Complementary Therapies including aromatherapy, acupuncture etc
Who: Lisa Barnwell
What: As the founder of London’s first destination clinic for new mums and mum’s to be and only chosen provider to support Chelsea and Westminster’s private maternity clients with complementary therapies; Lisa Barnwell’s 12 years maternity experience as a hands on therapist (she’s a qualified Massage Therapist, Reflexologist, Aromatherapist and Ante- and Post-natal Yoga Teacher) plus her experience as a businesswoman ensures that she more than meets the needs of her high end clientele, before and after their pregnancies. Whether it’s helping senior women in business transition from the boardroom to the nursery, celebrities managing a publicly changing body shape or members of a Royal Family maintaining a low key profile Lisa’s discreet at-home services provide the services you need at times you need them. Her VIP days are the perfect option for a fast, immersive experience to get you feeling back in control or ready for your baby’s arrival and her packages of treatments ensure both you and your baby are very well cared for on a regular basis.
Like any new experience, pregnancy and new motherhood is a time of great change and potential excitement – but it can also bring up feelings of fear, panic and overwhelm. You may reflect on your own childhood and have very clear ideas of the parent you want to be but the hormonal changes, tiredness and speed at which your body changes can be happening may leave you feeling less Mother Earth and more confused, isolated and “disconnected”. You’re You but not as you know it. Whilst you can read about the expected changes to your body and understand your baby’s development, most women find talking to an experienced professional generally helps readdress the balance and feelings of calm.
If you are choosing to have your baby privately you are generally afforded more time for your emotional wellbeing although most women say they chose their consultant for their medical expertise as much as their bedside manner. Feeling confident and comfortable to address your fears and share your concerns is an important part of your medical care but having time to express and release your feelings whilst in the safety and security of your own home can be far more effective. My treatments came about as a result of increasing requests for home visits to fit around busy schedules but the knock on effect has been a greater sense of personal connection and honesty where deeper issues are released.
Complementary therapies such as reflexology and aromatherapy can be extremely effective at gently relaxing and reducing anxieties so that the crux of the matter is revealed. It could be as practical as you don’t want your mother to stay immediately after the birth and need to find a great maternity nurse or your feelings around having sex during pregnancy or after the birth – no subject is off limits and I have heard most things by now. Good listening skills coupled with years of experience and a natural empathy and affinity for pregnancy equip me to be supportive and hold a space for whatever needs to be aired so that you and your baby can receive the maximum enjoyment during this precious time.
Who: The Zita West Clinic
What: Zita’s world renowned Fertility Clinic is the UK’s No 1 specialist in all-round reproductive healthcare, with a large and highly experienced team providing expert advice and support on everything from preconception planning to natural fertility coaching and trouble-shooting, to the provision of IVF and IVF support, through to pregnancy coaching and post-natal training. Whatever stage you are at in planning your family, whether you just want to plan ahead (always sensible) or have problems you need to overcome, their doctors, nurses and other specialists (medical and complementary) are there to provide you with as much, or as little, help as you may need, all conveniently under one roof.
And that’s not all that makes them different. As well as being medical experts, we’re world leaders in body, mind and lifestyle management too and how it can be used to help you and your partner get into the best possible shape to reproduce. Conception, pregnancy and birth are whole-body events, and their uniquely comprehensive approach to preparing for them – that looks at you as a person and not just as a collection of working parts – has been specially developed to help you to conceive successfully and have the best possible pregnancy for you and your baby.
Where: 37 Manchester Street , London W1U 7LJ Tel: 020 7224 0017
Who: Active Birth Centre
What: Janet Balaskas, founder, says: “The Active Birth Centre is the place where pregnancy yoga was invented. We aim to give you inspiration, information and support in a unique and custom made environment. Our antenatal courses are the best you will find and the early parenting and postnatal classes continue to support you beyond the birth. With us you will find the space to relax, focus on what is most important and enjoy the time and attention you and your baby deserve. I invite you to come and discover an oasis of calm and a truly special experience.”
