Meet the Creative: Ashleigh Guthrie - Freedom Therapies
"Follow no man, follow the Goddess within."
Known for her deep dive sensory experiences, Ashleigh Guthrie, the Mind-Body mentor, specialises in bespoke intuitive massage, sound healing and meditation, concentrating on releasing mental, emotional and physical traumas stored within the body. Having travelled and studied across Asia learning Eastern and Western techniques and philosophies, Ashleigh applies all of her experience and understanding to create bespoke bodywork sessions to release muscle tension, energy blocks, PTSD, depression, grief loss, change and anxiety. She will joining us at Float, delivering a candlelit workshop focusing on meditation and connection. Speaking with her ahead of the big day, we asked for her thoughts on the evolution of the wellness industry, what makes her happy and found out why Cleopatra is her ultimate dinner guest.
What is your company, what do you do and what makes it special?
I created Freedom therapies to help people discover & experience internal peace, connection & liberation. Physically, mentally & emotionally. To release that which is causing you suffering and holding you back from personal freedom.
I have over 10 years in the wellbeing industry and I have travelled around the world studying with experts in mind-body connection. There is no method that I use with my clients that I haven’t personally experienced, gained relief from and stepped into my own authenticity as a facilitator as a result.
What made you want to take part in Float?
I feel it’s important to bring the alternative therapies and eastern teachings that I have learnt to my home town, Manchester.
What does wellness mean to you?
Wellness to me is getting to know yourself on a deep level, mentally, physically, emotionally, intuitively. Dissolving the layers of conditioning that hold us back from truly shining bright so that we may remember who we were born to be. To live in truth.
How do you think the wellness industry is evolving?
10 years ago starting as a junior massage spa therapist it was all about being ‘pampered’. For many years I have been an advocate for making massage a part of your lifestyle instead of a ‘treat’ and I think now spas and workplaces are finally realizing that we need to support this concept.
How does your work help people to feel well?
My freedom therapies and sensory workshops offer a range of deep dive soul depth experiences that evokes curiosity and can help to bring inner bliss, harmony & clarity.
What are the most rewarding aspects of your job?
So many of us seek our releases and escapisms from external experiences. I guide people to safe internal space that allows them to fully surrender, release and let go what is no longer serving them. Fear! With this comes the same joy and bliss that we are constantly grasping and searching for. When they allow love and light to dissolve the fear, it is pure magic to witness.
What does happy look like to you?
When you realise that only you are responsible for your own happiness, therefore you are not responsible for anyone else's...you are gifted with a experience of feeling free.
How have your travels influenced the work that you do?
From learning how to play Tibetan Singing Bowls with Shamans to studying mindfulness and Buddhist psychology with Monks and nuns in a monastery in Nepal. Breath work and connection techniques in Bali, chocolate meditation in Guatemala; all these experiences have had an impact. After the loss of my mum 2 years ago I set out to find tools and practices that would help me end my own suffering from grief, anxiety panic attacks, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with the intention of combining them to create deep dive sensory experiences, so that others may also take the first steps in taking the leap of faith in ending their own cycle of suffering.
What is best piece of advice you have received?
If your heart feels pained and heavy, talk to it and offer the powerful Ho'oponopono/Hawaiin prayer.
'I love you, I'm sorry, please forgive me, thank you' over and over and let the other words bubble over. You may start to say what you're sorry for, or more words on what you need forgiveness with. Perhaps words around why you are thankful for a particular experience. Do this prayer many times a day and let yourself FEEL it! Become the prayer.
When you're not working, how do you relax and recharge?
Horse riding is my favourite kind of meditation and to get the adrenaline pumping! There is nothing that compares to the bond and connection to a horse as you are flying over a jump!
What was the last thing you read/watched/listened to?
Reading: The Twelve Faces Of The Goddess - Danielle Blackwood. This book has mystery infused in every page and has inspired me to create workshops combining Elemental Rituals that help invoke the Sacred Feminine in a practical way to help both men and women understand themselves better and enhance their everyday lives, from an alternative perspective.
Watching: Disney's Moana - I'm a Disney Princess at heart and I love Moana because I feel it keeps with the tradition that made Disney the leader in animated fairy tales.
Listening: I love creating new playlists to share with friends and clients. My latest is called 'Hello Beautiful'.
Ultimate dinner guest?
Cleopatra. She had some incredible bathing rituals and a divine queen. I'd love to know her secrets!
Doin Me - Mikey Mike.
My brother introduced me to it. He said it reminded him of the conversations I used to have with our mum.
What is the most useful thing you have learnt in your career?
If something doesn't work, try something else.
Follow no man, follow the Goddess within!
You can grab your tickets for Float Festival here.