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By West Norwood Therapies Team, Dec 5 2019 11:38AM

Reflexologist Laura Devonshire explains what happens when you come for a reflexology appointment.

*Laura is running a special offer during December 2019 *



Your first Reflexology treatment includes in-depth personal consultation to understand your medical and lifestyle history, this is to ensure the treatment is tailored specifically to your needs and requirements.


Laura will make you comfortable with bolster support for your knees and ankles. It is only necessary to remove your shoes and socks for the treatment as pressure will only be applied to the feet and lower legs. Laura may also treat the hands if necessary.


There are many different reactions one can experience during a treatment and each person responds differently, also understanding it can change with each treatment depending on what you are experiencing and how you are feeling on that particular day.


One may experience some of the following reactions; changes in temperature, changes in emotions: feeling the need to laugh, cry or sigh. Feeling of being in a deep meditative state or on occasion falling asleep. One may experience visualisations, different tingling sensations across the body or feelings of some pain and discomfort over specific reflex points.


The treatment closes with a foot massage using a soothing and nourishing organic cream and grounding to gently bring you round. It’s important to drink plenty of water to help with the clearing and cleansing process.


You can feel the effects of the treatment in the following days as reflexology continues working to achieve a state of homeostasis. Based on your needs and requirements you can discuss follow up sessions that can either form part of a complete treatment plan or be stand-alone for relaxation and balance.


Laura is a qualified Preconception and Pregnancy Reflexology Practitioner.







By West Norwood Therapies Team, Nov 18 2019 05:25PM

WNT founder and manager Jennie Duck shares her experience of the WNT team effort in making a video and in general how this collaborative ethos sets the tone for a great clinic and studio.



We made this video with footage taken on an in-house photo and video shoot when I was down for our 5th birthday celebrations at the start of October. It feels appropriate that the collaborative ethos of our work made the very tools that we want to use to promote it - what we can achieve when we get together.


It's been so exciting to see the fruits of our efforts in putting together a video showing who we are as WNT and how we work. The 90 second video we've made really does show us, it gives an authentic feel for our clinic and studio space and us as a team. I'm really proud and happy that the place and environment shown in this video is West Norwood Therapies, a seed I sowed back in 2014 that has grown to be so much more than me working alone in a room! The collaborative ethos and energy that shines through in the video is what makes WNT unique and pretty damn awesome :-)



That trip south (from my rural home on the West coast of Scotland) was a fabulous few days. We were all really excited to be together for celebrating our birthday - it's a rare privilidge to be with each and every one of us, it can be hard to get a dynamic gang in one place at once! We had a meeting on the Saturday afternoon, refelcting on our successes and challenges as individual practitioners as well as a collective. We rounded this off with a 'cup of friendship' - a Scottish tradition involving a bottle of whiskey and a quaich. Yummy.



After our meeting we headed out to one of WN's best local restaurants, The Garden (even more yummy) and nursed our hangovers at Feast the next day before turning WNT into a photo studio and shooting a pile of photos and videos to help us with promoting our unique and awesome business with the people we want to work with (you!).


I keep coming back to 4 words to describe the experience in working with the Wonderful Women of WNT and those are: warm, thoughtful, intelligent and fun. That is the environment we create at West Norwood Therapies which gives the energy that runs through treatments and classes. After celebrating us as a collective we want to celebrate us as individuals - so over the next few weeks we'll be running social media posts along the theme 'we love working with...' describing one another as colleagues. We hope you enjoy getting to know us better!


Jennie x






By West Norwood Therapies Team, Oct 28 2019 11:43AM

Osteopath and yoga teacher Yinka, aka #theosteopathyogi shares her experience of the journey in bringing yoga to West Norwood Therapies - how far we have come!


I have been an Osteopath for 27 years and have taught yoga for 20 years, gaining my Diploma with the British Wheel of Yoga in 2000. The regulated BWYQ Certificate and Diploma qualifications require level 4 attainment and are therefore equivalent to an HNC/ first year of a foundation Degree and is a 500 hours qualification. This is the highest level of yoga teacher training currently available in the UK.