Where: 25 Bickerton Centre , London N19 5JT Tel: 020 7281 6760
Who: South West London Osteopathy
What: Osteopathic treatment during and after pregnancy can be beneficial in a number of ways:
- Easing some of the physical discomforts of pregnancy
- Preparing for the demands of labour
- Helping the mother to recover after birth
Pregnancy is a time when the body’s open to rapid change. It is a time when muscles and ligaments soften. Hormonal changes (the action of relaxin and oestrogen) increase fluid uptake in collagen fibres, making the spine and pelvis more flexible. Sometimes symptoms or aches are simply an expression of the body adapting to these changes and can be released effectively. Common complaints that osteopathy can help with during pregnancy and after:
- Low back pain
- Coccyx pain
- Pelvic pain
- Pubic Symphysis Dysfunction
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Head aches
- Rib pain
- Sacroiliac and hip pain
Where: South West London; SW11, SW18, SW20, SW1, W1
Who: Mummy’s Physio
What: Their osteopaths work different techniques to diagnose medical conditions and allow the body to heal itself using its own healing mechanisms. It is a completely natural therapy, which identify and treats mobility restrictions. By working on the integral structure of the body and looking at how bones, muscles and connective tissues work together, osteopathy will restore your body to a balance. The patient is assessed from a functional and postural angle, treating the body as a whole structure. For women and mothers, osteopathy helps with the discomfort of pregnancy, prepare for labour as well as the recovery especially if the birth has been difficult or there was some trauma (premature baby, breach). Osteopathy might reduce the need for medication during childbirth. It will also help women with infertility problems, any pelvic or back pain and women suffering from endometriosis. Their osteopaths work closely with patients to help them achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health education, injury prevention, and disease prevention. Services offered include:
- Myofascial release, which use a constant pressure until release is achieved. It is primarily used for myofascial structures.
- Cranial and Cranio sacral therapy use light touch to feel and ‘listen’ to your body much like when the medical historic is taken. Contacts are made at the base of the spine, the head as well as other areas depending on the symptoms.
- Soft tissue or manipulations is a manual technique used to to stretch or relax dysfunctional soft tissue structures.
- Visceral technique, our visceral organs form an important part of our anatomy and physiology, making them a significant consideration when formulating an osteopathic diagnosis and treatment plan. The holistic approach to osteopathy emphasises this. This is usually preformed through a gentle external massage often on the abdomen.
Who: The Vale Practice
What: The Vale Practice offers a comprehensive range of complementary therapies including osteopathy, nutrition, Reiki, herbalism, chiropody, acupuncture, cranial osteopathy, aromatherapy, several different kinds of massage including pregnancy massage, reflexology and hypnotherapy among others.
Where: 64 Grove Vale, East Dulwich , London SE22 8DT Tel: 020 8299 9798
Who: Totally Tranquil
What: Totally Tranquil is a Physiotherapy, Acupuncture and Complementary Therapy clinic based in Sunderland. They offer a wide range of therapies, as well as the opportunity for clients to purchase a variety of health related products to compliment treatment. They are a small and friendly clinic and aim to provide a high quality service. Whether you require Physiotherapy treatment for an injury or simply want to relax and unwind with one of our holistic therapies, there is something for everyone at totally tranquil. All totally tranquil therapies are carried out by a Chartered Physiotherapist, meaning whatever therapy you choose to have, you will be treated by specialist and experienced professionals with over 35 years combined experience.
Where: 37 Mere Knolls Road, Roker , Sunderland SR6 9LG , Cumbria Tel: 0191 548 3388
Who: Hypnobirthing by Reshma
Hypnobirthing classes – By Uk’s most experienced practitioners
What: This enjoyable and informative Hypnobirthing course will thoroughly prepare you psychologically and physically for having the best possible experience of childbirth, by learning to eliminate the fear, tension pain, syndrome. My classes are fun and powerful where there is a good mix of practical and theory where you will learn many effective techniques that are useful for your birth and elsewhere in life. Techniques are personalised on the day to your individual needs ,as one format cannot suit all! Your individual needs are fully satisfied and techniques are mastered on both group and private classes, you will leave feeling confident in your ability to have a positive birth. Birth partners can really play an important role at the birth and will learn how to help you effectively in having a better experience.
Reshma has been certified since 2006 and has used Hypnobirthing for 2 of her 3 children, after a difficult 1st labour. Both of her Hypnobirths were extremely quick and natural. She is also certified in a range of other therapies to compliment birth and manage stress and anxiety. You can contact her on 07939 925 302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: My classes are taught over 1 or 2 days during the weekends from 3 different locations. South West, Central and North West London. Covering, Clapham, Wandsworth, Wimbledon, Islington, Primrose Hill, Hampstead, West Hampstead, Golders Green and surrounding areas. Private courses are also available.
