Therapies – Pampering – Healing

Looking After Ourselves at this Time of Goddess as Lover – Beltane by Nandini Gibbins 

V steaming or Yoni Steam or the good old Banho de Assento no Brasil. My mum and grandma would invite me to this every so often for ailments or sometimes to feel better and renew energies! Excellent self care routine 💖Love yourself! 
 
Functioning as a palliative to soothe symptoms of some diseases, the v-steaming does not cure, but it alleviates the discomforts of some pathologies. “V-steaming is indicated for vulvar irritations, that is, external, only for the relief of symptoms,” says Dr. Chazan Chazan, a gynecologist at the Chazan Clinic.
 
It is recommended, mainly, as palliative for the following diseases:
irritations 
candidiasis
cystitis
hemorrhoids
 
According to the Dictionary of Natural Medicine (Reader’s Digest) v-steaming can be made with four drops of medicinal essential oils, such as chamomile, myrrh or hemp oil. Or with baking soda.
“V-steaming  should not be done with just water, but associated with some skin soothing product and vulvar introitus, such as chamomile or myrrh ,” Dr. Chazan confirms.
 
How to do it:
 
It should be made with the product mixed in the water, at a pleasant temperature to the region in which it will be applied. This small care guarantees the desired relief effect (such as pain and itching), without thermal aggression of the skin.
 
“It should be repeated twice a day for three days, but remembering that is only a palliative and the cause must be investigated. and treated properly, “the specialist recommends.
 
Another recommendation is to stay for 5 to 10 minutes sitting or longer if necessary. . Then just wipe with a soft towel and leave the body part airy, that is, wear clothes that do not constrain the area.
 
If would like to try a Yoni Steam, contact Nandini Gibbins at Goddess House, this treatment is immensely transformative and held with love and care. 

Treat Yourself with Herbal Foot Soaks at Beltane with Ann Pelsmaekers

Beltane is the halfway mark for the sun to reach its zenith, signifying the beginning of summer. Life becomes more sensual at this time, and the increasing warmth brings us new vigour and zest for life.  A healthy balance of Fire within each one of us, at this time of year, translates in playful and joyous interactions, a dynamic force that is met with optimism and excitement.

Feeling your body and spirit-heart right now, has the Fire within you arisen from within your core? Are you feeling the free flow and abundant expansiveness of your life force rising up and out, or is there still some stagnation to clear?

To help ignite the Fire within you, I invite you to gift yourself a Tibetan Herbal Foot Soak.

Invigorating herbs are sourced directly from local farmers on the Tibetan plateau, and made potent through the heat of the water to promote change on a cellular level. These foot soaks improve blood circulation and immunity, eliminate toxins and regulate the nervous system so that deep relaxation can take place. Heat penetrating at the feet and allowing that heat to rise -like a fire with a kettle over it- will leave you feeling your inner flow more abundantly, welcoming a return of vitality and a passion to fully participate in the forthcoming summer.

Ann is a therapist in the house and will be offering Herbal Foot Soaks on Tuesday 30 April, 12-2pm – 30 mins session, £15.

Cerridwen All-Mother Womb Blessing Ceremony by Bee Helygen

Cerridwen is often depicted as the old Crone at the end of life, but this is a misconception, as She is actually the Goddess of Rebirth and Renewal. She is also a renowned Wise Woman, who holds the ultimate magic of creation. Her cauldron brews potential and power. All herbs are at Her disposal for the ease and healing of humanity. Her own three children show Her essence of fertility: one born from the light, one born from the dark and one born from Otherworldly magic, together they become symbols of all that is beauty in the world, all that is courage and all that is wisdom.

Cerridwen Priestesses have created a magical womb blessing ceremony for you!

If you wish to get pregnant or if you are already pregnant, we will create a personalised ceremony, individually tailored to your wishes, for you and up to three loved ones who wish to participate and accompany you on your journey. We offer the following:

Consultation prior to Ceremony to gather knowledge of your wishes for this ceremony.

On the day you will be welcomed by at least two Priestesses.

The sacred temple to Cerridwen in Goddess House will be dressed for you, including carefully chosen music and yummy fragrances especially blended for sensitive mother-to-be noses.

