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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.