About Us

What we offer you…

We believe in treating others as we would wish to be treated ourselves, and we only want the best!

The Upminster Sanctuary, Founded by Julia Massey more than 2 decades ago, offers a range of holistic therapies which complement conventional medicine and help the sufferer feel good and better able to cope with daily living.

Whilst the treatments are effective in themselves, the impact is greatly enhanced because the client receives one-to-one undivided attention in a safe, confidential environment. To be listened to, valued, and to find someone who really cares can make all the difference to a rapid recovery, especially when facing a chronic condition.

However, these therapies are complementary and should not be used as a replacement for traditional medicine. It is important in the case of serious illness that you consult your GP before embarking on a course of treatment.

Our holistic approach is second to none. The Sanctuary offers a calm and relaxing atmosphere for your treatment. We have taken time to create a soothing and unhurried experience when you most need it.

Accessibility: There is ramped access into the Sanctuary and all therapy rooms are on the ground floor and accessible to wheelchair users or persons with a disability.

We build caring relationships with our patients, spending time in an holistic, relaxed atmosphere.

Therapy Rooms…

We believe in treating others as we would wish to be treated ourselves and we only want the best!

Treatment Rooms

All the therapy rooms overlook the gardens and are decorated in calming pastel colours exhibiting the utmost in cleanliness and comfort. If required, curtains can be drawn at each window to provide total privacy throughout the duration of a treatment session.

Teaching Room

The teaching room on the first floor is spacious, light and airy creating a warm friendly atmosphere.
It benefits from having windows to every aspect, heating and optional piped music with 3 volume settings and is equipped with a number of folding chairs and tables.

The room is versatile and adaptable and is used regularly for a variety of classes, workshops and courses Hatha Yoga, instruction in complementary therapies, Stress Management and Meditation to name just a few.

This is also an ideal environment to bring your people for a team-building meeting a calm and pleasant atmosphere away from the distractions of the workplace. Facilities are available for you to supply refreshments.

If you are interested in hiring one of our rooms, please see our Room Hire rates below.

Shop at the Sanctuary

The use of soft lighting, gentle music and essential oils creates a calm and relaxing ambiance throughout the Sanctuary? we sell a variety of holistic products to help you carry on with your Sanctuary experience at home.

 Rooms For Hire


If you are a professional, ethical therapist looking for somewhere special to treat your clients then look no further.

The Upminster Complementary Healing and Teaching Sanctuary is a purpose-built therapy centre in a beautiful, tranquil setting in the Essex countryside close to Upminster. Good parking and overspill parking facilities are available. There is easy access by car from the A127, A12, A13 and M25.

Each room has been designed to a high standard to provide the therapist with a safe, practical and professional space to work. The use of soft lighting, gentle music and essential oils creates a calm and relaxing ambiance throughout the Sanctuary. There is a pleasant waiting area.

We welcome motivated people prepared to work hard to promote themselves and the Sanctuary; and we are always happy to hear from therapists who are enthusiastic and dedicated towards helping people to find their way to good health and a sense of well being.

Please note that therapists who work at The Sanctuary must be fully qualified, insured and registered with the relevant governing bodies, with an up todate DBS.

Therapy Rooms

There are four treatment rooms,named Ash, Oak, Elder and Hornbeam. Each one is well equipped:

  • Treatment couch
  • Two chairs
  • Optional piped music with 3 volume settings
  • Built-in hand wash basin
  • Heating
  • Well tended plants
  • Windows overlooking the garden
  • Blinds can be drawn for privacy

Each room has views overlooking the beautiful and well-maintained gardens. The front lawn area has seating allowing enjoyment of the surroundings including a rose quartz crystal and the Francis of Assissi shrub garden.

The Hornbeam Room (shown above) overlooks the herb garden,dove cote and pond and is equipped with armchairs for therapies such as Counselling, Nutrition, Hypnotherapy & Homoeopathy.

Teaching Rooms

The Bramble Teaching Room has ample space for a 12-strong Yoga class, but is cosy enough for a meeting or workshop with chairs and tables.

  • Dimensions: approx 30 ft x 18 ft
  • Wooden floor and beams
  • Adjustable heating
  • Adjustable lighting plus day light from windows on every aspect
    20 folding chairs plus tables
  • Optional music with 3 volume settings
  • Flip chart
  • Treatment couches if required
  • Light refreshment facilities available on request.

Please note: This room is situated on the first floor and therefore noise levels must be kept low for minimum disruption to those using the treatment rooms below.

Visitors are therefore required to remove their outdoor shoes when entering the room clean socks are provided, if required.

We have recently added Apple Barn to our facilities which is newly refurbished and provides a cosy environment for classes, courses, meetings and events.


Room Hire Rates

Session Time Therapy Room (from) Teaching RoomS
09.00 – 13.00 £12.50 per hr £70.00
13.30 -17.30 £12.50 per hr £70.00
18.00 – 22.00 £12.50 per hr £70.00
09.00 – 17.30 £12.50 per hr £130.00
09.00 – 22.00 £12.50 per hr £155.00


Room Hire Enquiries

To discuss your room hire requirements, please contact us on 01708 251124 or email.

We have an online booking system for the Therapy Rooms with a 24 hour cancellation policy. Teaching Room hire is subject to a non-refundable deposit to secure your booking. Full Terms and Conditions are available – please contact The Sanctuary on 01708 251124 for more information.