Who: Create Health Clinic
What: Create has pioneered and advanced the practice of one hour fertility testing, Natural Cycle IVF, Mild IVF and IVM in the UK. Their Mild IVF success rates are excellent and with Natural Cycle IVF, they give a chance to those that would be turned away elsewhere. They have been able to help women to have a child with their own eggs, when other clinics have offered only egg donation. Their IVF treatments are of a lower cost, shorter duration, less stressful and have fewer complications than conventional IVF. Their service is led by Professor Geeta Nargund, one of the world’s foremost experts in Natural Cycle and Mild IVF. She is the President of ISMAAR and a global campaigner for better access to fertility treatment. She is ably supported by Professor Stuart Campbell, our Director of Ultrasound and one of the foremost pioneers of obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound scanning, and Professor Rene Frydman, leading innovator in the field of infertility and responsible for the first baby born in France as a result of IVF. The Scientific Director is Professor RC Chian, the pioneer of both IVM and Vitrification, two processes he has introduced to our services.
Where: 103-105 Harley Street , London W1G 6AJ Tel: 020 7486 5566
Who: Vitality Centre
What: A range of complementary therapies for pregnancy including acupuncture, osteopathy, ante-natal classes, pregnancy massage, cranial osteopathy and pre- and post-natal nutrition.
Where: Alexander House, 155-159 Merton Road, Wandsworth, London SW18 5EQ Tel: 020 8871 4677
Who: Fertility Massage
What: All treatments start with Tibetan Bells…this clears the energy, and lets you know that the massage will start. It’s time to allow the stress and worries of the day to be left outside of the massage space. Treatments start with you receiving the lumbar, sacral and gluteal massage. We are mostly comfortable with receiving back massages, and by starting here, you will have time to relax, slow down and become accustomed to my energy and touch. When massaging your abdomen, you will be receiving touch from your pubic bone up to your rib-cage, and will include a beautiful blend of oil techniques, pulsing, rebozo and guided visualisations. You will be nurtured, nourished and held in a safe place to allow you to release deep seated emotions that may be blocking your energy.
Where: The Mayfair Clinic, 58 South Molton Street , London W1K 5SJ Tel: 07713 477511
Who: Me Time Therapies
What: No matter how hectic our lifestyles, we should all allow ourselves as much time as we need to give our bodies time to relax and recharge. A true moment of relaxation can make you feel really good about yourself, and allow you to look upon life with new vigour. The complementary holistic therapies that I provide are wonderful treatments for stress and anxiety and a wide range of common health problems. Holistic means whole body, and a true holistic treatment will take into account not only the body’s physical state but also its emotional state. These therapies work on the basis that the most effective way to promote health and prevent illness is to strengthen the body’s immune system, aiming to return the body to a balanced state; these therapies also seek to treat the cause of the problem rather than just the symptoms. Qualified and insured for the following treatments: Reflexology, Reflexology in Pregnancy, Reflexology for Fertility Issues, Pregnancy Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Indian Head Massage, Holistic Facials, Hopi Candles
Where: Across Worcestershire, UK Tel: 01905 778932
Who: Norwich Acupuncture Rooms
What: Traditional acupuncture is a trusted therapy based on ancient principles that have been developed, researched and refined for over 2,000 years, which aims to bring balance back to the body. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of ‘qi’, your body’s vital energy. For a number of lifestyle and environmental reasons, qi can become disturbed, depleted or blocked, which can result in some symptoms of pain and illness. Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition as well as your main symptoms. This approach helps with resolving your problem and enhancing your feeling of wellbeing. You may notice other niggling problems resolve as your main health complaint improves. Rebecca and her trusted team are all registered with UK regulatory bodies for traditional acupuncture, ensuring the highest quality and standards. Trained in using Chinese medical diagnostic techniques, such as pulse and tongue diagnosis, your practitioner will create the most appropriate and effective treatment programme for you.
Where: Capitol House, Studio 12, 4 Heigham Street , Norwich NR2 4TE Tel: 01603 880 214
Who: Hypnotherapy Directory
What: Find a hypnotherapist near you
Where: Coliseum, Riverside Way, Camberley , Surrey GU15 3YL Tel: 0844 803 0253
Who: The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy
What: The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy is part of London’s largest NHS and Private Medical Treatment Facility located on Upper Richmond Road in Putney, South West London. We provide a complete cycle of care, from the immediate treatment for your pain and injury rehabilitation through to lifestyle changes, preventative exercise and mind-body wellbeing.
