Nutritional Therapy is an evidence-based approach to maximising one’s health potential though individually formulated nutritional and lifestyle changes. It promotes the benefits of good, wholesome, unprocessed foods for optimal wellbeing, as well as the therapeutic effects of particular foods for specific health conditions. Nutritional Therapy treats the body as a whole while seeking the root source of health concerns, rather than simply treating the symptoms. It works on the basis that we are each individual in our make-up and therefore, ‘one size fits all’ models of eating (often based on outdated research) simply don’t work well for a lot of people.
Nutritional Therapy is suitable for everyone, young and old, for those who would like to alleviate specific symptoms, as well as those who would just like to improve their overall health and wellbeing. In a nutshell, Nutritional Therapy helps you to identify the foods that make you look and feel your best.
What health concerns will benefit from Nutritional Therapy?
•Digestive Problems (constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, IBS, reflux, Food allergies/Intolerances)
•Weight problems (weight gain/inability to lose weight, sugar cravings, blood sugar imbalances, diabetes)
•Cardio-Vascular Health (raised cholesterol, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome)
•Hormonal Imbalances/Women’s Health (infertility, PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, hypo and hyper thyroid, menopause symptoms, recurring thrush, cystitis.)
•Skin Conditions (acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea)
•Mental health & General Wellbeing (low mood, anxiety, fatigue, poor memory and concentration)
•Autoimmune conditions ( such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, that often do not respond to conventional medicine)
What kind of diet & lifestyle advice can I expect to receive from a Nutritional Therapist?
As part of the consultation process, a nutritional therapist will go through the client’s medical history and assess current health status. The clients personal health symptoms, needs and goals will be discussed and a personalised nutrition plan will be devised on this basis.
Nutritional Therapy focuses on natural unprocessed whole foods which heal the body and boost overall health. A Nutritional Therapist will work with the client to devise a meal plan that is nutritionally balanced, practical, enjoyable and sustainable. If any foods need to be reduced or eliminated for a period of time, viable alternatives will be suggested that will maintain nutritional needs.
Where necessary, a Nutritional Therapist may also prescribe natural supplements in safe doses e.g. probiotics, vitamins & minerals to help alleviate certain symptoms or optimise nutritional status. However, natural foods are always the first line of treatment.
Nutritional Therapy is not intended to replace conventional medicines but to complement them, and, where necessary, dietary changes can be made under the supervision of a Medical Doctor.
Homeopathy is a holistic system of healing developed over 200 years ago by a prolific and tenacious Doctor called Samuel Hahnemann. He was disillusioned with medical practices at the time, observing that ineffective and crude treatments such as bloodletting and purging further adding to the suffering of his patients. Through a lifetime of empirical experimentation and observation, he developed a gentle and effective way of treating patients – homeopathy.
The basis of homeopathy is treating like with like. For example, an onion based remedy might be used to treat someone with hayfever where the prominent symptoms are streaming, stinging eyes. A remedy made from coffee might be considered when treating someone with insomnia.
Controversially, the remedies are highly diluted - but prepared in such a way as to leave the essence, an energetic imprint of the original substance. Remedies prepared in this way and carefully matched to a symptom picture have been found to produce a healing effect. No one yet understands how this happens but homeopaths observe that the more dilute a remedy is, the more potent it is – providing it is given homeopathically i.e. that the remedy picture matches the presenting symptoms of the patient. Remedies are usually made out of plant, mineral or animal based substances.
Many people successfully self prescribe remedies for themselves and their families for acute illnesses or first aid. However, it is advisable to seek the professional services of a qualified homeopath for ongoing conditions.
Coaching is an evolving interaction between a coach and a client, which empowers the client to develop their capabilities in order to set and achieve goals, therefore producing effective and successful results. Coaching is a holistic practice meaning it addresses the whole person, taking into focus their mind, body and spirit including the effect that making any changes might have in other areas of their life.
Coaching is used to:
- Establish clear motivating goals
- Identify any blocks to achieving those goals
- Identify clear plans and action steps
- Build self-esteem and self-confidence
- Release “Limiting Beliefs”
- Enable you to gain clarity for what you want
- Support and keep you focused and challenged
- Gain a fresh perspective on life
- Close the gap between where you are now and where you want to be
- Enable you to be accountable for the choices that you make
- Coaching is increasing worldwide as a talking therapy and has proven to have many benefits to those who choose to engage the services of a coach.
A doula is there for a woman and her family during pregnancy, childbirth and into early parenthood.
