Aromatherapy & Reflexology

Vivian - trained in Aromatherapy, massage Reflexology and Indian Head Massage

Vivian is a fully qualified Holistic Therapist and a professionally registered member of the FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists) . When Vivian works with a client she likes to look at the client in holistic terms, looking at the person as an individual with  physical , spiritual and emotional needs and what  has brought them to her for a treatment. Vivian can draw from a wealth of experience both personally and professionally being trained in Aromatherapy, massage  Reflexology and Indian Head Massage.

Vivian originally trained as a Beautician (Aesthetician and Physiatrist)  in Lewes Sussex on leaving school, her life journey and a personal accident found her looking for alternative answers, Vivian discovered a love of  Essential Oils which lead to her training at The Tisserand Institute in London with world  leading aromatherapist Robert Tisserand in 1998.

"Being a holistic therapist really makes my soul sing, supporting and seeing my clients transform on their personal journey is such a privilege."


1/2 hour - £30        1 hour -  £55

According to FHT, aromatherapy is the use of plant essential oils for therapeutic purposes. Essential oils have been used in fragrances, flavourings and medicines for thousands of years and there are around 400 different oils extracted from plants all over the world. Each oil has its own special therapeutic properties, and can be used or applied in a variety of ways.

What to expect

Before you have an aromatherapy massage, your therapist will carry out a full consultation, asking you various questions about your medical history, general health, diet and lifestyle. This will enable him or her to select a small number of essential oils, appropriate to your individual needs, which will then be blended into a carrier oil or cream and applied to your skin as part of a massage treatment. The areas treated will come down to your personal preferences, but would typically be either a full body massage, or a neck, back and shoulder massage, with towels used to protect your modesty.

At the end of the treatment, your therapist may recommend that you use certain essential oils at home - for instance, in the bath or on a tissue for inhalation - to further enhance the benefits gained from your aromatherapy massage.

Benefits of aromatherapy

Essential oils, which are highly aromatic, are readily absorbed into the body via the skin and lungs, and are believed to affect the body on all levels - physically, mentally and even emotionally/spiritually. When combined with massage, which helps to soothe away muscular tension and improve circulation, an aromatherapy treatment can be either deeply relaxing or uplifting, depending on the oils and massage techniques used by the therapist.

Aromatherapy is used by people for a variety of reasons. Some use it to help them manage or cope with specific physical, mental or emotional problems, while others use it as means of relaxation, or to help maintain good health and a sense of general well-being.

Aromatherapy should not be used in place of conventional medical care. Always consult a GP or other health professional for medical attention and advice.

(2014 Federation of Holistic Therapists accessed 27/01/15)


Consultation & treatment -1&1/2 hrs -£45       Future treatments - 1 hr 15  mins - £40

Reflexology According to the FHT

"Reflexology is based on the principle that reflex points on the soles, tops, and sides of the feet correspond to different areas of the body. In this way, the feet can be seen as a ‘map’ of the body. By applying specialised massage techniques to specific reflex points - using the thumbs, fingers and knuckles – the aim of a reflexology treatment is to help restore balance to the body naturally, and improve the client’s general well-being."

What to expect

Your therapist will start with a full consultation, asking various questions about your health and lifestyle, to ensure reflexology is right for you.

For the treatment itself you will remain fully clothed, simply removing your shoes and socks. You’ll be invited to relax on a reclining chair or treatment couch, or to put your feet up on a footstool. The therapist will gently cleanse your feet before applying a cream to help provide a free-flowing treatment, and then start gently massaging and stretching your feet and ankles.

As the treatment progresses, a variety of different reflexology techniques will be used to ‘work’ the reflex points on each foot, including a caterpillar-like movement called ‘thumb walking’. The areas treated and pressure applied will be adapted to suit your individual needs.

Treatment generally lasts for 45 minutes to an hour, though shorter reflexology sessions may be more appropriate in some instances.

Benefits of reflexology

Reflexology can help to relieve anxiety and tension, encourage relaxation, improve mood and aid sleep, though some people use it to help them cope with more specific health challenges. Reflexology is often used alongside conventional care in hospices, hospitals and other healthcare settings, to help support patients with a variety of conditions.

Reflexology should not be used in place of conventional medical care. Always consult a GP or other health professional for medical attention and advice.(2014 Federation of Holistic Therapists accessed 27/01/15)

Thai Hand & Foot Massage  1 Hour - £40

This is a massage of the feet and lower legs, hands and forearms. It involves hands on stretching and massage, along with the stimulation of Sen lines and reflex points. Thai hand and foot massage aims to redress the energy balance in your body as a whole. In Thai medicine the body's vital energy flows through Sen channels. This energy stimulates the physical, mental and emotional processes of the body. When the channels flow freely then the body is functioning in equilibrium.

Indian Head Massage 45 Minutes  - £35


Aromatherapy in the Cairngorm National Park
Reflexology in the Cairngorm National Park

If you like what we do then please feel free to tell others…. if you don’t like what we do then please tell us.

 I think Reflexology is one of the most relaxing treatments you can have. The physical, emotional and mental benefits of a reflexology treatment with Viv are just amazing as she has that ability to make you feel totally at ease. I think Viv is a funny, intelligent, caring, kind person and also very knowledgeable. Her thirst for knowledge is so refreshing, she clearly loves what she does, and has a intuitive natural touch, she works magic with those hands! If you are thinking about trying reflexology then I'd say go for it, you wont be disappointed... Many Thanks Viv  xxx  Angela, Grantown On Spey 

It is with great pleasure I write this testimonial for Vivian. I am fortunate to have had therapies with Vivian, at the moment I am receiving reflexology and have found this to be beneficial to my well being,Vivian is very conscientious  and principled,  she thinks only of the comfort of her patient, she has a very soothing touch and is thorough about hygiene and cleanliness, Vivian and I are members of the same church and I have always found her to be loving and compassionate with everyone she meets especially those less fortunate than ourselves, I would say that anybody who has the good fortune to  have Vivian as their therapist is a very lucky person..Sally, Ardersier, Inverness 


Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm

Saturday - 10am - 4pm

Sunday - closed


Map showing Aviemore Beauty and Alternative Therapy centre, the best activities in the Cairngorms