My work as a practitioner involves the use of a number of techniques and I will tap into a variety of different skills in order to obtain the best and most appropriate treatment to manage your condition. Every single client is treated as an individual and as such, every single treatment is unique to your presenting symptoms at the time of consultation. My expertise is in reflexology for pain management, but I also have advanced skills and techniques to offer for other health conditions.
Reflexology as a support in pain management
Research into the efficacy of Reflexology for supporting those in pain is still in its infancy. It is however a safe and effective means of working which may be used alongside conventional drug treatment in conditions that are associated with pain, including but not limited to, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, MS, migraine and pain associated with cancer and its treatment. Following consultation with your usual medical professional, reflexology may provide you with the support you need should you wish to find a way to reduce your reliance on pain medication. My research has shown positive benefits on pain threshold (the time at which pain is first experienced) and pain tolerance levels (the time at which pain is no longer bearable) along with beneficial effects on heart rate, which suggests that reflexology may induce a sense of calm and relaxation helping you to manage your pain experience more effectively.
My expertise in this area of reflexology is based on evidence-based medicine and clinical reasoning. I continue to develop my skills in this area by carrying out professional development not just within the complementary medicine arena but also within orthodox medicine arenas too.
Nerve reflexology is a completely different form of reflexology and is based on the application of static pressure to the bones of the feet. It originated in Germany and has been developed over many years by the team at MNT-NR International. It is science-based and developed in combination with the practice of manual neurotherapy, physiotherapy and nerve mobilisation techniques. We know that any dysfunction in the movement and organ systems are often correlated and that the nervous system plays a central role in this relationship. Nerve reflexology utilises a specific pressure technique to target and precisely impact various parts of the nervous system so that results are achieved more rapidly.
In addition to using this technique in my practice, I am also the only registered tutor able to teach this technique in the United Kingdom.
Reflexology in the treatment of secondary lymphoedema
Cancer related lymphoedema can be extremely problematic in approximately 20% of patients who have undergone surgery to remove lymphatic tissue as part of their cancer treatment. The body has two circulatory systems, the blood (venous) system and the lymphatic system. The blood system has its own pump – the heart, which helps circulate the blood throughout the body. The lymphatic system however, relies on movement of the body itself to pump nutrients, excess waste and toxins through the body. In some people diagnosed with Cancer, their surgery will have included the removal of lymphatic tissue which may then cause a build up of lymphatic fluids that may no longer flow of its own accord, and therefore requires manual assistance. Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage (RLD) is an evidence-based technique for alleviating lymphoedema in those people experiencing fullness and pain in their limbs following cancer treatments and may be suitable for a whole host of other conditions, including fibromyalgia, immune-related illness, arthritis, asthma, eczema, headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinsons Disease and other generalized aches and pains.
If you are simply looking for the experience of reflexology as a different form of treatment you will not be disappointed. It is a great support mechanism for a wide variety of general health issues and for your overall well-being.
Ear Acupuncture for stress and anxiety
Ear Acupuncture is part of a range of Traditional Chinese Medicine practices and has been around for more than 5000 years. It is used as a adjunct to traditional medicine and can be used alongside conventional medications, including anti-anxiety medications, cognitive behavioural therapy and relaxation methods. My training permits me to use a specific protocol reserved for use with stress and anxiety states. I may use it as a stand alone treatment or in conjunction with one of the other therapies I offer. It is a perfectly safe form of acupuncture and is accredited by the British Acupuncture Council Code of Safe Practice.
As part of my ongoing development in being able to provide the best possible combination of treatments for my clients I am now fully qualified in the practice of the Traditional Chinese Medicine technique of ‘Cupping Therapy’.
Cupping therapy has been used in China and some African countries for several thousand years and its clinical efficacy was confirmed by research as early as the 1950’s. It is a safe an effective means of treatment for all types of ailments bringing benefits to the blood and lymphatic systems by improving circulation, relaxing stiff muscles and tendons, improving skin tone, helping to improve joint mobility and eliminating pathogenic heat, cold and toxins from the body. Those who have experienced cupping as part of their pain management programme have reported up to 50% less pain following treatment. Nowadays of course, many practitioners also use ‘cupping’ as part of their cosmetic routine to improve the tone of their tissues, break down scarring and improve collagen synthesis.
Reiki is an ancient method of healing. The treatment is applied by hand on or above the body in a number of key positions to help restore balance. Healing practices claim to project the body’s natural ability to heal itself, and Reiki is known to be deeply relaxing and comforting. It is neither a religion nor a belief system. Scientific evidence shows that healing may improve psychological and physiological functioning by decreasing stress and pain and increasing your ability to cope. Anecdotally Reiki is thought to calm the mind, decrease general tension and anxiety levels and provide you with a place for quiet reflection.
Aromatherapy uses essentials oils in conjunction with massage to access the body therapeutically. The essential oils are selected and blended according to the presenting symptoms. This enables me to target your condition in a more beneficial and effective manner and help to produce enhanced physiological benefits. The medicinal properties of essential oils and their uplifting aromas can be extremely beneficial to body, mind and soul.
Paying for your treatments
Most private health insurances are accepted but please do check with your insurance provider and with me prior to your first appointment.
I will provide you with a receipt for your treatment so that you may be reimbursed by your insurance provider and some insurers may allow me to invoice them directly. Payment can be made by cash or debit/credit card.
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Missed appointments and cancellations at less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged at the full rate (so please try to find a replacement if you have to cancel at the last minute!)