I began teaching yoga to primary school teachers in Brixton, and this slowly evolved to include anyone who wanted to come along to my class. In January 2015 I was forced to give up the teaching space that I had used, given the cost of renting suitable space I thought that I would have a lengthy break from teaching, but I was wrong. In October 2014 West Norwood Therapies (WNT) was founded and I began offering osteopathic care in Room 1. Room 1 is quite large, and Jennie and I thought perhaps if we moved furniture and screened off part of the room, we could use the space for a class. On the 1st of February we ran a trial class, it went well, and I decided to go for it. With the support of the fantastic Women of the WNT team Yoga with Yinka at WNT was born. The first classes started on Wednesday 25th of February 2015. I was determined to make it work, arriving early to shift furniture, and hoovering afterwards (in those days we had carpet). The classes went from strength to strength and as word got around; in November 2017 I was able to start a class on Friday morning and at the beginning of this year I began a Thursday morning class as well.


My teaching style is relaxed, informative and tailored to suit those who prefer a smaller group setting. I build gradually to the fuller expression of the postures, modifying as necessary or required. There is a community supportive feel to the classes and many of the original Wednesday morning yogis still attend. Because of my teaching style, and the room space I run the classes on a 6-week block booking that runs parallel to the school term so that those caring for school age children can attend without missing out. The feedback I have had over the years has given me the confidence to take Yoga with Yinka into the NHS and at the beginning of May this year I began teaching yoga at a GP surgery. There are referral criteria and GP’s refer those they feel could benefit to the classes. Since 2015 the WNT team quickly realised that movement-based classes work well and we now have Emma who teaches Vinyasa flow, antenatal and restorative yoga, Hannah who teaches Qi Gong and Tai Chi and more recently Jenny who teaches Feldenkrais. We are soon to be joined by Laura reflexologist and yoga teacher.


Coming soon will be Yoga with Yinka workshops for low back pain and in the meantime, wherever you do your yoga, enjoy your practice.

Yinka aka #theosteopathyogi




By West Norwood Therapies Team, Oct 1 2019 10:59AM

Feldenkrais teacher Jenny Hill shares her experience of discovering Feldenkrais and the shift it led to in her life.


It’s funny how people turn up at various points in our lives.


To cut a long story short, I had my first Feldenkrais lesson at a critical moment in my life.

I’d been living in New Zealand and was here on holiday visiting my mum. At this time she discovered she had breast cancer for the 3rd time. My holiday visit turned into my retuning home to the UK permanently.

I had no money, no job, seemingly no job prospects and virtually no friends. I’d split up with my New Zealand boyfriend. And I was no spring chicken.


I stayed with my mum in Cornwall. Every Tuesday I would drive to Exeter to take a Feldenkrais class. And every morning at home before breakfast, I repeated the lesson as we had done it in the class -until the next Tuesday, when we did a new lesson.


How I ended up attending a Feldenkrais class is a story in itself, but I won’t go into that now. Suffice to say after my 1st lesson, I felt as if years of tension and heaviness had fallen away from me. Tension and heaviness I didn’t even know I had. I felt light in my body, open, but grounded. I could breathe easily. I felt mentally calm and at peace, despite feeling my entire life was in a significant mess.


Although I’d had a professional dance training and martial arts background, the quiet potency of the Feldenkrais method and this morning practice changed my life. I began to learn what it means to be present; to feel my body, to feel difficult feelings I needed to feel at this time, to become more intimately aware of my breathing, to see how my thoughts were connected to anxiety, which was connected to my body. And to feel that my life was unfolding in quite an extraordinary way - in the midst of my mother dying. No body wants to deal with this. But connecting with this resource inside myself is something I will always feel gratitude for.


Without me realising it the next chapter had already begun.

There have been several chapters since then.

Maybe one of those will come up in another blog page!







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