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

Healing hands for headaches

NatashaSharpinSo you have a headache or migraine and immediately you reach for the aspirin, or you panic because you have run out of your pill of choice. What if there was a way to ease the suffering and you had everything you needed with you at all times. Regardless of where you are!

Well…The answer is right at your finger tips. Literally! Your hands have the power to heal you. Yes that’s right, YOU. If you are Pregnant; have a baby; are elderly; on lots of medication; have a disability or illness, this is just perfect for you. Why? Because there are no side effects, its completely natural and safe.

Most people suffer with Primary (Tension, Migraine or Cluster) or Secondary (Cold and Flu, Hormonal, Sinusitis) headaches.

How does that work I hear you ask? Well it’s very simple. It’s using reflexology techniques. The hands, feet, face, and ears all have reflex points in them that correspond to every organ, gland and part of the body. Think of them as a map. A scientific map. By accessing and massaging these points with a special technique and pressure, in turn you are working the internal body. This works on the nervous system and sends signals back through the channels to tell the brain to stop giving pain as the blockage has cleared. As most of us know we feel pain as it’s the body’s way of letting us know there is a problem that needs attention immediately.

This method is so simple and so quick to work that some people find it difficult to believe. I have found it to work with all primary and secondary headaches, and it works in minutes.

Now all you need to know is how to do it. Below is a short video clip that shows you how:

If your headaches are frequent and persistent, you need to seek guidance from a GP. Reflexology is not a replacement for medicine it simply is an assistant in relieving pain. I would always recommend you drink at least 2 litres of fluid, preferably water and get plenty of rest.

Agnes Osei joins Salus Wellness

AgnesOseiWe are very pleased to announce that Agnes Osei has joined Salus Wellness this month. Agnes is a highly passionate and experienced Podiatrist and Reflexologist working on most foot related issues such as chiropody including including verrucae, ingrowing toenails, thick / fungal nails, corn, calluses, biomechanical alignment conditions which can cause pain to the lower limb on walking and offers advice or solutions such as stretching or use of custom orthosis or insoles. She also offers General Reflexology, Power Reflexology – a shorter session concentrating on stress relief and relaxation and Spinal Reflexology which aims to address pain relief within the Spinal Column..

The team here at Salus Wellness are looking forward to working with Agnes in further expanding her successful client base in Cambridge; Agnes is a great addition to our already extensive list of professional therapists.

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Salus Wellness collect £87 for charity at the PACT Summer Event 2013

2013-06-22 13.31.20Last Saturday 22 June 2013 PACT was running the traditional Summer Event and we at Salus Wellness run a charity day where members of the public had the opportunity of enjoying short taster sessions in massage, reflexology other treatments and accepted donations to be paid to PACT itself.

A total of 7 of our practitioners attended the event and offered their services to the local community; people treated during the day included 3 fire fighter which were officially attending the event with their fire engine parked in front of our premises.  The day was a great success and we also managed to collect £87 in donation from nearly 20 member of the public. Salus Wellness has also donated 4 massages for a total value of nearly £200 to PACT’s blind auction and tombola.

Petersfield Area Community Trust (PACT) was founded in 1997 and aims to organise supportive structures to foster local community spirit in the Petersfield area of Cambridge. We are a forum which seeks to further the interests of residents and to fulfil community needs. As Salus Wellness is located in the heart of Petersfield we are more than happy of getting involved and helping PACT ib any way we can.