Reflexology & Reiki for Women & Children
Hello, and welcome to my website.
I am a Reflexologist and Reiki Practitioner treating women, young and old, who live in the Rainham, Upminster, Hornchurch and neighbouring areas. I have been qualified since 2006.
I offer the following treatments:
Why Is Reflexology So Important For Women?
Reflexology is a treatment that can help women of all ages, and all stages of life. From the colicky baby to the teenager suffering from acne and painful periods. From issues with fertility to the symptoms of the menopause. Women who might be more fragile such as the elderly or the very ill will also benefit from a gentle caring touch.
What can I expect when I come for a treatment? Will I be safe?
The day before you are due to come for a treatment, I will contact you and ask you a few questions about your current heath. Please see under the heading 'COVID-19 Secure Workplace Policy' for detailed information regarding what you can expect when you come for a treatment.
I will ask you to cancel your appointment if you feel unwell, have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in recent contact with anyone who has been unwell, even if this means that you have to call on the day of the appointment to cancel. I will also extend the same courtesy to you if I feel unwell, or have been in contact with anyone who has been unwell.
For now I will have to ask you to bring your own blanket and bottle of water, and the government also require both of us to wear a face covering - a scarf is fine if you don't have one.
These past few months have been stressful for all of us, and its important to remember that teenagers may also be feeling very stressed and anxious too. Many have had the disappointment of not being able to sit their GCSE's or A levels (I know how they feel as I have two children who are experiencing this). Missing out on their right of passage because of no last day at school/college and no prom. In addition to this they have been unable to be with their friends and may be feeling very isolated. Their stress may present itself in the form of bad moods and lethargy. The stress hormones that are released into our bodies can have a negative impact, causing inflammation, possibly resulting in acne flare ups, moods swings, headaches and difficulty sleeping. Too much stress might also cause the immune system to struggle to fight off colds and viruses. Reflexology can help to boost the immune system, thereby giving the body the best possible chance of staying healthy.
A lot of teenagers have taken to their bedrooms and spend hours on social media or gaming. This can also have a negative effect on their mental health. It is more important than ever to ensure that they are eating a balanced diet, including plenty of fruit and vegetables. Please try to encourage your teenagers to get out into the daylight every day. First of all, the daylight will help to regulate their sleeping pattern, and secondly, they need to ensure they get some vitamin D. Having healthy vitamin D levels will help to keep a strong immune system, but many teenagers may be spending so much time in their bedrooms and not getting enough vitamin D. Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency include, fatigue, bone pain, muscle weakness, aches or cramps and mood changes such as depression. Take a look at the NHS website who are able to offer ways of increasing your vitamin D levels. In fact, they suggest taking a daily supplement of 1000IU (10mcg). Always make an appointment to speak to your GP if you are concerned.
Some young women may be dealing with the stresses of work and running a home. It may be that you're not sleeping very well and have a poor diet. You may be having difficulty conceiving and want to do all that you can to prepare your body for conception. During pregnancy many women experience some discomforts, from morning sickness, constipation and conditions such pelvic girdle pain.
It is important at any age to do all that we can to keep our immune system healthy, but never has it been so important as it is now. Please read the section I have written on Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage (RLD). This was originally used to help people suffering with oedema after breast cancer treatment, but it has also proven to be very efficient at cleansing the lymphatic system which helps us to fight infection.
It can be so easy to forget to look after ourselves once we have given birth. You want to give all of your attention to your beautiful new baby, but it’s important to keep yourself in the best possible health at this time.
It's important to continue to look after our own physical, mental and emotional wellbeing in those early days and weeks after giving birth. Some women find that reflexology helps their hormones to settle more quickly, improves lactation, calms their emotions and gives them 'space' to relax. Remember the saying "You can't pour from an empty vessel"
Later in life some women may struggle physically or emotionally with menopausal symptoms.
Reflexology works by regulating the glands which release hormones into your bloodstream. When too much or too little of these hormones are produced, we start to experience menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes, mood changes, anxiety or depression and difficulty sleeping. Reflexology helps to balance the body and it facilitates the flow of energy through the body.
Let's not forget the elderly who may have many health problems, or may just need a gentle touch and a listening ear. We may take for granted the physical contact we have with our partners, families and friends. I have treated ladies who have been without a partner for some years or maybe they don't come from a particularly tactile family. By the end of the treatment these ladies sometimes feel a little emotional as it could be the first time in a very long time that they have felt the physical contact of another person. It's amazing how lifted a treatment can make you feel.
