Francesca, born and raised in Italy and a proud mom of two, is the Founder of Philosophia Botanica Skincare and Shen Mantra Training and divides her time between the UK , Hong Kong , South Africa and Italy, to run courses, seminars, workshops and Spa consultancy.
A Chinese Medicine practitioner and a keen Yogi, she firstly became interested in green living and eastern methodologies 20 years ago while living in South East Asia. Seeing how the majority of the world used more traditional methods such as herbs, acupuncture, bodywork and spiritual practices to heal the Mind and Body was an eye opener to her.
Over the years she has immersed herself into the study of Chinese Medicine and Thai Medicine, spending considerable time in Asia (she currently lives in Hong Kong) training and specializing in a variety of eastern techniques such as Acupuncture, Cosmetic Acupuncture, Thai Traditional Massage, Jap Sen, herbal therapies, Gua Sha, Tok Sen, cupping and Yoga to mention a few.
She has two decades experience in the Holistic Health, Spa and Wellness industries, having worked for and with a wide variety of Spas, Resort Spas, Yoga Centres and Wellness Retreats. She successfully runs Shen Mantra training in the UK and South Africa and regularly facilitates wellness retreats around the world. She is the creator of the PRO Gua Sha Facial and of the bespoke Spa Ritual: Gua Sha Facelift.
Why Philosophia Botanica? The range and it's rituals were born from a moment of inspiration – Where can I find natural, therapeutic products that nurture inner beauty, as well as outer radiance? Who can I turn to when I want to improve my well-being but I don't have much time to relax and unwind? As a wellness professional, I am aware that there are plenty of yoga retreats, luxury spas and high quality beauty brands, but no one company that combined the best of these worlds in a complete holistic approach to well-being, that was both inspirational and accessible. While living in beautiful Cape Town during my first pregnancy, inspired by my passion for everything natural, wellness and beauty, my travels and research and the benefits I had personally experienced, I wrote a list of everything I needed to follow such a path and Philosophia Botanica was launched offering a one-stop solution for green, clean and cruelty free beauty with products and rituals inspired by a fusion of eastern traditional techniques.
I take a holistic view of well-being, healing and life and believe that one cannot be separated from the other. A daily Yoga practice, meditation, exercise and a healthy diet help me to centre, focus and connect to the moment.