What a month it has been!

It is a little over a month since our doors opened at our new therapy center in Bucklersbury, Hitchin.  In that time we have welcomed over 100 new clients into our holistic sanctuary and this is set to continue in the run up to Christmas with many more treatments booked in.  It is beyond our wildest dreams and has surpassed all our expectations!

Our Open House event last Saturday on Bucklersbury Day was also a great success, despite the rain.  Sam, Karen and Indiana worked their socks off delivering lots of mini taster sessions for our guests, who were greeted with warming mulled wine and festive eats and treats made by our resident Nutritionist Sarah Tomlin and Jo Osborn.

We were also supported by our partners Learning to Listen (where our second therapy center is located in St Paul’s Walden) with Susanne Giddings helping to entertain children whilst their parents took part in relaxing treatments.  Jo Richardson was also on hand to talk to guests about the work of Learning to Listen and how Equine Facilitated Coaching dovetails with touch therapy input from Haelan Therapy. 

For those interested and intrigued in the Equine work, our next taster will take place on Saturday 28th January.  Contact us here for more information and to book.

2016 has been a very big year for Haelan.  Thank you so much for ongoing and continued support and for spreading the word far and wide among your friends and family…we can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for us!

Merry Christmas,

Rebecca, Jo, Sam, Indiana, Karen and Sarah xx




Self Care Week

I don’t know about you but as I get older I have an overwhelming sense that I need to take better care of myself. I am not entirely sure whether this is due to daily stresses manifesting themselves in a stiff back, headache and constant tiredness or because with every passing school term, dubious summer and Strictly Come Dancing final, I have a heightened awareness of my own mortality. Either way, the daily race to get teeth brushed, shoes on the right feet and breakfast things cleared away before Weetabix sets like concrete to the kitchen table, does leave its mark in a few extra wrinkles and a feeling of chasing one’s tail. Not least because these are the personal challenges I face, before I even wake the kids! The wrinkles (or laughter lines as I have come to affectionately name them) I can handle but it’s the effects of stress on my insides which is a concern, an anxiety which only serves to exacerbate said feelings of stress! If this scenario sounds familiar, I think Haelan Therapy just might be able to help you.

Today marks the start of Self Care Week. This is a national awareness week which serves to encourage us to better look after our own health both in the short term and the long term. One way in which we can do this is through physical therapy such as massage. With immeasurable benefits to both body and mind and not least being a fantastic antidote to stress, research has shown that massage can lower your heart rate and blood pressure, relax your muscles and increase the production of endorphins, your body’s natural ‘feel good’ chemical, enhancing feelings of contentment and well-being.

But stress isn’t only a feeling. It’s a built in physiological response to a threat. When you’re stressed your body responds. Your blood vessels constrict and your blood pressure rises. You breathe faster and your bloodstream is flooded with hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. When you’re chronically stressed those physiological changes, over time, can lead to health problems. These manifest themselves not only in the more obvious presentations like anxiety, depression and headaches, but also in gastrointestinal pathologies such as heartburn and IBS. By reducing stress levels alone through massage you will:

-       decrease anxiety

-       enhance sleep quality

-       improve concentration

-       increase circulation

-       reduce fatigue

So let Self Care Week be the week to take some of the unconditional love you freely bestow on your children, spouse and parents and reflect it back on yourself. Don’t vacuum this week, read another chapter in the book you’re enjoying; instead of spending the commute thinking about that dreaded 9 o’clock meeting, use it to focus on breathing deeply, allowing your brain to benefit from a little more oxygen; avoid listening to that inner monologue of self doubt and instead talk to a friend who listens. Or create a couple of hours of ‘me time’ and book yourself in for that massage treatment, where the focus will be entirely on you. Whatever opportunity you have to be kind to yourself this week, take it. Let’s learn to nurture our minds and nourish our bodies, starting from right now.

For more information on the health benefits of our treatments, please visit our treatment menu or get in touch.

Make time to get away from it all


“There is something deeply lovely about arriving at the farm, being somewhere so quiet and welcoming. ” — Pippa, Tring

To thrive in a world that is increasingly hectic and stressful it is essential that we make smart lifestyle choices and set goals which allow us to truly get away from it all.  Giving ourselves space and time on a regular basis ensures that we can meet the demands of daily living in a more healthy and mindful way.  It is vital that we take the opportunity to focus and rebalance areas in our lives that are neither positive or life affirming. 

East Hall Farmhouse - a rural idyll allowing you to escape the busy-ness of life and simply take time out.

East Hall Farmhouse - a rural idyll allowing you to escape the busy-ness of life and simply take time out.

At Haelan we can offer you not just the convenience of a town centre location for your wellbeing needs, but also an idyllic rural retreat nestled in the depths of the Hertfordshire countryside...yet only 10 minutes drive from civilisation!  Our therapy room is located at the Learning to Listen Centre, East Hall Farmhouse on the Bowes Lyon Estate in St Paul's Walden.

Take time out and indulge in one of our healing treatments; from Reiki to Energy Healing to Massage to Reflexology we will have a treatment to suit your needs.  Allow yourself the opportunity to spend time in this calming environment and we promise that you will return back into your world refreshed and rejuvenated.

We are currently offering all our treatments at HALF PRICE.  To book simply click HERE and then choose our location at St Paul's Walden.  We are available Wednesday - Friday during term time at this location.

