*NEW* Fungal Nail Treatment

Clearanail fungal nail treatment

You may recall that last year we introduced the award winning SWIFT verruca treatment to the practice in view of its reputation as the most effective method of treating verrucas. This year the podiatry and chiropody team at The Theale Wellbeing Centre are excited to be adding yet another new fungal nail treatment to their ever expanding suite of services.

Many people suffer from fungal nail infections which can leave toenails discoloured, thickened or crumbling. While there is medication available to help fight the infection there can often be side effects that deter GP’s prescribing them. Topical solutions can be effective but are usually unable to get to the fungus which usually sits on the nail bed itself underneath the nail.

To overcome this problem our team are now using a system of Controlled Micro Penetration which safely and painlessly allows our podiatrists to get the anti-fungal agents under the nail and into direct contact with the fungus.

Typically the treatment will consist of three appointments:-

1st appointment

  • Initial assessment including confirmation of likely fungal infection of nail.
  • Nail sample taken to confirm fungal infection.
  • Nail preparation usually including gentle reduction of the nail
  • Photograph to help assess progress
  • Clearanail treatment involving painless drilling of tiny holes into infected nail
  • Instructions on daily treatment protocol for best results

2nd appointment (week 8)

  • nail reduced
  • Photograph comparison
  • Drill further holes if necessary

3rd appointment (week 16)

  • review with additional photo
  • Treatment ends.

For more information about the Clearanail system please contact us at the Theale Wellbeing Centre and speak to one of our podiatrists or vivit http://www.clearanail.com

New Massage Therapist joins Theale Wellbeing Team

We are delighted to welcome to our team of therapists the multi talented Vicki Jones.Vicki Jones

Vicki offers a whole range of therapies including Pregnancy Massage, Swedish & Deep Tissue Massage, Aromatherapy, Hot Stones, Indian Massage and Natural Face Lift.

Her special interests are Hot Stones and Indian Massage two of the most popular therapies she offers.

Vicki has spent the last few years training in the various therapy methods and is now joining Theale Wellbeing Centre to build and develop her practice.  Vicky said “As with most independent therapists I started by working from home and offering home visits to patients. Now I am ready to develop my business with Theale Wellbeing Centre as my base”.  Lloyd, Joint Director at Theale Wellbeing Centre, said “The therapies Vicki offers fit very nicely with our existing portfolio and will offer our patients an even wider range of wellbeing treatment”.

Vicki has completed her VTCT Level 3 qualification in both Sports Massage and Body Massage Therapy. This includes; Deep tissue massage, Swedish, Hot Stone Therapy, Aromatherapy, and Indian Head Massage. She is soon to complete her level 4 qualifications.

Vicki has also completed her diplomas in Pregnancy massage, Natural Face Lift and Hopi Ear Candle Treatment and will be offering these treatments in Theale Wellbeing Centre as well.  She is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and Sports Massage Association (SMA.)

In her spare time she volunteers at her local Weight Watchers club and leads a small running group for members who wish to improve their fitness or train towards 10k and Half Marathon running Events.

Call us today to make an appointment with Vicki – call 0118 930 3535 or email us.


Come and Meet our Therapists at next weeks Open Evening

Everyone is welcome to the Theale Wellbeing Open Evening next Tuesday 16th May from 6.30pm.

Open Evening Event Poster


You can also book a taster massage with out newest Therapist Vicki.

Spring energy and exercise according to Chinese Medicine

SpringSpring energy and exercise according to Chinese Medicine

According to the ancient writings on Chinese Medicine we should adjust our lifestyle and live in harmony with the seasons in order to stay healthy… One of the oldest texts, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Chinese Medicine has this to say about Spring.flower-1814_640

“The three months of the spring season bring about the revitalization of all things in nature. It is the time of birth. This is when heaven and earth are reborn. During this season it is advisable to retire early. Arise early also and go walking in order to absorb the fresh, invigorating energy. Since this is the season in which the universal energy begins anew and rejuvenates.”

“On the physical level it is good to exercise more frequently and wear loose-fitting clothing. This is the time to do stretching exercises to loosen up the tendons and muscles.’

This is the time to be more active, the Spring energy is energizing so it’s time to get out and move !

Spring is also the time to plant seeds. Literally but also figuratively – What do you want to accomplish this year? How can you plant the seeds of a successful year? Now is the time to focus on what you want and begin taking steps to get there.



In the spirit of Spring, Susannah is taking part in a 24 hour team exercise class at the Barn Fitness Centre in Cholsey on Saturday 29th April. The event is in aid of My Cancer My Choices, a local charity that provides complementary health care for cancer patients at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and Bracknell Health Space. The charity is fundraising to be able to extend their offer to West Berkshire as well. This is one of the charities that we support at the Theale Wellbeing Centre and more information is available in our reception. If you would like to support Susannah and the team you can do so by click on this link .

Mindfulness Meditation and Stress

mindfulness meditationDoes Mindfulness Meditation really help reduce stress?

“Yes!” says Amanda who was signed off work with stress last year, and has transformed her approach to stress through treatment from her Doctor alongside regular mindfulness workshops and a 5-week mindfulness meditation course at Theale Wellbeing Centre, near Reading.

She talks about the changes.  “ At first the sessions finally helped me to relax, but with time and practice they have really helped me shift my mindset towards work and pressures at home, to find better ways to not just manage my stress but take action to stop it building to such unhealthy levels in the first place.”

