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19th December 2014 

Reflexology and Essential Oil Therapy - 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.






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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 - which is 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 full member of The Association of Reflexologists (AoR) and work according to their strict code of practice and ethics. This requires the highest level of professionalism and the maintenance of client confidentiality at all times. I hold an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) certificate and am also registered with The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC.) The Department of Health recommends that GP’s refer to practitioners on the CNHC register when they suggest 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 have recently qualified as a 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:

- Reflexology
- Vertical Reflex Therapy (see "Other FAQ's" page for more information on VRT)
- Bespoke essential oil products to support and enhance treatment or available
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- Foot and hand massage
- Taster sessions
- Early morning, daytime, evening and weekend appointments
- A convenient location on the Hampshire/Surrey/Sussex borders
- A dedicated and comfortable ground floor treatment room
- A tranquil environment
- Cloakroom, also on the ground floor
- Generous on-site parking
- Home visits
- Gift vouchers(an original and rather special idea for almost any occasion ...)



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 and for this reason I have put together a special maternity package - see the "What does it cost?" page for more information. You may choose to take advantage of this package or just come along for a taster session or single treatment initially.



Essential Oils

I am also qualified and insured to make products - for example creams, lotions, massage and bath oils, roller balls, bath salts, shampoos, conditioners, shower gels and hand washes - using a range of therapeutic essential oil blends. Popular products include insect repellent, anti-dandruff pre-wash treatment oil and roller balls to aid sleep, concentration 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.


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.



I work mainly 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. Home visits are also possible - please ask for more information; my contact details are on every page.

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:

01730 892774

or

07780 675165

or click here to email me

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29th November 2014

Winter really seems to have arrived at last, if not with starry nights and frosty mornings, at least with short, dark, dank days. Spring’s promise can seem remote at this time of the year and it can be an effort to leave the fireside or your cosy armchair ...

But if you would like to put some spring into your step and ward off Winter’s ills do come along and see me for some reflexology – it is particularly good to reconnect with special friends at this time of the year.

I even have a new portable light therapy unit which can be used for an energising, mood enhancing light bath while you relax and enjoy your usual reflexology session. This might be especially helpful if you are a sufferer of seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

On a slightly more serious note, I am now also a practising counsellor and member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I would be very happy to talk to you about counselling if that is something that you feel you would like to explore.

Time is running short to squeeze in reflexology appointments before Christmas – I have just take a booking for 18th December!

I am about to place a final order for essential oils and base products in time for last minute Christmas orders so do let me know if there is anything you need for yourself or for gifts – roller balls make great stocking fillers and salt or sugar scrubs are popular presents. A little of the magical Blend 1 in your favourite product may just be the stress-buster you need in order to survive the festive season.

And of course, gift vouchers are always available.

After Christmas, you will also be able to book private use of the new Autumndale Therapies spa suite which includes a dry sauna, private shower room, outdoor hot tub, sundeck and relaxation room. This will be available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Saturdays and you are welcome to come along and see the facilities if you would like to see what’s on offer – just phone ahead to make sure that I’m around.



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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 "How Does It Work?" 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 favorably with the cost of weekly exercise classes or membership of a gym (see "What does it 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 "Other FAQ's" 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 "Is Reflexology Therapeutic?" 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.



I am now also a fully qualified humanistic counsellor. 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.



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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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