You will be made very comfortable, dressed in beautiful ceremonial wear provided by us. (You can bring your own). A sumptuous nest will be provided for you in a warm environment.

We will create a safe space for you and call in your ancestors, spirit guides, angels, sky beings, grandmothers of the tribes and whomever you wish to have present from your Motherline.

We will call in the aspects of the All-Mother and Her elemental representations.

We will prepare you by cleansing you with an individually blended herb water and release any unwanted energies, obstacles, discomforts….

Then the sacred, secret, ancient ceremony begins: using touch, sound, song and other ingredients you will be blessed by Goddess’ energy through Priestess healing hands, making sure you feel supremely cared for throughout.

Your loved ones can be part of the ceremony if they wish to be. A reclaiming of the times when women joined together in sacred sisterhood to prepare for the birth of a child.

*Our mothers-to-be tell us that the babies love it.* Gifts will be bestowed upon you, by the Priestess-‘faery goddessmothers’ to signify the blessings conferred on you and the baby. Grace, joy, bliss, strength: whatever comes through to our Priestess Seers will be placed into your womb/your baby, should you wish for it. After the ceremony a small feast will be provided for you before you leave the temple. Ceremony will take at least one and a half hour.

Please contact Bee on 07906 098284 for further information, and to discuss your individual wishes and price of ceremony.

Pose of the Month at Beltane: Ustrasana (Camel pose) 

By Louise Burton
Heart-opening, uplifting, energising Ustrasana embodies the essence of Beltane.
Benefits:
– Opens the chest and shoulders;
– Lengthens the spine;
– Stretches the abdomen;
– Works the feet and legs.

Contraindications/Cautions:
Heart problems, high blood pressure or serious illness.
Menstruation and pregnancy.
Injured back or knees: practise with certified teacher.

Method:
Kneel with the knees, thighs and feet together: tuck the toes under for first practice (foot is flat for more intense work). Hands on the back hips, extend the trunk evenly upwards.
With shoulder blades in and down, arch back: Take the hands to the heels (or soles), fingers pointing back. If you can’t reach the feet, either keep the hands on the back hips, place a block or two on the calves to contact or reach back to a chair.
Bring the thighs back to perpendicular. Keep lifting the back ribs and increasing the curve of the upper back.
Ino neck strain is felt, take the head back. Keep the eyes quiet and don’t hold the breath.
Stay 15-20 seconds.
To come out of the pose: Inhale, lift using the buttock muscles, hands back to hips then finally head back to centre. If you feel a little dizzy, rest forward. A nauseous feeling may occur because the liver is being stretched, but this is not a cause for alarm.
Rest in Virasana (See Pose of the Month for this Spring Equinox) before repeating two or three times.
After backbends release the spine carefully, with a gentle twist or forward bend such as Janu Sirsasana (See Pose of the Month for Samhain, 2018).

* Louise is a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher offering private yoga tuition(individuals, or 1:2s). Beginners welcome. Louise is running a 4-week Iyengar Yoga Spring Course, Wednesdays at Goddess House from 15th May, 10.30am-12pm. Please contact her for details and to book (places are limited):yogawithlouise@hotmail.co.uk

Essentially Beltane by Stephanie Mathivet

I love the time of Flora. It reminds me of the song ‘Nymphs and Shepherds’ – Mancunians will know about the history of this involving local school children in the 1930s. It gives a real feeling to the joy of this time of Beltane in which we take that time out to enjoy the start of summer, when we feel the rising power of nature and her fertility at this time. Celebrating Rhiannon, Goddess of our sensuality and sexuality, is not a time of hedonic self-indulgence – although it can have some of that too – but is a time of the reclamation of our bodies and the wresting of our sacred sexuality from the harm that patriarchy has inflicted upon us. The second wave feminists said, ‘The personal is political’ and the depth of this personal liberation for women and men cannot be underestimated.

