Wise Woman Wellbeing

With Sophia Russell MFHT

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  • Aromatherapist 

  • Homeopath

  • Reiki Master

  • M Technique Practitioner

  • Weleda Wellbeing Advisor

  • Founder Hestia's Flame Natural Candles

"I highly recommend Sophia. I've had Reiki, massage and facials - ALL of which left me feeling sublime. She offers a welcoming and nurturing service. The products used are natural and of superior quality. Thanks Sophia."

Hello, I’m Sophia and I would like to share with you my passion for natural wellbeing.  This has been a fascination of mine for many years and I have been acquiring the skills to work with and treat you since my twenties.

I started out as a Birth and Postnatal Doula and accompanied many women and their families through pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period.  What a huge honour to be chosen to care for, mentor, prepare and support in this way!  Did you know that having a Doula with you drastically reduces your likelihood of having a caesarean section or instrumental delivery?  And it shortens your labour!  I see child birth as a natural and healthy event and love to hold the space for women who are empowering themselves to have a conscious and honoured transition from maiden to mother.

I came across Reiki when I was learning Karate Do and I was fascinated by the idea of channelling Ki energy for the highest will and good of the person needing healing.  To advance through the higher levels of karate, it is essential that a karateka cultivate spiritual power, and the basic element of this power is ki. Ki is an amorphous, undefinable force, but it is generally described as the energy of life itself.  I am now a master of the Usui Shiki Ryoho lineage of Reiki natural healing - read all about that on my Reiki page.  

Having learned that the scented candles I so loved were actually quite harmful to wellbeing, I started experimenting with natural waxes and essential oils to make healthy, beneficial and environmentally friendly ones.   Hestia’s Flame Natural Candles is the result – luxurious aromatherapy candles, hand poured by me from 100% soy wax and pure essential oils only.

I had been using essential oils at home for a couple of decades before I decided to train formally as an aromatherpist.  This is a wonderful therapy!  The power of plants is truly amazing and I love to tailor essential oils in a bespoke blend to suit the needs of the individual be they physical, emotional or mental.

Scent and its power to heal us sent me off on a journey to become a Perfumer.  I really wanted to understand how to structure a perfume and how to make a scent using only natural materials.  This is a service I now offer to a few clients.

I chose to train as an M Technique practitioner so I could offer healing touch to people who are very fragile and for whom traditional massage is unsuitable.  It’s wonderful for everyone though – do try it because although it is very gentle, it works cumulatively and very deeply indeed on all levels.

Desiring an organic and biodynamic range of skin care products to complement my aromatherapy facial massage, I chose to become a wellbeing advisor for certified natural skin care and health care organisation Weleda.  I use their award winning products in my treatments and can help you choose the items best suited to keep you – and the planet – feeling happy and well. 

Most recently, I have embarked on the training to become a registered Homeopath.  I am so grateful for this system of medicine and have used it for many years for my family and animals.  It feels like another life’s work all on its own at the moment and I am now in supervised practice.

Come and see me for a truly holistic approach to your health and wellbeing.  I practice at home in South Chailey, and at Village Hair and Beauty in North Chailey near Lewes in East Sussex and am fully insured by the Federation of Holistic Therapists.


Training and Qualifications 

Certified M Technique practitioner (RJ Buckle Associates)

Level 3 Diploma Aromatherapy (ITEC) Merit – includes Anatomy and Physiology diploma

Weleda Skin Care and Wellbeing Advisor training

Level 2 Perfumery training – Cotswold Perfumery

Reiki Master – Usui Shiki Ryoho

Reiki Level 2 – Usui Shiki Ryoho

Reiki Level 1 – Usui Shiki Ryoho

Birth Crisis – Sheila Kitzinger

Doula UK – recognised Birth and Postnatal Doula

Working Doula Training – British School of Nurturing Doulas

Doula Training and Perinatal First Aid  – Michel Odent (Paramana)

Doula Training – British School of Nurturing Doulas