Take some time out for you. 


And we're there...!


Wow what a few weeks it has been!  But I am so pleased and proud to announce that today we finally open the doors to the new look Haelan Therapy at 30a Bucklersbury, Hitchin.  Today - Monday 7th November - is officially the first day in our new Holistic Therapy Centre!  Wooohoooo!  Roll out the bunting and strike up the band.  The Haelan Team are in town!

It has been a remarkable journey over the last few years; from being a fledgling therapist to having this little idea that maybe, just maybe I could create and develop a business that would allow people the opportunity to access different healing modalities delivered in a unique way which ultimately allows them to become the best they need to be, not only for themselves, but those around them too.  At Haelan we believe in connection and relationships first.  Get that right and well the rest is just about you, our clients, experiencing amazing treatments.   You know what...I think we're pretty much there.

As I sit here and take a moment to reflect, I feel an abundance of joy in my heart.  I have an incredible team of people around me who have enabled this opportunity to grow Haelan to happen.  There are so many people to thank, that I know if I begin to make a list I will end up forgetting someone.  But I know that you know if you have played even the smallest part in my journey to create what Haelan is today.  So THANK YOU.  Perhaps you have looked after Reuben and Emilia to allow Andy and I to go [yet again!] to the rooms to put up a light or paint a wall.  Maybe you've helped to proof read my endless reams of text.  Or perhaps you have just been an ear to bend or a shoulder to lean on when the going has gotten a little tough. I know, I bet you're the person who has shared our posts about the work we do.  Actually maybe you're the person who helped guide me in the right direction when I had to get all legal eagle with contracts and solicitors (totes not my strength zone!).   In fact, you're probably the person who saw me in the playground looking vacant and not with it and just asked if I was ok and gave me a hug.  Actually, maybe you're Andy my husband, who quite frankly has been a flippin' rock throughout this whole process! No, I know...you're one of the amazing Haelan therapists who have been absolute stars and painted for hours on end or cleaned yet another window or schlepped around town delivering our leaflets!  Whoever you are, and whatever the role you have played...a MASSIVE THANKS to you all.  I honestly couldn't have done it without you.

So...we're LIVE peeps.  Please do come and visit us and try out one of our treatments; from massage to reflexology to facials to transformational healing to life coaching...we believe we have something for everyone.  You may or may not be aware that we have a half price promotion on at the moment so you can access all of our treatments at a fraction of the cost during November and December.  Please visit this PAGE and make your booking today.  We'd love to see you. 

We will also be holding our Open Day on Saturday 10th December from 11am until 5pm  as part of the Bucklersbury Day, so if you haven't had an opportunity to book in before then, do come along and see us for a glass of mulled wine and a chat.

So it's onwards and upwards.    Here's to the success of Haelan.

Much love

Rebecca x


To celebrate our expansion and the growth of our team, throughout November and December we will be offering ALL our treatments at HALF PRICE**.  To avail of the offer, simply click HERE to make your booking today and to treat yourself to a treatment in the coming months. 

Our new treatments include:

Indian Head Massage - Derived from Ayurveda medicine, Indian head massage is an ancient therapeutic treatment which uses acupressure massage on the head, face, neck and shoulders.  It aims to rebalance your body's energies by tapping into your seven chakras or paths of energy and encourages healing and balance in the whole of your body.  It is deeply rejuvenating and relaxing.

Hot Stone Massage - Combining hot stones with a full body massage, this treatment provides a deep healing and relaxing experience.  It melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness and increases your circulation and metabolism.  It promotes deep muscle relaxation by the placement of heated stones at key points on your body.  The stones have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.

Holistic Massage - This massage is entirely tailored to your needs.  Using deep tissue, Swedish massage, body mapping and manipulation techniques, this treatment takes a holistic approach focusing on realigning your mind and body.  Perfect if you're feeling stressed, anxious or simply running out of steam and wish to feel whole again.

Transformational Facial - Suitable for all skin types, this deeply relaxing facial blends a number of healing modalities including lymph and sinus drainage, reiki, Indian head massage and hand reflexology to create a truly holistic approach to your wellbeing.  Using organic products from the Neal's Yard Remedies range,  your skin will not only be nurtured and nourished but you will leave feeling lighter, calmer and transformed.

Holistic Facial - This facial is designed to guide your skin into balance whilst indulging your senses in luxury and relaxation.  Your treatment will be tailored to your needs and lifestyle.  Using Neal's Yard Remedies products it is personalised for all ages and skin conditions to support the skin through the changing seasons of life.  Your treatment will include a facial massage to encourage removal of toxins and reduce fluid retention in your face.  Your therapist will also use facial lymphatic drainage techniques to help relieve any build-up of sinus pressure.  This treatment will leave you feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and reinvigorated.

A Touch of Everything - As the name suggests this treatment indulges you in two hours of pure luxury from top to toe.  Combining many healing modalities, your treatment will include a gentle flowing facial with hand or foot reflexology, a deep tissues or hot stone massage, Indian head massage and reiki.  Working with your therapist, your treatment will be entirely tailored to your needs and outcomes and will leave your body feeling whole, at peace and completely rejuvenated.

We look forward to seeing you soon.  Happy booking!

Rebecca x

**The promotion does noht include the Priority Client Scheme.  The offer is subject to therapist availability and is valid for treatments taken between 7th November and 23rd December 2016.