Sue Leatherdale - BA(Hons), MIFPA, MBRA
Fertility, Pregnancy and Post-natal Treatments in Coventry, Kenilworth, Leamington Spa
I trained as an Aromatherapist in 1997 with the Revival School in Sutton Coldfield, and am now a member of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA). My research project during training was on the use of essential oils in maternity units. Post qualification I continued my interest in this area and have trained in Fertility and Pregnancy Aromatherapy which led to my involvement in the very early days of the Pregnancy and Birth Network, and I have been an active member ever since.
Aromatherapy combines massage and the use of pure essential plant oils, each of which has different therapeutic properties, according to their chemical makeup. Aromatherapy can be beneficial to both men and women on many levels. The powerful combination of touch, and the healing properties of the oils, combine to reduce stress levels and to balance hormones. Both of these factors can play a role in fertility. Pregnancy can be an amazing experience, but is a time of major adjustment, both mentally and physically, for those involved and Aromatherapy can support this process.
Postnatally, Aromatherapy can help new Mums to adjust to the changes and challenges that motherhood can bring as they come to terms with their new role in life. It can help with milk production, confidence, sleep, hormone rebalancing and overall wellbeing.
I practice at Halo Physiotherapy Clinic in Kenilworth, The Cloisters Physiotherapy Clinic in Leamington Spa, and in Westwood Heath close to Warwick University. Within an agreed area I can also offer home visits.
I trained with the Bayly School of Reflexology, qualifying in 1999. I am a member of the British Reflexology Association (BRA). The month I qualified I found out that I was pregnant, after 3 years of trying to conceive. This just reinforced my love of this gentle therapy and its potential to assist with fertility and pregnancy.
My interest in this field was already established, but over the last 15 years it has grown, as has the opportunity to train in this particular area in more detail. There is now a body of research suggesting that Reflexology can assist couples who are trying to conceive. It helps to gently relax and rebalance the systems of the body, and as such can be of benefit to both partners. If fertility is an issue then seeing both partners is beneficial to the process. It aids relaxation which in itself can be a key part to this process at a time of life when it can be difficult. It also enables couples to take responsibility for their own situation and treatment. This can be very empowering at a time when life seems to revolve around doctors and hospital appointments and require medical interventions.
During pregnancy it is a safe, gentle therapy which is relaxing and can alleviate some of the ‘side-effects’ often associated with pregnancy. This is supported by research which shows having Reflexology regularly throughout pregnancy relaxes the body and ‘primes’ it before birth. As the body gets ready for birth if the timing is right it can also assist with labour.
After birth the hormone balancing effects of Reflexology can help new Mums to adjust to the changes of motherhood as they come to terms with their new responsibilities and new bodies. This may aid breastfeeding and confidence in this new and exciting role and reduce the risk of postnatal depression and anxiety whilst helping with sleep and relaxation.
I practice at Halo Physiotherapy Clinic in Kenilworth, The Cloisters Physiotherapy Clinic in Leamington Spa, in Westwood Heath close to Warwick University. Within an agreed area I can also offer home visits.
How to find us?
Halo Physiotherapy, Camden House, Warwickshire Offices, 201 Warwick Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire. CV8 1TH
The Cloisters Physiotherapy Clinic, Lower Leam Street, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 1DJ