Elysian Centre – welcome back

The Elysian Centre, now under new ownership but it's business as usual

It’s business as usual at the Elysian Centre, just off Cinque Ports Street in Rye, somewhere I had often heard talked about but never had the opportunity to visit until today, when I had the pleasure of meeting the new owners, Sandra Herbert and her husband Gary Imlach. Many may remember the previous owner, Maxine Harrison, who recently emigrated to sunnier climes, and only three weeks ago Sandra and Gary collected the keys and, committed to ‘getting stuck in’ from day one, rolled up their sleeves.

They were initially looking for a property with substantial lateral accommodation, having gravitated here from a smaller place in St Leonards-on-Sea, and when they saw the Elysian Centre they jumped at it, securing the deal just ahead of a property developer who had other ideas for the building.

Treatment room at the Elysian Centre

The upper floor provided the substantial living accommodation they wanted, the added bonus was the holistic wellbeing centre on the lower floor. This houses a suite of treatment rooms in one wing and a large studio in the other for holding classes. There’s also the fabulous location in the centre of town, with parking nearby and the railway station just a couple of minutes walk away.

The studio at the Elysian Centre.

Sandra and Gary are very conscious of the business they have inherited and how important it is to so many locals and visiting clients alike. So I’m delighted to be able to confirm that the Elysian Centre has retained the core of established practitioners who have made it such a special place and will continue to promote physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual wellbeing through a range of treatments and classes.

Treatment room at the Elysian Centre

The team has already expanded to include a medical herbalist and a Pilates instructor, the treatment suites have been freshened up and re-equipped, and the beautiful old oak studio floor has been renovated. The couple are also working to improve the website which should be completed before too long – and all this in only three weeks!

Their therapies currently include acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, homeopathy, massage, medical herbalism, nutritional health, psychotherapy, reflexology and reiki. Also on offer are classes in yoga, pilates, qigong, mindfulness, sound meditation, singing and women’s wellbeing. All this in the heart of town and in a tranquil, fresh and light setting with a real opportunity for escape and healing.

Gary and Sandra in the February sunshine, outside their Elysian Centre.

Rye News will be following the progress of the Elysian Centre and in due course a formal open event will be publicised. In the meantime, whether you’re a past client, a new one, or a practitioner looking for space, Sandra and Gary would love to hear from you. Just call 01797 224855, 07958 991195, or email info@elysiancentre.co.uk.

Image Credits: The Elysian Centre , Nick Forman .


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