Returning to Flora we come to the flowers of June which are used in Aromatherapy as powerful essential oils and absolutes. Walking in parkland at this time, the air is perfumed with the blossom of the lime tree – known as Linden. As an absolute, the oil is expensive, but nonetheless has a beautiful aroma that transports you into mystical realms, so helps with meditation and relaxation, as it helps with reducing stress and promoting peace. It makes for a really effective facial oil for that very reason. The Jasmine shrub blossoms at this time too giving us another intensely fragrant absolute which has a variety of uses, including that of being a powerful aphrodisiac as well as being effective for skin conditions. Carnation, another exotic absolute is also an aphrodisiac, seductively intoxicating in its rich sweet scent. It is an expensive oil that is not widely used in aromatherapy, but valuable in perfumery.

It is Rose oil, both the Damascena essential oil and the deep Rose absolute, known as the Queen of oils, that really comes into her own during the Beltane season. Rose has the reputation of having great affinity with a woman’s body, helping with everything from menstrual problems to menopause. It is also aphrodisiac and promotes a sense of sensuous well-being. I like to think of Rose oil also as a mothering oil as it reaches the heart, the loving heart and the hurt or broken heart in need of nurturing and healing. For this reason, it is a most helpful oil where there has been injurious sexual experience of child abuse or rape, domestic violence or any experience of violation to the female body including the pain suffered through suppression of sexuality and gender identity. I feel that Rose oil is a gift from Rhiannon to heal the feminine in all of us, but most of all those whose lived experiences as women has known the pain and suffering endured in a patriarchal world. To be enrapt in the heart essence of Rose is to experience the healing love of the plant, of nature, of the Goddess no less.

But the spirit of Beltane also has a lighter mode and what better expression in the light fresh aroma of Geranium, balancer of mood, emotion and bodily process that blends well with any of the above mentioned absolutes, but on her own, Geranium reminds is that Beltane is Flora’s holiday, a time to be happy and in the words of the song’s author, William Turner.

‘Lightly we tread o’er all the ground

With music, with dancing and with poetry.

Then we trip round with merry sound,

And pass the day in jollity.’

Our workshop exploring the oils of this season, ‘Essentially Beltane’ will take place on the 2nd May from 2-4pm in the Rhiannon Room, Goddess House, Glastonbury. £5.

Angie Twydall

Angie Twydall

Angie Twydall is a Priestess Therapist, Healer, Yoga Teacher, Doula, and Sacred Bee Priestess with over 18 years’ healing experience. She blends together the combination of practical and grounded life skills with a magical, liminal life of living as a Priestess.

This year she is running a 9 day Teacher Training in Womb Awakening on Exmoor, working as an Certified Teacher Trainer for the Fountain of Life. Angie also teaches the Sacred Art of Priestess Healing and Sacred Bee Keeping in Glastonbury and Europe.

Anna-Saqqara Price

Anna-Saqqara Price

Anna-Saqqara Price is a Priestess of Avalon, Rhiannon and SoulStar Priestess of Isis (Esa Esa);  she loves to work bringing the healing love of the Goddess through in your healing. She is a experienced Priestess, ceremonialist and healer, working for many years at the Goddess Temple Ceremonial, New moon and Embodiment healing days, and at the annual Goddess conference.

She is professionally trained in I.T.E.C Aromatherapy and Swedish Massage, a Reiki Master healer/teacher, Intuitive and Isis lotus healer. She studied counselling and expressive arts therapy. Her own healing journey through Fibromyalgia lead her to explore Soul development ,working with trance medium/Priestess Sally Pullinger and her ascended guide Chung Fu since 2009. In 2012 she qualified as a Soul Support Systems UK Facilitator with Flo Aevia Magdalena. She is currently training in equine-assisted human development and learning verbal therapy working with horses, and runs Spirit Horse events.

Ann Pelsmaekers

Ann Pelsmaekers
Ann has a long-standing fascination with Chinese medicine and its strong connection to nature and the symbiosis of body-mind-spirit. She is professionally qualified in Tui Na massage, Acupuncture and Tibetan Foot Soaks. Whether you have acute pain, chronic illness or want to maintain wellness, she is dedicated to assist you in coming back to yourself, with heaven and earth restored.