Where: 266 Upper Richmond Road London SW15 6TQ Tel: 020 8789 3881
Who: Six Physio
Where: London and South East England
What: Specialist women’s health physiotherapists at Six Physio provide postnatal body checks for women who still have questions after the 6 week GP visit. A full assessment of your back and pelvis, posture, and pelvic floor and abdominal muscle function will give you a better idea of where your body is recovering and where these is still weakness or tension. This is important because these areas all affect your sleep quality, bonding with your baby, sexual function and getting back to normal levels of activity exercise postpartum.
· An hour assessment includes:
· Full back, pelvis & posture assessment
· Detailed abdominal muscle assessment, including check for muscle separation (using real time ultrasound)
· Pelvic floor muscle assessment and re-education
· Advice on safe return to activity and exercise
For more information visit www.sixphysio.com or contact Six Physio’s women’s health services on 020 3095 5809 and email@example.com
Who: The Verulam Clinic
What: A good range of complementary therapies including hypnotherapy, acupuncture, physiotherapy, pregnancy massage, homeopathy and more
Where: 118-120 Victoria Street St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3TG Tel: 01727 833100
Who: Complementary Clinic
What: a good range of treatments including physiotherapy, acupuncture, massage, continence, post natal, healing intuitively, Usui Reiki, Karuna Reiki, Amaran Reiki, yypnosis and Aura Camera
Where: Unit 12, Enterprise House, Dalziel Street , Motherwell Scotland ML1 1PJ Tel: 0800 999 5123
Who: The Health Barn Clinic
What: It is their aim at ‘The Health Barn Clinic’ to provide the very best Natural Healthcare to all their patients. Over the last thirty years the clinic has become well respected for the high standard of healthcare it offers and this has been acknowledged by the fact that they have been awarded the Business Achievement Award for ‘Alternative Medical Services in Healthcare’
Where: Natural Therapy Centre, 37 Abbey Avenue, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 4BH Tel: 01727 833 698
Who: Lucerne Clinic
What: The Lucerne Clinic is an complementary medical clinic located in the heart of Notting Hill Gate. We provide diagnosis and treatment for pain relief to complaints of a musculo-skeletal, cranial or visceral nature as well as life-style services such as nutrition and personal training.
Where: 5a Lucerne Mews, London W8 4ED Tel: 020 7168 2471
Who – HypnoBirthing
course (the Mongan Method) taught by a certified HypnoBirthing practitioner with personal experience of using the approach, and of both hospital and home birth.
What: – HypnoBirthing is a complete antenatal course based on the belief that childbirth is normal, natural and healthy and that, in the absence of fear, most women can give birth calmly and gently. Over the course of five sessions, you will learn simple relaxation and breathing techniques, positive visualisations and be reminded of your body’s instinctive knowledge of how to give birth. Your birthing partner will learn how to support you to have the kind of birth you both want. My courses are not about having a “perfect birth”, but about helping you to have the best experience, whatever your circumstances. Whether you’re a first-time mother, already have children or are planning a managed birth through choice or circumstance, HypnoBirthing can help you approach your birthing day with calm and confidence.
Where: – I can work with you privately in your own home at a time to suit you, usually weekday evenings or Saturday mornings. I am based near Crouch End and work across North London including Crouch End, Muswell Hill, Highgate, East Finchley, Hampstead, West Hampstead and Islington.
Who: Simon Prideaux Cranial Osteopath
What: Simon has 22 years’ postgraduate experience as an Osteopath and practitioner of natural medicine. He has grown to love working with babies, children and their parents. Registered with the General Osteopathic Council; a member of the British Osteopathic Association and the Sutherland Society (cranial specialists) and a qualified Acupuncturist and Medical Herbalist (Chinese Herbs). He is also registered with the British Acupuncture Council and Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine. He has undergone extensive postgraduate training in Paediatric Osteopathy and in the Cranial technique as well as in Classical Chinese Gynaecology and Dermatology. He treats the body as a whole and may use a combination of skills according to the presenting symptoms and age of patient. He is registered with most major insurers except Bupa and have an enhanced DBS certificate. He currently works with many antenatal, birth and breastfeeding consultants who want to find a gentle cranial solution for mum and her newborn.
Where: Smart Clinic, Brompton Cross (South Kensington) and My Healthcare Clinic, Battersea Reach. He also consults in NW6, NW7, SW3, SW6, W4 and SW18 by prior arrangement and home visits are also available, particularly for mums with newborns.
Who: Karen Mander BA (Hons) Hypnobirthing
What: Karen is an Accredited HypnoFertility® practitioner, an accredited hypnobirthing® practitioner, a hypnotherapist (anxieties, trauma, regression, spirit release), Spiritual Healer, Reiki Master and Soul Therapy practitioner.