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Complementary Therapies

I am experienced in treating clients with many conditions whether acute or chronic, stress related disorders, sub fertility/fertility issues, sleep disorders, back problems, sports injuries to name but a few. I specialise in maternity reflexology, including treatments to naturally encourage labour.

I am a qualified Reflexologist, Aromatherapist, Adult Massage and Baby Massage Therapist.

I hold a Diploma in Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Massage Certificate from International Examination Board [IEB]. I have certificated postgraduate pregnancy reflexology training.

As a Reflexologist, Massage and Aromatherapist I was trained personally by Renée Tanner an established author and the founder of the Renbardou School, the first Beauty and Complementary therapy school in UK.

Renée is known not just for her excellence in training in a variety of subjects but her name and that of her school is known worldwide.

Renée is honorary principal of what is arguably one of Japan’s most prestigious training schools.

Renée is the honorary secretary of the Reflexology Forum, the body responsible for setting standards in training and education in the United Kingdom. Renée is the Chair of the International Federation of Reflexologists, which is the largest reflexology organization worldwide.

I hold full honorary membership of the International Federation of Reflexologists [IFR] and the Aromatherapy & Allied Practitioners’ Association [AAPA]. Moreover I have full insurance to practice the listed therapies. I adhere to strict codes of conduct and practice and maintain regular Continued Professional Development practices, which keep me updated within my therapy field.

Mobile Reflexology including maternity reflexology, Aromatherapy and baby massage

My practice is based in Essex, which is within easy reach of East and North London and Hertfordshire. I offer treatments in the privacy of your own home as well as reflexology in the workplace if desired.

Why choose mobile treatments

Following a relaxing Reflexology, Aromatherapy or massage treatment, the last thing you would wish to do is going out to drive home. With treatments in your home you can let the relaxing effects of the treatment work to full capacity. With daily appointment slots available as well as evening and weekend appointments, you choose what time is best to fit in with your work/lifestyle patterns.

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Massage and Reflexology

Potential benefits may include:

  • Deep relaxation
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduction of stress and tension
  • Relief from aches and pains
  • Improved circulation
  • Relaxation of tight muscles
  • Improved joint mobility
  • Improves skin tone
  • A sense of well being

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence [NICE] recognised and approved the benefits of Massage in 2009.

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a Complementary Therapy working on the feet or hands enabling the body to heal itself. Following illness, stress, injury the body is in a state of “imbalance” and vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively. Reflexology can be used to restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium, or balance, and therefore encourage healing.

“The feet are a mirror of the body and therefore by working the feet, you can influence and elevate the whole body”

As a reflexologist I use my hands to apply pressure to the feet. For each person the application and the effect of the therapy is unique. The sensitive and trained hands of the Reflexologist can detect any imbalances or small deposits in reflex points in the feet and by working these points blockages can be released. This restores the free flowing energy to the whole body.

Circulation and elimination is improved and tensions in the body are eased. This is a very gentle therapy, which encourages the body to start the healing process and heal itself.

Reflexology still has the same underlining concepts which link the ancient with the modern. Therefore reflexology today still works with long established theory that there are energy pathways or channels that run through the body.

I use hand blended luxury foot creams/lotions prepared for individual need.

Maternity Reflexology for Pregnancy and Beyond!

As a midwife I regularly work with pregnant women through reflexology and massage/aromatherapy during pregnancy labour and in the postnatal period. Reflexology is fast becoming recommended as a safe treatment, which benefits mum and baby alike and is considered safe in pregnancy. Please talk to your personal midwife and discuss reflexology prior to having a consultation and treatment.

How can Reflexology help?

If you and baby are both well, reflexology is often used to ease ‘common ailments of pregnancy’ backache, heartburn. It is also relaxing and calming for both mum and baby, and therefore can be a beneficial treatment throughout pregnancy. It can assist and support the body in maintaining its natural balance. Most of all, it is enjoyable!

In pregnancy hormonal changes may alter physiological function with Reflexology helping to restore balances. Reflexology may be used for clients with the following pregnancy conditions:

  • Anaemia
  • Anxiety
  • Appetite Regulation
  • Backache
  • Blood Pressure Regulation
  • Constipation or for any change in bowel movement pattern
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Insomnia
  • Muscular tension and fatique
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Oedema (fluid retention)
  • Urinary Tract problems (Difficulty passing urine, cystitis)
  • To improve flexibility of pelvic floor

It is usual to have the consultation, where a medical history and notes on lifestyle are taken, and also information on you and your baby’s health throughout the pregnancy. Then any questions and information about reflexology can be discussed and if both the client and I are happy to proceed, then the first treatment is done. It is then a good idea to have a follow-up treatment the next week. It is then really dependent on how the client is responding to the treatment and how advanced the pregnancy is, and the reason for the reflexology treatment which determines the schedule for further reflexology sessions. There is no set rule, as everyone is different!

