We offer over 30 different complementary therapies available at our London centres in Notting Hill and Islington. Therapies have been an integral part of the community at The Life Centre since we first opened our doors 19 years ago. Meet our therapists or contact our reception team who are happy to advise on the right therapy for you.

* Available for babies and children, as well as adults.

** Specially suitable during pregnancy: if you would rather not treat aches and pains or illnesses with medication, try one of our natural therapies.

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Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs **

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine sterile needles to clear blockages in the meridians of the body.

It is based on the principles of Chinese medicine, which assert that the life force (Chi) flows through the twelve meridians of the body. Each meridian is associated with a particular body system or organ. Sluggish or blocked meridians give rise to health problems and imbalance.

Treatments

  • First appointment — 45 mins
  • Follow-up — 30 mins
  • First appointment, Consultation only (no treatment) — 15 mins
  • Mei Hung

    Wednesdays, 18.00-21.00
  • Gang Zhu

    Tuesdays, 13.00-21.30
    Wednesdays, 13.00-17.00
    Thursdays, 13.00-21.30
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Aromatherapy Massage

The systematic use of essential oils in holistic treatments to improve physical well being. Essential oils, extracted from plants, possess distinctive therapeutic properties that can be utilised to improve health and prevent disease.

Their physiological and psychological effects combine well to promote positive health. The oils are ready absorbed through the skin and have gentle physiological effects. Aromatherapy is an especially effective treatment for stress-related problems and a variety of chronic conditions.

Treatments

  • Aromatherapy & reflexology combination — 80 mins
  • Aromatherapy — 60 mins
  • Aromatherapy massage — 80 mins
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Ayurvedic Back Massage

A massage treatment for your neck, back, shoulders and arms. Excellent for frozen shoulders, sciatica, muscle tensions, strains, backache. A revitalising massage for a full back relaxation.

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  • 30, 45 mins
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Ayurvedic Consultation

A dosha constitution and short consultation. Ayurvedic healing system aims to bring health to the physical body, peace on the mind and inspiration on the spirit.

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  • 30 mins
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Ayurvedic Detox/Exfoliation Massage

Ayurvedic detox treatment , specific ground ayurvedic herbs are vigorously rubbed over the body to help draw out impurities and reduce water retention. Udvartana is good for exfoliation, cleansing skin , pure blood circulation.

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  • 30, 45 mins
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Ayurvedic Facial Massage

Ayurvedic face massage – an ancient procedure that will leave you smiling with a visible natural face lift. Working on the face , neck and head , Mukhabhyanga is a remedial therapy where firm pressure lifts facial muscles leaving youthful glow that is a result of regular treatments. Massage to marma(vital) points increases energy flow and is also beneficial for problem lines.

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  • 45 mins
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Ayurvedic Full Body Massage

Abhyanga helps to balance daily life, promotes relaxation and detoxification, and relieves fatigue, anxiety and skin complaints such as eczema. It also increases body awareness, strengthens all body parts and internal organs. Very beneficial to improve sleep. Ayurveda suggests that a full body massage every 3 weeks will help the body to eliminate toxins faster from the system.

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  • 60, 90 mins
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Ayurvedic Head Massage

Shirobhyanga works by releasing the tension stored at specific marma (vital) points of the head and neck and with a firm and gentle rhythm which relieves stress. It also nourishes the scalp promoting healthier hair. Best treatment to eliminate tensions, chronic neck problems, migraines, and improve blood circulation and lymph flow.

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  • 30, 45 mins
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Ayurvedic Pummelling Massage

Therapeutic ayurvedic herbal powders are crushed in a traditional pestal and mortar and tied into a muslin cloth which forms the medium for this treatment. known in India a bolus. After warming , oil is applied to the body using the bolus and an ayurvedic technique known as pummelling. This is treatment is extremely nourishing, strengthening and rejuvenating.

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  • 30, 45 mins
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Cranio-Sacral Therapy *

The body experiences subtle rhythmic tidal motions, which are thought to be a direct expression of the health of the system, both physical as well as mental and emotional. Palpation of these tide-like motions allows craniosacral therapists to facilitate change in areas of restriction. This restriction of movement corresponds to a lack of the capacity of the life force to express its self-healing. Through the application of subtle, intelligent touch, a wide variety of chronic and acute conditions can be treated as well as providing a way to induce profound relaxation and to raise vitality.

Craniosacral Therapy is so gentle that it is also suitable for babies, children and the elderly.

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  • 60 mins
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Deep Tissue Massage

Deep pressure massage releases muscular aches and pains by stimulating blood flow to congested areas and boosting the lymphatic system and joint mobility.

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  • 60, 90, 120 mins
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Energetic Body Work

Energetic Bodywork is an effort in the field of psychosomatic and alternative healing that demonstrates the links between specific tissue and emotional stress, which ultimately leads to the solution best for you.

