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Massage and Aromatherapy at Home in Provence

Relax at Home

Flairesse is the name of Claire McAlpine’s company. She offers massage and aromatherapy treatments in the comfort of your home in Provence.

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How did you land on this name?

“Flair was a nickname my friends called me at university, and ‘esse’ from Latin means existence, the essence of being. So Flairesse is about being me, growing into who I really am.” ~ Claire McAlpine

Born in New Zealand, Claire lived in London for several years before relocating to the South of France with her French husband. Like many New Zealanders, she has travelled extensively through Europe, Asia and North America. Read more about her journey to France here.

In 2005, Claire’s husband finally convinced her to make the move to France. They selected Provence for many reasons, including family ties, and chose Aix-en-Provence. Claire describes the city this way, “I couldn’t live in a small town in my own country, but Aix-en-Provence, in France, is a small town that thinks it is a big city.” Although her French language skills at the time of their relocation were not terrific, she has made much progress since that time. Now, she might not move anywhere else. Here are a few of her top picks for things to do and see in the region.

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Experienced Therapist

While in the United Kingdom, Claire McAlpine achieved diplomas in Aromatherapy & Chinese Medicine, Anatomy & Physiology and Swedish Massage & Acupressure. Practical, hands-on work at private health clubs in London gave her the confidence to create her unique 90-minute treatment.

Can you describe your services?

My “signature” treatment combines Swedish massage (removes muscular tension and detoxifies the body) and Acupressure (rebalances the energetic body and removes blockages using pressure along the points of the meridians). I create a personalized blend of organic essential oils in a mix of therapeutic vegetable oils. The oil blends are selected according to how you present on the day and how you wish to feel.

Do you travel to your clients?

Absolutely. I come to your home (or holiday rental), and there is no additional charge for anyone living within 30km of Aix. If it’s more than 30km, there is a €10 surcharge. For longer distances, it is preferable if there are a minimum of two (2) people.

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Your typical service is 90-minutes?

Yes, I have been practicing massage for 20 years now. I work better if we allow ourselves 90 minutes for a thorough and holistic treatment. That timeframe means spending more time where needed and not making any shortcuts. It’s also more relaxing for me as the practitioner not to have to rush through a treatment. For a client, the time passes unbelievably quickly.

After 90 minutes of this type of treatment, many clients fall immediately into deep relaxation, and the best place to be when you awaken is at home. No need to think, drive, tidy your appearance, you slip on comfortable clothes on, and drink a glass of water. My clients appreciate that there is no place like home for ultimate relaxation.

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Continuous Learning

Can you describe your soul and energy work?

I’m interested in healing from a multi-dimensional and holistic perspective. This process means working at the level of the physical and energetic body, the mind, and the soul.

Though my treatments are the same, my healing and learning journey continues to evolve and expand, informing my work with clients. As a result of these studies, I have a deeper understanding of the ensouled properties of essential oils from studying spiritual phytoessencing. Also, I’ve been using oracle cards for personal transformation and empowerment as a bridge to open and understand communication with the soul aspect. I feel this aspect of ourselves is often heard only in whispers yet increasingly demands expression.

It’s about being open to and developing our intuition, expressing our need to create, to connect and work more in partnership and cooperation with others, participating in and building like-minded communities, supporting each other.

Book an appointment for a Flairesse massage and aromatherapy session.

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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