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28th May 2015 



Reflexology, Essential Oil Therapy and Sauna - a wonderful way to de-stress ......... in an un-stressed state the body is better able to heal itself and to fight-off illness; fatigue, irritability and perception of pain are reduced; the mind is sharper and more creative; energy, motivation and productivity increase; and sleeping patterns improve.


These factors are so important to my clients, who include people of all ages: men and women from every walk of life - busy professionals, older people, mothers, mums-to-be, students, couples with fertility issues, those living with chronic conditions, the well and the not so well. They use my reflexology sessions as "time-out" - space to relax and unwind from the pressures of hectic or difficult lives; space to restore balance and to heal; space to maintain optimal health.



Counselling - sometimes it's just good to talk ...

I run my counselling practice alongside but completely separately from my complementary therapy practice and I am also a volunteer counsellor for several organisations. I use a humanistic and integrative approach, sometimes incorporating creative and Mindful activities - when this way of working appeals to the client. Person Centred theory provides the framework for my practice. Counselling can provide an opportunity for self-exploration and examination of troubling issues in a confidential, non-judgemental, honest and empathic environment.



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Hello and A Very Warm Welcome to Autumndale Therapies

My name is Suzy Carter and I am a fully qualified and insured independent reflexologist, essential oils consultant and counsellor. I work from home, half way between Petersfield and Liphook on the West Sussex/Hampshire border. Autumndale Therapies is in an idyllically peaceful yet accessible rural location. Please read on if you would like to find out a little bit more about my practice, reflexology and me - or go to the "News" page for lots of other interesting stuff!



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I am a member of The Association of Reflexologists (AoR) and Professional Reflexology. As such, I work according to a strict code of practice and ethics requiring the highest level of professionalism and giving client well being the highest priority. I hold an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) certificate and am also registered with The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). The General Medical Council recommends that GP’s refer to practitioners on a register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, such as the CNHC register, when suggesting the use of a complementary therapy to patients. To visit the AoR website go to www.aor.org.uk or go to the CNHC website at www.cnhc.org.uk.

In addition, I am a practicing counsellor and am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Please get in touch if you are interested in either counselling, reflexology or essential oils therapy.

At Autumndale Therapies I am able to offer:


- Counselling
- Reflexology
- Bespoke essential oil products to support and enhance treatment
- Handmade products tailored to individual needs to use at home or as gifts
- Sauna suite with private shower and relaxation room
- Vertical Reflex Therapy (see the "Reflexology" page for more information on VRT)
- Foot and hand massage
- Taster sessions
- Early morning, daytime, evening and weekend appointments
- A convenient location on the Hampshire/Surrey/Sussex borders
- Dedicated and comfortable ground floor treatment rooms
- A tranquil environment
- Cloakroom, also on the ground floor
- Generous on-site parking
- Gift vouchers(an original and rather special idea for almost any occasion ...)



Reflexology

Reflexology is a form of therapeutic massage of the feet or hands and its' effects on the whole person may be profound - supporting good physical and mental health, emotional well-being and symptomatic relief from a wide range of conditions. Reflexology tends to stimulate the body's natural relaxation response, a powerfully beneficial physiological reaction which is suppressed when the body is under stress.

Recognising and then tackling the early signs of stress through reflexology may help to prevent it escalating into more significant health problems such as raised blood pressure with all its' associated risks, or anxiety including performance anxiety such as exam or interview "nerves", depression, headaches, arthritis, insomnia, fatigue, fertility issues and digestive and respiratory system disorders.

As a holistic therapy, reflexology supports the whole person rather than seeking to identify and treat specific illnesses and conditions. For optimal health and function and a wonderful sense of well-being every aspect of an individual needs to be in balance. Reflexology may help to maintain that balance. It may also help to restore balance and so provide invaluable support through times of potential difficulty such as illness, pregnancy, the conception journey, early parenthood, sadness, loss, change and stress.



Mums-to-be ...

Reflexology is the perfect way to ensure that your hormones are balanced and that you and your baby are relaxed and ready for the birth when the time is right. Many midwives are now also practicing reflexologists and your midwife may suggest reflexology as a helpful therapy to use to support you throughout your pregnancy. Some people experience a reaction to the treatment which may leave them feeling tired or out-of-sorts for a few hours, before any benefits are noticed. This tends to be more common in people who have not had reflexology before or not for a long time. Therefore, if you are pregnant, it is really important to have had a couple of sessions well before the end of your pregnancy(or even before you were pregnant) if you are thinking about using reflexology for support when you are close to your due date - a time when you want to be feeling as well as possible. It is also helpful and reassuring for you and your reflexologist to know one another quite well before the intensely emotional time around the approaching birth.



Essential Oils

I am also qualified and insured to make products using a range of therapeutic essential oil blends - for example creams, lotions, massage and bath oils, roller balls, bath salts, shampoos, conditioners, shower gels and hand washes. Popular products include insect repellent, anti-dandruff pre-wash treatment oil and roller balls to aid sleep, concentration, relaxation or recovery. The products are all made with people and planet-friendly ingredients and I like to use the oil blends to support and enhance the effects of my reflexology although I can also make bespoke products as required, following a consultation appointment. You will find a little more information on the Essential Oils and Sauna page ...