Throughout this often exciting, sometimes nerve-wracking period, a doula can provide practical, emotional, non-medical support, whilst providing you with information to help you make informed choices along the way. Like a knowledgeable friend who you can always rely on, a doula provides calm, comforting, and nurturing assistance when you need it most. I meet with you two or three times antenatally, this gives us a chance to build up a rapport, while you prepare mentally and physically for your birth.
We would talk about the physiology of birth, labour stages and methods of coping, birth options, how I can offer support for the birth partner as well as mum, breastfeeding advice and aftercare. These sessions can run alongside any other birth preparation classes you may wish to take, and we can explore further any issues that may arise from them as mine are individually tailored to suit you and your needs.
The placenta has long been thought of as a magical part of the creation of a baby. This incredible organ is uniquely designed for your baby and an integral part of any pregnancy and birth. The placenta physically connects the mother to her unborn baby, feeding the developing fetus a continuous supply of essential oxygen, nutrients and vitamins through the umbilical cord. Dried placenta powder was recognised as a potent medicine in Europe for centuries and used to treat and cure many ailments, mostly those surrounding birth.
Placenta remedies have been reported by mothers to:
- reduce post-birth bleeding quickly
- encourage a quick and healthy milk supply
- balance hormonal peaks and drops
- reduce stress levels
- prevent the baby blues and postnatal depression
- boost energy, to help you cope with a busy day on reduced sleep
- improve the appearance of skin, hair and nails
There are a variety of ways I can help you benefit from your placenta:
- Raw placenta smoothie Packed with fresh berries for a fruity flavour, designed to reduce blood loss immediately after birth and support the replacement of essential hormones.
- Placenta capsules
Simple method: Sliced raw and dehydrated, to preserve vital hormones and nutrients, before being conveniently encapsulated for you.
Traditional Chinese medicine: Long considered to be ‘a full of life force’ organ in China, the placenta is steamed with herbs, dehydrated and ground into a powder – an excellent boost to your wellbeing during the early weeks of motherhood.
lacenta essence - The perfect pick-me-up, it can be sprayed, inhaled or massaged onto pulse points when needed.
lacenta tincture - A long-term restorative remedy for use during times of illness, stress or hormonal imbalance.
lacenta balm - The ideal soothing solution for you and baby, it can be applied when needed during their first precious year.
lacenta cream - Rich in estrogen and progesterone, two key anti-ageing properties, this rich, unscented formulation will leave your skin feeling fresh and smooth.
By choosing a dedicated midwife to care for you during your pregnancy, you are:
- More likely to have a normal birth and less likely to have an assisted birth (using forceps/ventouse)
- More likely to have a positive birth experience and less likely to have a caeserean
- More likely to have a healthy baby & less likely to give birth to a low birthweight baby
- More likely to have a quicker physical recovery and less likely to be admitted to hospital in the antenatal or postnatal period
- More likely to successfully breastfeed & less likely to have your baby admitted to a neonatal unit
You share the most special of journeys with someone who is as excited as you are about your pregnancy. Someone who is happy to spend time, sharing their knowledge and discussing your blooming bump, your aching back, your toddler’s nursery or your lack of sleep!
Someone who will be there with you to witness the joy of your highest and the anxiety of your lowest moments. Someone who will empower you to have control over your body in labour and give you the confidence to trust your instincts. Someone who will be there for you as you change from being a woman into a mother.
It’s your choice & our hope is that, one day, it will be a choice for all women.
A postnatal doula provides practical and emotional support as well as evidence based information to a new mother and her family in the early days and weeks after having a baby. A doula's role is to 'mother the mother' and look after her needs so she can focus on resting, getting to know her new baby and figuring out how to be the mother she wants to be.
This could involve practical support like cooking nutritious meals, light housework, looking after older children or looking after the baby while a new mother takes some time for herself to sleep or have a relaxing bath.
Becoming a parent is a time filled with a huge range of emotions. Whether it be working through all of the advice they're getting, challenges feeding their baby, any concerns they may have or talking through the birth experience, a postnatal doula can provide emotional support and information to work through everything a new mother may be experiencing and help her make the decisions that are right for her.
Gina Potts & Zakia Mance
Hypnobirthing Antenatal Education
Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal education programme that includes simple and highly effective breathing, relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques. It is soundly based in established anatomy, physiology and psychology, and gives you the knowledge and tools you need to have a positive birth experience.
