We run two types of course. Do get in touch if you would like to discuss which is right for you and your business. Bespoke training: we also run courses for 4 or more students at your location. Please do contact us regarding bespoke training for your business.
One Day Course:
This course is ideal for massage therapists who would like to improve their facial massage skills, learn more about choosing products for treatments, and recommend products to clients for self-care.
During this intensive day, we take an in-depth look at both the Lovegrove Essentials Retail and Professional ranges. We focus on developing your facial treatments and skills. Hannah gives a demonstration of some new techniques you can use in your treatments, including couch set up and the positioning of the body to encourage very deep relaxation in your client during the treatment.
We discuss different products and treatments you might incorporate in your own treatment menu, and how to help your clients get the best skin care regime for their needs.
- Learn more about natural and organic cosmetic ingredients and formulations, with opportunities to sample all the products.
- Refresh your knowledge of anatomy and physiology.
- Consider ways to improve your consultation, planning and preparation of the client for treatment.
- Learn new massage techniques, incorporating Marma points, the energy centres in the face, neck and shoulders.
- Learn how to recommend self-care products to address specific issues for your client.
For more information please complete the online application form below, or print, scan and email the pdf version.
Spring/Summer 2019 dates: 28th February, 2nd May, 4th July. (Locations TBC.)
Two Day Course:
This course is ideal for experienced face and body massage therapists and salons who would like to incorporate a range of high quality natural/organic and vegan products, and offer a new and innovative holistic facial treatment to their clients.
This fully accredited course covers practical techniques and the theory behind the luxurious and totally unique Lovegrove Essentials Facial Therapy Treatment. Successful completion awards 17 CPD points and allows the therapist to use the trademark name and logo for their treatments.
The combination of the Lovegrove Essentials Professional Range of products with freshly prepared herbal extracts and a unique method of positioning the body on the couch gives a deeply, holistically relaxing and rejuvenating treatment for the body and mind. It achieves this through the use of:
- Restorative yoga techniques for positioning and releasing the client’s body to promote release of the deeper muscles and tissues.
- Simple and clever masks made fresh from herbal teas and highly anti-oxidant natural extracts to soothe and exfoliate the skin.
- The stimulation of the Marma points during the facial massage.
- The use of luxurious essential oils, carefully chosen for their balancing and soothing effects on the skin, the senses and the brain.
These elements are blended together to deliver a deep and powerful new treatment. The techniques are designed to maximise the opportunity to stimulate the lymph system and relieve stress from body and mind at a cellular level. After the treatment, clients report feeling deeply rested, quietly alert, centred and composed, with a more positive frame of mind.
Dates 2019: 30/31 January, 24/25 April, 5/6 June, 7/8 August, 16/17 October.
The courses are held at:
Saddle Street Farm, Thorncombe, Dorset TA20 4PY.
School of Bodywork, Exeter, EX4 3RP.
For more information please complete the online application form below, or print, scan and send the pdf.
One Day Course – £100 per student (deposit £30)
Two Day Course (FHT Accredited) – £295 per student (deposit £50)
(All prices plus VAT.)
- A deposit is required to reserve your place.
- The balance is due 2 weeks before the start of the course.
- Once we have your booking form, you will receive an invoice containing all the payment details and access to the course paperwork.
- If you have to cancel, we will refund any payments less an administration fee, or you can transfer your payment onto another course.
- The price covers all equipment and materials required for the course, and refreshments. (Please bring lunch with you.)
What does it do?
- The balm conditions the skin with no oily residue.
- Can be used all over the body.
- Practical and economical with no spillage or waste.
- Ready-blended with essential oils for different therapeutic effects, or unscented.
How to use:
- Scoop some balm from the tub into your hands. It will ‘melt’ on contact with skin and is then ready to apply to the area to be massaged. Add more as necessary.
Other ways of using it:
- Use a small amount on your skin before shaving.
- Use as a nourishing massage treatment for the head and hair.
Who is it for?
- These balms are suitable for all skin types.
