Fisio to Physio Part Deux

StefanoLombardiWe are very pleased to announce that Stefano Lombardi, who was already a qualified Fisioterapista (physiotherapist) in Italy with several years of clinical experience, 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. Stefano has been working at Salus Wellness as a sports massage therapist since January 2016.

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

Salus@Work at ARM wellbeing day

ARMWellbeing201606CloseupHave you ever considered arranging a wellbeing day at work? This is a great way to reward your employees for their hard work and loyalty.

Salus Wellness Clinics were recently contacted by ARM, the largest high tech company based in Cambridge, enquiring into the provision of 10-minute seated massages at their well-being day.  They knew about a similar gig we recently did for the Forward Institute and wanted exactly the same.

ARMWellbeing201606QueueMyself and my colleague Julie Taylor-Allan treated a total of 45 people and, it was so popular, that not all those who attended could be allocated a treatment due to time restrictions.

Those who did receive a treatment, commented on how much better they felt both physically and emotionally. Amongst the many comments were:

“Most excellent, I wish you came here every day”.

“Really worth doing. Should be done more often. Great 10 minute break. Thank you!!”

“Very good!!! I had a sore back, it was gone after the massage”.

“My first massage ever and I’m really glad I had one. Felt very relaxed. Will be back for more.”

ARMWellbeing201606In these highly stressful times, it is extremely important for hard working employees to feel appreciated and valued by their employer, particularly in highly paced and demanding environments typical of high tech fast growing organisations.

This gesture by the employer in turn will raise morale and loyalty in staff, reduce sickness absence and improve productivity. A win:win for both the employees and employer.

To think it only takes as little as 10 minutes, the same time as a coffee break, to help someone feel relaxed, re-energised and rejuvenated was very rewarding

The organisers and all those who attended the wellbeing day were very warm and welcoming and it was a very enjoyable experience for all of us.

Our Salus@Work initiative was created years ago upon request of an event organiser who wanted to help their guests who just flew in for the event.  The amazing success and feedback we received encouraged us to package Salus@Work as an initiative we offer to local organisations both as one-offs as well as for regular weekly/fortnightly/monthly slots.

To-date among our clients we can list event organisers, high-tech and bio-tech companies as well as professional service firms.

Congratulations Dr Michelle Nyangereka

MichelleNyangereka201510This week at Salus Wellness Clinics, we are celebrating Michelle being awarded her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology – Congratulations Dr Nyangereka!

Michelle has also been appointed Lead Psychologist at Sheridan School in Thetford. As part of the Priory group, Sheridan is an Independent residential school for pupils aged 8 to 19 with complex needs including: social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, autistic spectrum disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome or other specific learning difficulties.

As the head of the therapeutic team, Michelle will provide one-to-one psychological therapy to the students, support their families and be responsible for supervising and training staff at the school.

Michelle will also continue to be a practitioner at Salus Wellness Clinics so if you would like to know more about having one-to-one or couple’s therapy with Michelle then please contact her on 07989 974498 or at

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….


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