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Melanie Rossiter Specialising in Fertility, Pregnancy and Birth
Hypnobirthing in Hitchin, Letchworth and North Herts

Empowering & supporting women through pregnancy and fertility

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Welcome to my website, I am pleased you have an interest in reflexology, massage or hypnobirthing and how you could benefit from sessions with me.

My focus is very much in the area of womens' health and empowering women by supporting their healing journeys and offering guidance in the areas of pregnancy, fertility and menstrual health. You have so much more power in your hands for creating positive health and healing than you may realise.

Why Hypnobirthing?

With my second child I used hypnobirthing and the difference I felt throughout labour was undeniable. I felt more empowered and in control and couldn't believe it when they told me I was 8cm at the first check. Hypnobirthing is empowering and we need to connect with our wisdom and not our minds.
Please read more about hypnobirthing on my site and meet me on my vlog page.

My own struggle with endometriosis led me to reflexology, womb massage and energy therapy that was instrumental in my personal healing journey.

As a reflexologist and massage therapist I work holistically with my clients, focusing on the whole body and state of mind as well as looking at lifestyle factors. I will work with you towards optimal health and can offer general lifestyle advice to support you. Treatment plans will be tailored specifically to your needs and regular reflexology and massage can encourage good health, ease pain, help our body to prevent illness and in turn improve our quality of life.

'I had never had reflexology before, I was very sceptical so this was a new experience for me. I struggle to relax like most of us and with 3 busy school aged kids to look after and run after you can see why!
I thought I would give reflexology a go with Mel, well I had one session and that was it. I had booked 4 more fortnightly, it was unbelievable. Before Mel would begin I was always uptight, then before I know it, I was gone with the fairies!
Mel has such a calming presence along with her soothing touch and relaxing music I cant rate her enough. Book a session now, its worth every penny! You wont look back and it does definitely work for whatever your reasons are I am now a firm believer in reflexology. Thank You!'
Anouska, Letchworth

Reflexology has been known to provide relief from acute and chronic conditions and it is considered to be an effective way of relieving stress and anxiety, it is estimated that 75% of all illness is now thought to be stress related. It can also help to promote good sleep, improve mood and boost the immune system.

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What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a non intrusive complimentary therapy that works through using various massage and pressure techniques on points of the feet and hands known as reflex points. These points are said to correspond to different organs and systems of the body and by using pressure on these points, it promotes deep relaxation and stimulates the body's own healing abilities on a physical and emotional level.

It is an ancient therapy that has been practiced for over 5000 years by many civilisations.Its origins date back to ancient Egypt, India and China. It was popularised in the West in the early 1900’s, mainly through the work of Dr William Fitzgerald and then by Eunice Ingham, who charted the feet in relation to the zones of the foot and their effects on the rest of the anatomy.

Reflexology is based on the theory that reflex points on the feet, hands, lower leg, face and ears correspond to various systems and organs of the body. During treatment pressure is applied to these points and areas which cause physiological changes to take place, as the body’s own healing potential is stimulated.

It is also thought that reflexology helps to adjust the body's energy flow in order to keep the organs and glands in a constant state of balance. This focused form of acupressure and relaxation techniques is said to aid the circulatory system, help the body to release toxins and improve the function of the immune, muscular and nervous systems. While acting as a powerful therapeutic technique, it can also help to calm the emotions and assist the body in releasing tension.

How could Reflexology help me?

  • Easing tension and anxiety and stress related conditions
  • Increasing energy levels
  • Improving sleep patterns
  • Strengthening the immune system
  • Working directly on the circulatory system to improve circulation
  • Balancing Hormones
  • Relieving pain
  • Relieving sinus problems, back pain and migraines.
  • Relieving digestive and respiratory disorders
  • Relieving Pregnancy discomforts
  • Addressing problems associated with conceiving
  • Facilitating the elimination of toxins from the body

Reflexology is a complimentary therapy that works alongside conventional medicine and should not be seen as an alternative to seeking medical advice. A qualified reflexologist will not claim to diagnose or cure you.

I am also trained in Korean Hand Reflexology and use this alongside my foot treatments where necessary and it can also be used as a stand alone treatment. KHR can be highly effective, after a treatment you should feel energised, relaxed and comforted, experiencing a warm feeling which indicates some healing progress.

I use it particularly for pain, stress relief and alongside fertility and pregnancy treatments. Korean hand reflexology stimulates the reflexology and acupuncture points on the hand using instruments and massage techniques.

Why not book a session and see whether reflexology can help you?

Reflexology & Hypnobirthing for Hitchin, Stevenage and surrounding areas.

I trained at the Central London College of Reflexology and gained a distinction with ITEC including anatomy and physiology. I am fully qualified and insured and a member of the Association of Reflexologists. To be a member of the AoR requires training to the highest standard and commitment to continuous professional development.

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I am also trained in pregnancy massage, this is an incredibly relaxing massage and fantastic for your second and third trimester of pregnancy.

Reflexology, Hypnobirthing, maternity reflexology and pregnancy massage in Hitchin, Letchworth, Stevenage, Welwyn and Royston. Home visits and evening appointments are available.

Reflexology is a very easy treatment to receive.

In your initial consultation I will take a full medical history and you will be asked to sign a consent form agreeing to the treatment. All information will be kept confidentially.

Reflexology is not as intrusive as other forms of massage. You only need to remove your shoes and socks. If you wear leggings or trousers I need to be able to pull them up to the knee as I will massage the back of your calves at some stage during the session.

I'll begin by examining your feet and giving them a soothing wipe down. We will discuss your current state of health to help me gauge any reflex points that may require particular attention. If receiving a mobile treatment to your home you will be seated in a recliner which positions the body so that your head and feet are at similar heights. You can also choose to have the therapy on your sofa or bed if you prefer rather than the reclining chair. A soft blanket is provided to keep you warm, please let me know if you wish to provide your own pillows.

The session itself will take approximately 1 hour and I will make sure your feet are properly relaxed before beginning. I will cover all the main reflex points relating to the body's systems. It is better to be quiet in the session in order to deeply relax and towards the end of the session I will reinvigorate your feet with some enjoyable massage techniques.

You will be asked to drink some water after the session. This helps to flush out any toxins that may have been released. We will talk about what you experienced and I will give you any after care advice, if necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

What effects will I experience with a treatment?

The effects of reflexology are unique to each individual. Most will experience a sense of well-being and relaxation, whereas some find it uplifting and energising. Occasionally, a client may have a healing reaction to a treatment and experience symptoms such as mild headaches, tiredness, rising emotions or have a more frequent need for the toilet. This can indicate that the body's own healing capabilities are at work and is seen by reflexologists as a positive sign, and should pass within 24-48 hours.

How many treatments should I have?

Clients may choose to have a course of treatments, especially if they are currently living with chronic conditions, whilst others simply have treatments to relax the mind and body to counteract stress as and when.

Will it tickle or hurt?

Reflexology does not tickle. While the feet are being worked there may be some discomfort experienced, but this is an indication of imbalance within the body. Using appropriate techniques to work a particular reflex will ease discomfort and in turn the body may begin to heal itself.

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