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Aromatherapy Home Treatments

What Is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from aromatic plants and trees, to help restore and promote health of body and mind. The principle ways of using essential oils in Aromatherapy are:

  • On the skin, via aromatherapy massage, diluted in carrier oil.
  • Inhalations.
  • Compresses.
  • Aromatic baths.

Aromatherapy massage is probably the most commonly used form of application of essential oils, as it is most effective in assisting the passage of essential oils into the body. Massage is also a well regarded treatment in itself it has the ability to relax muscles, assist the circulation of blood and enhance lymphatic drainage. Massage also encourages deeper sleep and deep breathing; it can aid digestion, help alleviate headaches and assist in the reduction of high blood pressure. On a psychological level, massage can trigger the release of brain chemicals such as encephalin and endorphin, which are mood altering and have the ability to engender a sense of well being and also reduce pain. In short, it helps soothe the mind.

When massage combined with the healing properties of essential oils, the results are magnified. Physiologically, aromatherapy massage can reduce stress and its symptoms, relieve pain and increase energy levels, while additionally improving the condition of the skin. Psychologically, it can restore balance to the mind and assist in the release of emotions.

Aromatherapy is a fast growing, safe and natural complementary therapy with increasing recognition from orthodox health care for its therapeutic potential.

Each essential oil has its distinguishing properties and it is the expertise of the Aromatherapist to mix a blend of oils to meet the individual needs of the client. In professional practice of aromatherapy, the essential oils can be applied in a variety of ways. Through massage, ointments, oils, lotions, baths and inhalations. These are again dependent on the needs of the individual.

Who Can Benefit From Aromatherapy?

As Aromatherapy treats the whole person, not just the symptoms of disease, professional aromatherapy is a safe and appropriate complementary therapy for all and can benefit everyone whether health is good, or needs improvements. It is not a replacement for orthodox health care, but as a support for the healing process.

Treatment options

Aromatherapy Full Body Massage with consultation [1 hour 30 minutes]

Aromatherapy Neck and Shoulder Massage [25-30 minutes]
Aromatherapy Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage [40 minutes]

High quality pure essential oils are blended to induce relaxation, increase energy, effectively reducing stress, emotional tension and body weariness. Oils may be chosen and blended to improve and treat specific symptoms.

Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers are available to purchase for all massage, reflexology, aromatherapy and massage treatments or for a specific value.

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Baby Massage

Babies are known to feel safe and comfortable within their mother’s uterus. They hear mother’s heartbeat and voice. Once they arrive in the world they still feel part of the mother despite the physical separation. Baby Massage may increase that special comforting contact for both mother and baby. Research demonstrates that baby massage can increase the baby’s confidence and awareness. It may enhance the parent baby bond by opening increased means of communication. Massage aids relaxation and may improve feeding. Colic may be eased. Skin conditions may improve with increased strength to immune system.

Benefits of Massage:

  • Infant-Parent attachment or “bonding”*
  • Relaxation
  • Makes baby feel loved
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Facilitates body awareness
  • Boosts immune system
  • Sensory stimulation
  • Improves skin condition
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Helps digestion
  • Balances respiration
  • Relief for teething pains
  • Help waste elimination
  • Helps build parents’ and baby’s self-esteem
  • Helps you learn about your baby (their needs and desires)
  • Relaxes parents
  • Pleasurable experience
  • Stimulates production of oxytocin (Oxytocin is a hormone which can be produced by both male and female persons during massage. It is useful as a pain reliever and has a calming effect on the person.

Each course covers:

  • Benefits of Baby Massage
  • Use of oils
  • Contra-indications to massage
  • Positioning during massage
  • Conditions for massage
  • Interpreting baby’s cues/signals
  • Asking permission
  • Therapeutic Play & Holding Reassurance Programme
  • Developmental Baby Massage for legs, arms, stomach, chest, shoulders, & back
  • Relaxation time for parents and babies

Please contact me for information on baby massage classes.

How can I help you?

Looking for an Independent private midwife & health visitor? If you’d like to arrange an appointment, please contact me either via email or telephone.

Dear Amelia Just to let you know Kitty’s tongue seems to be healing well. She can now move it around really well and it hasn’t bothered her atall! Thank you again for your help

Lucy Mark and Kitty

We were happy with all aspects of your care package and would not hesitate to use you again next time! Many thanks for all your help!

Lara Mark and Naomi

When I met you I knew that Id be happy and comfortable placing my care in your hands which strengthened as time progressed. I couldn’t have hoped for a more perfect pregnancy and birth and the circumstances in which Olivia entered the world, at home, and relaxed would not have happened without you. In the first days and weeks as a new Mum it was of great peace of mind to know that you were there for me at the end of a telephone, or in person when I needed you.

Jo and Olivia

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