At TreatNOW we are always on the look out to discover new and unusual treatments and therapies to share with you. This week we have been educating ourselves on African Owele Healing Massage from Oge, the owner of the healing practice Time Therapies in North London. We spoke to Oge about the healing treatment derived from her family’s village in Nigeria, how she runs her practice and what the future has in store for Time Therapies.
How did Time Therapies begin? What inspired this career choice for you?
I used to work in social services mainly helping with special needs children and so I have always had a nurturing instinct and the desire to help people. However, with that job it was quite difficult to progress or really feel like I was making a difference on a daily basis and so I knew I wasn’t gong to stay there. I only really make the big change over to healing and holistic therapies after I got quite ill and nothing that the doctors did was touching it, so I started to self-heal and found something that I was really passionate about. My grandmother is trained in traditional healing and so I was greatly inspired by her and we used our knowledge to heal family and friends as well as ourselves. I studied complementary therapy properly from 2002 and then Time Therapies naturally evolved from that.
What is your most popular treatment at the moment?
I can imagine that this is the same for most healing practices, as it is a treatment that everyone is familiar with and yields instant results, and that is aromatherapy massage. My style of the treatment is very soothing and deeply relaxing without being emotionally or physically intrusive for the client.
Which is your personal favourite treatment to give?
As a reiki master, my favourite treatment to give is of course reiki but I also enjoy the massages that I offer. Like I said, clients really enjoy that style of treatment and so it is great to see my work making an instant difference to someone’s mood and wellbeing.
Can you tell us a bit more about African Owele Healing massage for those who might be unfamiliar with the practice?
African Owele Healing Massage is based in shamanic practices, rituals and old religions and it is a hands on healing technique which takes the relaxing effects of massage and takes it a step further to deal with the emotional side of stress on the body. Owele Healing helps to ease muscle tension that won’t shift through regular methods and it also helps to deal with the emotional pain that is carried within the muscles and so it is quite holistic. The practice originated in my grandmother’s village Owele in Nigeria and she has taught me a great deal about the practice and how it can help my clients.
How do you make your service special for each client?
Everyone has a unique imprint of where they come from and why they become ill and so I use combined techniques to help people feel better. I always provide aftercare advice, which usually includes certain diet and exercise requirements. I also try to provide complimentary treatments to really get the most out what I can offer, so for example reflexology goes really well with most treatments and so I try to advise people to have this in addition to their main treatment.
In your opinion, what is the selling point of your brand? What makes you different from other practices?
I think what makes Time Therapies unique is the fact that I do practice Owele healing which is not really over in the UK yet even though it is very common in Africa. I think my treatments work well on all sorts of people and I make them feel truly comfortable as I really care about their wellbeing.
How do you make sure that your customers find you?
Well I work mainly on word of mouth to push my home and office visits and I guess it is all about reputation, but I also use social media to keep my clients up to date whilst I am on the go. However, I am moving to a more central location to open up my own practice and so hopefully that will bring in some more clientele and spread the Time Therapies healing message further.
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