The Such Project

Service Users Complementary Holistic

Maggi Rowan: Email

Phone: 01823 334 906

The Such project is a therapeutic service provided for Mental Health Hospitals. We work alongside the medical model to aid people’s recovery from emotional and mental distress through touch therapy.

Founded by Maggi Rowan in 2002 our service is there  to provide access to complementary and holistic treatments for anyone suffering from mental distress, be they service users, carers, volunteers or anyone working in the Mental Health system.

We run a wide range of treatments to increase wellbeing such as;


Woman having head massageIndian Head Massage

This deep style massage is derived from the Indian Ayurvedic tradition, and focuses on the head, shoulders and neck.

It can relieve built-up tension that can often result in headaches, migraines, neck and back pain. It can also relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression, provide relief from stress, promote relaxation, improve concentration levels, renew energy levels and increase feelings of peace, calm and well-being. This therapy can be performed without oils with the client sitting and fully clothed, so it is ideally suited to the workplace, hospital wards or situations where it may not be appropriate to give a fuller massage.

chair_massageBack and Shoulder Massage

This treatment is carried out through clothing to eliminate stress and relieve the neck and shoulders of any discomfort.

The importance of the neck and shoulder region lies in the fact that the neck is a flexible structure that connects the brain to the rest of the body.

Desk jobs, long working hours, incorrect sitting position and tension may all add to discomfort in the neck and shoulder, severely reducing the natural mobility of the neck and shoulder.

Massaging the lower back, the upper arms and the neck helps counteract these effects.


Reflexology is believed to affect our physical body by reducing muscular tension, relieving fatigue, increasing energy, promoting refreshing sleep and strengthening natural self-healing mechanisms.

It is also believed to affect our emotional and mental health by promoting calmness and a sense of well-being, relaxing the body and mind, relieving stress and soothing emotional distress. Almost all parts of the body can be helped through massaging the feet.

This treatment breaks down crystalline deposits and removes blockages, restoring balance and harmony as well as increasing the energy flow of the body. It also gives the feet a good physical work-out which makes them feel supple and can prevent them aching.

Foot-Massage-1Foot Massage

Not to be confused with reflexology (which applies pressure to certain points of the foot in order to relieve specific symptoms elsewhere in the body), foot massages are for relaxation purposes only.

Being on your feet all day, it’s no wonder the feet are sometimes considered to be the forgotten territory. And when you’ve spent hours on end pounding the streets, you need a good rub to get that circulation going again.

Using techniques similar to Swedish massage, after a quick wash and cleanse , massage oil is applied to the area and the gentle, gliding strokes begin. Combining stroking, pivoting, kneading, finger walking and ankle rotation, the varying amounts of pressure help to stimulate the blood vessels in your feet conjuring up a gentle, soothing heat which immediately starts to relax you.

hand-massageHand Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy uses essential oils and may temporarily relieve anxiety and emotional disturbances.

Massaging aromatic essential oils into the skin can ease agitation and even improve cognitive function.

We offer a choice of blended oils. One is a revitalizing blend that revitalizes and refreshes. This contains neroli, lemon, bergamot and rosemary.

The other is a relaxing blend, containing frankincense, lavender and rosewood.

These are then gently applied to the skin, helping to promote a feeling of calm, tranquility and a sense of relaxation.

Learn more about our Such Therapists here.