Alternative health & beauty

PUBLISHED: 14:09 08 April 2014 | UPDATED: 14:09 08 April 2014

The Garden Room uses organic products in their treatments
Photo by Martin Hill Photography

The Garden Room uses organic products in their treatments Photo by Martin Hill Photography

Martin Hill Photography

We look at the less conventional side of Somerset’s health and beauty industry. After all, it’s not all spa treatments and gyms

When you think of pampering you think of putting your feet up at a luxury spa and getting a pedicure, but there is more to Somerset’s thriving health and beauty industry than that. From nutritional retreats and organic products to hypnotherapy and self-empowerment, we’ve uncovered the ‘alternative’ side to the industry that all promise fantastic feel-good results.

Organic treatments

A stereotypical pamper with a twist. The Garden Room, which is based in Taunton and run by ITEC qualified therapist Louise Tilden, offers a specialist beauty therapy treatment. All products are paraben-free, most of which boast organic and vegan credentials, and all have been developed with a cruelty-free philosophy to ensure an ethical and eco-friendly alternative to mainstream products.

Everything from the facials and massages to waxes and manicures are organic, with SpaRitual products sourced from vegan ingredients used for nail treatments and organic tea-tree for waxing.

The Garden Room, 113 South Road, 
Taunton, TA1 3EA

07739 848168,


Life can be a balancing act at times, and sometimes we need a little help and focus to get us through. Clinical hypnotherapist Elise De Viell, who offers Solution Focused Hypnotherapy in Taunton, Bridgwater and Burnham-on-sea, sees an increasing number of clients who have lost the ability to switch off completely, and believes that the therapy is the answer.

“Hypnotherapy reduces stress and helps you think more positively and clearly,” she says. “It allows you to harness your creativity and emotions in order to do what you want to do and achieve goals.”

Anything from general relaxation and stress reduction to getting over fears and phobias is benefited from hypnotherapy, as is giving up smoking, losing weight, and dealing with anxiety, depression.

01278 788394,

Nutritional retreat
Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa near Bath has recently opened its new Well-being House where it will be holding specialist nutrition retreats with Katie Sheen from Soul Nutrition.

The retreats aim to provide a wider understanding of the benefits of good nutrition, overall health and well-being with selected themes. The programmes include one-to-one sessions with Katie, as well as group discussions and seminars, hands-on cooking classes, and time to rejuvenate and unwind.

This month there is a Serenity and Balance retreat on 7-8 April, which is designed to help find serenity and balance and cope with the stressful demands of the modern world, focussing on foods that provide balance and respite from mood and energy dips.

The retreats cost from £695pp for two days, which includes one night’s full board accommodation.

01225 742777,

Self empowerment

January may be the traditional time to start a new resolution, such as giving up smoking, but that doesn’t mean you can’t break the mould and start one now.

Alison Sutton, a self empowerment coach working in Glastonbury and Bath, believes that it is possible to succeed, but only if you believe you will.

She suggests focussing on what you will gain rather than what you will give up: if you’re giving up smoking, focus instead on how much healthier your lungs will feel and how much fitter you’ll be.

“If we spend time every day in our mind creating the positive thoughts, we will begin making it real by becoming our own cause and effect,” she explains.

01458 830668,

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