The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)

The ANS is a system of nerves and ganglia, that regulates the body's functions and concerns itself with the distribution and reception of predominantly involuntary impulses to the heart (changing its rate and force of beating).

Including, secretory glands and smooth muscle (e.g. in blood vessels, intestinal tract and airways, vasoconstriction or dilation of arterioles) and glands (increasing or decreasing their secretion) of which we have no direct voluntary control.

The Parasympathetic Nervous System PNS

That part of the involuntary nervous system which balances the sympathetic nervous system by relaxing and slowing the heart rate, digestion; causes pupil dilation and other responses to ‘fight or flight.’ Also called relaxation response.

The Sympathetic Nervous System SNS

Originates in the thoracic regions of the spinal cord; opposes physiological effects of the parasympathetic: reduces digestive secretions; speeds the heart; contracts blood vessels

The Endocrine System

"The endocrine system is the system of glands, each of which secretes different types of hormones directly into the bloodstream (some of which are transported along nerve tract to maintain homoeostasis. The endocrine system is in contrast to the exocrine system, which secretes its chemicals using ducts. The word endocrine derives from the Greek words "endo" meaning inside, within, and "crinis" for secrete. The endocrine system is an information signal system like the nervous system, yet its effects and mechanism are unclassifiably different. The endocrine system's effects are slow to initiate, and prolonged in their response, lasting from a few hours up to weeks. The nervous system sends information very quickly, and responses are generally short-lived. Hormones are substances (chemical mediators) released from endocrine tissue into the bloodstream where they travel to target tissue and generate a response. Hormones regulate various human functions, including metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sleep, and mood'.

The Olfactory & Limbic Systems

The Olfactory system is the initial point where odour molecules are detected at the top of the nasal cavity, where 50 million cell receptors called 'cilia' are located.

The odour molecule is detected and sends signals through to the Olfactory bulb and beyond to the Hypothalamus, Amygdala and other significant areas within the Limbic System.

The Olfactory system is the initial point where odour molecules are detected at the top of the nasal cavity, where 50 million cell receptors called 'cilia' are located.


Is about the size of a pearl, this structure directs a multitude of important functions. It wakes you up in the morning and gets the adrenaline flowing. The hypothalamus is also an important emotional centre, controlling the molecules that make you feel exhilarated, angry, or unhappy.


Is almond shaped and is involved in emotional responses, hormonal secretions, and memory.


"The treatment starts with an in-depth consultation combined with a q&a detailing lifestyle habits to enable the therapist to personalise and tailor the treatment specifically for each client.

Concentrating on the face and body, the treatment focuses on reflexology points along the spine and works on the autonomic nervous system to stimulate the blood and lymph circulation and induce stress relief and relaxation. Essential oils are used as part of the aromatherapy massage to add to the overall holistic nature of the treatment......this meant that there was no point during the treatment where muscles tightened causing that all too familiar involuntary jolting feeling. There was also a huge amount of emphasis placed on the facial massage and the feeling of tension relief was immediately apparent.

When blood circulation becomes slow, so the lymph flow also decreases which makes it increasingly hard for the body to dispose of waste. The Micheline Arcier Aromatherapie Massage Treatment Technique encouraging the elimination of toxic materials from the body, which also promotes general detoxing and as a result, it's recommended that clients ensure they drink plenty of water post treatment"!