Holistic Facials

Holistic facials are not just about glowing skin, they can also provide support for headaches and migraines, relieving tension and stress, sinus issues and upper back pain

Holistic Facials

Holistic facials are not just about glowing skin.  Using sinus drainage, lymphatic moves and acupressure on the face, neck, scalp, upper back and shoulders they can also provide support for headaches and migraines, relieving tension and stress, congestion, sinus issues and neck, shoulder and upper back pain. 


Aside from the obvious aesthetic

benefits of nourishing and promoting healthier looking skin, the focus is on

your health and well-being. Whether you want some me time or you’re looking for

support with more specific health and well-being issues you’ll leave your

treatment feeling relaxed, rebalanced and restored.

Prices and Availability

Appointments are available from my treatment room at Elmswell or in the heart of historic Bury St Edmunds at Neal’s Yard Remedies on Abbeygate Street. Both treatment rooms are easily accessible from Newmarket, Thetford, Cambridge, Sudbury, Ipswich, Stowmarket and Diss.

I’m also at The Heart of Holistic Health in Ongar, Essex on Friday’s. Situated on the pretty High Street with plenty of parking less than 3 minutes away, the clinic is easily reached from Chelmsford, Bishop’s Stortford, Harlow, Braintree, Billericay, Saffron Walden and Basildon.

  • Full treatment: £65 for a 60 minute appointment
  • Express treatment: £35 for a 30 minute appointment
  • Combinations: Add on 30 minutes Ear Candling or Reflexology for £30, 60 minutes of Reflexology for £60
What is a holistic facial?

A holistic facial focuses on the whole of you and is not interested purely in the aesthetic appearance of your skin.  The treatment involves working on your face, scalp, décolletage, arms and hands using a variety of techniques that will have an impact on the whole body:


  • Acupressure 
  • Massage
  • Hand Reflexology
  • Lymphatic drainage
What are the benefits of a holistic facial?

Aside from the obvious aesthetic benefits of nourishing and promoting healthier looking skin, the focus is on your health and well-being. 

Using massage, acupressure and lymphatic drainage the aim is to relieve the impact physical and emotional stress, anxiety, tension, and congestion on your mind and body.


Whether you want some me time or you’re looking for support with more specific health and well-being issues you’ll leave your treatment feeling deeply relaxed, rebalanced and restored. 

What happens during a treatment?

As with any complementary and holistic therapy we have a health and well-being consultation.


In a full treatment I double cleanse the face to remove surface dirt and toxins and apply a face mask.  While this is working its magic I massage your shoulders, arms and hands.  The face mask is removed with the use of hot towels and then using a combination of lymphatic drainage and massage I work on your face, decolletage and upper back. Acupressure points are stimulated on the face before moving onto a scalp and neck massage, finishing off with a hot towel to remove oil on the face before moisturising the face and applying a soothing eye gel.

What’s different about an express facial?

Less time on the shoulders, arms, hands, neck or scalp? It’s up to you how your express facial looks!

What if I don’t like hot towels or don’t want to get oil in my hair?

If there’s anything you don’t like we don’t do it and I’ll work with you to find an alternative to ensure you get the treatment you need.  For example, if you don’t want me to work on your scalp and / or want to limit the amount of oil transferred across to your hairline please bring a suitable hairband / hair covering.   I can also wash my hands prior to the scalp massage allowing you to get maximum benefit from this deeply relaxing treatment.

What should I wear?

You’ll be lying on the couch so just wear something comfortable.  To avoid getting any oil on your clothing you will need to remove your top, and tuck any bra straps underneath your arms.


Although I will be cleansing your face as part of the treatment removing / limiting your make-up on the day of your appointment will ensure you have the maximum treatment time.

What happens after the treatment?

The Holistic Facial is wonderfully relaxing, and while you might not feel much is happening during the treatment reactions can vary and you may feel tired and achy in the following 24-48 hours.  This is quite normal and is just your body making the adjustments in needs to in response to the work we’ve done.   For this reason, try and plan for a gentle couple of days following the treatment and keep yourself hydrated.  

What if I have allergies / What if I am vegan?

If you have any particular allergies please mention these prior to your treatment so I can email you details of which products I am using.  If they are not suitable we will discuss alternatives.


Please let me know if you are vegan so I can ensure the products I use for your facial are vegan friendly.

Tell me more about the techniques you use.
  • Acupressure – it’s one of the oldest techniques around, comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) techniques and is similar in principle to acupuncture. Gentle pressure is applied to key points on the face which lie along meridian lines in your body.  In TCM it’s believed that ill health occurs when a meridian is blocked or out of balance and pressing on acupoints helps to unblock them and restore balance. The Western view is acupressure stimulates the nervous system, disrupts pain signals to the brain, and increases blood flow which helps to relax tight and painful muscles, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the tissue and helping to remove waste and toxins from the body.
  • Massage – used to help ease pain and tension through increased blood flow
  • Hand Reflexology – stimulating and massaging points on the hands that correspond to specific organs, structures and systems in the body, helping to relax and restore balance.
  • Lymphatic drainage – lymphatic drainage techniques are used on the face to help remove waste and toxins from the body.  More specifically it can help with congestion and sinus relief.

“Thank you for my facial this morning. So relaxing. Highly recommend her.”

Belinda, Bury St Edmunds

“Happy birthday to me!

I’ve just treated myself to a holistic facial with Sarah Woodhouse it was amazing. I feel totally chilled .”

Maria, Stowmarket

“The best facial I’ve ever had.”

Elspeth, Edinburgh (visiting Suffolk)

My location: Elmswell

I work from my private treatment located in a quiet and peaceful part of the village of Elmswell, and my clients travel to me from all over East Anglia, including Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket, Thetford and Newmarket as well as Sudbury, Diss, Ipswich and Cambridge.


The room is located on the ground floor via one step, and you will have direct access to private hand washing and toilet facilities. There is also off street parking.


Unfortunately due to the positioning of doors the room is not accessible via a wheelchair.

My location: Bury St Edmunds

My treatment room on the first floor of Neal’s Yard Remedies on Abbeygate Street has higgledy piggledy floors and wooden beams, and is the perfect place to relax, repair and restore. You’ll also receive 15% off in the shop downstairs on the day of your treatment.


With such good rood and rail links, my clients travel to me from all over East Anglia, including Newmarket, Thetford, Mildenhall, Sudbury, Diss, Stowmarket and Ipswich and Cambridge. There’s also plenty of parking – and plenty of things to do in town!


Unfortunately because of the age of the building access to my treatment room is only via a single staircase. Toilet and hand washing facilities are available for your use.