Reflexology is a treatment which is used on the feet or hands. The treatment works on the principal that there is a reflex point on the feet for every part of the body. By stimulating or sedating each reflex point using thumbs and fingers, the body is brought into balance. When in balance it is easier for the body to fight off illnesses and prevent them from occurring in the first place. Regular treatments help to keep the body balanced and in turn keep us healthier.
Reflexology and Conception:
Trying for a baby can be a stressful time, especially if it has taken longer than you were expecting. When we are stressed our body releases a hormone called Cortisol. This chemical reduces the production of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Luteinising Hormone (LH). These hormones play a important role in the release of the egg and implantation of the embryo.
The stress hormones circulating in your body can cause feelings of anxiety and even depression.
How Can Reflexology Help Fertility?
Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage (RLD)
If you suffer with fluid retention or have secondary lymphoedema as a result of receiving treatment for breast cancer, you may wish to read on to find out more about Reflexology Lymph Drainage. This is an award winning reflexology technique which has been researched and developed in a cancer care environment.
This amazing reflexology technique, has been proven to greatly reduce the amount of excess fluid which may have accumulated in the limbs, hands or feet. This technique focuses on the reflexes for the lymph nodes and vessels. Think of them as small rivers which sometimes get clogged with silt. They may need help being cleaned so that they do not cause problems further along the river. If lymphatic fluid is unable to flow, it may cause swelling or poor health.
Immune System and Autoimmune Diseases
This treatment is fantastic if your immune system needs a boost, if you are often unwell with coughs and colds, have skin problems or allergies. If you are living with an autoimmune disease, this treatment may have a positive effects on your symptoms.
Often, people who live with chronic conditions feel that by having treatments, they are taking back some control in their lives. Reflexology and Reiki are complementary therapies and can be safely used in conjunction with allopathic medicine.
Very occasionally there may be conditions where your doctors consent is required before having reflexology. (Please do not discontinue taking medication prescribed by your doctor without speaking to them first).
Are you looking for a Reflexologist in the Upminster, Hornchurch, Grays or Rainham area?
Reiki is a gentle but effective form of healing which is beneficial for the mind, body and soul. Reiki is a non-religious therapy and is suitable for anyone of any age. Reiki increases relaxation and reduces stress, it also promotes healing.
Reiki is based on the idea that "life force energy" which is all around us, flows from the practitioner to the client. This is done by a gentle laying on of hands, and asking for the energy to flow to wherever the client needs it. People sometimes say that they see colours during a treatment, feel as though they are floating and feel heat over some areas.
A Reiki treatment can create a feeling of relaxation, peace and wellbeing.
Looking for a Reiki Practitioner in the Grays, Hornchurch, Upminster, Rainham area?
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If you would like to discuss any of these treatments or any health concerns, then please feel free to contact me by phone or email. There is no obligation or pressure to book an appointment. If you do decide to make an appointment there will be no charge for the consultation.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT 24 HOURS NOTICE IS REQUIRED TO AVOID CANCELLATION FEES
Having been diagnosed with an autoimmune lung disease called sarcoidosis, I started having Reflexology treatments with Andrea. I began with weekly treatments for the first 6 weeks and immediately noticed an improvement in both my lung capacity and an overall sense of well being. The sarcoidosis has improved considerably and may even have "burnt itself out". I continue to see Andrea once a month and often have Reiki too. I would not hesitate in recommending Andrea, from the moment you meet her, you realise just how special she is. You immediately feel relaxed and know that you are in very good hands. She is a genuinely kind, caring and very intelligent therapist. Thanks for everything Andrea x
I offer Reflexology, Reiki and Chakra Balancing from my therapy room at home in Lambs Lane North, Rainham, Essex
My home based treatment room is easily accessible from Grays, Chafford Hundred, Thurrock, Romford, Hornchurch, Upminster, Elm Park and Dagenham. I even have clients who travel from Kent.
If travelling by public transport, there is a regular bus service to the area and the c2c is just a short bus ride away. This is particularly useful if travelling from Grays.
Reflexology and Reiki are available in my Rainham therapy room, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
Looking for a reflexologist in the Upminster, Hornchurch or Rainham area? You can be assured that as a full member of the Association of Reflexologists, I have attained a professional level of training.