16 Lavington Gardens
02380410726 / 07941 389347
I have worked as a midwife for over 30 years and have recently returned to nursing. I offer reflexology and aromatherapy to mostly pregnant women, but to also non-pregnant women. I have completed post graduate course in Maternity Reflexology with Susanne Enzer, Baby Reflexology and VRT - Vertical Reflexology Therapy. I am a Jikiden Reiki Practitioner. I also use Moxibustion which may help turn breech babies.
It is my aim to ensure that all women achieve their optimum health during their pregnancy and to enjoy this special time in their lives. However pregnancy may be fraught with unpleasant symptoms and anxieties, and I feel that Reflexology, although not a cure-all, is a wonderful way to help achieve this.
I work from home but also visit women in their own homes, particularly if near term, and am willing to travel to areas including Winchester, Romsey, Eastleigh and Southampton.
Due to the fact that I work for the NHS, my availability may be limited.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered General Nurse - 1983
Registered Midwife - 1985 to 2016
IIHHT Aromatherapy - 1994
Member of the Association of Reflexologists (MAR) - 1996
Moxibustion for Breech Babies 2009
Maternity Reflexology - 2010
VRT - Basic and Fertility Issues - 2011
Basic and Essential First Aid 2011
Baby Reflex -2011
Jikiden Reiki - May 2015
Accredited register membership
One hour treatment £30 but an extra charge may be included if over 10 miles away.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy based on the belief that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which are believed to correspond to all organs and parts of the body. Reflexology works on an individual basis and may alleviate and improve symptoms such as everyday stress and tension.
Sessions are usually performed in a comfortable chair or couch. The client will be asked to remove footwear and socks. The practitioner will make a visual and tactile examination of the area to be worked before beginning the precise reflexology massage movements. The particular types of movements involved require the application of an appropriate pressure using the thumb and fingers and are adapted during pregnancy according to gestation.
Reflexology can be a wonderfully relaxing experience where you can take time out from everyday pressures. The therapist’s expert touch will help you relax which can help improve mood, aid sleep and relieve tension. The result is an overall sense of wellbeing.
Postnatal Mother and Baby
Postnatally, reflexology may help to restore your body to its non-pregnant state, assist in general recuperation, and help both mother and baby to relax after your momentous event!
Parents can also be shown some simple techniques to use on their baby which is both a bonding experience and may encourage general well-being.
When is it not advisable to have treatment?
Reflexology although a safe therapy, is contraindicated in any condition that requires medical intervention:
- Threatened pre-term labour
- Vaginal bleeding
- Un-diagnosed pain
- Placenta praevia
- Kidney stones
- Severe hypertension
Plus some precautions to treatment
- First trimester - reflexology is extremely safe and cannot cause or prevent a miscarriage, however the pelvic area reflexes are best avoided.
- Multiple pregnancy - due to the increased risk of instability of these pregnancies.
- Diabetes - due to changing metabolic needs during pregnancy.
- Previous health issues - heart, liver or renal disease, due to the increased demands placed on the mother during pregnancy. A strong prime reaction may be too difficult to bear.
- Varicose veins on the feet - pressure must be avoided in the affected area.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese technique involving the use of moxa sticks (made from dried mugwort) as a heat source applied to an acupressure point on your feet.
The bladder meridian is an acupressure energy line running through your body which connects with your uterus, and ends with the Bladder 67 point at the outer edge of the base of the little toe nail on each foot.
Once a scan has confirmed that your baby is breech and following discussion to ensure it is safe to proceed, I will perform the first session. Thereafter, you and your partner can perform the procedure, which takes 15 minutes, twice a day for 5 days at home any time after 35 weeks.
Contraindications for Using Moxibustion
- Uterine scar / Previous CS / Planned CS
- Raised blood pressure / PIH
- Ruptured membranes
- H/o preterm labour
- Ante partum haemorrhage
- Rhesus negative? Check anti-D up to date
- Maternal diabetes
- Bicornuate uterus
- Multiple pregnancy
- Unstable lie?
- Poly / Oligo hydramnious
- H/O Fertility issues?
- Cephalo-pelvic dispropotion
- Grand multiparity
- Cephalic presentation!
Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy that uses volatile plant oils known as essential oils, for the treatment and prevention of disease, by the absorption through the skin and lungs of tiny aromatic molecules. It works on the principle of treating the whole person and not just the symptoms, by assisting the body’s natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself. Essential oil is well documented to be safe to use during pregnancy, and may indeed bring great relief to many conditions associated with pregnancy.
Some oils however, are contraindicated for use during pregnancy. Always consult a qualified Aromatherapist.
I combine my knowledge of Midwifery, Massage and Aromatherapy to offer a unique and tailor made treatment just for you. Using only essential oils known to be safe to use during pregnancy and the postnatal period, a blend will be made which may aid relaxation, help ease unpleasant symptoms of pregnancy, to energize or to prepare you for labour.
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.
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