Most expectant mothers can't wait to hold their baby in their arms, but many are afraid of giving birth. Why? We are surrounded by negative ideas and assumptions about childbirth, from images we see on TV to being told unpleasant stories by relatives, and even by strangers. It is no wonder many people fear childbirth.
Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga
Prenatal, Postnatal and Baby Yoga
Prenatal Yoga is one of the best things that you can do for yourself, as well as your growing baby. It is an excellent way to prepare the mind, body and spirit for the many transitions of pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood. In Pregnancy yoga classes, you will learn invaluable breath awareness & breathing techniques as, modified poses along with partner poses which can help strengthen and relax your body, and sooth your mind during pregnancy, labour & the birth process.
Additionally, these approaches will give you the opportunity to connect more deeply to yourself, your partner and your baby. Yoga can help women through their pregnancy with minimal discomfort as well as labor, birth and post-delivery stages. Yoga develops stamina & helps improves your posture. As baby grows within more energy & strength is required to carry the weight of growing baby. It also helps to relieve tension of lower back, hips, chest, upper back, neck and shoulders as well as help us find our balance which is physically challenged as baby grows. Increased levels of progesterone and estrogen can drain us emotionally – when focusing on breathing through each yoga pose we hold, we are able to fine tune our balance, physically and emotionally.
Circulation is enhanced within our joints and our muscles are elongated during practice which helps decrease swelling & enhances our immunity creating a thriving place for baby to grow. Breath work practice is an invaluable tool to learn for your pregnancy, labor & birth. Through deep breathing, the nervous system goes into parasympathetic mode, which helps us relax as well as reduces discomfort. When our bodies are in parasympathetic mode, we tend to sleep better, our bodies digest food better & our immunity operates at optimal level.
Through conscious breathing during each yoga pose, which may sometimes be challenging this allows one to practice being & comfortable with the uncomfortable poses. As you inhale, you acknowledge the tension that is felt. As you deeply exhale, you let go of it more and more with each breath. Last but not least – it can by very comforting to practice with other Mums to be who understand what we are going through – therefore building a sense of community / sisterhood. Through the practice of yoga, you are setting intention in taking care of not only yourself, but also of your baby. Prenatal Yoga allows us to slow down and focus attention on what is going on within our bodies. Through working with our breath and doing each pose, you become more aware of what is going on within.
What is counselling?
Counselling is a talking therapy, allowing people to discuss their problems, in a safe, non judgemental and confidential space. It is offered on a regular basis allowing people the opportunity to talk about areas of their lives that they may want to change or explore feelings and thoughts in more detail. Counselling is not there to give answers but to encourage you to explore and identify new patterns of relating to how you think and act to certain situations. Sessions are offered to suit the individual and are client led.
Some of the areas that I am able to help with include depression, anxiety, family & relationship difficulties, addiction and work problems all of which may leave you feeling challenged, exhausted and unable to cope with day to day life.
There are different areas of counselling – Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Humanistic and I practice using all of these which is called Integrative. I am registered with the BACP working within their Ethical Framework. My experience is through voluntary and paid employment, which then encouraged me set up Magenta Counselling which is evolving and I am excited to be part of this wonderful support for women.
My training includes - Family & Couple Therapy Intermediate Level, CBT, Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP), NCFE Certificate in Mental Health Awareness, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust - Predicting Postnatal Depression, South London Maudsley – working with peri-natal depression, LSCB - Working with Sexual Abuse, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust - Caring for People with Mental Health Problems, Relationship Support - An Early Intervention : One Plus One
I offer sessions in the evenings and at the weekends if required. I understand that making the decision to seek help may be difficult which is why this session together is important to help you feel safe, reassured and enable you to ask any questions you may have.
Massage and Wellbeing
If you have ever had a massage you know how relaxed an amzing this can make you feel. Blissful Thinking is South East London’s premier mobile massage and beauty providers.
We offer a full range of luxurious, yet affordable massage, beauty and wellbeing treatments in the privacy of your own. We offer an alternative to the salon experience, by turning your home into a spa-like retreat. We only use high end, premium products as we believe great products combined with an attentive therapist equals a happy client
Massage - Mother & Bump
Massage - Mother & Bump
Mother and Bump offer mobile massage, Doula services, Birth Preparation, Hypnobirthing and Baby Massage Courses. Pilates and 1 2 1 Yoga
We aim to empower you and your partner through all stages of your pregnancy, labour and birth and the postnatal period. With our knowledge, support, and care you and your partner will be able to relax and look forward to the delight of meeting your baby.