World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day.  Mental Health is on the tip of everyone's tongue at the moment and so it should be.  Thanks to key figures such as Princes Harry and William and other celebrities in the public eye, Mental Health is being taken seriously.  Finally.  Our mental health is just as important as our physical health, in fact it is our belief here at Haelan that our mental and emotional states are directly linked to our physical states.  Get on top of your mental health and then physically you will be winning.  So how?


Our approach to supporting mental health

When we raise our self-awareness, it opens up a world of choice. When we have choices we can make empowering decisions that are right for us. This allows for our behaviours to change, our mind, body and soul to realign, our self-confidence to increase, our empathy and compassion for ourselves and others to grow and our relationships to enhance.

At Haelan we aim to help facilitate a profound and lasting change in you, our clients, at both a physical and mental/emotional level through our touch and talk therapies, giving you greater access to your own creativity, inspiration and to recognise your inner wisdom.  After all, you hold all the answers...we simply give you the space to enable you to see and feel them.

As Sarah Tomlin one of Haelan's massage therapists suggests,  "through touch, massage boosts our levels of oxytocin, a feel good chemical in the brain. As well as bringing pleasure in the short term, the rise in oxytocin strengthens personality traits such as warmth, love and trust, ensuring the effects of the massage extend far beyond the therapy room and out into your life".


Therapist Karenanne Hay goes on to explain "as a therapist it is my passion and heartful desire to support a person as a whole.  Part of our whole self is our mental/emotional health.  I believe that using the tool of deep relaxation which holistic therapies such as massage, reflexology and reiki can facilitate, we can make steps to improve the quality in the engagement with ourselves.  This opens can open us up to living in a mindful manner and enhances our ability for self acceptance, self healing and self love....".


Whether it's through touch therapy or talking therapy, when we raise our self-awareness it opens up a world of choice that we didn't have before. 

Let's keep talking about Mental Health today and every day enabling it to stay at the top of the agenda where it belongs. Be in touch if you wish to put it at the top of your agenda too.  We'd love to hear from you.  Visit our website for more information and details about our Transforming Lives healing packages. 

Rebecca x 

Transformational Coaching: A journey of self-discovery

So often Jo and I are asked "What is Transformational Coaching, and how can it help me?"   As Transformational Coaches here at Haelan Therapy, we thought we would put the myths to bed and bring to the fore what Transformational Coaching is all about and how we feel it can benefit you. 

How does it work?

Transformational Coaching is a facilitated process which gives you the opportunity to unlock self-limiting beliefs and view your personal and professional worlds through a different set of filters.  ‘Self-limiting beliefs’ are beliefs about ourselves (typically modelled to us by others or experienced by us in our early years) that inhibit our potential and limit the choices we make in our personal and professional lives.  This concept is central to our work here at Haelan as we believe by exposing these beliefs it allows you to think differently, to see yourself differently and ultimately raise your awareness about who you truly are or have the potential to be in both your personal and professional lives. Transformational Coaching aims to create a profound and lasting change in you, giving you greater access to your own creativity, inspiration and to recognise your inner wisdom.

We believe that Transformational Coaching can enable you to:

  • Unleash your full potential
  • Be more purposeful, focused and self-confident
  • Raise your awareness so you can create your best life yet
  • Go on to live fully with no regrets
Real transformation requires real honesty. If you want to move forward - get real with yourself!
— Bryant McGill

So what's the next step?

On booking a coaching session with us, you will embark on a journey which involves face to face sessions in a confidential environment.  It is recommended that you access between 4 to 6 sessions and this will be reviewed throughout the coaching relationship and adjusted along the way to respond to your ongoing individual needs.  The first step in the coaching relationship is to create a coaching agreement which sets out how you and your coach will work together.  Once the agreement is in place you can, in a safe environment, go on to reflect on current experience and start to develop your self-awareness, explore your current perspectives, develop clarity of thought and emotional responsiveness and start to discover new ways to live your life. 

