COVID-19 Return to work

COVID-19 return to work

According to government guidelines, we’re still not entirely sure when we’ll be resuming our normal massage and reflexology practise in Gidea Park, Romford. But, we’re preparing! You’ll see some pics below of some lovely men upgrading our current air conditioning unit. Our new, very flashy Nanoe X unit not only deodorises the air and moisturises […]

Sport massage therapist near me. Gidea Park, Romford

What to look for when you’re searching out the best sport massage therapist near me in Gidea Park, Romford. First, we’d always recommend a great qualification. Someone who is ITEC certified, as Charlie is at Essential Feeling in Gidea Park, Romford, has learnt the basics well right from the start of their training. So well […]

The best reflexology post COVID lockdown in Romford.

Best reflexology in Romford, Karen MAR reflexologist Gidea Park

Post COVID lockdown finding the best reflexology isn’t as easy as it once was. It’s not just the reflexologist and their training that you need to check out. But also their safety practises to make sure that your entire health is being taken care of whilst you’re having your reflexology treatment. Settling down for a […]

Pregnancy reflexology — what’s it all about?

Many of our clients are firm believers that pregnancy reflexology works. They have passed our details around ante-natal groups as our proven track record in bringing on labour and easing other earlier complications of pregnancy have gotten the word out there. But, what if you’re in one of the groups that hasn’t benefitted from our […]

Dealing with menopause in women

dealing with menopause

Women who are dealing with menopause often feel like they’re going mad. Hot flashes, memory loss and disturbed sleep and mood swings; all combined with weight gain and vaginal dryness, erratic bleeding and lack of sex drive are just a handful of symptoms associated with lowering levels of oestrogen. However, that isn’t the end. Groundbreaking […]

After surgery massage.

After surgery massage

Why do you need an after surgery massage? There are many reasons you need an after surgery massage. The reasons may range from easing pain from post-operative scar tissue right the way down to reducing swelling in your body as it struggles with healing on its own. The massage we use for these different issues […]

Why massage is the best of natural anxiety treatments

natural anxiety treatments

If you’re looking for natural anxiety treatments, I bet you haven’t considered massage. Here’s why you should. Many people think massage is only good for treating muscle pain. And for sure, they may relax when they go to a spa day, but somehow we never really get as far as making the link into massage […]

What is ITEC massage?

ITEC masasge

ITEC massage is one of the leading massage therapy qualifications in the world. To qualify to be an ITEC registered massage therapist, students must complete countless hours of practical training. Charlie, your massage therapist at Essential Feeling is qualified to ITEC standard. But, besides this, getting their diploma means therapist’s must understand the detail of […]

Covid-19 reveals sexism towards holisitic healing therapies

holisitic healing therapies

The government has categorised holistic healing therapies such as the pregnancy reflexology and the remedial massage work we do at Essential feeling, as being less safe than getting a haircut. Apparently maintaining social distancing working only on a client’s feet whilst wearing full PPE, disinfecting between clients and treating fewer patients to allow our space […]

Scoliosis. We can help.

Ease pain from scoliosis

What is scoliosis? Scoliosis is an idiopathic curve of your spine that often requires surgery, sometimes with rods, if you want it straightening or for children a brace can be effective. We don’t get involved with this at Essential Feeling, but there are other ways we can give you treatment to reduce your pain, ease the pressure […]

Golfers elbow pain

What causes golfer's elbow pain

We have an entire page on golfers elbow, symptoms and what you can do to ease the pain of golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis). This post here is about golfers elbow pain, and what goes on inside your body when you feel this discomfort. Golfer’s elbow is a painful condition resulting in pain in your wrist, […]

Avoiding and improving swollen ankles during pregnancy

Swollen ankles during pregnancy

Swollen ankles in pregnancy can be debilitating. And it’s common. The official term for this swelling is oedema (or the US spelling is edema) and occurs not only in your legs, feet and ankles. Your hands may also swell when you’re pregnant and your face. So, let’s look at why you experience swelling in pregnancy […]

