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THE LOCATION

Don’t expect a bustling hight street, a busy beauty salon or anything as such. Karen Joseph has been based in the tranquil surroundings of The Manor in Tur Langton for a year now but has been practising in London and Hertfordshire for eight years.

The Manor is an inspiring work space filled with some really creative brands. I visited Karen on a Saturday afternoon and the sun was seeping in through the patio doors and unlike a city centre location (or the Muddy household) the boutique studio was completely and utterly peaceful. Bliss!

THE VIBE

I have visited The Manor quite a few times and the first time was when Karen invited me to have a facial reflexology session. At that time she was based above The Manor Hair and Beauty but now has her own little pop up reflex and wellbeing studio in the beautiful, rural space overlooking miles of gorgeous green surrounding fields.

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The unit is very small but was comfortable enough for both of us and Karen immediately got me settled with a herbal tea. I loved what she had done with the place keeping the colour and decor quite simple – it actually felt quite special being hidden away in this little, almost private treatment room.

The room was immaculately clean (something I remember from my first visit), toasty and cosy, with one treatment bed and on the other side, was her desk and two chairs.

THE TREATMENT

Ayurvedic Kansa Vatki foot massage is supposed to be a relaxing Indian treatment and helps to balance body, mind and spirit. I had never heard of it before Karen mentioned it and in all honestly I had been looking for somewhere to go for a good foot massage – I’m the kind of person who’d much rather get a regular foot massage than a pedicure.

The treatment is very simple and begins by gently cleansing the feet and legs, followed by some relaxing foot and leg moves. Then, slowly the toes, feet, ankles and calves are encouraged to relax through application of massage techniques traditionally using ‘ghee’ but Karen used grape seed oil which is the safest oil to use.

At the heart of the foot massage is a bowl called a ‘Kansa Vatki’ which in Hindi means ‘metal bowl’. Karen used the small bowl and rubbed it along my feet and calves. It vigorously works the legs by massaging them but it didn’t hurt and you can feel it heating up as it massages over the feet and lower leg. It’s great for circulation and anyone who may also suffer from restless leg syndrome.

kansa vatki metal bowl

Metals are used regularly in Ayurvedic treatments and the three metals used to make the bowl are copper, zinc and tin. Copper is thought to help reduce pain and inflammation, meanwhile zinc is supposed to help the functioning of the immune system and digestion while tin is believed to help with digestion, relieve headaches and insomnia.

Karen threw in a little reflexology too and she picked up on the fact that I was rundown (nothing new there) and my sinuses were starting to play up.
The treatment also works with Marma (Indian acupressure) points which works the specific acupressure points, a traditional Indian therapy and working these points can improve blood and lymphatic circulation, relax tired feet, promote a good sleep and relax tighten muscles – something I desperately needed.

Karen tells me it has a load of other benefits and is great for anyone suffering from circulation problems, insomnia, aches and pains, stress and anxiety and is helpful for runners, those who do a lot of walking or are on their feet all day.

THE VERDICT

Karen picked up that I had tight calves and used the metal bowl to relax the area and they did feel a lot looser after the treatment. The overall treatment was relaxing and because you’re lying down, you’re able to shut down completely while Karen gets to work. 
I love Karen’s firm but gentle approach and I have always admired her passion for what she does. She is such a giver and is a font of knowledge when it comes to trying natural remedies. She’s always happy to help her clients with any ailments they have and is the kind of person who, instead of going home and watching TV, will go home and read up on how to benefit the body with different techniques.

THE DAMAGE

Karen charges £40 for a 1 hr session but is currently offering a special deal combining a full foot reflexology followed by deeply relaxing Ayurvedic foot massage for £45 for a 1hr 15 min treatment! Available for bookings taken before 30th April – spaces are filling up fast so hurry. Quote Muddy when booking.

Karen Joseph Reflexology, The Manor, Main Street, Tur Langton, Leicestershire, LE8 0PJ. 

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