Olive Massage Balm:
- Olive Fruit Oil – an unscented massage balm, it is extremely effective on dry, chapped skin, useful for eczema or psoriasis, and especially good for hands, elbows, knees and feet. Nourishing and softening, it provides excellent protection from weather and water. Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and antifungal. Rice bran wax is a skin conditioning and protecting agent with high antioxidant properties.
Lavender and Clary Sage:
- Lavender – relaxing calming and soothing, anti-septic and anti-inflammatory. Known to relieve toothache, neuralgia, rheumatism among many other ailments. It has been used as an insect repellent and was used in hospitals during the first world war to disinfect floors and walls.
- Clary Sage – reduces skin inflammation and regulates the natural sebum production, making it suitable for all skin types. Has an uplifting effect and is known for its positive effects on mood swings, balancing female hormones and facilitating restful sleep. (NB: Clary Sage Essential Oil is not recommended during pregnancy.)
Black Pepper and Rosemary:
- Black Pepper – warming and stimulating, used to ease muscle and joint pain, often used in blends for sports massage. May be used for skin inflammations and superficial wounds and to treat stomach and digestive issues.
- Rosemary – healing, astringent, toning, tonic, refreshing, stimulating, deodorant, anti-septic, reactivating, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, softening, invigorating. (NB: Rosemary Essential Oil is not recommended during pregnancy . )
Spike Lavender, Ginger and Marjoram:
- Spike Lavender – stronger than lavender, it has a wide range of therapeutic properties. Deeply relaxing for the mind and body tissues, anti-septic and revitalising, can be helpful for a range of skin problems including abscesses, acne, athlete’s foot, boils, bruises, eczema, spots, sores, wounds, sunburn, insect bites and stings.
- Ginger – healing, tonic, anti-inflammatory, it is very soothing for aching joints and muscles. Helpful when combined with other oils in massage blends for after sport and relaxation.
- Marjoram – anti-spasmodic, calming and sedative, known for its soothing and relaxing benefits on the mind and on tired, aching muscles. Often added to sports massage blends.
KEY INGREDIENTS IN ALL BALMS:
Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil – an excellent carrier for other oils, it is extremely effective on dry, chapped skin. It is especially good for hands, elbows, knees and feet. Nourishing and softening, it provides excellent protection from weather and water. Quickly absorbed by the skin it also helps regulate sebum production.
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil – a good emollient, easily absorbed it leaves the skin smooth and nourished. It is odourless and colourless and won’t stain linen or towels during massage. It is naturally antibacterial and antifungal and can penetrate hair better than other oils.
Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax – a skin conditioning and protecting agent with high antioxidant properties. Provides a protective, non-comedogenic barrier. It is not hydrogenated, is Ecocert, Cosmos approved and vegan friendly.
Tocopherol – natural Vitamin E, moisturising, easily absorbed, protects cell membranes from free radical damage.
Lovegrove Essentials Massage Balms – the top five FAQ.
As massage and facial therapists, we all want our clients to have the best experience we can provide for them. In my treatment room, I use our award-winning aromatherapy massage balms, not only for their therapeutic benefits, but also to lift the quality of the experience for the client and add another dimension to their treatment.
Changing from your normal massage product can be a bit daunting, so we have compiled the most frequent questions we receive from massage therapists about the Lovegrove Essentials Massage Balms.
We’d love you to try them for yourself – send us an email for our current prices and special offers!
1. What are they made from?
The four ingredients are Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Rice Bran Wax and natural Vitamin E. As a combination, these natural ingredients are moisturising, easily absorbed and protect cell membranes from free radical damage. They keep the product solid at room temperature and turn to liquid on contact with the skin. Each one also has its own special function – you can find out more about them HERE. To these, we add essentials oils, so each blend has a specific effect. We also leave one free from essential oils. The ingredients are completely natural, vegan, COSMOS-approved and cruelty-free.
2. Are they more expensive than oils?
Basic massage oils are made from a variety of base oils, such as grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, and fractionated coconut oil (meaning it’s refined so that it stays liquid at room temperature), all of which are relatively inexpensive. Many cheaper blends also contain artificial ingredients, such as ‘parfum’. Using liquid oils for massage can be very wasteful – the oil is left on the skin, on towels and clothing, and bottles are prone to spillage – so it’s difficult to compare prices weight-for-weight. Lovegrove Essentials Massage Balms are similar in quality to Weleda, Aromatherapy Associates and Elemis products.
