Reflexology, Abdominal Therapy, Herbal Medicine
Reflexology is a deeply relaxing, grounding therapy that treats the whole person – mind, body and spirit. It is based on the principle that areas of the feet (reflexes) correspond to different parts the body via the nervous system and energy channels. Using thumbs and fingers pressure is applied to these reflex points which stimulates the flow of energy along nerve channels. This has a balancing effect which can be relaxing or energising, depending on what is needed. Reflexology treatments are suitable for all ages and all states of health. In my reflexology practice I find it immensely rewarding as the beneficial effects can be so immediate. It is particularly effective for helping with stress related conditions and for busy or overworked people to help calm and relax them.
HOW CAN REFLEXOLOGY HELP YOU?
Helps relieve tension and anxiety
Helps ease pain and tension
Promotes deep relaxation
Encourages restful sleep
Boost energy levels
Assists your body’s natural healing
For more information please visit www.aor.org.uk
PREGNANCY AND POSTNATAL REFLEXOLOGY
Maternity reflexology is a specialised area of reflexology which helps support women through all stages of pregnancy from preconception throughout pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period. Regular reflexology can help maintain help encourage your body into a state of balance and relaxation necessary for conception and to maintain a healthy pregnancy. Reflexology may also be used prime the body for birth and help encourage the onset of labour in overdue pregnancies.
“My inclusion of reflexology in the initial pregnancy strategies that I developed was accidental, yet it is now one of the most powerful tools in my programme.”
– Dr Gowri Motha, obstetrician and author of the Gentle Birth Method.
Dr Motha introduced reflexology to conventional obstetric practice in the 80’s. Her research found that regular reflexology treatments to be effective in reducing labour time and pain. Further studies from the UK and Denmark are confirming these findings. Many midwives and birthing units now recommend reflexology to support expectant mothers. The post-natal period is such an important time for a new mother to be nurtured and supported. Reflexology treatments are wonderful way of accelerating the natural healing process following birth whether a natural vaginal birth or by C- Section. They are deeply relaxing and can help encourage better sleep and more balanced emotions.
REFLEXOLOGY CAN HELP RELIEVE MANY COMMON CONDITIONS OF PREGNANCY SUCH AS:
Backache and sciatica
Nausea and morning sickness
Digestive issues including heartburn and constipation
High blood pressure
Oedema – swollen ankles and feet
Pelvis girdle pain
Breast feeding issues
Nervous and physical exhaustion
SUSAN’S REFLEXOLOGY TREATMENT PRICES
60 mins // £80
90 Mins // £95
ARVIGO TECHNIQUES OF MAYA ABDOMINAL THERAPY ®
WHAT IS IS THIS ARVIGO® THERAPY?
Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT) combines a nurturing, slow, deep massage with manipulations focused on the abdomen, back and the soft tissue of the pelvis down to the pubic bone. It helps to relieve congestion and energetic blockages by improving circulation of blood, lymph and energy to the abdomen, pelvis, womb and entire body. In
addition it helps strengthen and tone the uterus, ligaments and other pelvic organs.
TREATMENTS HELP SUPPORT A WHOLE RANGE OF FEMALE CONDITIONS AND LIFE CYCLES INCLUDING:
Adhesions and scar tissue including C-sections
In addition to women’s reproductive health it also beneficial for digestive and bladder health.
Arvigo Therapy® suitable for all cycles of a women’s life from the first period to post-menopause.
CONTRAINDICATIONS, CAUTIONS AND MODIFICATIONS IN PREGNANCY AND POST PARTUM:
First trimester of pregnancy unless my a practitioner trained in pregnancy
Post-ovulation if actively trying to conceive
UD or coil fitted
Active infection in the pelvis or abdomen
Within 6 weeks postpartum vaginal birth
Within 3 months of a C-section birth
Recent abdominal or pelvic surgery
If having chemotherapy
Pessary for organ prolapse must be removed before massage
Nuva ring : massage can be carried out with no modifications
Post surgery: depending on surgery, often 6-8 weeks
Hiatal hernia: gentle massage but can help this condition Treatments are suitable for any time of the menstrual cycle, except 5 days before menstruation. If you are actively trying to conceive no treatments are recommended after ovulation.
ARVIGO THERAPY® AND FERTILITY
Whether you are preparing yourself for pregnancy or have been struggling to get pregnant this therapy can create the optimum conditions to conceive. As these techniques greatly increase blood flow to the reproductive organs it means nutrients can reach these organs more easily. This improves the health of your eggs and also creates a healthier environment for fertilisation to take place and for your embryo to implant and grow into a baby.
For supporting couples’ fertility, the techniques can be used for men as well as women to assist men’s reproductive health, by improving blood flow to the prostate and testes. During assisted cycles treatments can also help reduce swelling, help clear excess hormones and help to balance emotions.
ARVIGO THERAPY® FOR PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM
The Arvigo Therapy® is very supportive of the physical changes you experience at any stage of your pregnancy. As your baby and uterus grow, additional strain is put on your uterine ligaments, pelvic floor muscles and pelvic ligaments. Through this work I will gently stretch these ligaments to help align the uterus and create space for your baby. A well-positioned uterus receives good blood supply and grows strong and resilient. Your sacrum and coccyx will also be given attention to create more ease and space in your pelvis for an easier birth. Massage on your upper abdomen is included in treatments which can help relieve heartburn and improve your digestion too.