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  • 60 mins
  • 90 mins
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Homeopathy * / **

Working on the principle of curing like with like, a detailed case history is taken in order to select a remedy.

Homeopathy is an effective and scientific system of healing which assists the natural tendency of the body to heal itself. It recognises that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person and that it is the patient who needs treatment not the disease.

Homeopathy can be used to treat almost any condition and is extremely effective in treating children.

Treatments

  • First appointment — 90 mins
  • Follow-up — 45 mins
  • Children under 12, First appointment — 60 mins
  • Children under 12, Follow-up — 30 mins
  • 60 mins
  • 45 mins
  • Children — 45 mins
  • 30 mins

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Hot Stone Massage

This treatment uses heated basalt and chilled marble stones to give a really relaxing and detoxifying massage. tones are specifically mapped out to work into the body and then used to massage with oils, this can be a facial massage, reflexology massage, alternatively it can all be incorporated into a luxurious full body treatment.

Treatments

  • 60 mins
  • 90 mins
  • 120 mins
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Hypnobirthing **

Relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques to eliminate the fear and tension that cause long labour and pain, replacing it with confidence, calm and comfort.

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Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy enables one to access and utilise the power of the unconscious mind in order to overcome problems, make changes and achieve goals.

Treatments

  • Hypnotherapy 5 PATH (3-5 sessions) — 80 mins
  • Hypnotherapy for smokers (2 sessions) — 80 mins
  • Self-hypnosis sessions 7 PATH — 60 mins
  • The Balance Procedure — 60 mins

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Indian Head Massage **

Massage of the scalp, face and shoulders, which soothes, comforts and re-balances the energy flow in order to promote a feeling of peace, tranquillity and well-being. Very effective for easing stress, anxiety and insomnia.

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  • 30, 60 mins
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Manual Lymphatic Drainage **

This is an extremely light, repetitive hands-on treatment that re-energises the lymphatic system to expel toxins from the body.

Skin is massaged across and along pathways to increase the flow of the lymphatic system, correcting any excess of fluid within the body tissues. During and after pregnancy it alleviates fluid congestion, reduces stretch marks and helps with tired legs, back pain and other aches and pains.

Treatments

  • Full body — 90 mins
  • Specific — 60 mins
  • For pregnancy — 60 mins

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McTimoney Chiropractic * / **

McTimoney Chiropractic is a gentle whole body manipulative treatment aimed to rebalance the body’s joints, bones and muscles.

At every consultation the whole body is assessed and treated as needed using the practitioner’s hands only. Since the bones are never forced into place, the treatment is relatively gentle and comfortable to receive.

Treatments

  • 60, 30 mins

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Metamorphic Technique *

In this subtle transformative and healing technique, a light touch on the spinal reflexes in feet, hands and head stimulates the recipient’s own inner energies.

Treatments

  • 60 mins
  • Children under 16 — 30 mins
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Nutrition

We are all unique. Individual. As such we all have different nutritional needs that match our lifestyle and environment. Nutritional therapy works by bringing the body into balance, providing each patient with the correct nutrients from food and sometimes supplements.

The goal is to get to the heart of each patient’s issues, looking at body systems imbalances, rather than treating symptoms in isolation. Functional tests are sometimes used to understand the health and efficiency of a body system.

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  • 60, 45 mins
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Nutritional Therapy *

Nutrition is increasingly understood as a key element in both physical health and mental wellbeing. But how do we navigate the innumerable choices in an increasingly complex environment in which there is an overload of information, products and people, all offering to heal us? To support our busy lifestyles and the increasing glut of options, an easy and accessible method is required to help incorporate the right approach to food and nutrition in a manageable way.

Samantha’s aim is to offer a helping hand in achieving optimal health, both physically and mentally, by providing a customised, easy to implement and life-style friendly plan.

Whether the concern is weight loss or gain, managing an autoimmune condition, alleviating stress, fatigue, and anxiety, or a general lack-lustre feeling toward life, with the aid of a wholesome diet, we can re-balance the body and restore it to its natural state of harmony.

Treatments

  • First appointment — 90 mins
  • Follow-up — 60 mins
  • Children
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Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a system of physical medicine designed to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal problems including :

• Spinal injury, disc degeneration and prolapse, arthritic conditions
• Peripheral joint conditions and injury
• Neck and shoulder pain
• Post surgical recovery eg after hip replacement
• Headaches, migraines and whiplash injuries
• Sports injuries
• Many stress related symptoms and conditions

After a full medical case history and examination is taken in the first session, the techniques used are always gentle and specifically chosen to realign the patient’s body in order to improve the function of their spine and/or limbs and therefore successfully relieve their symptoms.

