“Discover life’s natural balance”
Rowan House Health and Wellbeing Centre is a tranquil place to escape the stresses of modern life and invest time in ME ME ME.
Rowan House Health & Wellbeing centre is homed within a pretty Georgian house in the village of Hethersett, 15 minutes from Norwich. Originally a business centre, five years ago owner Rachel Pailes, a children’s physio and mum of two, saw a gap in the market and transformed the building into a multi-purpose therapy and wellbeing centre.
Ten fully equipped treatment rooms, a pilates and yoga studio and healthy eating cafe – Rowan House is a gem of a find offering physical, mental and emotional support at all stages of life.
As I walked in the door I was met by a lovely relaxed vibe and instantly my shoulders dropped as I exhaled a million stresses! The building itself is bright and spacious and I loved the new cafe which serves up a nutritious healthy menu. As I sat chatting to Rachel over my poached eggs and avocado it was nice to see a group of young mums grabbing a latte after their baby yoga session. I can see how the cafe could develop into an active community space for all generations – there were also some pretty sprightly pensioners lining up for the next class!
A shared working space for an eclectic group of independent self employed practitioners and therapists, I was absolutely amazed at the depth and breadth of services on offer.
Some of the classes and treatments are very much life stage specific – you’ll find a fantastic menu of support for parents including baby yoga, baby massage, family homeopathy, antenatal classes, hypnobirthing, coaching, baby craniosacral therapy and children’s physiotherapy.
Traditional wellbeing options such as yoga and pilates classes, nutrition and beauty therapies are all available. For those wanting more holistic treatments, you’ll also find chinese medicine, acupuncture, reflexology and craniosacral therapy.
For more physical needs, there’s Physiotherapy, Sports Massage, Osteopathy, foot care and hearing treatments.
Last but not least, emotional therapies which among other things include: Psychological and Talking Therapies, Psychotherapy, Life Coaching, Emotional Wellbeing Therapy, Trauma Therapy, Brain Working Recursive Therapy, Counselling and the one that I most defintely need – Fatigue Management.
Sometimes it’s hard to know what you need, especially if you’re generally feeling a bit urghhh! I was lucky enough to chat with Bev Gisbourne from Rewiredminds who specialises in Emotional Wellbeing. Many problems – anxiety, depression, pain, stress and weight – stem from emotional issues and Bev uses intervention techniques that help rewire pathways in the brain. By dealing with the route cause it’s possilble to get rid of limiting beliefs, help work through past traumas, and move on from things that might be holding you back.
I was particularly interested in the ‘Tapping’ technique which works on the negative and positive energies flowing through the body. I had my electricity measured with a vault meter – I was feeling positive (tell the kids that) and I liked this tangible measure to an emotional feeling. Negativity can manifest itself through stress, confusion, forgetfulness. By tapping different parts of your body in a sequence on a regular basis it’s possible to re balance your energy, shift into a more positive state and make better decisions. A little bit like acupuncture I guess but less invasive and something you can do yourself.
Bev offers 1-1 sessions from the centre but also runs evening workshops on popular issues such anxiety, weight loss and chronic pain. For more information visit www.rewiredminds.co.uk
Next up I chatted to Mandy Charlish owner of Skin Health Norwich, a therapist specialising in pharmceutical skin care. We’re not talking botox ladies, rather high quality products (Environ) and treatments, scientifically proven to help fight ageing. If Mandy (56) is anything to go by, I’m sold and first in line for her next skin analysis event which uses powerful Visia Imaging Technology to capture your skin information and assesses problem areas. Treatment is then targeted towards specific goals, whether it is pigmentation concerns, sun damage, blemishes, capillary damage, wrinkles, scars, imperfections or congested pores. This could include vitamin treatment facials, peels, collagen stimulation therapy or micro needling.
As a practitioner and teacher, Mandy also offers permanent make up solutions – anything from microblading and powder brows to eye liners to tattoo removal. I was fascinated to hear about her recent move into nipple and eye brow tattooing – designed for ladies (and gents) who have undergone breast removal and/or lost their eyebrows through chemotherapy. The picture gallery of boobs was simply jaw dropping – the shading creates an almost 3D nipple and at £300 a pair – this is truly life changing at a minimal cost! Mandy works with local charity ‘Keeping Abreast’ to offer free clinics.
My last consultation was with Kerri Anema a Sports Masseur, Make Up Artist and Beauty Therapist. Offering a wide range of treatments I was lucky to try her mini facial with Tropic products and particularly liked the hot stones face massage – which was a first for me! The massage bed is worthy of note, top of the range designed for Sport Massages but an added bonus when having a regular massage as it completely supports your body, no achey pressure points – you know what I’m talking about. Before setting up on her own, Kerri worked for many years as a leading make up artist and now runs some lovely skin care and make up workshops for tweens and teens.
A morning well spent and I can highly recommend Rowan House if you’re looking to embark on a journey towards improved wellbeing – mental, physical or emotional. If you’re a therapist looking for space, this is a lovely family environment. For more information visit www.rowanhousecentre.co.uk, call 01603 813 999 or pop in for a cuppa and a chat – 28 Queens Road, Hethersett, Norwich, Norfolk, NR9 3DB