Acupuncture

Our bodies hold electromagnetic energy that circulates along energetic pathways.  Many different factors (life!) can cause these pathways to become blocked.  By inserting hair-thin needles into specific points on the body, acupuncture stimulates the nervous system and connective tissue, activating the body’s natural ability to heal itself. During treatment, you commonly experience a pleasant feeling of relaxation. Acupuncture is most effective when applied as a course of treatments, and we explore the condition of your entire being during the first appointment, so we can reach beyond symptom management and address the root of any health issue.

Bee Helygen

Bee Helygen - photo by Daniela Seefelder

Bee Helygen is a Priestess of Avalon and Cerridwen, an Awenydd (Inspirer), a Swynwraig (Wise Woman) and OBOD Ovate (Druidic Healer).

She is an experienced ceremonialist and celebrant, who works with groups of visitors here in Avalon and as Priestess at the annual Goddess Conference.

Chrystėle Lafaye

Chrystėle

Chrystėle is offering Swedish Massage, Indian Head Massage, Lymphatic Drainage and Reiki. Chrystėle is a therapist, healer and Sacred Bee Priestess, who trained with Angie Twydall. She sees Bees as amazing creatures on so many levels and they inspire her work to give gentle and nurturing holistic treatments.

Dawn Kinsella

Dawn‘Imagine you are free.  Because you gave yourself permission to heal.’

Dawn is a Priestess of Avalon and the Melissa Mother for the Glastonbury Goddess Temple. Dawn is a keeper of the Temple keys and co ordinates the day to day  running of the Temple on behalf of the founders. Dawn regularly holds healing invocations of Sacred Sounds for the many visitors that come to Avalon and want to experience healing resonance in the Goddess Temple and has started offering them in the Goddess House for individuals and groups.

Sacred Sound Baths for Soul Healing

A deep immersion into harmonic resonance and healing frequencies… drift and dream to the sounds of Crystal and Tibetan bowls, Ocean Drum, Koshi Chimes and haunting voice… a sound massage for the soul.

Hypnotherapy Sessions

Hypnotherapy sessions with Dawn are deeply transformative and will take you into a place of deep tranquility and relaxation, to let go of stress, anxiety and into a place of healing.  Break your patterns of fear and addictions whilst here on the Sacred Isle, combined with the sacred energies here in Glastonbury, this will be a powerful experience for letting go of all that no longer serves you.

Group sessions are also available.

Estelle Davenport

Estelle Davenport

Come and have a Goddess intuitive Oracling card reading with Estelle, where you will experience the Goddess talking to you and guiding you on your spiritual path. Come and let your soul speak to you about what it wants for you. Hear about the gifts you have and how your special combination of personality and your karmic journey could bring you happiness and fulfilment in this life time. Estelle is a Priestess of the Goddess as well as an integrative psychotherapist who is in training to become a sexologist and couple’s therapist. She offers individual and couple’s psychotherapist sessions in the lovely surroundings of the Goddess House and through facetime. She is experienced in offering healing through personalised bespoke ceremonies that are designed to mark your healing and your significant life events. People who have had Goddess intuitive Oracling card readings with Estelle in the past, report their lives and understanding of themselves have been significantly changed through what they have experienced during their readings. Please feel free to contact Estelle to discuss the ways in which she maybe able to support you in your personal journey.

Iona Jones

Iona

My name is Iona and I am a Healer, an Aromatherapist, a Massage Therapist and a Reflexologist. I am a mother, a sister and soul friend to many. I love my work. I love working energetically with people. I love giving deep, intuitive therapies from the heart.

I am also the Wedding Planner for Sacred Weddings in the Goddess Temple and I enjoy creating Healing Events, such as: Glastonbury Pamper Nights, The Coventina Spa at the Goddess Conference, Healing Circles and Yoga Retreats.

Katie Player

Katie

Katie Player is a Priestess of Avalon and Temple Weaver at Glastonbury Goddess Temple. With a background in the Creative Arts, Katie offers workshops, talks and ceremony. A Tarot Reader for 30 years, she works with the Motherpeace Tarot for individual, couple and group Readings. She is a Soul Healer and offers one to one sessions of Soul Healing and Reiki energy healing.

