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RJ Health & Wellbeing Health Coaching and Reflexology in Chester

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Health Coaching and Reflexology in Chester

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RJ Health and Wellbeing is a Complementary Healthcare and Lifestyle Medicine Practice offering Health Coaching and Reflexology in Chester, easily accessible from Wirral, North Wales, Northwich, and surrounding locations. Medical Acupuncture and Nutritional Therapy will also be available soon.

In addition to training in Medicine and subsequent NHS hospital medicine experience, I have been a qualified Reflexologist for almost ten years, more recently supplementing my skills with Health Coaching, Nutritional Therapy and Medical Acupuncture. I am a firm believer in the potential of Integrative Medicine - the merging of complementary healthcare with traditional medical treatment.

Time and again in my practise as a Reflexologist, I have observed the powerful results that holistic complementary approaches to healthcare can achieve in conjunction with traditional medical care.


Complementary Healthcare and Lifestyle Medicine

Complementary healthcare describes a collection of healthcare approaches that fall beyond the scope of conventional medicine but that can be used alongside conventional medical care. The term tends to be used interchangeably with Complementary Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), and Complementary Therapies.

Complementary Medicine Practitioners include Reflexologists, Acupuncturists, Nutritional Therapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Herbal Medicine Practitioners.

According to a survey of 223 UK Complementary Medicine organisations, published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine, the conditions for which CAM is most commonly sought include:

  • Stress / anxiety
  • Headaches / migraine
  • Back pain
  • Insomnia
  • Musculoskeletal problems

Lifestyle Medicine describes an approach to healthcare that aims to prevent the onset of lifestyle-related chronic conditions, such as Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. It is a vital approach to healthcare in the modern world, as lifestyle related chronic conditions are now the leading causes of death globally.

Lifestyle Medicine Practitioners and associates include doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, nutritionists and health coaches.


How can Complementary / Lifestyle Medicine help me?

Today’s highly driven and fast-changing climate leaves many of us subject to the physiological effects of stress and poor lifestyle habits. We have more choice than ever before, yet do not always make the right choices when it comes to maintenance of our own health and wellbeing. We lead busy lives that leave little time for the recognition of slowly developing illness, be it physical or psychological.

Conditions such as stress, anxiety, chronic fatigue, insomnia, nonspecific musculoskeletal pain, and nonspecific digestive problems, are likely to have multiple root causes, which conventional medicine alone may not always fully address.

The risks of developing chronic conditions such as Cardiovascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes have been shown to be increased by numerous factors including poor diet, insufficient exercise, smoking and excess alcohol, all of which can be greatly improved through lifestyle medicine approaches.

"The part can never be well unless the whole is well"

-Plato

The use of complementary alongside conventional healthcare allows you the time and attention necessary to fully understand and address the root cause of your problems.

Lifestyle approaches to medicine aim to empower you with the knowledge and confidence you need to optimise the management of any ongoing conditions, to prevent future problems, to nurture yourself physically and psychologically, and to maintain your long term health and wellbeing.

How can a Health Coach help me?

Health Coaches blend health education with health promotion, using a diverse range of interventions, all with the common aim of helping people to improve their own health and wellbeing. They use a combination of motivational interviewing, education and support, in order to assist patients/ clients in developing and reaching their own personalised health and wellness goals. Key roles include:

  • Providing education about nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress management
  • Helping patients navigate the healthcare system
  • Offering emotional support
  • Providing continuity of care
Health Coaching, alongside usual Medical treatment, may help in the management of numerous chronic conditions. It may also help with stress management, and has been associated with the following:
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  • Improved physical and mental health status
  • Increased physical activity
  • Better weight management
  • Reduced tobacco use
  • Reduced alcohol intake
  • Increased fruit and vegetable intake
  • Increased exercise levels
  • Increased self confidence in managing health
  • Increased motivation

"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity"

-World Health Organisation

How can a Reflexologist help me?

Reflexology is a non-invasive complementary therapy involving gentle pressure to predefined points on the feet or hands, stimulating local nerve endings. It has been defined by the Cochrane Collaboration as 'gentle manipulation or pressing on certain parts of the foot to produce an effect elsewhere in the body'. The ultimate aim of Reflexology is to promote relaxation and improved wellbeing.

The benefits of Reflexology stem from its ability to initiate a deep sense of relaxation, thereby promoting the body’s innate counteraction to the stress response, known as the parasympathetic nervous system, with numerous consequential effects on certain systems within the body.

"The mind should be allowed some relaxation, that it may return to its work all the better for the rest"

-Seneca

Reflexology is frequently used alongside medical treatment, particularly in the management of stress related conditions. The most common feedback reported is an improvement in levels of relaxation, enhanced general wellbeing, and reduced perception of stress.

Reduction in stress, along with its associated physiological, emotional and behavioural implications, holds long term health benefits for both body and mind. This leads many to seek Reflexology solely for relaxation and maintenance of long term wellbeing, amidst the stresses and strains of modern day life.

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Locations

I am primarily based in Chester, situated within easy reach of Wirral, North Wales, Northwich and surrounding areas.

For those for whom travel is difficult but still wish to see a Reflexologist, I offer occasional Reflexology home visits to Wirral, Northwich, North Wales and surrounding areas. I also offer Skype / Telephone Health Coaching to those living further afield within the UK.


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*Complementary medicine can be used alongside conventional medicine in disease management or prevention, but does not seek to diagnose or cure. Always seek Medical advice first for any newly presenting health problems.


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