Lower blood pressure

Lower blood pressure with massage

If you’re looking to lower your blood pressure, did you know that massage can help? Few people do. And around one third of people in the UK suffer with this condition. What’s more scary is that many don’t even realise it. Here’s everything you need to know to help reduce the stress on your heart […]

Garlic benefits

Garlic benefits for cancer patients blog header

Garlic benefits our health. We know this, because we’ve been told it. But, for the health benefits of garlic, specifically cancer, then we need to delve a little deeper. Let’s back up a little Have you noticed how every month there seems to be a trendy new diet, but still obesity rates continue to rise? […]

Progesterone hypersensitivity and how it affects fertility, miscarriage and early menopause.

Progesterone hypersensitivity

What is progesterone hypersensitivity? Progesterone hypersensitivity is a challenging disease also known as autoimmune progesterone dermatitis. Heterogeneous skin eruptions characterise the condition which start out feeling like you’re getting a burn. Your symptoms can be multiforme and range from slight to extreme. Extreme side effects to progesterone can cause your skin to feel like it’s […]

How can I stop my insomnia?

How can I stop my insomnia?

Definition of insomnia Before we answer, ‘how can I stop my insomnia?’ Insomnia is a sleep disorder. If you suffer with insomnia, it is difficult to fall asleep, to stay asleep, or both. When you have insomnia you won’t wake feeling refreshed after a night’s sleep. This is tricky because it has a ton of […]

Surprising causes of lower back pain

Lower back pain. Causes by looking at muscles and anatomy

Many of our client’s who come to us for deep tissue massage are suffering with lower back pain. We treat approximately 80% of those by working a different area to where they are experiencing pain. This is because the muscles, tissues and ligaments in your body are all connected, so what happens in one area […]

Christmas gifts for couples

Christmas gift massage voucher card certificate

Healthy Christmas gifts for couples If you’re looking to the stars, searching for inspiration for the perfect Christmas gifts for couples with wellness ideas as a theme, then stop. Let us help you out. This beautiful elemental gift experience is one of time. Of relaxation. And entwined togetherness. Allow your special couple to escape from […]

New dad gifts

father's day gift card online voucher massage

When a baby arrives, everyone thinks about them and mum. But what about new dad gifts? They’re the ones getting up and leaving the house every day, functioning at top level in a merciless work environment on minimal or at the least, disrupted sleep. It can be gruelling. And dads don’t get a lot of […]

Fathers Day Gifts

father's day gift card online voucher massage

Fathers day gifts don’t have to be socks or golf balls, or even a bottle of the best whiskey or the latest published books. Don’t you find that looking for gifts for dad is full of the same old ideas? Particularly this is the year of  online shopping. So read on for everything you need […]

Deep tissue massage near me

Man having deep tissue massage therapy with elbow in his shoulder at Essential Feeling for sports injury and rehabilitation

Deep tissue massage near me in Gidea Park, Romford, Essex. You’ve searched for deep tissue massage near me, so you’re looking for a more intense style of remedial massage experience. If you’re suffering with tight muscles, pain when moving around or an injury then you’ll enjoy the slow stroke and firm pressure of a deep […]


endometriosis pain, what is it and how can it affect infertility

You’ve just had your endometriosis diagnosis and finally, you have a reason. Something to hang your hat on for all the painful periods and gut wrenching sex. But what is endometriosis? Hormones cause endometriosis. We have tissue which is sticky so that when we are trying for a baby, the egg can implant. Endometriosis happens […]

Can reflexology help with fertility?

Can reflexology help with fertility blog header showing pregnant stomach

When you start out asking ‘can reflexology help with fertility?’ it’s important to understand one thing. We don’t always understand! And that’s OK because, did you know that the traditional medical field don’t always understand why medicine works? they just know from the testing procedure that it does. I know. We were shocked too! Complementary […]

What insurance companies cover massage therapy?

what insurance companies cover massage therapy benefits

The question of ‘What insurance companies cover massage therapy?’ is a big one for our clients. And the answer is there are more than you would think. If your health insurance covers you, this means that you can have the full course of your massage therapy treatments, without worrying about the cost. The key is […]

Jaw clicking

Jaw clicking due to TMJ pain from tight shoulders, neck and face muscles

I’m suffering with jaw clicking. Can you help? When a person is suffering with jaw clicking, it’s down to a common problem with the TMJ (temporomandibular joint). We’ll talk you through this below so you can decide if a head and neck massage is the answer to your jaw clicking pain. Facts about temporomandibular joint […]

How to heal a hamstring strain fast.

