Heather Turner - Barefoot Holistic Therapies
Birmingham (West Midlands District)
Barefoot holistic therapies is founded by Heather, a registered midwife, reflexologist, baby massage and yoga instructor.
Heather offers a local mobile service for reflexology. Treatments can also be arranged at Heather's home or at The Holistic Practice, Sutton Coldfield. Heather offers general reflexology and specialises in conception and maternity reflexology.
Reflexology is used to restore and balance the body through gentle touch. Heather is extremely passionate about reflexology, having been fascinated by its powerful effects on people and what can be interpreted through the feet.
As a midwife Heather has a deep understanding and knowledge of the conception and maternity journey and has specialised in both of these areas.
Reflexology can provide the relaxation needed to help return the body to its natural balance ready for parenthood. Specialist conception reflexology may help couples with fertility problems by balancing the hormone production necessary for conception to occur and promoting good strong health and vitality in the reproductive organs, which includes helping to regulate periods, promote ovulation, reduce PMS and also help increase sperm quality and quantity.
For those couples who have chosen to have IVF, reflexology can be used to help reduce the stress & emotional unease and help prepare the body physically. There is no evidence that reflexology interferes with medical treatments, in fact if stress is reduced and well being increased, then medical procedures will feel easier.
During your pregnancy, your body will go through significant changes that will affect the emotional, hormonal, psychological and physiological balance of your body. Although it is an exciting time, pregnancy can sometimes present challenges whilst your body adjusts and learns to cope with these changes.
Reflexology can be a great support for relieving stress and tension; evoking deep relaxation and creating a sense of well being. Reflexology is safe during pregnancy and it may help to alleviate symptoms arising from common pregnancy ailments such as:
- Nausea and morning sickness
- Low energy levels
- Heartburn and acid reflux
- Emotional disturbances and mood swings
- Back ache
- Anxiety and stress
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Pelvic Girdle Pain/ SPD
- Ligament and groin pain
Preparation for labour:
Providing mother and baby are healthy, reflexology can be used to help prepare for labour. Although it is not claimed that reflexology can induce labour, it is believed to be helpful in the final few weeks and days when stress and anxiety levels often rise.
Stress hormones may delay the onset of labour so the more prepared and relaxed you feel, the better. Treatments change slightly as the due date approaches and we focus more on encouraging the birthing process to commence by stimulating the body to produce oxytocin (the hormone that makes the uterus contract), encouraging the cervix to dilate and loosening the pelvis.
Training, qualifications & experience
Midwifery (BSc) Birmingham City University - First Class Honours Degree
I.T.E.C Level 3 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology - with Distinction
I.T.E.C Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology - with Distinction
Infant Massage Instructor – To Baby and Beyond
Baby Yoga Instructor – Hands on Babies
Motherhood Yoga Instructor - Birthlight
Mobile reflexology service in Sutton Coldfield and the surrounding area.
Treatments are charged at £40 per hour.
Mileage costs applicable outside of Sutton Coldfield.
Packages available for conception and maternity treatments, see website for further details.
Treatments are available at The Holistic Practice, 21 - 25 Coleshill Street, Sutton Coldfield, B72 1SD. Prices £40 general reflexology, £45 specialist conception & maternity reflexology.
Heather is fully qualified and insured and holds a DBS certificate (formerly CRB).
Treatments are available for children, however all children under the age of 16yrs age must be accompanied to the appointment by a parent/ carer.
"Amazing treatments, felt relaxed & very chilled afterwards. I always get a good, restful sleep after too. Fabulous therapist!" Wendy Win
"I can thoroughly recommend Heather at Barefoot holistic therapies. Her friendly and professional attitude combined with a deep knowledge for her subject and practical skills are a winning combination" Nick Baker
"Once again I really enjoyed the treatment and left feeling relaxed. Highly recommended!" Harriet Caine
"Beautiful experience, very nurturing & deeply relaxing effect lasted for days" Linda Lilwall
If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you may have a pre-existing medical condition you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
Maps & Directions
I am flexible to offer treatments most days and Wednesday and, Thursday evenings. Please let me know your preferred day/ time and I will always do my best to accommodate your choices.