Transformation is more often unlearning than learning
— Richard Rohr

The coaching sessions thereafter will enable new thinking and rapid learning through the use of incisive questioning, enabling you to shine a light on your internal world and bring into focus the different ways you have created your current external reality.  You will move along a path of self-development that offers possibilities for a change in current thinking; challenging you to question your perceived self-limitations and patterns of thinking.  Through this approach of questioning and challenging, you will be able to more successfully tackle and resolve any conflict that may exist in your life. 

Jo works with a client in a tranquil and calm environment

Jo works with a client in a tranquil and calm environment

Ongoing support

In between face to face sessions, we will maintain open communication with each other offering you the opportunity to check-in when you need to and to celebrate milestones and support you during the re-orienting of your life and the implementation of a new way of thinking.

Reflecting on experience is a means of having a Socratic dialogue with yourself, asking the right questions at the right time, in order to discover the truth of yourself and your life.  What really happened?  Why did it happen?  What did it to me? What did it mean to me?  In this way one locates and appropriates the knowledge one needs, or, more precisely, recovers what one knew but had forgotten and becomes in Goethe’s phrase, the hammer rather than the anvil.
— W Bennis ‘On Becoming a Leader’

Who can benefit from Transformational Coaching?


Feeling inspired?

Read our client's stories to find out how Transformational Coaching enabled them to reach their potential...

We believe EVERYONE can benefit from Transformational Coaching!  Whether you are experiencing limitations in your personal or your professional lives,  Haelan Therapy is invested in supporting motivated individuals reach their full potential.  We believe we can enable you to overcome emotional and spiritual hurdles, go on to confidently make life-changing decisions, cultivate more successful communication styles and releasing unwanted patterns of behaviour that are limiting you from moving forward.   

What are your options?

Here at Haelan we can offer you a number of different ways in which to access Transformational Coaching.   Be in control of your health and happiness and embark on a journey of self-discovery with one of our Transforming Lives Healing Packages which combine holistic treatments with coaching - a truly powerful combination.    Equally if you have a passion for the great outdoors or love the energy that animals can bring, then through our partnership with Learning to Listen we can offer you the opportunity to embark on a series of Equine Facilitated Coaching sessions which enable powerful and honest feedback that is immediate through the wisdom of the horse.    

Book you consultation today!

We would love the opportunity to talk to you about our work.  We offer FREE consultation sessions which will enable you to find out more about the process and discuss where you are now and where you would like to be.  There is no obligation to book anything at the session we simply value the opportunity to find out more and discuss how we can help you.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Rebecca & Jo xx

Retreat v. 'to withdraw to a quiet or secluded place' 

In its simplest form ‘retreat’, means ‘to withdraw, to drawback.’ Throughout the ages certain traditions have understood retreat to be an important part of spiritual formation.  That is, time consciously set aside for themselves, a change of focus, a deliberate act of stepping outside of normal routine by withdrawing (not running away) from the noise and pressures in order to be in a quiet place where all our senses are open and ready to listen and receive.

In partnership with Learning to Listen and supported by Myogi Yoga our second retreat was a 'roaring' success combining holistic therapy with equine therapy, yoga, meditation and fireside rituals.  It lived up to all expectations providing our guests the opportunity to withdraw from the daily grind of life.

I attended the recent retreat at East Hall Farmhouse on Wednesday this week which was a most enjoyable day. The time passed so quickly and it was a relaxed, well organised occasion with treatments that made one feel so much better within myself. It has helped me to feel more relaxed and in control. The sitting around the fire experience was unique and I think we all gained so much from it. The lunch was delicious and being in the fresh air and sunshine for most of the day was so invigorating. I would like to commend the team on their friendly and helpful approach to myself and fellow participants. Well done to you all. Best wishes.
— Rosanne, Kent

Connection & Intention Setting

The day began with an intention setting session where the guests were given space to connect with their true self and begin to understand what they wanted to achieve from the day and to set their intentions accordingly.  "We put our guests totally at the heart of what we are doing and make it all about them" said Sarah Tomlin, a Haelan therapist who hosted lunch and a nutritional talk.  She continued "our retreats create a safe space for our guests to bring their hearts and voice their feelings".