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  • 45 mins
  • Children - 45 mins
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Cranial Osteopathy * / **

Cranial Osteopathy is a specialisation within osteopathy and can be used to treat many of the above problems and is also particularly useful in treating :

• Post traumatic injury eg traffic accidents, whiplash and head injuries
• Stress related disorders
• Post surgical recovery and scar tissue release
• Geriatric degenerative conditions of the elderly
• Pre and post natal physical issues for mum eg spinal and pelvic pain
• Colic, reflux, feeding and sleeping problems in newborns
• A wide range of physical issues in older toddlers and children

Osteopathic treatment has a very broad range of treatment options and conditions which will benefit any age group from newborn to the very elderly.

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  • 45 mins
  • Children - 45 mins
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Past Life Regression

Past life regression is a process used as a tool to help you answer questions and solve problems that you are tackling in this life, using hypnosis in a calm and gentle way to access the deeper parts of yourself in your subconscious mind.

Taking a past life journey reveals many things on many levels and the process gives opportunity to reconcile and heal the issues that emerge. Those issues will be paralleling the issues that need addressing in this life. Sometimes the parallels are obvious, sometime they take time to digest, but always there will be subtle shifts in our awareness that allows us to take a step forward.

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  • 120 mins
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Pregnancy Aromatherapy Massage **

In pregnancy aromatherapy massage, essential oils are used systematically in holistic treatments to improve physical wellbeing. Essential oils, extracted from plants, possess distinctive therapeutic properties, which can be utilised to improve health, prevent disease and can be especially beneficial in pregnancy, pre- and post-natally. Their physiological and psychological effects combine well to promote positive health, and a unique therapeutic combination of essential oils tailored to your special requirements will be blended. The oils are ready absorbed through the skin and have gentle physiological effects.

Whilst being treated, a specially designed system of pregnancy cushions enables you to lie in supreme comfort.

Treatments

  • 60 mins
  • Karen Clayton

    Fridays, 17.30-21.30
    Sundays, 10.00-14.00
    Thursdays, 08.30-12.30
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Pregnancy Massage **

Pregnancy massage helps to improve the circulation, reduces puffiness and heaviness, releases tight muscles and promotes good posture. By reducing stress levels and encouraging physical health, massage assist the healthy balance of pre- and post-natal hormones, easing the emotional transition to motherhood.

The treatment can be with or without cushions.

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  • 60, 90, 120 mins
  • Some therapists - 30 mins
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Pregnancy Reflexology **

Nerve endings in the feet are gently massage to stimulate vital organs in the body and encourage the body’s natural healing processes. During pregnancy it is particularly recommended for digestive problems, headaches, morning sickness, oedema, tired legs, feet and lower back, raised blood pressure and labour ease. It can also be used to induce overdue labour.

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  • 60 mins
  • Some therapists - 30 mins
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Private Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy is the personalised application of yoga techniques to fit the current needs and interests of the individual. It is an integrated mind-body approach for restoring balance and adaptive functioning to the physical (musculoskeletal), physiological (digestion, respiration, cardiovascular, endocrine, and immune), and mental/emotional systems.

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  • First appointment - 90 mins
  • Follow-up - 60 mins

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Reflexology

A therapy in which the nerve endings primarily in the feet are stimulated by specific massage techniques to effect changes in specific parts of the body, boosting health and healing. Nerve endings are imbedded in the feet and hands that then travel to the spinal cord and to various parts of the body. Stimulating these nerve endings thereby helps promote relaxation, improve circulation, stimulate vital organs in the body and encourage the body’s natural healing processes.

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  • 60 mins
  • Some therapists - 30 mins

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Reiki

A Japanese form of spiritual healing and means “Universal life energy”. Acting on the aura, physical and emotional levels, Reiki is a system of hands-on healing, whereby energy is transferred using the Chakras or energy centres of the body. It is beneficial for easing many conditions including stress and related conditions, and is also beneficial for emotional imbalances and relaxation.

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  • 60 mins
  • 90 mins
  • 120 mins
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Rejuvanessence

A light massage treatment of the face, which release muscular tension in the 91 muscles of the face and gently helps the connective tissue to regain its elasticity and vitality, reducing frowns, wrinkles and worry lines and greatly improving the complexion and texture of the skin. Tense muscles have bad circulation which blocks energy paths causing tension, pain and discomfort.

Rejuvanessence also works on the acupuncture points and meridians to release this blocked energy thus relieving headache, jaw, neck and shoulder pain. The energy in the body is balanced, the nervous system find tuned, and harmony of body and mind is restored.