Counselling

Counselling is available by arrangement. I use a humanistic and integrative approach. Humanistic psychology has been called the 'Third Way' in relation to psychotherapeutic work because it does not focus on past events and unconscious processes, as in psychoanalysis or psychodynamic therapy; or on how thoughts might influence behaviour, as in CBT - cognitive-behavioural therapy; it focuses on the unique experience of each individual and is underpinned by the belief that everybody, no matter what their circumstances or stage in life, has an innate tendency towards growth and development. The humanistic counsellor aims to support clients along their personal development journey by offering a safe, non-judgemental relationship where they may explore any issues - thoughts, feelings, circumstances - that are of concern to them. Humanistic counsellors are generally non-directive and client-led, encouraging autonomy and personal choice. If you feel that you might like to find out a bit more about humanistic counselling or if you think you might like to make an exploratory appointment, please get in touch. I currently have small number of counselling clients, mainly through my work as a volunteer counsellor with The Bereavement Counselling Charity, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire and Radian, a social housing provider. I hope to gradually build a small private practice, alongside the complementary therapy business, whilst continuing my studies to degree level over the next year.


I work from my own home, tucked away in a peaceful corner of the South Downs National Park in the small village of Rake, near Liss and not far from Petersfield and Liphook. It is also within easy reach of Farnham, Guildford and Haslemere in Surrey, Midhurst, Fernhurst and Chichester in Sussex and Portsmouth, Bordon and Alton in Hampshire.

Do call to arrange a taster session if you would like to meet me and see the facilities at Autumndale Therapies (there is no obligation to book a further appointment):

The telephone number for Autumndale Therapies
(8am - 8pm) is:



Personal Health Budget holders - you may choose to use some of your funding for complementary therapies.

Several health insurance providers, including Bupa, Medicash, Health Shield, Paycare, Simplyhealth and Sovereign, will now cover the cost of complementary therapies including reflexology as part of some of their healthcare benefits plans.



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2nd May 2015

Today I attended a thought-provoking workshop on trauma and traumatic bereavement, led by Tony Buckley. His focus was on the embodiment of emotional trauma in the form of physical feelings, such as panic attacks, pain and digestive disorders - and the role that the Vagus nerve, which innervates all organs and a significant range of muscles - has to play in the mind-body connection.

In a couple of weeks I will be going to another workshop: Understanding Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), led by Jenny Hope-Spencer. She writes,

"We can be physically well but not have a sense of well-being - or experience well-being when physically unwell. Feeling 'out of balance' is an internal process that can affect our physical well-being, manifesting with psychosomatic disorders, stress, tension, anxiety and depression.

Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) has steadily figured more in healthcare since the 2nd century Romans noticed a link between depressed states of mind and cancer. Towards the end of the 20th century, science began to prove a link between immune system response to stress, the endocrine (hormonal) system and the nervous system.

As the name implies PNI links the psyche - emotional response to the environment and perceived sense of self - with the nervous, endocrine and immune system response to stress and tension.

Although considered a clinical science, PNI encompasses holistic principles of body, mind and spirit, demonstrating how physical health is underpinned with emotional and mental resourcefulness, resilience and behavioural coping strategies.

At the workshop, she will be explaining how reflexology may be used as a powerful tool to re-balance the body/mind and aid relaxation by relieving stress and tension, enhancing homeostasis (internal environmental balance)."

We are getting ever-closer to a comprehensive and scientifically robust explanation of how body therapies such as reflexology and acupuncture produce benefits to our health and well-being, which feels not only very exciting but also affirming of the work that so many of us are carrying out, often in the face of opposition from some quarters the conventional medical establishment.



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A Little About Reflexology

Reflexology is a profoundly relaxing and yet invigorating complementary therapy: a potentially helpful treatment for use alongside conventional medicine.

Briefly, during a reflexology treatment specific points on the feet and/or hands are massaged in a particular way. Reflexologists believe that this massage helps to optimise bodily function and to restore and maintain the body's normal state of balance; this will in turn lead to an improvement in general health and well-being.

There is a wealth of anecdotal evidence to indicate that reflexology may offer relief from a wide range of symptoms and conditions.


See the "Reflexology" page for more information on the theories behind reflexology.

More importantly, reflexology may also help to maintain good health, prevent illness, aid relaxation and promote a positive frame of mind.

For this reason, a regular visit to a reflexologist may be a useful addition to any personal fitness plan - in fact, the cost of a monthly reflexology session compares favourably with the cost of weekly exercise classes or membership of a gym (see "So What Does It All Cost?" page for details of my current rates).


The possible promotion of the relaxation response is one of the most powerful potential benefits of reflexology (see the "Reflexology" page for more information about the relaxation response) ~

in an un-stressed state, the body is better able to heal itself and to fight-off illness; fatigue, irritability and perception of pain are reduced; the mind is sharper and more creative; energy, motivation and productivity increase; sleeping patterns improve.

Stress is something that we all suffer from occasionally and at these times reflexology may aid deep relaxation and sleep; improve mood; relieve tension and anxiety and increase our sense of wellbeing.

I see people of all ages, from all walks of life and with a wide range of symptoms and conditions who find that an occasional visit, a course of treatment or regular sessions help them enormously. Children, even the very young, usually love to have a short, gentle treatment. Explore the page entitled "Reflexology" to discover more.

A number of my clients are busy and successful professional people seeking to improve their well-being and performance by finding an effective method to achieve deep relaxation and relieve tension, anxiety and fatigue (some forward-thinking organisations will even fund this type of therapy for their employees).


Early morning, daytime, evening and weekend appointments are available, to fit around busy lifestyles.





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If a reflexology treatment in your own home is preferable for any reason, I do make home visits and can travel to Alton, Bordon, Haslemere, Hindhead, Liss, Liphook, Midhurst, Milland, Petersfield, Rogate and all other local areas.


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