April 30, 2019

As an aromatherapist, I am so glad that essential oils have been making it big in the health and wellness industry news over the last few years.  I have been using them for years to help women with period problems and they are an essential part of my practice.  It feels great to no longer be an outlier when using these beautiful additions to my tool box.

I do however, get tagged in lots of debates, heated discussions on essential oil safety.  I used to give blanket statements but people don'...

April 24, 2019

One of my favourite therapies that I have been practising for years is essential oils and they are now suddenly fashionable in the wellness world.  Whilst these power plant medicines can have some incredible effects on your health and wellbeing, I always like to mention first, that they are not a substitute for good quality nutrition and a healthy balanced lifestyle.

That being said there is a lot that they can be used for including as first aid for period pain.  Unfortunately, research in essent...

July 26, 2017

I don't know about your but I love essential oils and as someone who has been practising aromatherapy for nearly 20 years, I love to take an essential oil first aid kit with me wherever I go.  However, if like me you are choosing between oils and your holiday first aid packing looks like this, then I've got you covered.

 As aromatherapy and essential oils are now back in fashion, I thought I would share the ones I think are essential for a summer holiday.

I appreciate that essential oils can be ex...

March 8, 2017

I rarely write posts that could be deemed political but in today's climate I feel that it is so important that we celebrate women around us.  In a time when apparently there is an approximately 20% wage gap between men and women in the UK (and in other parts of the world), a time where women do more unpaid work than men (both employment and domestic responsibilities) and a world in which women are coming to practitioners such as myself because they feel they no longer have choices in what happen...

December 14, 2016

Please note: I'm British so I spell oestrogen the British way, but I am referring to Oestrogen interchangeably with Estrogen.  

Lack of sex drive, not feeling your usual vibrant self?  Low oestrogen isn't as common as high oestrogen or oestrogen dominance, but more women are coming to me with issues for low oestrogen:

  • Wrinkles and saggy skin

  • Achy joints

  • Vaginal dryness, irritation or loss of feeling

  • Feeling dry (both vaginally and elsewhere such as skin and eyes)

  • Low libido

    ...

December 7, 2016

I don't know about you, but whenever I have been trying to consider my healthcare options, whether in the standard medical paradigm or in the complementary field, there are often overwhelming amounts of information to take in.

And as for making a decision about the best option for you, sometimes, you feel put on the spot and are expected to agree or consent to treatment straight away.  In some cases, all this information comes on the back of a shock diagnosis or wasn't expected and you just need...

November 23, 2016

One thing that many of my clients get nervous about is seeing their primary care provider for a hormonal or women's health condition.  Sometimes, when it comes to our periods, we are understandably embarrassed about speaking to our doctors, and sometimes we have had negative experiences that put us off seeking help.

Here are a few things that you can do in advance to help you along.

1. Research Your Doctor And Shop Around

I have had to move GP surgeries a few times until I found a doctor that I fel...

November 16, 2016

One thing many fertility clients keep asking me is what is the most important thing that they can do before actively trying to conceive a child and my answer is always the same: take time to do some pre-conception preparation.

This is simply taking some time before actively trying to conceive to get your health into top shape.  It can help your journey in a number of ways:

  • Getting both partners physical health and reproductive health into its optimal state both so that there are less issues wi...

November 9, 2016

When I originally wrote this post, it was with the aim of helping women who have emotions at the root cause of their period, or even lack of period problems and whilst that is still the case, I feel that I also have to acknowledge and reflect that there are a number of events over the recent months that have left the world stunned.  So many people  are in a state of shock and needing to heal as well as those who are dealing with their own health issues.

One of my favourite techniques, Emotio...

October 26, 2016

As Autumn sets in and many people are carving pumpkins ready for Halloween, I thought this would be a great time to talk about what you can do with the pumpkin flesh and seeds which are often discarded and overlooked, but one of the most valuable parts of the pumpkin and great for hormones and women's health.

Pumpkins: The Low Down

Before we start, I thought I would let you know, pumpkins are a type of orange winter squash and most of the information I give here is going to apply to other winter s...

August 17, 2016

I don't know about you, but I have been following the Olympics and I loved the fact that Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui actually broke through the period taboo. 

It reminded me of the time when I used to swim every day, I found that my exercise levels varied heavily from week to week.  I couldn't figure out why some days, I could swim 2 km in record time, followed by aqua-aerobics, and I will still have to go running afterwards,  just to feel tired enough to go to bed.

Then the next wee...

August 3, 2016

Women who care about their periods, hormones and fertility seem to intuitively know that standard sunscreens aren't great for us (I explain this below).  And as someone who has not only had hormonal issues, but also battles with allergic reactions to sunscreens, and had two moles removed, I feel that we should be more aware of all our sun protection options.

An intriguing new trend that has caught my eye  recently, is the "using coconut oil for sunscreen" or other oils that ar...

July 13, 2016

One subject that comes up regularly with preconception and fertility clients is a Luteal Phase Defect (LPD) also known as a shortened luteal phase.  It is vitally important that if you are trying for a baby to get your luteal phase to a decent length to maximise your chances of conception.  

However, it is also important for your health to ensure that your body is getting enough progesterone which is essential for long term health (to find out more, sign up for the cycle charting kit which i...

May 17, 2016

Yes, you read it right.  No, I haven't lost my mind I promise.  One thing many women ask me is why do I love my period and look forward to getting it so much.  It never used to be the case as I had really painful periods, but now I have gotten rid of the pain, I look forward to my bleed.

Due to the drop in hormones progesterone and oestrogen, I find that my energy levels are quite low and instead of fighting that feeling which led to all sorts of issues, I now have a few practices that...

March 28, 2016

I don't know about you but I hated castor oil taken as a remedy, but it is now a valuable tool in my toolkit for my clients who are suffering from period pain, cramping, clots and dark sludgy stuff in their bleeds and fertility issues, but this time, used externally.

I first came across castor oil packs used in this way was in my fertility massage therapy training over 2 years ago.  I have seen the application of castor oil help with so many women's health problems, such as period pain, endometri...

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Hi, I am Rachel and you are most welcome to my online home.

 

I am a woman's reproductive health specialist, who after suffering terribly with various issues with my period, found natural solutions to heal myself.

 

I now help other women who are suffering period problems, PMS and fertility issues who often feel they have no where else to turn.

 

In my clinic, based in Guildford I treat my clients using Fertility Massage Therapy, massage for digestive issues, Reflexology, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Nutrition, Natural Family Planning and Meditation depending on what the client needs.

 

I also offer online Skype sessions for one to one clients teaching them self massage of the abdomen, natural family planning, meditations, EFT and putting together a health plan for them to follow with recommendations on appropriate exercise, nutrition regimes and other self care and life style changes.

 

I also offer online tuition for Benkung Belly Binding for post partum women (or a partner, friend or companion who would like learn it for them).

 

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