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  • 60 mins
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Relationship Compatibility Study

A written report comparing two persons’ birth charts for successful matrimonial relationship, companionship, business partnership or Employer-employee relationship; includes a breakdown of the specific calculations and a written report highlighting the positive and challenging aspects with advice on how to overcome the latter. Screen potential partners for emotional/psychological, material/financial, sexual, spiritual/subtle body, health, longevity, and karmic compatibility. These readings help you avoid choosing the wrong life partner for superficial reasons; sometimes the right person can be overlooked because they are going through a difficult period of life. Looking specifically at the long-term viability of a potential life partner this study helps you see a bigger picture, via factors which cannot be so easily determined in the earlier stages of a relationship.

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  • First appointment, Includes a written report and a 30min discussion about the results of the study
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Rolfing *

Rolfing is an original and scientifically validated system of body restructuring and movement education.

Through a process of re-education, Rolfing brings the body back into alignment with gravity. Rolfing isn’t just vigorous deep-tissue massage — a Rolfer actually wants to change the structure of your body. By creating freedom of movement and space within the structures of your body, the restricted connective tissue, muscle fibres, joints and internal fascial web are released from life-long holding patterns.

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  • 70 mins

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Skilful Touch Bodywork

Skilful Touch Bodywork comes from the foundations of Rolfing but is more of a general whole body treatment. While it uses the same technique as Rolfing — Myofascial Release — it is not considered “process work” for the body and so can be received on a more ad hoc basis to support removing discomfort from the connective tissue system.

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  • 70 mins
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Somatic Experiencing

Somatic Experiencing is a form of Body- therapy aimed at relieving and resolving the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental and physical trauma-related health problems by focusing on the client’s trapped survival cycles and associated sensations (or somatic experiences).

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  • 70 mins

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Sports Massage

The muscle balancing techniques and remedial exercises of this therapy provide an important aspect to the posture, strength, and balance of the skeletal alignment and the patterns of the movement.

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  • 30, 60 mins
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Stomach Detox Massage

Stomach detox massage is a massage to the soft abdomen to allow the release of stagnation and toxicity from the organs and surrounding tissue by increasing blood and lymph flow. When the organs cannot rid themselves of blocks the skin will take over this function.

It is easy to remove toxins from the skin and muscles greatly improving the function of the organs. By clearing the skin around the navel first we are starting to detoxify the organs, lymphatic and circulatory systems, soothe the nerves and encourage the flow of energy.

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  • 60 mins
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Thai Yoga Massage

A dynamic and interactive form of massage, Thai Yoga Massage relaxes and stimulates the lymph, blood and energy flows. It works by mobilising and opening the joints, gently stretching muscles and tendons. This treatment addresses the whole body, balancing, and deeply relaxing whilst also focusing spot-specific work for key areas of concern. In the traditional Thai manor, we deeply work each major muscle group whilst improving flexibility and range of motion.

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  • 60, 90, 120 (Cristobal Roberto only) mins

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The Balance Procedure

A powerful, unique energy procedure to relax and balance the mind, body and spirit. Combining ancient philosophy with modern quantum science, this powerful life-long self-help process can heighten your awareness of how you are creating your world.

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  • 60 mins
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Therapeutic Massage

A relaxing, total body massage by which stress and tension stored in the body are released through a variety of effective manipulation techniques.

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  • 30, 60 mins
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Tui-Na

Related to Acupuncture, whereby pressure is applied in varying degrees to the body, Tui-na removes blockages to the flow of energy, thus restoring balance, boosting the immune system and aleviating many common ailments.

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  • 30, 60, 90 mins
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Vedic Astrologer

Vedic Astrology interprets a clients unique astrological ‘blueprint’ by making a combination of technical analysis, based upon the influence of the planets on a persons individual chart, with an overlay of psychic information gained extrasensory perceptions i.e. clairvoyance (seeing), clairaudience (hearing), clairsentience (feeling) and the use of tarot cards. This fusion allows more detailed life purpose analysis and give specific future predictions, pinpointing exact dates and time frames.

*Example of the areas covered in a reading: *

  • Prediction and Forecasting: (giving a specified time frame) Love/personal and family life, children, pregnancy/child birth, money and finances, work and career.
  • Relationship Compatibility: Analysing the charts of couples or business partners to highlight strengths and potential pitfalls.
  • Evaluation: Stocks, shares, investments, property buying and selling, new revenue streams, niches in markets, futurology.
  • Location: Missing pets, objects, jewellery.
  • Elective Astrology: Planning the best dates/times for particular events to happen i.e. marriage, or launching a new business/creative endeavour.
  • Mediumship: Receiving information from loved ones in spirit (this is optional and only available if the client specifically requests it).

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  • A combination of psychic reading with predictive and elective astrology and tarot (mediumship optional). - 60 mins
  • A combination of psychic reading with indepth birth chart analysis, predictive/elective astrology, and tarot (mediumship optional) - 120 mins