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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 11 2019 08:04AM

Our new reflexologist (and yoga teacher, reiki and tibetan sound bowl practitioner) Laura Devonshire introduces this fabulous treatment and shares the benefits that can be gained from treatment.




Reflexology is a natural, holistic and non-invasive therapy that helps the body engage its own self-healing processes on a physical, emotional and energetic level.


It works on the premise that our feet and hands are a microcosm of the body with all organs, glands and structures mapping to corresponding reflex points through a system of zones and energy channels, addressing all the main systems of the body.


It is estimated that 75% of illnesses are caused by stress. Reflexology works to rebalance the body and mind, encouraging a state of relaxation to ease stress and anxiety, releasing toxicity held in the internal organs and muscles.


On a physical level Reflexology alleviates joint and muscular pain. It improves circulation, increases lymphatic drainage helping with detoxification. It brings balance into the physiological systems and structures, stimulating hypo-active and sluggish areas and calming hyperactive, over-productive parts.

On an emotional and energetic level Reflexology eases tension, allows for clearer thinking, improved concentration, relief of fear and frustration and encourages a greater sense of wellbeing and wholeness.


Reflexology provides great fertility support with preconception helping to bring the body and hormones into a state of equilibrium, encouraging and regulating menstrual cycles, boosting blood circulation to the reproductive areas and reducing stress levels helping to prepare both physically and emotionally.

Pregnancy Reflexology supports mum –to-be through the many significant changes her body is constantly responding and adapting as baby grows. Pregnancy Reflexology alleviates the physical aches and pains, sooth digestive discomforts, aids energy levels and provides much needed relaxation.


The following is an extensive but not complete, list of conditions and symptoms Reflexology can help with: * acne *anxiety *arthritis *asthma *back pain *digestive problems fibromyalgia *gynecological problems *headaches and migraines *hormonal disturbances *insomnia *kidney/urinary problems *low energy *muscular and joint pain *PMS *prostate problems *sciatica *skin conditions.


There may be times when it is not appropriate to use Reflexology; if you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Laura.







By West Norwood Therapies Team, Jan 30 2019 09:00AM

Hypnobirthing teacher Clare Butler shares some thoughts about positive and negative birth stories as part of National Story Telling Week


When I heard that National Story Telling Week was coming up, my mind at once jumped to birth stories. Whether you have had a baby or are expecting, here are a few things to consider.


What is a positive birth story? Let’s get this straight – as a hypnobirthing teacher I do not simply regard a positive birth to be one where pain relief was not used. In my view, a positive birth story is a labour and birth that, even if there were some unexpected twists and turns or interventions, you felt calm, relaxed, in control and ultimately you and your birth partner felt positive about it.


Unfortunately, those that are fortunate enough to have had a positive birth are not always sharing their story. This is a growing trend that is due to a number of reasons: people are sensitive to those who may have had a negative experience, they don’t want to be perceived as boasting and there is a tendency to focus on the negative rather than the positive – just look at the news....


The sensitivity point came to the forefront recently. England footballer Harry Kane suffered a backlash after tweeting “So proud of Kate for having the most amazing water birth with no pain relief at all”. This is a positive account that was received negatively. It left some women who have used pain relief during labour feeling a failure and some angry. I understand why some women took it this way but as he pointed out, any woman can give birth how they like and also every birth is different. As a Hypnobirthing couple, I am sure that even if Harry’s partner Kate had chosen to use pain relief, that he would still be proud and elated after a positive birth experience. Despite Harry creating a bit of a storm, I am confident that his tweet would have also had a positive effect – helping expectant couples feel more confident ahead of giving birth and less afraid.


I also wanted to highlight the importance of choice when it comes to hearing birth stories. Like a well-stocked library, there needs to be an array of birth stories available to expectant parents. Every birth story is valid and has a lesson but I am a strong believer in giving couples the option to hear it or, after reading the title, allowing them to put it back on the shelf. Couples need to be informed ahead of birth but, most importantly, they need to feel confident and not fearful. This will result in a calmer experience.


So, what is my main message to those that have already given birth? Please ask your pregnant friend, colleague or stranger before sharing your birth story with them – especially if it is negative in any way, and please offer to share any positive birth story you may have. If we go into birth with only negative stories and thoughts swirling through our heads, then we are far more likely to have a negative experience.


To find out more about hypnobirthing and the classes on offer, please get in touch.






By West Norwood Therapies Team, Aug 29 2018 08:00AM

Hypnobirthing teacher Clare Butler shares some thoughts on how education and practice can really positively impact your birthing experience. Meet Clare at our Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond workshop on Saturday 22nd September or attend her Essentials class on Thursday 13th September. More info


As back to school approaches, I can’t help but think of the parallels between education and giving birth. Knowledge really is power during labour. If you understand how your body and mind can work together in labour, then you can experience giving birth with confidence, feeling calm and relaxed. This is the great benefit of hypnobirthing.


I highlight to all my clients the importance of practice in hypnobirthing. It is not like getting ready for an exam though…. It really is the nicest practice you could ever wish for – simply practice relaxing each day

during pregnancy. As well as preparing you for giving birth, it is a lovely way to reduce the daily burst of stress hormone (cortisol) that may be lingering in your body.


Remember doing case studies at school? I don’t use them in hypnobirthing, but something very similar. I am a firm believer in sharing positive birth stories. This helps expectant couples realise that a positive birth experience is possible and, in turn, gives them confidence for labour.


With this in mind, I wanted to share that I was fortunate enough to teach my old school friend Amy earlier this year and she recently gave birth to baby Theo. Amy embraced the practice guidance I gave her and, I am happy to say, that she had a very positive birth experience. Amy found giving birth hard work (it is called labour for a reason!) but the hypnobirthing techniques and the work she put in was invaluable.

Beautiful.


If you are interested in hypnobirthing then please get in contact for more information clare@thehypnobirthinghome.com. The next Hypnobirthing Essentials course is on Thursday 13th September 1-5pm £165. Full course and private 1to1 sessions are also available.





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