I’ve always been interested in crystals and seem to be drawn to their invisible pull. Victoria Beckham uses them backstage at her fashion shows. Miranda Kerr places them in her meditation come yoga room. Katy Perry sleeps with one in her hand at night. Welcome to the increasingly popular world of healing crystals.
Having first risen to popularity during the 1970s, crystal healing has made a resurgence in recent years,with the likes of Cara Delevingne, Lena Dunham and Adele raving about their calming, fortune bringing and healing properties. But when you have celebrities forking out over £380,000 on crystals and collectors claiming they've been healed from addictions thanks to a stone's natural energy, it's hard to decipher exactly what they do, how they work and whether buying them is just another excuse for the Hollywood elite to spend their money. This is where Theresa from Crystal Cottage in Ryton came in and I was kindly invited along to try out some treatments and get some questions answered. We opted for a Neal’s Yard Signature Facial with Crystal Healing.
So what is Crystal Healing? Crystal healing is a term that applies to a certain type of therapy which involves placing gem stones on your body or in nearby places to help draw out negative energy. Crystals have existed on earth for millions of years. They're a tool which work with your energy field to absorb, focus and direct energies.
Walking into Crystal Cottage I felt at ease, the aromas in the room smelt amazing and it’s as if all the troubles of the world had been melted away. This was a good start. Theresa’s presence is super welcoming, it’s as if I’d known her for years. We went into the back room where I was offered a hot drink, which I opted for a herbal tea and we sat down and chatted for around half an hour. From there I was guided into the therapy room which was so relaxing, with its soft lighting, therapeutic music and subtle glow of fairy lights, I knew this was going to be magical.
My Signature Neal’s Yard Organic Facial Treatment began with a hand and foot massage. During the Facial, a calendula cleanser was used followed by a rose scented toner. The facial commenced with a rose Facial Polish, Rose Facial oil, Wild Rose Beauty a Balm, White Tea Tree eye gel, Palmarosa Mattifyer and Rose Daily Moisturiser. Teresa chose the rose facial prior to me coming to Crystal Cottage and it’s as if she could read my mind. Rose is one of my favourite scents and flowers so she could not have got this more right if she tried.
The Crystal Healing was carried out during my facial after my face mask was applied. For the crystals Theresa used a full set of chakra stones which includes obsidian base chakra, carnelian sacral chakra, tigers eye solar plexus chakra, rose Quartz heart chakra, blue lace agate throat chakra, amethyst third eye chakra and clear quartz crown chakra. The combination of all of these assists to rebalance the chakras (energy centres) bringing harmony to the body and boosting the bodies own self healing capacities. Around my body she used Clear Quartz points. Clear Quartz is a master crystal and was used in this scenario to boost the energy of all the other crystals making the healing experience more powerful.
Initially after the treatment I felt so relaxed, it was so nice to have a bit of me time and to help fade the everyday worries of life away for a couple of hours. I felt revived, energised and ready to take on whatever was thrown at me. The crystals definitely brought about a feeling of calm and knowingness. When the crystals were placed on my body my energy felt heightened but I felt at peace and in flow with the universe. Crystals are a part of the earth so they're a great way to feel more connected to the balance of nature. It's so easy to go for days without seeing nature so using them is a great way to reconnect with your surroundings.
I know there will be skeptics out there in two minds whether or not Crystal Healing works so I’ll tell you this... Crystals are strongly connected to your energy and intuition. If someone is deeply skeptical, there isn't a way to 'talk' them into it – they have to do what feels comfortable to them. If Crystal Healing doesn't sound good for them, then they shouldn't do it. If you choose to be closed off , you're not able to open up your energy to anything but it doesn’t mean to say you can’t try something else?! Tarot Cards, massage, there is something for everyone! However, if you're interested or curious about crystals, go and see Theresa. No harm, no fail. Besides, crystals are a piece of the earth so even if you didn't want to open yourself up to their energies, they're still beautiful pieces of stone to look at and it’s nice to have some you time to zone out of everyday life.
Not only does Theresa offer alternative therapies but also massage, manicures, pedicures and facials, not forgetting packages to suit baby showers and bridal parties so next time you’re considering a spa day, don’t forget to support local and give Theresa a call - I can guarantee you will be well looked after! Keep an eye of her Facebook page too for some amazing offers. Needless to say, this was my first visit but it certainly won’t be my last! Come on ladies and gents, support local at Crystal Cottage!