3. How many massages will I get from a 100g pot?
The Lovegrove Essentials Massage Balms use unfractionated coconut oil and rice bran wax to give a product melts easily in contact with the skin and provides just the right amount of resistance and slippage. So you will use exactly the same amount of massage balm per massage as you do with an oil. However, unlike oils, you will use every gram from each pot for your massages – no spills or waste.
4. Are all the blends safe for pregnancy?
Used under proper dilution, and on an as-needed basis (rather than every day), most essential oils should not cause any problems during a healthy pregnancy, however it is always best to err on the side of caution.
• The Olive Oil Massage Balm is completely safe for use as it contains no essential oils at all.
• During pregnancy, use essential oils sparingly for health support, such as calming anxiety (Spike Lavender), relieving nausea (Ginger), or supporting sleep (Marjoram).
• Essential oils of Rosemary and Clary Sage are generally to be avoided during pregnancy, but could be helpful once labour has started, and only if all is well. We would encourage you to consult your doctor or midwife and discontinue use of the “to be avoided” essential oils.
• If you are a massage therapist and expecting a baby, you will need to consider how often you are using any products containing essential oils. The more you use, the more you absorb, so don’t use essential oils every day during pregnancy.
5. Can I use them all over the body?
The Lovegrove Essentials Massage Balms have been designed for use all over the body, including the scalp and hair, with the exception of the facial skin. We have conducted trials with therapists who have used the balms very successfully for treatments such as reflexology, and as cuticle softeners during hand and foot treatments. For facial massage we recommend our lighter Healing Touch Serum, which contains Argan oil, also useful for the scalp and hair.
The weather this summer is very thirsty work, and with Wimbledon and the World Cup looming, we all need a thirst quencher to slake our thirst before we start the celebrations.
Whenever friends and family are around, I make this big Jug of Summer from the herbs outside the back door. I make it a few hours beforehand, or leave it overnight in the fridge, so the taste of the lemon balm and mint really does come through.
Put a large sprig of lemon balm and mint in a jug. (You could also use lemon grass.)
Fill two thirds with water.
Add 6-10 thin slices of cucumber, half a lemon (thinly sliced) and squeeze in the rest of the juice.
If you like a little sweetness add a dash of elderflower cordial.
Leave to steep for a few hours.
Top up with ice before serving.
And if you haven’t heard about the magical effects of cucumber water, may I present Macka B: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVfNrNcvlto
After a long week of New Year celebrations, Daniel and I were keen to get ahead on 2018 and do a full de-clutter of the house – re-arranging furniture, hoovering behind things and taking stuff to the charity shop. I had a horrible cold, and we had both over indulged at Daniel’s dad’s house earlier in the week. Needless to say – we were both feeling pretty tired and needed a serious energy boost to get the productive weekend we had in mind off to a good start. Enter my Green Energy Juice. Packed with nutritious dark green plants (full of mood lifting B-Vits) and metabolism-boosting spices, this high-protein juice delivered the kick-up-the-butt that our minds, bodies and digestive systems needed.
300ml pressed Clementine Juice (can use orange or another fruit. Pineapple is great too.)
Half a cucumber, chopped into chunks (organic if possible)
Kale (I love the frozen balls you can get in supermarkets these days)
Ginger (fresh or frozen into cubes)
Large pinch of Black pepper (freshly ground)
1 whole Red chilli (optional)
2 Tablespoons of vegan protein powder (I use Pulsin Protein)
2 Teaspoons of Powdered Spirulina
Pour the juice into a high-performance juice blender (NOT a juicer as it removes too much of the nutritious fibre from the veggies).
Add the veg and spices, and a few cubes of ice if you like it really cold. Blend the whole lot for about 30 seconds. This makes enough for two people, so share between two glasses and feel the instant benefits of this delicious juice.
Don’t forget to share your juice with us! Tags us in your pics on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and help spread the juicy love ❤