There are a number of therapies on offer to you during your stay at ‘Be and Breathe’, and most of these will be provided ‘in house’. Below you can find more information on the variety of therapies on offer, as well as a timetable of when these are available. This page will be updated and you can also keep up to date by following our social media channels. Alternatively If you have any specific enquiries or requirements involving additional therapies, you can contact us directly and we will be happy to assist you.
The house and the Island of Bute both lend themselves to meditation. This is a good way to ‘ground’ yourself, and to focus on the moment to unwind. Meditation can be practiced at any time of the day, and is beneficial for tackling work place stress.
Indian head massage
Indian head massages will be provided by Malcolm, and be subject to availability. Malcolm trained at the Caledonian Therapy Academy in 2007. This therapy is always a good way to begin your stay, as it can relieve stress and deliver wonderful relaxation.
Rate: £20.00 (30 minutes)
Mindfulness walking can be done anywhere, and at any time. This is a great way to relax the mind, and to allow stress and anxiety to fall away. There are many remote places on the island to immerse yourself in the natural world, and to connect with the nature around you.
Hand and Foot massage
Hand and Foot massages will be provided by Malcolm and be subject to availability. Malcolm trained at the Caledonian Therapy Academy in 2007. This is another way to assist your relaxation during your stay.
Rate: £20.00 (30 minute Session)
Acupuncture sessions are available on a Wednesday or Thursday and will be provided by Rhona. Rates vary depending on treatment. Please request this at your time of booking.
Aromatherapy/reiki/full body massage sessions are available and can be provided by Yennie, Susan or Liz (all qualified therapists). Rates vary (starting at £35.00), depending on treatment and the therapist. Please request this at your time of booking.
Other available therapies include, Slow movement, Crystal healing.
Other therapies can be arranged with therapists on the island, and some advanced notice would be required to arrange a session. Please request this at your time of booking.
Mental Health Issues
Mental health covers a wide spectrum of issues. Having a diagnosed mental health condition or a suspected mental health condition does not mean you cannot come to the retreat house, particularly if your condition is stable, and you are used to managing your life independently and being around people. However, for some conditions, being outside of your familiar environment and in intensive contact with other people can represent a risk of relapse of the condition; or if you require help and support at home to manage your condition or organise your life, then a retreat house may not be the best place for you. If you have a diagnosed or suspected mental health condition please call our office 01700 505454, to talk over your needs to make sure that being on retreat is really going to be the best thing for you. Please note that we do not accept referrals from health professionals.
A retreat house is not a suitable environment for detox from drugs or alcohol. Before coming to the retreat house a person recovering from an addiction should be free from dependence and free from any medication they have used to support their detox. A person recovering from an addiction who have achieved this level of independence may of course find the environment offered by being on retreat a supportive condition for moving forward in their life.