Fri, 11 Nov 2016
A NEW wellbeing centre which aims to help people to unwind and to raise awareness of mental health issues will open in Newbury this weekend.
Soulstice Wellbeing is situated in Newbury Town Hall, in the building formerly occupied by the Visitor Information Centre that closed in April.
The centre will offer a range of holistic therapies, including yoga, aromatherapy and massages, while people can also sip herbal tea and listen to music in the ‘secret tea room’.
Ten per cent of all profits from the secret tea room will be donated to mental health charity MIND.
Husband and wife Sandra and Russell Weir, who live in Newbury and who will run the centre, have been working with a team of six volunteers over the past few months to get it ready.
Mrs Weir said: “We all work incredibly hard and lead stressful lives. So much is expected of us and that can be overwhelming.
“This is about taking some time out to relax, maybe take a class, have a massage or have a cup of tea and cake and just talk and listen to music.”
To mark the opening, there will be free goodie bags and exclusive offers.
Mrs Weir used to work as a manager at Vodafone before taking redundancy to spend more time with her husband, who suffers from anxiety.
She retrained as a therapist and wanted to open a centre in Newbury that helps people.
Mr Weir said: “We are incredibly excited. There is nothing else like this in Newbury and we hope people will come along.
“I have suffered from anxiety for as long as I can remember and that is why we have decided to give 10 per cent of profits from the secret tea garden to MIND.
“I think we have finally got to a point where mental health is not stigmatised in the way it used to be.”