Heal a hamstring strain fast with massage Romford

There’s nothing worse than a pulled muscle to stop you in your sporting tracks. If you’re looking at how to heal a hamstring strain fast, then we’ve got your back. Because we know what it’s like. Years ago now I had a boyfriend who was training to be in the Fire Brigade. Being a Firefighter […]

Prevent runner’s knee and knee pain running

Avoid runner's knee pain when running blog post

What is runner’s knee? Knee pain running is a common problem which is often called runner’s knee. It refers to a number of conditions which result in pain around the front of your knee (patellofemoral pain). This is when your kneecap briefly contacts your thigh bone. Ouch! Overuse of your knee whilst you’re running irritates […]

What causes infertility — including cocaine use and infertility?

What causes infertility -- including cocaine use and infertility

This heading, what causes infertility including cocaine use and infertility, is long for a reason. Many of my fertility clients are comfortable talking about alcohol, because they have read a lot online about this affecting their ability to conceive. However, many people don’t even think about how drug use, which in the modern world is […]

Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Chemical Pregnancy. Moving through loss.

Lauren Eckstrom and Travis Eliot on miscarriage

Many of our clients are pregnant, or trying to conceive. Their natural fertility isn’t playing ball with their inner drive to have a baby. This often means that they come to me having suffered from a chemical pregnancy or miscarriages, whether these be an early miscarriage, or any time throughout the pregnancy through to still […]

Trigger point therapy.

Trigger point therapy for neck pain

All our customers come to us with a pain, without understanding trigger point therapy. This means that they expect us to work the area where they are feeling discomfort and fix it, a little like you stubbing your toe and immediately rubbing it. But the body is a complicated labyrinth of connective tissues. Muscles join […]

What do toxins look like?

How healthy cells and those riddled with toxins divide and reproduce. Specifically cancer cells

We talk a lot about the effects of toxins and there are plenty of national reports about them conducted by well meaning technical researchers who write in a language we barely understand; but we never really talk about what do toxins look like. So here goes. Hold on to your hats, we’re getting into some […]

Reflexology vs acupuncture

Reflexology acupressure points shown on the bottom of feet

Many people have heard of acupuncture. But, they’re still asking what’s the difference between reflexology vs acupuncture? Both modalities have their origins in traditional Chinese medicine and although both are similar in the sense they alternative therapies, or as we like to refer to them, complementary therapies. Both modalities balance your entire body (holistic) through […]

Be happy

Woman slumped over desk holding up cardboard sign asking for help

Martin Seligman did a great talk on how to be happy. He has spent literally years researching happiness in full on clinical trials, concluding in his results that we have a great reason to be optimistic about life. Spoiler alert: The state of psychology today may not be good enough yet, but we can improve […]

How to improve your immune system

child testing health in face of improving immunity with coronavirus

With the Coronavirus forcing us to wonder whether we should even step foot outside the door, we’re all thinking about the key factors in how to improve your immune system. And decrease our chance of getting sick. Regardless of whether we have any of the cough, fever and breathlessness symptoms, we figured it was time […]

Reflexology and back pain.

Real life results supported by accredited research. When I tell people that as a reflexologist, I have experience in using reflexology to reduce back pain, they think I’ve lost the plot. But, it’s true. I have clients come to me who are unable to move because they’re in so much low back pain. And these […]

What is reiki?

