About Us

Thank you for visiting our website. We are a family business established in 2009 to support our own holistic lifestyle and provide high quality, healing and relaxing experiences for both our local community and guests from further afield.

We invite you to slow down, breathe deeply, and find contentment in the joy of ‘just being’.

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Henry Maresh

Henry does what Lucy calls “the boring stuff” – predominantly admin, finance and property maintenance. He also cooks amazing vegetarian breakfasts for our Airbnb guests. Henry has a degree in Electronic Engineering.

 

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Lucy has been a complementary therapist since 2004 and has established a reputation for deep, effective, pain-free yoga and massage therapy tailor-made for each individual client. From 2004- 2009, Lucy ran a successful therapy business in London and was a part-time Communications Manager for an international NGO. Lucy has a degree in Social Anthropology.

Professional Memberships

Lucy is insured to practice by the Federation of Holistic Therapists and abides by their Code of Ethics. Lucy also holds an enhanced CRB disclosure and a First Aid at Work Certificate.

Certified Yoga Teacher Training

In addition to the following certified courses, Lucy attends regularly attends and assists at CPD and workshops with her own teachers.

2015 Yoga and Mindfulness for Children (Chrysalis Kids)
2013 Integrated Postnatal and Baby Yoga with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
2012 Yoga Nidra Teaching Training with Uma and Nirlipta Dinsmore-Tuli
2012 Advanced Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Judith Hanson Lasater
2011 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Judith Hanson Lasater
2010 Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training with Uma Dinsmore Tuli
2008-10 British Wheel of Yoga Teacher Training Diploma with Tara Fraser (BWYDip)
2006 British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course with Tara Fraser and Nigel Jones

Massage Qualifications and CPD

2011 Thai Therapeutic Techniques Levels 1-4, Old Medicine Hospital, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2011 Thai Foot Massage, Old Medicine Hospital, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2011 Thai Hot Herbal Compress Massage, Old Medicine Hospital, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2011 ‘Nerve Touch’ Massage, Lek Chaiya, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2007 Traditional Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner Course with Quantum Metta (TTYMA)
2006 Caring for Pregnant Clients with Denise Tiran, Expectancy Ltd
2005 Seated Acupressure Massage with Andrew Sceats
2005 Holistic Facial Massage with Christine Fisk (FHT)
2005 VTCT Level 3 Teaching Certificate in Infant Massage with Lorraine Davies (FHT)
2004 Working With People with Cancer (Cancer Resource Centre, now Paul D’Auria Centre)
2004 VTCT Level 3 Swedish Massage with Peter Gray at Cambridge Regional College

Lucy has also attended non-certified workshops in a range of subjects from advanced massage techniques and sports massage to intuitive healing and reiki.

Yoga Style

People often ask me:

“What style of yoga do you teach?”

It is a fair question but one I find very hard to answer as I don’t teach any particular ‘brand’ of yoga. In my early years of yoga practice I tried everything I could, but always came back to the same question: Why does that teacher say one thing, and the other teacher say another thing? Which one has the right answer?

In 2005 I met Tara Fraser who, sometimes rather frustratingly, refuses to give any answers at all. “Find out for yourself” she would say, “if one teacher says put your foot here and the other says put your foot there, just try both out and see what suits YOU”. This approach prompted an ‘A-HA’ moment. Yoga is many things to many people, but for me it is an adventure, or exploration, into the workings of my own body, my own mind, and then inevitably, but very tentatively into my spirit or my soul. I see my role as a teacher as a kind of tour guide – pointing out the key points of interests and showing the well-trodden paths, but all the best adventures happen when you step off the beaten track and start exploring for yourself. I took my BWY teacher training diploma with Tara who as well as being such a good philosopher is also an extremely precise and technical instructor of yoga asana. I would highly recommend her books Easy Yoga Workbook and Yoga for You to anybody beginning their yoga journey (its always good to have a map before you stray off the beaten track).

While I was pregnant in 2008 I picked up a book at a yoga centre in London called Mothers’ Breath. The words in the book deeply moved me and I subsequently bought a copy which remained by my side, in my bag or next to my bed for the remainder of my pregnancy and many months afterwards. The author of the book, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli has subsequently become one of my leading yoga inspirations and as a family we attend her lovely eco-yoga camps every year and connect with her beautiful teachings for women and families. I took her very well respected pregnancy yoga module with Yogacampus in 2010.

My other main teacher at the moment is California-based Iyengar teacher Judith Hanson Lasater. I discovered Restorative Yoga quite by accident after Rowan was born. I was exhausted. My own yoga practice, it seemed, had completely died out. All I could manage was to lie on the floor and breathe! I looked up Judith’s book Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times and was immediately hooked. Just as there is a style of yoga for each and every person, there is also a style of yoga for each and every stage of your life. Restorative Yoga became my main yoga practice for well over a year after Rowan’s birth and having attended Judith’s teacher trainings, and knowing what I know now about how powerful the experience of really deep relaxation is, I can’t imagine ever giving it up!

Of course there are many other teachers that have helped me to navigate through my own yoga journey. Living in Cambridge and then London I was fortunate to be able to try almost every style of yoga imaginable. I am particularly grateful to the first, Sasha Perryman, a rather fierce Iyengar teacher in Cambridge who drilled into me from the start the importance of alignment, of discipline, and of taking the journey one step at a time.