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 contact us for more information.
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.
It’s all very well waiting until the new year to start taking better care of yourself, and indeed it is the season to indulge. Remembering to take care of yourself in between all the parties doesn’t have to take up too much of your time, and will make all the difference in how you view yourself come January.
In summer we take extra care in protecting our skin with SPF and aftersun, but very often similar precautions are not taken during winter, unless you have very dry skin. The combination of cold weather (particularly cold at the moment!) and a few too many boozy nights out can have a drastic effect on your skin’s balance and lustre, leaving it a rather limp combination of dehydrated but still quite oily, with accentuated lines and wrinkles and the odd spot or blemish. Add to this the week long bender that is Christmas and New Year (enter goose fat roasties and daily cheeseboard) and by the time January comes around, you are ready for a three week juice cleanse and a week-long stint in a Harley Street Clinic.
All this got me thinking about which products I would recommend for this busy time, and so I decided to launch our newest addition to the Lovegrove Essentials range before Christmas. May I present the Clean & Natural Kit – a travel sized companion that will keep all skin types clean, balanced and hydrated throughout the party season. It contains one of my favourite things in the world. A clay mask. But not your average clay mask, as many can be very drying, particularly if dryness is already an issue for you.
The Aromatic Face Mask from Lovegrove Essentials (previously only available in the professional range) contains coconut oil, which is blended into the Kaolin and Bentonite Clay base by hand, helping to stop the dry, cracking feeling that clay can often cause. The essential oils are Geranium (nature’s balancer, will detox even the most congested skin), Sweet Orange (deeply cleansing and brightening, lots of Vitamin C) and Neroli (great for regeneration at cellular level, antioxidant and reduces inflammation). As well as the powerful skincare benefits of this blend, the heavenly fragrance will soothe and relax you in the evening, promoting restful sleep. If you used this once a week during December, taking one night off just for yourself, you’d wake feeling refreshed and energised, and totally ready for the next Christmas drinks party. We’ve included a mask brush (cruelty-free, of course) for super-easy application, and a soft cloth to remove it.
The other product in the kit is the ever popular, multi award-winning Cleansing Balm – a hydrating and luxurious blend of rice bran wax (vegan), Shea butter, Sweet Almond and Apricot Kernel Oils. It melts to a liquid at body temperature, allowing you to perform a little massage when cleansing. This will boost the circulation in your face, reducing puffiness and softening lines and wrinkles. It removes all forms of make-up, and comes off easily with the muslin cloth that’s also included with the kit.
So if you, like me, have not much self control (and several birthdays in the run up to Christmas, including my own), combat hangover skin with the Clean & Natural Kit. Take at least one night off each week, catch up on sleep and look after yourself. Your skin and your body will thank you! Read Hannah’s PRE-SOLUTIONS too, and make January that little bit easier…
The Clean & Natural Kit is available on the Lovegrove Essentials website at £34.95 plus postage.
A few tips on make-up and pre-wedding skincare, that can be applied all year round!
Whether you’re jetting off to a hot country, or having a glass of wine in the in the garden, please remember to ALWAYS put sunscreen on your face AND DECOLLETE! The skin on your chest is the same as the skin on your face, so it should be treated the same. It often gets forgotten about for most of the year, whereas the face is usually taken care of with your day cream or foundation’s SPF. This causes major sun damage, and over the years the décolleté can prematurely age, making it look very different to the skin on the face – blotchy, pink and wrinkled. So cream up ladies and gents! Face, chest and arms are all areas that are likely to be on show on if you have an event coming up, and lobster red is hard to cover. If you do happen to toast yourself, here are my top tips for treating and disguising your sunburn:
Care & repair
We all know about using aloe vera as an after-sun treatment, because it’s great for cooling the skin, but 10 times better is lavender oil. It treats all kinds of burns, and mixed well with a good quality facial serum or body cream, it can dramatically tone down the redness of sunburn overnight. Try using a serum that is formulated for repairing sun damage – look for ingredients like rosehip oil, sea buckthorn and pomegranate seed extract. Lovegrove Essentials Healing Touch Serum (lovegroveessentials.com) contains all of these, and with a few drops of lavender added will make a perfect overnight treatment for the face and chest.
Many day creams and BB creams now contain an SPF, but they’re not always particularly high or broad spectrum, meaning in strong sun, you may still get burnt. Look for a tinted cream that has SPF 30 or above, or apply a light facial SPF before applying your make up. Be sure to let it soak in properly before applying anything on top, and don’t forget your décolleté!!
There’s nothing worse than trying to apply make-up to someone who is hot and sweaty! Whatever your primer of choice, pop it in the fridge overnight. It will glide on just the same, and will cool your hot skin down before make-up application. For a refreshing boost throughout the day, try a cooling spray. Urban Decay Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray (www.urbandecay.com) can be applied over make-up, and used during the day to cool and refresh your skin.
For the big day, look to use something that will resist high temperatures. Full-coverage foundations can often feel heavy in hot weather, so focus on getting your skin looking great, 3 weeks to a month before the big event, so that you can go for a lighter coverage, particularly if you’re getting married somewhere hot. Sunburn can often peel and look shiny, but too much powder can make it look even dryer. Go for a dewy, hydrated finish and embrace the shine! You can always dab a little powder on for the photos.
Bronzing and colour correction
If all else fails and your skin is still looking red, you need to balance it out by neutralising the high colour with something yellow or green toned. Lots of companies do a green tinted primer, so try one of these and hope for the best. Redness can also be toned down by bronzing, and wasn’t that what you were going for when you went out in the sun in the first place?! Try a couple of coats of a self-tan moisturiser on your face and body. The yellow pigments in this should help to balance out the redness a bit. Remember that the most likely areas on your face to burn are also the most likely areas to tan, so if you carefully bronze the forehead, nose and cheekbones it could give you a really natural-looking glow and cover up the sunburn.
Obviously there are different levels of sunburn, and I hope for your and your make-up artists’ sake that if you do get burnt, it’s not bad. If it is bad, take great care of it. Take cooling showers, use the lavender oil trick, lots of moisturiser and after sun, and don’t exfoliate until it’s beginning to heal.
Or just take mine and Baz Luhrmann’s advice and WEAR SUNSCREEN.
Xx HDB xX
First published on weddingvenues.com in Summer 2017