How long have you been a clinical Aromatherapist?

I qualified in 1995, so over 21 years

Who are your clients?

My clients are busy professional people who struggle with finding a good work/life balance and who need to relax both mentally and physically and get back to living a full life their way. I also specialise in pain relief. I like to think of myself as rescuing busy professionals from reaching breaking point and supporting them to live life to the full.

How are you different from other Aromatherapists?

My unique 5-step approach based on my science background and extensive training.

What type of person do you work best with?

Someone who is willing to commit to his or her own health and wellbeing and chooses to be in control of their health. Perhaps they realise that relaxation and better sleep are the keys to feeling their best but just don’t know how to relax or get a good night’s sleep.

Does this actually work?

Unequivocally ‘yes’ please refer to the testimonials page.

How long will it take to see results?

I would expect you to feel relaxed immediately during and after your session. Pain relief may take a little longer but I expect my clients to do their ‘homework’ and use any cream/lotions I make up along with heeding any advice about using ice, stretches etc. I often give pain charts for clients to complete to get a better understanding of progress.

What kind of packages do you offer?

I offer several Aromalieve™ packages depending on the time you have available to work with me. Please see the Treatments Page for more details.

How long will we work together and what does the program entail?

The packages are designed in six-month blocks so you get the best from your treatments and their effect is cumulative. Some of my clients have been seeing me for over 10 years and find their monthly massage essential to their wellbeing and general health once they have resolved their initial reason for making an appointment.

Do you have any testimonials?

Yes, lots please look at the testimonials page.

What is the investment required?

Please see the Aromalieve™ packages on the Treatments page

Does this work for everyone?

You get out what you put in! Do your homework.
I believe everyone benefits from relaxation and better sleep. Everyone I treat leaves the treatment room feeling more relaxed. I truly believe there is always something that can be done to make someone feel more comfortable, even in situations where there may be complications or contraindications. I am happy to help clients in cases which some therapists find ‘scary’ and refuse to help! (Like pregnancy, cancer care or stroke care). It goes without saying that  in these cases, I always seek the appropriate consent from a client’s medical doctor before starting on a treatment programme.

How do I pay?

The preferred payment method is direct bank transfer prior to treatment, despatch of product purchases and/or in advance for packages. Payment can also be made by cash or cheque prior to, or at the time of, treatments. Please discuss with my PA, Lisa, if you require flexibility.

How long is a session / the massage?

An initial consultation will take approx. 90 mins including treatment. For follow up treatments please allow an hour for your session. There is always a 10 minute re-assessment at the beginning of each session to measure your progress and make sure you get the most from your time with me. Telephone advice is offered in between sessions and if required aromatic home blends can be posted to you.

Do you have to be ill / unwell to see you?

Certainly not! Often illness or injuries are the triggers to prompt someone to initially come and see me. However, the more relaxed we are the better we feel and the more efficient our immune system is.

Do you really believe in it!?

Absolutely! I am constantly amazed by the power of the oils and how they make such a difference to people. Please read the Testimonials Page. I think it’s worth remembering that plants produce essential oils when they’re stressed by the threat of infection and predators, it’s fitting that we use them for the same thing. (Maybe not predators!!)

What got you into Aromatherapy?

I remember my grandfather, I called him Sjabon who was an incredible gardener, showing me the ‘pretty flowers’ when I was about 3 years old and thinking ‘but what does it do’? I started out with a conventional degree in microbiology & genetics and worked in a laboratory, which was interesting but I missed the people contact so I re-trained in Aromatherapy and then Aromatic Medicine, essential oil chemistry is fascinating!

What’s a Clinical Aromatherapist?

Clinical Aromatherapy combines the understanding of the therapeutic properties of the essential oils with an evidence-based approach in terms of which oils to use for what ailment/relief etc.

Understanding a full history of my clients, taking into account their emotional and spiritual needs as well as their physical symptoms, is essential to ensure comprehensive and holistic care.

A Clinical Aromatherapist goes further than just accepting that Lavender, for example, is good for headaches because it’s been used for 5000 years. Although that may well be the case, a Clinical Aromatherapist will explore why it works (chemically, molecularly).

A responsible therapist should be aware of current research, be able to answer questions about efficacy and not rely on anecdotal evidence. Coming from a scientific background has eased my path into working within the NHS, becoming accepted as part of the normal care when using allopathic terms.

So you’re a beauty therapist..?


Do you do facials?

No! I know a couple of excellent beauty therapists who I personally use and am happy to give you their details for any beauty treatments.

Do you offer Indian Head Massage, reflexology, hot stones…?

I am trained in Indian Head Massage.

I am also trained in and use a type of reflexology but I use oil rather than cream or talc for treatments and give you a blend to use at home in between sessions with me.

A firm believer in “jack of all trades master of none” I use these techniques as tools, when required, in my aromatic therapy practice rather than as stand alone treatments.

There is more than a lifetime’s work and learning in essential oils alone and I prefer to concentrate on providing excellent aromatic therapy (rather than a host of therapies), which really works

Do I need to wear anything special?

No, but please don’t wear your ‘best’ underwear as the essential oils may stain! You will be covered by a towel at all times but feel free to bring warm fluffy socks if you’re prone to cold feet! The room is kept warm but body temperature drops slightly during massage. Some people prefer to bring comfortable clothes to change into after their session rather than putting a suit back on.

What if I need to cancel?

Out of respect to your therapist and other clients, a minimum of 24 hours notice is required for cancellations. A late cancellation fee will be charged on appointments cancelled within 24hours.

What happens if I’m late for my appointment?

Please arrive promptly for your appointment. Your session cannot be extended if you arrive late.

I have received a gift voucher, what do I need to do?

If you have received a gift voucher, you have six months from the date of the voucher to redeem it. Appointments for the most popular times can book up weeks or months in advance, so please don’t leave it to the last minute to book your session. Generally gift vouchers cannot be extended. The terms and conditions are on the reverse of your voucher.

Get in Touch

For further information about the benefits of aromatic therapy, to book a consultation or appointment, call the Shelley Baker Aromatic Therapy practice today.

07732 174614Send us an email

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