nursery and experience the natural environment our community benefits from every day. We are open Mondays to Sundays 10am-4pm. Support the charity’s work and buy our wonderful relaxing plants and gifts or buy a gift voucher for special someone. Or simply make a donation to help sustain the charity’s work with adults with learning disabilities: www.miresbeck.co.uk/fundraising-and-donations/how-to-help-support-the-charity/ 
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