Each guest received a personalised plan which included a one-to-one yoga session, an equine facilitated coaching session and a holistic treatment.   Teresa, a guest on the day said of her experience "For me it's the "little things" that are important that make experiences like this what they are.  From the added reiki healing on my dodgy knee during my massage, the unlimited supply of herbal teas / coconut water and lovingly homemade energy balls and treats...the aromatic oil smells and blankets during yoga and the added bonus of the fire pit made this day which went above and beyond my expectations and provided a very special unique retreat experience full of genuine support and love and one that I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to take a day out to invest in themselves."

Fireside Ritual

The highlight of the day however was the fireside ritual.  Led by therapist Karenanne, the guests were given the opportunity to take their space to release old patterns of behaviours and beliefs into the fire and heal at a soul level.  They each used the Reiki drum to represent their rhythm of life and presented offerings to the fire of kindling, chocolate and tobacco.  Kindling keeps the fire burning, chocolate represents harmony and the sweetness of life and tobacco enables peace and the end of hostilities.

The fireside ritual created a sense of kinship, blurring the lines between guests and facilitators and enabled us in that moment to be at one. 
— Sarah Tomlin, Haelan Therapist

Unique offerings

Our retreats are truly unique and none more so because we combine holistic therapies and yoga with Equine Facilitated Coaching sessions.  Through our partnership with Learning to Listen we are able to offer guests the opportunity to gain insights and wisdom from the horses about where they are now in their lives and where they want to be.  After their one-to-one session the guests were given the opportunity to consider what had come up for them and journal any ideas, thoughts or understanding that might help them move through a particular block in their life.

I had a profound experience and learnt so much from Jo using equine facilitated therapy. It became a catalyst for me to be able to find the words to verbalise what has been going on internally. At first I was shocked as when Jo asked me questions about my feelings and current emotional space I couldn’t find any words and was really struggling and stumbling my speech. In such a short space of time with Jo’s compassionate and supportive help and questionning and the healing of Boo a beautiful pony with the softest coat in the world....I was able to tease out the emotions that needed healing and find the words to verbalise them, which amazed me.
— Teresa, Wigan
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Our Mind, Body and Soul retreats will return in 2018 and will be themed by the changing seasons.  The investment is £250 per person and we offer payment plans to spread the cost. 

18th May (Spring)

9th July (Summer)

24th Sept (Autumn)

30th November (Winter)

To book your place or for information please contact us indicating which retreat you would like to attend. 

Peace begins with a smile

Today is International Day of Peace. Peace on earth. It's the one thing we all want, right? But how can we possibly achieve a such a monumental thing without first making peace with ourselves? Whom amongst us can say they are truly in touch with their inner peace? What even is inner peace?

Peace begins with a smile
— Mother Theresa

Thousands of years ago, life was much simpler. As a species, humans have evolved to think. And think. And think. Why did I say that at dinner last night?.. I shouldn't have snapped at my child just then... I've got so much work to do... I should have phoned my Mum. The train of thought is endless, often useless and very distracting.

How often are we paying attention to what we are doing right now? 

All too easily our thoughts stray to the past or the future, neither of which are real. The only thing that's real is now; this moment, right now. Often reflection on the past brings us sadness and future projections breed anxiety. Yet it's impossible to feel these things if we are really present. 

But how do we get anything done? 

Of course thinking has its place or else we'd all be fired and there would be no food in the house! But it's important to allocate time for our thoughts rather than allowing a relentless stream of unnecessary mental noise to penetrate our every moment.

So how do we do it?

Firstly we need to consciously choose to take our attention away from thought and place it firmly in the present moment. Easier said than done you may think. Well you can banish that thought for a start! 

Close your eyes and feel the sensation in your fingertips. Do they feel tingly? Do they feel warm? Ask yourself if you are still breathing and notice how your attention immediately turns to your breath. 

Being with nature is an ideal place to start when trying focus our attention on the now. Take a flower. Look at it. Notice the way the petals overlap one another at the edges; the various hues from the centre to the tips. How does it smell? What does it feel like? 

How about listening to a guided meditation? These are freely accessible on YouTube.


