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CELEBRATE THE START OF BRITISH SUMMER TIME 

AND THE START OF A NEW YOU!

I meet people all the time who are longing to try complementary therapies – maybe reflexology, acupuncture, Indian head massage, hypnosis – but have never felt brave enough to take the first step, or have just not found the time.

I offer a variety of therapies, which I tailor to individually suit the client, at my London and Hertfordshire practices.

I’m holding an Open Evening on Sunday 27 March to give people the opportunity of free tasters and a chat about what may be right for them.

Pop in any time bewteen 4pm-8pm – and bring a friend!

Venue:  Teddy George, 684 Goffs Lane, Goffs Oak, Hertfordshire, EN7 5ET.  

Time:  4pm-8pm

Why not come along, have a free taster session, ask questions, join our raffle for a free treatment and pick up a voucher for £5 off your first treatment (but only if you like what you see!)

I promise a genuinely warm welcome, a free glass of wine and some personal advice on what might be right for you.

Tel:  078796 12870

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Infertility is a sensitive, emotional and costly process. I have lots of women coming to see me because they’re trying to conceive. Many are on the verge of undergoing fertility treatment. Yet, after a few reflexology treatments, some guidance and nutritional advice they fall pregnant. More often than not it’s simply a case of balancing the hormones in the body by carefully and systematically working on the corresponding reflex points. Hormones are produced and regulated by a highly complex and delicate endocrine system. There are so many things which throw our endocrine system out of balance: excess oestrogen, contraceptive pill and so on.

A medical study has now been launched to discover if reflexology can really help women conceive. A two year clinical trial at the IVF unit at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth is the brainchild of reflexologist, Jane Holt who approached the unit after 13 of the 23 women she treated with a range of fertility problems fell pregnant.

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The link between progesterone and the menopause is highlighted by the fact that women in industrialised countries have a hard time with menopausal symptoms compared to women in rural societies. Dr. P. Ellison of Harvard University studied oestrogen levels in various ecological and cultural populations and found that oestrogen levels in western women are abnormally high. This can be due to a number of factors:

  • the food consumed (particularly animals fed oestrogen to fatten them)
  • the crops sprayed with pesticides (most of which are oestrogenic)
  • the Pill and HRT
  • drinking recycled water which has not had the oestrogen removed
  • using cosmetics which are made with liquid paraffin and oestrogenic antioxidants.

An understanding of the effects of a lack of progesterone is vital to understanding that progesterone can play an enormously beneficial role in helping to go through menopause without too many adverse affects. By naturally opposing the action of oestrogen, the symptoms of oestrogen dominance are lessened and in some cases eliminated. The easiest method to apply progesterone is in a cream form.

New research conducted by Wallace and Kelsey published in “Human Reproduction”, indicates that it might be possible to show the approach of menopause by a scan of the ovaries. Currently blood hormone levels are used to try to determine this, but these are notoriously inaccurate as it is common practice to only check oestrogen levels, not progesterone. The patient generally needs to specifically request this despite the fact that progesterone and menopause are inextricably connected. As the symptoms of menopause are caused by a lack of progesterone and too much oestrogen, the standard ‘oestrogen only’ test is of little help.

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Readers of my blogs will know that I have suffered from adrenal stress and have looked into a number of ‘alternative cures’. I’ve looked into and talked about Macca but I never actually got around to using it because I discovered Ashwagandha first. I’ve been using Ashwagandha for several months and I do believe it’s gone a long way in helping me. I’m starting to feel ‘normal’ again.

What is it?
Ashwagandha (meaning: strength of a horse) is a known herb in Ayurvedic medicine. Found in India, it’s an evergreen shrub the roots of which are used medicinally. It has a reputation for improving strength, energy and stamina.
It’s an adaptogenic herb suitable for long-term use (avoid if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding).

Stress
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen: a class of herbal medicines that improve energy and help the body adapt to stress. It relaxes the nervous system and increases strength and stamina. Excellent for promoting restful sleep; its antioxidant effects help immunity and increase white blood cell count and reduces arthritic pain and inflammation.

Research published in the journal of Phytomedicine (2000) found Ashwagandha was ‘comparable to some orthodox drugs for treating anxiety and depression’.

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Stress has been referred to as the Silent Killer. Regardless of its intensity, we experience stress daily in our lives. This has intensified in the 21st century with its pollution, technological revolution, nutritional deficiencies and so. Stress is epidemic in the western world and our reaction to it is not always to our advantage.

Stress is a state of tension that is created when a person responds to the demands and pressures that come from work, family and other external sources, as well as which are internally generated. It is cumulative – it adds up over time until a state of crisis is reached and symptoms appear. These symptoms may manifest themselves psychologically as irritability, anxiety, impaired concentration, fatigue, impaired digestion, anger, the list goes on.

At the most basic level complementary therapies work to relax the body to an extent at which it can begin to function at an optimum level. Ultimate Indulgence Evenings are designed as taster sessions for my therapies, bringing with them an element of fun and social interaction.

Treat yourself and your friends to an evening of indulgence and experience the relaxation and healing my therapies bring.

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When stress, injury, illness or disease is present there is a state of imbalance in the body and vital energy pathways are disturbed or blocked, preventing the mind and body from functioning effectively.

As a natural health therapist, I am passionate about complementary therapies and their effect on the mind, body and spirit. I regard taking responsibility for one’s own health as an important part of healing and so I actively involve patients in their treatment.

Many complementary therapies are based on the idea that the body naturally strives to maintain a state of balance, known as homeostasis and my treatments aim to stimulate this natural healing ability in the body.

Learn more about the therapies I offer and try one today!

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