Beauty from within

Beauty from within

Q. How can I take care of my wellbeing ahead of my wedding and not feel overwhelmed with the planning?

A. Mia Towndrow says: It's essential to take care of your wellbeing in the lead-up to your wedding by investing in some me-time. Pre-wedding pampering and self-care are vital to helping us not only look, but also feel, amazing from the inside.

Too often, brides-to-be are focusing on finding their dress, choosing make-up and hairstyles and worrying about the guest list. But by the time the wedding approaches, they can be left feeling physically and mentally drained before a day that's meant to be a happy occasion.

It's worth investing in some pampering treatments at least a few weeks, or months, before your wedding. Some of my best-selling holistic treatments are bespoke packages which include Indian head massage, holistic facials, Swedish or aromatherapy massage, reflexology and reiki.

Indian head massage can deeply relax the mind and body and has many benefits. Based on Ayurvedic techniques, I massage the scalp, neck and back using acupressure techniques on the face to help release and drain toxins naturally. The treatment helps to release muscular tension around the scalp and upper body and provide natural pain relief for headaches and migraines. It also improves sleep and increases mental clarity, and also stimulates hair growth.

Aromatherapy massage combines the use of essential oils and therapeutic massage. It's deeply beneficial for a bride who is feeling overwhelmed. Essential oils are wonderful at healing the body naturally. An oil blend, for example, clary sage and ylang-ylang, will provide uplifting, relaxing and anti-viral properties that benefit the nervous and immune system. It helps promote good skin and ease any inflammation, muscular aches and pains, cramps, and fluid retention, and can also aid digestion.

Combining treatments with therapy such as reiki, which originates from Japan, is also healing for the body and mind. It can help the bride feel balanced, release tension, improve focus, and promote good health.

Mia Towndrow, Pure Wellbeing Therapy