We’re going to try and answer the often asked question, ‘what is reiki?’ here in a way that doesn’t sound like total codswallop. So, bear with us because to some people reiki is mysterious, foreign or just plain made up, and we’re here to try and explain why we’re of a different opinion. So, for […]

Understanding grief

Understanding grief counselling

The role of a therapist is to build a relationship with the other person so they can gain an understanding of grief for that person and find healthy ways for them to express their grief. Grief is invisible and people will be told that they look well, but underneath the person will feel let down […]

The phases of grief

Phases of grief

Before we get into the phases of grief, it’s important to understand, what is a bereavement? Bereavement can be defined as the loss of someone close to you, or the loss of a loved one. The grief experienced is the response to that loss. So in this context grief and loss is a process which […]

The role of counselling psychology in healing grief

Role of counselling psychology in healing grief

.It’s important to understand that many people who are bereaved will heal on their own without the intervention of medical measures or even counselling psychology. Grief is a normal phenomenon as a response to loss. When the loss is of a loved one, we call this a bereavement. Under normal circumstances, the best course of […]

Effects of stress on health

middle aged woman suffering with menopause holds forehead

Imagine sitting in traffic and you’re late for an important meeting, or for picking the kids up from school. How stressed does that make you feel? These are the effects of stress on health. The fact that it makes you feel anything means that stress has an emotional effect on your health. Anything which affects […]

How to increase the odds of getting pregnant

Want to know how to increase the odds of getting pregnant? I watch women every day of the week who are spending thousands, literally thousands of pounds at a time on IVF and other similar treatments to improve their fertility and thus chances of a successful conception. And I’ve helped these ladies. Not just with […]

Ovulation calculator

ovulation calculator

Your internal and free ovulation calculator First, though, some background, what is conception? Fertilisation happens when an egg from a female and the sperm from a male meet. This combined force is what produces an embryo.  Conception is when that embryo implants in the lining of your uterus. This is how couples can be fertile, […]

Getting pregnant

Getting pregnant blog post

 When a man’s sperm meets the woman’s egg you’re in the process of getting pregnant.  However, this sperm has to actually fertilise the egg for a successful pregnancy which it does by breaking through the membrane of the egg.  To do this, the sperm and egg need to meet at the right time and the […]

Tips for getting pregnant

Tips for getting pregnant woman looking at scan picture

Our clients often ask us for some tips for getting pregnant.  This is easy as there are so many.  The problem is, choosing the right ones for you.   As there are so many tips for getting pregnant, its nigh on impossible to live a stress free life if you’re implementing everything.  At Essential Feeling, […]

Reflexology for multiple sclerosis…

reflexology for ms

…and other long term conditions When it comes to the support and management of patients with other long term conditions there have been studies on reflexology for MS (Multiple Sclerosis), Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Dementia. The studies in Reflexology for MS[1] show reflexology resulted in an improvement of various symptoms of MS to a statistically […]

Reflexology for pain

Research shows pain is helped by Reflexology

More than one study shows reflexology for pain is helpful When reviewing the pain in cancer arena, there have been several studies that suggest that there is a place for reflexology in the care pathway. A study by Stephenson in the USA[1] in the difficult to treat group of metastatic cancer showed an ‘immediate positive effect of […]

Reflexology for cancer patients — evidence based research

Reflexology for Cancer Patients In the field of Reflexology for cancer patients and cancer care,  in 2009 62% of cancer units in the UK provided reflexology and it was second only to counselling[1]. This vulnerable and very unwell group have nothing but good things to say about reflexology massage cancer care, with the only complaint […]

Reflexology science based medicine

Reflexology Science Based Medicine (EBM) Whenever reflexology is mentioned within a clinical setting the question that always arises is where’s the evidence? If only large randomised trials are used to make science based medicine decisions then it is absolutely accepted that reflexology does not have that level of evidence. But the original Sackett definition of […]

Reflexology Q&A — Certified Reflexologist near me

Karen, your MAR reflexologist at Essential Feeling, Romford answers your reflexology based questions so you can find a Certified Reflexologist near me. If you’re looking for a Certified Reflexologist near me but you’re not sure where to start, then here are a list of the common questions answered. That way you can be sure that […]