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Holistic Relaxation in the Lake District from Hazel Bell
Have you ever been stung in the big toe by a wasp? I have. It was this incident that introduced me to the benefits of therapeutic touch to relieve the venomous symptoms, thus sparking off my interest in natural approaches to health.
For my degree, I was drawn towards BSc Occupational Therapy (OT), which in its widest sense is concerned with an individual's ability to achieve, adapt and grow. I was particularly interested with how the climate dictates the rhythms of daily life, and my OT dissertation critiqued the eastern notion that we are interconnected with nature.
Living on a farm in the Lake District, adapting to fleeting weather patterns is part of my normality; whether that be changing my clothing or my diet (saying that, it is a rarity to drink iced tea whilst wearing a sarong on a typical Lakeland day!). My approach to health strives to maintain harmony between the individual and the climate.
Whilst working as a Spa therapist, I was first introduced to an ancient system of health and wellness called Ayurveda, which considers how nature's properties are key to understanding balances and imbalances in the human body.
Aromatherapy is woven throughout my treatments, using the natural benefits of essential oils to re-
I hope you will join me on a natural journey of well-