I've recently started to exercise this practice of being aware of the present moment a whole lot more. I can honestly say it has changed not only my mood but my very being, bringing a genuine feeling of deep joy.

Plus, I'm being very productive! I find myself picking things up off the floor and quickly delivering them to their rightful places rather than walking over them because now I actually notice the debris of the day. I find myself walking upstairs and actually remembering why I'm there rather than frowning, spinning on my heels and limbering downstairs, disgruntled, only then to remember why I ventured upstairs in the first place! Purely because my mind isn't pontificating on whether it's more economical to buy a pack of two medium avocados or one large one. Best of all, I find myself really engaging with my kids because they are here with me right now and frankly, one day in the not too distant future (which, incidentally, I am not thinking about) they, as sure as the earth is round, won't want to be! From now on I am claiming these precious moments for myself.

With practice and repetition, remaining truly conscious, maintaining calm and just 'being' becomes easier. Eventually we will be able to stay peaceful all of the time, nurturing a purer sense of happiness even in the most difficult of circumstances.

Stepping out of our everyday lives and into one of our therapy rooms creates the perfect environment to practice stillness and being your true self. To find out how our Holistic Massage delivers much more than physical indulgence book today. After all, there’s no time like the present! 😉


Sarah x


Too much Monday...not enough coffee!

Too much Monday...not enough coffee.  Sound familiar?  Coffee is the most popular drink worldwide with around two billion cups consumed every day.  In fact in the UK, we drink approximately 55 million cups of coffee per day and it is the one drink that Briton's turn to at work when the chips are down and the deadlines are looming...


What is it about coffee, then?

There are many benefits to drinking coffee and none more so than the opportunity to sit and hang out with friends or colleagues over your favourite Skinny Latte.  The coffee machine is often the go-to for a quick 5 minute break from your computer as well as the place to meet and catch up on the gossip and goings on in the office.  We also see coffee as that quick fix stimulant...the one thing that will keep us going no matter how tired we are.  Another cup of coffee will always make things feel better...right?

But will it really though?  Conversely, too much coffee can lead to insomnia, nervousness and restlessness.  You think it's the stress from work that is causing you to have sleepless nights...but in reality that extra cup of coffee you thought would 'pick you up' during the day might just be the straw that broke the camel's back.  It can also upset your stomach causing nausea and vomiting.  Increased heart and breathing rates are also side effects of consuming large amounts of coffee as well as headaches, anxiety, agitation and ringing in your ears.

Coffee vs Reflexology

Reaching for that extra coffee cup can actually accentuate stress and anxiety rather than alleviate it.  This week is World Reflexology Week and the theme is Reflexology in the Workplace.  Here at Haelan Therapy we thought we would take the opportunity to explore how taking time out from work for a reflexology session can help reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety and that general feeling of being overwhelmed, and enable you to come from a place of clarity, strength and vitality when making decisions in your professional (and personal) life.


Reflexology is a non-invasive treatment which gently massages and manipulates the reflexes on your feet.   It offers an opportunity to interrupt the stress signals in the body and reset homeostasis - the body's equilibrium.  It delivers all the benefits of a cup of coffee in terms of time out, a chance to put your feet up, rest, relax and enjoy something you love...but it is also much more than a cup of coffee.  It works at a deep healing level both emotionally and physically. It can aid you in seeing your life through a different and more relaxed lens.  After an hour's treatment in your lunch break you can head back to work and make decisions from a more authentic place and with the stressors that were there previously, removed.

Reflexology in your lunch break?  Yes please!

Whether you work from home, from an office in Hitchin or are a regular commuter, taking time out for a Reflexology session with Haelan will be just the ticket.  We are conveniently located in the town centre to just drop in during your lunch break or if you fancy a more rural setting, we have a treatment room based in St Paul's Walden too.   

Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Hitchin, Hertfordshire


During World Reflexology Week (18th - 23rd September 2017) we are offering you the opportunity to buy a course of 5 treatments and receive a 6th one FREE.  Contact us HERE to register your interest, to find out more about reflexology or to book your sessions.

We look forward to meeting you soon.


Karenanne x