Welcome to Vana Holistic Therapies


Are you looking to unlock the tight knots, not just in your body, but in your mind too?

I’m guessing you’ve arrived on this page because you’re experiencing some kind of physical pain or tension?

Life is busy and the body tends to bear the brunt of the daily stresses and worries we all experience.

But you’re in the right place. Vana Life offers you the perfect space to unwind and be nurtured.

So relax

What I’ve noticed from working with hundreds of clients over the past twenty years is that although people usually come to me because they have some kind of physical symptom, very often the cause is some kind of emotional stress or anxiety. This is why I’ve become more and more interested in working holistically with the body, looking to find whatever underlying block is causing any physical discomfort you’re experiencing.

Louise Semple - Owner
Louise Semple

Let me introduce myself. I’m Louise Semple, founder of Vana Life Massage and Yoga Therapy.

I pride myself on my intuitive, nurturing nature, which enables me to tune into the needs of others. I’ve been told I naturally put people at ease with my friendly, welcoming and warm personality. (I guess that the high number of long-term clients I have is proof of this). And this is important, because I know it’s not always easy to seek the help you need.

I offer a range of massage therapies, reiki, breathwork and yoga and blend these together in a way to suit you. I have a flexible way of working and can combine treatments together to specially help the healing process.

Sometimes what we think we want therapeutically is not what we truly need to return to wellness, so relax and let me be your guide.

Personally I love nothing more than being out in nature with my cockapoo, Mani, (you might spot her in some of the photos on these pages!), spending time with friends and preparing and eating delicious food.

For me, it’s ALL about balance. Life is not about depriving yourself or trying to live in a particular, rigid way. My aim is always to help you experience a more fluid, softer, kinder way of living.

Take a look at my offerings page to see how we can start the journey.



With over 20 years of experience in massage therapy, Louise combines her pure enthusiasm for people’s wellbeing with the healing nature of her work.  Her life’s journey has been dedicated towards exploring the deeper aspects of healing through the personal practice of yoga and the continuous learning of and training of techniques which makes her treatments unique and appropriate for each person.


Louise is a deep practitioner of yoga. 10 years of yoga practice and an intense teacher training course has led her to teach this holistic and restorative yoga in twice weekly classes, workshops and retreats. Louise truly believes in the power of simple but effective yoga practices to find deeper healing and connection with ourselves. 

Our Clients Say

It’s now 6 years since I first started going to Louise for deep tissue massages. I didn’t realise that having regular treatments could benefit both my mind and my body. Visiting Louise has helped me recover from injuries and anxiety by making me more aware of myself and being able to take time out in a peaceful location. I just wish I could visit more often!

Carrie Gregory

By far the best massage I have ever had. Louise mixes relaxation and treatment with expert knowledge to ensure that you leave feeling refreshed and calm whilst knowing that those painful knots have been dealt with. I feel the effects of her treatment for weeks after and will always return for more.


I have known Louise for approximately 12 years. I have a full body massage every month and am always so relaxed and yet revitalised after a visit. Louise is so caring and compassionate and always makes you feel so relaxed. I would recommend Louise to anyone. Over the years Louise has been a great support to me and I am so grateful for all the advice and for the laughs.

Anne Shea

I have been having massage treatments with Louise for many years and, having had massages all over the world, including the Far East, I have found very few who are of Louise’s standard. Louise is a highly professional therepist with exceptional massage skills which can be adapted to suit my needs, and her blended oils are divine and make me unwind as soon as I enter the room.


I have been going to Louise for massages for several years.She gives me a back and shoulder massage that helps enormously with a lower back problem and with releasing tension in my neck and shoulders therefore avoiding migraines. Louise is excellent at adjusting her massage style to fit with what is required at each session. She also gives me great advice about stretches and yoga moves that help my problems. Rownhams house is a lovely, peaceful location for a massage and it’s quick and easy to get to from central Southampton.


I have been having monthly massages with Lou for more than 10 Years and I don't know what I would do without her. She is amazing and keeps my aches and pains at bay with her brilliant sports massages. She is completely professional but with a lovely warm nature, I always feel comfortable and completely at ease with her and cannot recommend her highly enough.

Lynn M