In addition to dealing with many niggling discomforts of pregnancy, treatment are also deeply nurturing and relaxing experience to make you
feel indulged and supported.
CONTRAINDICATIONS, CAUTIONS AND MODIFICATIONS IN PREGNANCY AND POST PARTUM:
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® are safe and effective with few contraindications.
Premature rupture to membranes: with doctor’s permission
Bleeding in pregnancy and labour: absolute contraindication
Postpartum bleeding if greater than a period
Postpartum: not before 6 weeks
C-section: note before 6 weeks
Women on blood thinning medication during pregnancy must have doctors consent.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR SESSION?
Your initial session will incorporate a comprehensive history and treatment. It also includes how to perform an abdominal self-care massage so you can continue this work at home. Self-care is an integral part of the treatment to connect you to your healing process and connect you to your womb centre. Supportive treatments, such as herbal steams and castor oil packing may
also be recommended to complement the massage.
Arvigo®Therapy is suitable for women all ages and for those of you who have had hysterectomies.
*This treatment is not currently on offer for pregnant ladies, except in the postpartum period.
INITIAL APPOINTMENTS TIMES AND PRICES:
2 Hours // £150 (Arvigo® Therapy combined herbal medicine excluding price of herbs)
90 Minutes // £120 (Arvigo® Therapy only)
FOLLOW UP APPOINTMENTS:
75 Minutes // £90
60 Minutes // £80
Prepaid packages of 6 (1 hour) treatments, excluding the initial consultation for fertility, menstrual issues or postnatal care:
Prepaid packages of 6 (75 mins) treatments, excluding the initial consultation:
HERBAL MEDICINE WOMENS’ HEALTH CLINIC
Susan is offering herbal medicine in her women’s health clinic to support women along with her other therapies, reflexology, maternity reflexology and Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®.
WHAT IS HERBAL MEDICINE?
Herbal medicine (also known as Botanical Medicine or Phytotherapy) harnesses the healing power of plants for medicinal purposes and is considered the oldest and most universal form of medicine in the world. It is a powerful healing modality and preventative medicine. Scientific investigation is now confirming the traditional uses of many medicinal plants.
As many as 120 pharmaceuticals drugs are originally derived from plants. The best known example is salicylic acid extracted from willow bark to make Aspirin which is now copied and synthesised in the laboratory. Herbalists use whole plant extracts instead of isolating the active medicinal component of the plant. This makes the herbal medicine safer than pharmaceuticals and gives them more healing properties due to their complexity. These multiple healing actions make them effective in treating a wide range of conditions with a very, low incidence of side effects.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM HERBAL MEDICINE?
Herbs are suitable for everyone. In the context of women’s health herbs can be used for for women who don’t want to suppress their natural cycles with synthetic hormones and are seeking natural alternatives to balance hormones. In her practice Susan sees women who are looking for support with menstrual issues, coming of the Pill, PMS, PCOS, fibroids, endometriosis, menopausal symptoms, low libido, acne, eczema, yeast infections, cystitis, fertility, pregnancy and postnatal recovery.
Herbal medicine can be used alone or alongside orthodox medications in many cases. Herbs can be used symptomatically for acute situations, but for more chronic situations they can be given over a longer period of time to help restore the balance and functioning of the whole body.
FERTILITY AND HERBAL MEDICINE
Herbal medicine can help with all aspects of fertility health: regulating the menstrual cycle, reducing pelvic congestion, balancing specific hormones, enhancing detoxification, supporting the body to adapt to stress, improve circulation, supporting immune function, supporting all the body systems, providing nutrients, improving circulation and the overall health of the whole body. For men, specifically, there are many plants that can improve sperm health.
HERBS DURING PREGNANCY
Herbs have been used in pregnancy and childbirth throughout history. There are many gentle, nourishing herbs that can be safely used in pregnancy for common complaints where medications are not suitable. In the first trimester herbs are only prescribed when indicated.
HERBS AND POST-NATAL CARE
Herbs are supportive for women after birth both, physically and emotionally. They can be used to nourish, restore vitality and strength, for hormonal balancing, to increase breastmilk, to tone and heal the uterus, to heal the uterus and surrounding tissues after a C-section and help the body adapt to the change of lifestyle as a new mother. Breastfeeding mothers can also support their babies by passing herbs via their breast milk.
HERBAL MEDICINE CONSULTATION
The initial consultation typically lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. This includes a comprehensive case history and may also include a physical examination. Previous blood tests or investigations will be reviewed and further diagnostic tests may be recommended.
A herbal prescription may include liquid tinctures, medicinal teas, powered herbs, capsules, syrups, juices, nutritional supplements and flower essences. If indicated external preparations may include creams, ointments, oils, compresses and baths.
Follow up appointments take 30 minutes to monitor your treatment progress and possibly adjust your prescription.
Initial Consultation 60 Minutes // £80
Follow up 30 Minutes // £45
Herbal medicines and blood tests are not included in the consultation fee. A one month prescription is typically between £40 and £80.