The Therapy Studio
Holistic Spa and Beauty Services
My name is Tara Linkowksa. I am a fully qualified Spa and beauty therapist who provides holistic massage and beauty treatments in Ulverston, Cumbria.I use a selection of the finest quality products in my massages, facials and other body treatments to suit the individual needs of my clients. Natural personal care and wellness products are blended by hand using only carefully selected natural and organic ingredients - and absolutely no petrochemicals or synthetic additives.
Training, qualifications & experience
VTCT Level 3 Swedish Massage
VTCT Level 3 Spa Therapy-hot stones, body treatments ect
VTCT Level 2 in Beauty Therapy
VTCT Level 2 in Aromatherapy
Access to Higher Education Level 3 Diploma (Allied Health)
OCR Level 2 NVQ in Business Administration
OCR Level 2 NVQ in Customer Service
Federation of Holistic Therapists
FHT is the largest multi-disciplinary therapy organisation in the UK and has been representing holistic, beauty and sports therapists for over 45 years.
There a number of different membership categories (including Fellows, Member, Student, Associate and Non-Practitioner) which are dependent on qualifications and experience.
FHT enforce high professional standards, and all Members, Fellows and Student Members are required to follow a strict Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Other available therapies
Holistic Health and Beauty Therapy
Spa in itself is so diverse. Think of all the different types of massage, where the origins of those techniques came from and how they are put into practice in our modern world. There are always new techniques coming into the industry but they can all be traced back to thousands of years ago when massage and beauty products were used by ancient civilizations like the Egyptians.
As far back as 5000BC in India Ayurvedic medicine (including massage) was practiced and this is where many of the other healing systems, including those developed in China, Tibet and Greece are said to have been derived.
3000BC water therapy and herbal treatments were used by the Egyptians and later this knowledge was passed over to the Greeks who believe the physical properties of water had unique healing powers and this then passed down through the Romans and Turkish people.
Later, European spa’s where water is used again, were developed for their healing properties.
A Swedish masseur, Peter Henry Ling, Developed the Swedish massage technique. This is one of the most popular massage treatments within spa’s today. He believed that there needs to be underpinning knowledge when it comes to applying massage, i.e. Anatomy and Physiology and the way the body systems work.
Since the 1900’s many other masseuses developed their skills and it was decided certain standards of practise for safe massage and regulations were set. In 2000, Spa therapy qualifications were developed as the industry has grown so large.
Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years, but over the past 10 years it has increased in popularity within spa’s. Aromatherapy, as its name implies, is the use of aroma’s (smells) during a treatment. The aroma’s are made from the extraction of essential oils from plants, trees’ and fruits. Their individual properties are known to benefit particular physical and psychological problems, e.g. lavender is said to be good to treat stress and minor skin problems.
The massage itself uses slow rhythmic strokes and pressure points to help release any blocked energy within the body.
There are specific contra-indications to aromatherapy massage, as the oils can be quite potent. Certain oils can not be used on clients who may be pregnant or who are breast feeding for example.