Motherpeace Tarot Readings

The circular Motherpeace Tarot is based on the traditional tarot cards but it incorporates Goddess images and women in ceremony from around the world.

Louise Burton

Louise

Louise offers Sound Healing with Tibetan Singing Bowls, Therapeutic Massage, Indian Head Massage, Deep Tissue, Reiki Healing and 1:1 private yoga tuition in the Iyengar method.

Louise has more than 20 years’ experience as therapist and teacher, and is able to personalise every treatment and session to suit the client’s specific needs. She is inspired by her chosen healing paths and loves how they flow alongside each other, intersect and unite. She loves to creatively combine her therapies when appropriate to make a real difference to clients’ wellness and well being.

Sound Healing with Tibetan Bowls works on a cellular level to clear the energy channels and auric field, release mental and physical stress and treat a range of conditions. Clients can enjoy deeply relaxed and meditative states and re-harmonisation of mind and body. With bowls placed either directly on or around the body, the sound energy penetrates the physical self and works at a deep level to root out pain, anxiety and old patterns of being as the cells start to vibrate at a rejuvenated frequency.

Combined with brain wave relaxation, clients can choose therapies including mind detox (to eliminate negative thought and conditioning), aura cleansing and strengthening, hand and foot reflex zones (to treat organs linked to the reflexology points) and treatment of specific physical ailments such as hip, knee and shoulder pain, neck tension, migraine and digestive disorders. This ancient healing process is completely safe for all to enjoy as it deals with sound energy which resonates naturally with the cells of the body and the 70% water of which we are made.

Mandie Thorne

Mandie Thorne

Mandie is qualified in Hopi ear candling with a sinus massage, Reflexology, Indian head massage and Soul healing and is also a Reiki master-healer, a priestess of Avalon, and a priestess healer.

She also serves as a temple Melissa, a temple dresser, and as part of the temple embodiment team and on ceremonial healing days.

Mandie is also part of the Goddess House continuing development team.

Marion Brigantia

Marion Brigantia

I am a Priestess of Avalon and Brighid, serving Goddess and trained to be a channel for Her in many ways.

My work ‘Priestessing for You!’ is all about being in service to Goddess as well to the people who come to her to make a deeper connection with Goddess; in the land, in themselves and in relationship with others.

In this way, I wish to bring Her love and light, wisdom, healing and abundance (back) into the world and into people’s lives.

Marisa Picardo

Marisa Picardo is Priestess of Rhiannon, a therapist, healer, Soul Midwife/End of life Doula and celebrant. She walks Rhiannon’s path of love. She is a Temple Melissa and Temple Drummer and holds Sacred Sound Baths and Song Circles. She regularly Priestesses in the Temple Seasonal Ceremonies. She has been a Circle Priestess for the Conference; previously she has enjoyed the ‘love in action’ role of a Melissa.

Marisa is trained in many different lineages. Her healing work is supported by teachings from hypnosis, NLP, cognitive therapy, reiki, the shamanic medicine wheel, Thich Nhat Hanh teachings and sexual and emotional healing. She worked as a Registered Mental Health nurse for 28 years and now focuses predominantly on her priestessing and healing roles.

Mary Bruce

Mary Bruce

Mary is an award-winning member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. She is trained in both medical and plant sciences offering a reassuring, holistic approach to your healthcare using effective and safe medicinal herbs. Mary is a Priestess of Avalon, Soul Healer and Morgen Sister offering Morgen Transformational Healing and Soul Healing.

Herbal Medicine is appropriate for most of the concerns that you would take to your GP. A detailed medical case history, health screen, blood pressure and pulse will enable me to provide an individual herbal prescription specific to you and your needs. Dietary and lifestyle advice is also available. My approach is to look for the cause of your health problem. Herbal Medicine is well tolerated and can provide long-term relief from imbalances of the mind and body. Your herbal medicine will be prepared in my dispensary from a wide range of sustainable, quality herbs. It will be available for you to collect or have delivered (charges apply) the next day. Your herbs will cost around £5 per week for teas and creams, £10 per week for tinctures and syrups. Payment for your herbs by cash, cheque or BACS to Mary Bruce is due at the time of prescription. Repeats carry a £5 dispensing fee.