Menopause – NO SWEAT!

NatashaSharpinI have been practising reflexology for 8 years now and the people I treat are mainly in pain and people who are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant.

When Donna told me of her struggle with hot flushes and the struggle she had with sleeping I was keen to help her. I was treating her already for back pain. For a couple of months I advised her to seek outside help from her GP and other experts. She tried all forms of medication, prescribed as well as natural remedies. She had no joy and week to week when she visited me, I could see her mental and emotional health slowly deteriorating. I realised her treatments for back pain were not going to help her, if her body was hormonally imbalanced. She was getting desperate and we needed to act fast.

I hadn’t ever treated anyone going through menopause so it was a learning process for us both. I asked Donna if she was prepared to commit to short daily sessions for a couple of weeks and then take it from there. I know that reflexology works best when it is given daily. She was prepared to do anything and she had complete faith in me, as I did in her and her commitment. We set to work immediately, the next day in-fact.

I contacted my research centre – past teachers and books, and set out a plan. It consisted of an adapted version of what I already do for pregnant women and tailored a way of working especially for Donna. I based each day’s treatment on what I found out from each session and how Donna responded. I also gave her homework to do each time, to which she did with enthusiasm. To my amazement Donna responded much quicker than I would have ever anticipated. She found she was sleeping better and had less flushes, within days.  Instead of seeing her for 15 minutes each and every day, we extended the visits to every few days for 30 minutes and then to once per week for an hour. Now we just see each other every couple of weeks. This is more for relaxation and checking on those hormones.

Donna’s dedication and trust in me, spurred me on to try something new and it paid off with wonderful benefits. Since working with Donna I have treated more women going through the menopause, and together we have achieved amazing results.

Please read below, Donna’s story…. www.reflex-aaah.co.uk

THE WONDERS OF REFLEXOLOGY!

Seven years ago, at the age of 51 I had a total hysterectomy. I started taking HRT for the horrendous menopausal symptoms. After 6 years I finally stopped because the older I got, the higher the apparent risk of a heart attack became. Stopping caused all the night sweats, mood swings and general lethargy to return with a vengeance!

I am a Barber so I work with men (embarrassing) and stand all day. Four hours of sleep was the most I could get most nights. The rest of the time was in that awful semi sleep with disturbing dreams that you can never remember. This combined with the hot flushes and sweats was, I swear sending me slightly bonkers!

I have been seeing Natasha regularly for the past 2 years for my back problems and when she commented on how tired I looked my reply to her was that I was prepared to risk a heart attack and ask to go back on HRT just to feel human again. She obviously gave this some thought and got back to me with the suggestion that Reflexology could help.

We had four 15 minute sessions Monday-Thursday the first week. A break until the Monday to see how I went over the weekend, with some homework to do on an easy to reach part of my foot!! The second week was 3 sessions and 2 on the third. In between I do my homework. I was a little sceptical in the beginning that working on my feet could bring any relief from all the symptoms of Menopause, but I can honestly say that I am now a true convert!!!!! After the very first session I slept for the whole night and could have slept longer if the alarm hadn’t rudely awoken me!

I do still have the occasional hot flush, but the intensity is so much less. I will have “top up” sessions to keep everything going in the right direction and I’ll keep doing the homework even if I find it a pain in the butt sometimes.

My sleep pattern is enormously improved and I find if I wake up for the loo I can go right back to sleep again. I would recommend Reflexology to help with your Menopause problems over and above any prescription drugs.

It has certainly made a huge difference to the way I think and feel. Do try it cos I can honestly say, it really does help. Donna

Seated massage treatments for the Forward Institute

12932677_10153523097437864_7880066428714769705_nAre you looking for a way to say thank you to your employees for their hard work? Are you organising an event and you’d like to show appreciation to your delegates with a little pampering to help them de-stress and to alleviate pain caused by their commute to your event? Well, please do read on…

Salus Wellness Clinics were recently contacted by the Forward Institute enquiring into the provision of seated massages at an event they were organising in Cambridge.

Myself and Jenny Hunt attended the event on Monday 4 April and had a great evening providing 15 minute seated massages to the delegates. The organisers and delegates were very warm and welcoming making the evening a great experience for all concerned.

Whilst carrying out these massages, it was interesting how appreciative the participants of the 15 minute massage sessions were that this treat had been arranged for them. Not only that, but they commented on how much better they felt both physically and emotionally after the treatment.

It only takes 15 minutes to enable someone to not only feel relaxed, chilled and less physically tense but also most importantly to feel valued and appreciated.

The delegates had come from all over the UK and were in demanding, stressful high ranking jobs requiring a lot of international travel as well as driving, sitting at their desks for prolonged periods of time etc. Some also were either preparing for the London Marathon or had just completed another gruelling sporting challenge. So, they were all looking forward to their treatments for a plethora of reasons.

One of the questions I was asked was “Did I do this regularly for other companies?” My response was yes but to the best of our knowledge for many employers it still is not considered high on their list of priorities.

 

Stefano Lombardi joins Salus Wellness

StefanoLombardiWe are very pleased to announce that Stefano Lombardi has joined Salus Wellness in Cambridge this month.

Stefano is a Sports Massage therapist offering Sports Massage, Remedial Massage and Deep Tissue Massage. He has a keen interest in the biomechanics of injury and rehabilitation.

The team here at Salus Wellness are looking forward to working with Stefano to support his private practice and growing his client base in Cambridge. Stefano is another great addition to our already extensive list of professional therapists.

Visit his profile by clicking here.

 

 

From Fisio to Physio

paoloPernaRWe are very pleased to announce that Paolo Perna, who was already a qualified Fisioterapista (physiotherapist) in Italy with several years of clinical experience in Italy and Spain, has received full accreditation and membership from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy to provide his services as a physiotherapist in the UK and more importantly to the local community here in Cambridge. Paolo has been working at Salus Wellness as a sports massage therapist since July 2015.

We are looking forward to continue working with Paolo to support him in growing his physiotherapy client base in Cambridge.