Today I cried, really cried. Wept like a baby in fact. I can’t remember the last time I did that. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever had an experience such as the one I had this afternoon. No, thank God, I didn’t lose a loved one, break up with a boyfriend or have a horrific and painful accident. There was nothing traumatic about my crying but rather I was so emotional because a part of me was allowed to escape that had never seen the light of day before. But I’m getting way ahead of myself here. Let’s take a step back.
Remember a few months back I wrote about ila? Ila is a brand that doesn’t just sell beauty, they sell spiritual enlightenment. The founder, Denise Leicester, is one of the most incredible women I have ever come into contact with. She’s made it her life’s mission to bring us natural beauty products that not only nourish the outer layer of skin, but also our physical and mental well being from the inside out. When I first met Denise she claimed that her products could actually change your energy field. I sort of laughed it off and thought to myself, “who on earth believes these sort of statements.” Oh how ridiculous I feel now for ever allowing those thoughts to surface. After using the products for one week I did actually feel everyday as if weights were being lifted from my shoulders.
However, today an entire mountain of issues was removed from my body. Today I was treated to a Kundalini Back Massage at Gielly Green in London. I was asked a while ago if I wanted to experience an ila treatment and without a moment’s hesitation I said yes. Now, because these treatments are so popular it can be quite difficult to get an appointment (call now if this is of interest). I must admit that I’ve never done anything like this before. This is the ultimate in self indulgence and let’s just say I rarely have time for that these days. So when I arrived at Gielly Green I had no idea what to expect.
I was greeted by Holly Gumble, who I shall forever refer to as my ‘healer’. Holly truly did more for me today in one hour than what I imagine most registered psychologists do for patients after years of work. And she did it without saying a word. I can feel your inner cynic rearing its ugly head right now! If I was reading someone else’s words on this topic right now I’d be rolling my eyes and wondering what spaceship they’ve just hoped off of. Stick with me here, folks.
I was lead into a room that looks like your typical spa quarters, only the smell that filled the air was something not of this world. It was too sublime for words. It was ila. Holly asked me to undress and sit on the end of bed wrapped in a warm white towel while she prepared outside. She reentered the room, barefoot, carrying a massive glazed bowl of warm water. It all instantly felt like something out of a movie about the life of Jesus Christ. I make that reference because when she sat before me and washed my feet and so delicately swept away the London city streets from my soles, I couldn’t help but think of Mary Magdalene washing the feet of Jesus Christ. There was such a kindness in the way she handled my limbs and the way in which she watered and dried them, like a mother bathing her child. I confess, it was a very confusing experience. I immediately felt calmer. Holly later explained to me that with every treatment they perform, they always start with washing the feet as this helps wash away the toxins in our bodies.
I was asked to lie face down on the bed as my Healer carefully removed the towel from my bare back and began the Kundalini Back Massage. From here I cannot possibly describe for you, appropriately, what happened. One minute I was thinking about how exactly I would start this article and the next I was being taken through a series of dreams as I came in and out of a sort of strange slumber. Music played in the background. It was music that Denise Leicester had recorded herself. And the only thing you could hear was this music, that’s it. Nothing else at all could be heard, not even the healer walking around you. I knew I was in the room with another person but I felt completely on my own. The combination of unique ila products and phenomenal massage then really took over and I watched as my tears landed on the floor below me. They strolled down my face calmly as Holly continued to apply pressure to my back. It was if with every stroke she was peeling away a stress that I had been carrying for so long. I was shocked and a little bit embarrassed that I behaved in this manner. Who goes to have a massage and cries half way through? This didn’t come as a shock to Holly, however. In fact, this is what happens during a Kundalini. It’s because this isn’t a massage. It truly is a spiritual enlightenment. After 45 minutes I was at a point where I wished it would never end. It was obvious there were so many layers, from so many years, that needed to be shed. Holly whispered to me that the treatment was over, after one hour, and poured me fresh water to rehydrate.
We sat and talked. We spoke as if we had known each other for years. We talked of our mutual admiration for Denise and Holly told me about her training with ila and her incredible joy at being able to work with such life changing products. She then decided to concentrate on me and really started in as someone who was genuinely concerned about my state of mind and well being. She described what she saw in me simply from what was seen in my back. My best friends could have not been more spot on. Everyone knows I am stressed. I am a woman that more or less carries the jobs of ten women. No one can keep that up forever and Holly could feel it. She knew I wasn’t lying on the table calmly enjoying the experience. She sensed that my head was working overtime throughout and she wanted to help. She explained that what we had done during the massage was a very involved process and that I might find myself really breaking down later. She suggested an evening bath with ila bath salts, scrub and oil and warned me that what we had done there today could manifest later in the day. We won’t go into that but I’ll just say that after finishing my delightful ila bath, I could have filled another tub with the tears that flowed down my cheeks.
I have booked another treatment with Holly in two weeks time and I will probably continue the treatments for some time to come. This is one of the hardest reviews I’ve ever had to write because I cannot accurately explain to you why it was so amazing. You really do have to try it for yourself. I will confess that this treatment was complimentary as a gift from ila. But every treatment that I book in the future I am paying for with my own hard earned cash. I am so particular about where I spend my money and I remind you again that I don’t do self indulgence when it comes to my body- unless you count pounding on a treadmill for an hour a day as an indulgence. So for me to devote the time and the money to this is a big deal. I believe that what I had done today was life changing and I encourage you, my dear friends and readers, to give this a shot.
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