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With Dawn Cottle MAR
My name is Dawn Cottle and I am a fully qualified and insured Reflexologist. I have met the requirements for full membership of the AOR (Association of Reflexologists) and abide by their code of practise and ethics. I am also a member of the C.N.H.C. (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council).
Whether you simply need to unwind and create some ‘me time’, or have particular health issues, reflexology can help.
I aim to provide professional reflexology treatments- with a little bit of luxury!
Feel your tension melt away in my peaceful therapy room. Rest assured, there will only be one client on the premises at a time so you can avoid a busy salon atmosphere and revel in the tranquility.
My location is private and secluded, but still easily accessible off the main A264 at Felbridge, between Crawley and East Grinstead. I treat men, women and children from all over the surrounding area- Crawley Down, Turners Hill, Forest Row, Lingfield, Horley and Horsham for instance, are all in easy travelling distance. I can also arrange to do home visits where required.
My gentle and compassionate approach will put you at ease from the very moment you step inside, so you can escape the stresses of everyday life.
I will help you to create a space in your day when your mind is not racing from one thing to the next and you can just focus on the here and now.
Lie back, close your eyes & forget everything for an hour
Reflexology is a gentle holistic therapy where the whole body and mind can be balanced by working on the feet.
By bringing about a state of deep relaxation the body can begin to self- heal. It can help to manage the effects of stress, so that mind and body are better able to cope and is a useful tool for improving and maintaining health and well-being.
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“The system of reflexology is safe, yet extremely effective in many cases where other therapies have failed to bring results…I feel Reflexology is one of the real natural alternatives that can only make any other therapy better by its inclusion into any healing program.”
-Arthur Lincoln Pauls, Doctor of Osteopathy
Children’s reflexology sessions can be incredibly soothing and calming. These very gentle treatments can be effective in dealing with anxiety, sleep and digestive issues, hyperactivity and confidence problems. A course of treatments can help to strengthen the immune system, and this can be beneficial to children with allergies and eczema. Many children love the feeling of contentment that reflexology can bring, and I can teach parents some simple techniques they can use at home between treatments. These can work amazingly well when incorporated into a bedtime routine.
Many young people will benefit from a little extra support through this major transformation. Reflexology treatments can help with balancing hormones, coping with exam stress and regulating sleep patterns which can help concentration at school. This past year has been stressful for everyone, but teenagers really have had a lot to put with, from the disruption to GCSE and A-levels through to isolation from their friends & other support networks. It’s no wonder that many are presenting with bad moods and low energy. This extra stress can result in acne flare-ups, headaches, sleep disturbances and low immune system. Let reflexology help them on their return to normality and to stay healthy.
Reflexology is often a last resort for couples trying to conceive, but most then wish they had tried it sooner! Hormone balancing and relaxing treatments can be incredibly helpful for either natural or assisted conception.
Reflexology is fantastic during pregnancy! It can help expectant mothers to find a little calm, to ease aches and pains, and improve circulation. It can help to prepare the body for the birth, and thus reduce labour times, and also relieve any anxiety over the upcoming birth. I treat from 12 weeks right through to labour (if required!).
New mothers need a little ‘me time’, even if baby joins them for the treatment, it is often so soothing that baby will relax too. It is so important for new mums to take this time to focus on their own health and well-being, to recover from the birth and to cope in this new and busy phase of their lives.
Stress in the workplace and busy home lives are commonplace. Whilst it is impossible to eliminate stress completely, we do need to limit its damaging effects on mind and body. Regular treatments can help us to carve out time for ourselves and to take back control of our health and wellbeing. Let’s not forget that even perfectly healthy adults can still benefit from a time to pause, de stress and be the best version of themselves!
During this major life change, many women find that reflexology can offer that bit of extra support they need at this time. Whether it’s to deal with specific physical symptoms, (such as hot flushes, irregular cycle) emotional issues, or simply to take some time to relax and rebalance. Treatments will be specifically targeted to your needs, and leave you feeling a little more like yourself again!
The power of positive touch should never be underestimated and can be especially important as we get older. I see clients who really enjoy the nurturing touch of this ‘hands on’ therapy and find it a high point in their week, particularly those who live alone. Seeing your fitness levels gradually decline can be a lonely and emotional process, but reflexology can really give a mental and physical boost. It can help with relieving pain, arthritis, poor circulation, low mood and general wellbeing. It can also be incredibly reassuring for family members who naturally worry about the health of their loved ones, to know that they are regularly seeing a caring therapist. I can arrange regular home visits to those who would benefit from treatment but cannot travel to me.
Reflexology is a natural pain killer, releasing endorphins into the system. Studies have shown that it can reduce recovery time and allow patients to rely less on pain killing drugs after surgery.
It can also boost the immune system reducing the occurrence of infections. Therapeutic touch and emotional release can help patients come to terms with the emotional trauma of surgery, particularly when it has lasting impact on appearance or fertility for example. General reflexology sessions post op can greatly speed your recovery and return to health and wellness.
Reflexology can work really well alongside conventional medical treatment and can provide continuity of care and support outside of medical appointments. Many patients feel adrift after conventional treatments have ended, or may be struggling with the side effects of medication, along with a plethora of other symptoms. It can become a very complicated web for doctors to unravel as they seek to treat each symptom. Reflexology treats the whole person, holistically; mind, body, and spirit. It is proven to relieve pain, it can alleviate the side effects of many medications (nausea, fatigue, digestive issues for example). It can improve the quality of sleep which in itself allows your body to heal, and it can also allow you the time and safe environment to come to terms with the emotional toll of long-term illness. It should never be used instead of medical treatment, but can almost always improve quality of life alongside it
Reflexology is regarded as one of the most effective complementary therapies for helping to alleviate some of the side effects of cancer treatment. These include pain, anxiety, sleep disturbances, nausea, constipation, diarrhoea, poor appetite and tiredness. I can help you through the emotional rollercoaster of diagnosis, with balancing treatments to focus on your physical and emotional symptoms. Positive therapeutic touch can also help patients come to terms with any surgery they may need, or appearance altering treatment. I can provide that safe and caring space for you to focus on yourself, without worrying about upsetting family members who may have found your diagnosis almost as difficult as you! My cancer clients often refer family members to me as caring can be hard too!
On Mondays I work voluntarily at Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre at Crawley Hospital, treating cancer patients, and sometimes their carers too. I am very passionate about my work at this amazing centre, where anyone living with cancer can receive free complementary therapies alongside, or after, their conventional treatment.
Reflexology is ideal as it is such a soothing and gentle therapy and can be carried out anywhere without having to move the patient. I only need access to feet or hands to have a positive impact on quality of life. Reflexology can alleviate pain and calm a frightened patient, improving their spiritual, mental and physical wellbeing.
Click here to read an article from ‘The Nursing Times’ explaining how reflexology is effective in pain management: Reflexology 'effective pain relief', UK study suggests | Nursing Times
“The body is a marvellous tool, endowed by nature with all kinds of protective mechanisms. A great many negative factors are required to throw it out of order. But there are times when only one is needed to bring about profound illness, simply because it carries with it a large enough emotional discharge - from something experienced in isolation and impossible to verbalise.”
-Martine Faure, Alderson, D.O., Total Reflexology
I am delighted to be able to offer treatments again!
Regardless of COVID, I keep my treatment room clean and hygienic at all times and towels etc. are changed between every client.
I am following the Covid secure hygiene guidelines set out by the AoR, and complying with government advice.
Rest assured, your treatment will be as relaxing as ever, whilst remaining a safe space for you.
Some of the safety measures you will notice include the following:
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