Mindfulness meditation is frequently under the spot light with research from Harvard University showing powerful links between meditation and reduced stress and anxiety. Much like physical exercise and its impact on our health – it’s not a quick fix – i.e. you can’t run once a year and have a perfect physique.  But those who practice regular mindfulness meditation are calmer and able to manage pressures in life with less stress and anxiety.  Research from Dr Sara Lazar shows how mindfulness meditation makes this possible by physically changing our brains so we experience less anxiety and fear.

Current research has found that no medicines yet actually address the hormone that is the root cause of stress…cortisol.  While you can take a plethora of medicines to reduce the symptoms stress hormones have on our bodies – like betablockers for lowering blood pressure and insulin for diabetes. Tackling the root cause of stress requires a different approach.

From massage and reflexology to sooth body and mind, to the calming experience of mindfulness meditation, to more in depth therapies such as counselling and hypnotherapy – is it time you explored ways to have a positive impact on your wellbeing and reduce your stress levels?

Today our blog showcases mindfulness meditation for reducing stress – not just through the science but with short stories on how Theale Wellbeing Centre clients have been enjoying the stress relieving impacts of Mindfulness Meditation with our Meditation Teacher Judy Claughton from BalanceTime.

Peter attended the Two Hour Holiday meditation workshop to help tackle his stress and anxiety at work and comments:

“I attended the 2 hour holiday as a complete mindfulness and meditation novice, I was a bit nervous and I’ll admit quite sceptical about whether it could help me with my anxiety. Judy put me completely at ease, explained everything really well and the meditations really helped me ‘get away’. With help from the regular workshops BalanceTime run at Theale Wellbeing Centre I now use the techniques I have learnt daily and as a result I am sleeping a lot better, am far less anxious (as I now have some tools to calm me down) and find time to really appreciate smells, sights and sounds in everyday life!”

Elizabeth had used meditation and mindfulness in her past but recently found with pressures at work and looking after her family that she couldn’t find time for it.  She came along to a series of workshops to help her find some time for herself and to balance her stress levels. “By learning new techniques and reminding myself of others, plus discovering easy ways to practice these lovely exercises daily, has reminded me the importance of mindfulness in my life.  I have been able to reduce my blood pressure tablets – I still need to take them – but my dose has halved – I am certain these mindfulness exercises are a big part of the reason why. Thanks Judy for helping remind me how to make mindfulness meditation a part of my day”.

Claudia has been attending Judy’s mindfulness workshops throughout the last six months and adds “I’ve learnt some techniques that really help me with stress and managing pain from an injury.  But I do love dropping into the sessions for a wonderful way to refocus on me and enjoy a calm-inducing hour or two – and be left with a feeling of rest and rejuvenation to last me all week.”

The next stress busting mindfulness meditation workshop is on Tuesday 21st March when participants can enjoy a Two Hour Holiday to help them to unwind and relax. Suitable for both beginners and those with some mindfulness meditation experience looking for a small group practice.   The small group workshop is a playful blend of relaxation exercises with a few tastes of holiday.  Although a group workshop – the meditative practice is your own. The next five week course on mindfulness meditation starts on 2nd May – contact Theale Wellbeing Centre or BalanceTime to find out more/or to book.

Note – to protect our clients identities names have been changed.  You can see more referrals at www.facebook.com/timeforbalance.

Judy Claughton, Mindfulness Meditation Trainer



Transformation from a Few Tiny Acupuncture Needles


 Even the first session of acupuncture can be relaxing

When people come for acupuncture for the first time, they are often surprised at how relaxed they feel when they are having treatment.

“I feel like that feeling that you get when you have been on holiday for a few days, you know that really settled feeling..” was one of the comments that I had after the person had got off the couch.

Spacey is the word that gets frequently used, I say to people in advance that you might feel a little spacey after treatment and they should take it gently just afterwards.

It is surprising how just a few tiny needles can transform someone who has raced into the treatment room after meetings, school drop offs or a commute from London and then a few minutes after the needles are in I can hear their breathing change and sometimes the sounds of a gentle snore.

Perhaps it’s no surprise, we all rush around trying to cram as much as possible into our day. Often oblivious to the fact that our bodies might benefit from a bit of a recharge. One of the benefits of the first acupuncture consultation is the opportunity to discuss and reflect on lifestyle habits that may be contributing to the problem. Chinese Medicine looks at patterns and takes into consideration the whole person.  Acupuncture is one part of the treatment, but dietary and lifestyle advice are also included in the consultation.

Susannah Fone, Acupuncturist


What is Stress?


Becoming Stressed

When we become stressed or under pressure the brain sends out a signal to your adrenal gland to produce adrenalin and cortisol.

Adrenalin is secreted into the blood stream to trigger your heart rate and lung capacity to increase and to work in harmony to pump extra blood and oxygen to your legs and arms which is preparing your body for the “fight or flight” response – its there to protect you from danger so your muscles are more responsive to do just that, fight or fly (run).

Cortisol is released at the same time, which fuels your body with extra energy that’s stored away for just such a situation. Cortisol will regulate the blood sugar levels and acts as a natural anti-inflammatory just in case the body is harmed.

The brain does not know if you will be harmed or not but as we are just animals by nature the only things that would cause us harm, back when we were just cave people, would be a predator.

As we have moved through the ages and evolved, we now have more things that will trigger stress.

Because of this extra energy that’s created in our bodies, you may feel like you’re full of energy or shaking perhaps? Hot or cold? This is because your body is preparing to run or fight.

What happens to our bodies when we are stressed?

If this is happening to you several times a day then you are going to lose concentration, feel tired, experience a loss of appetite – your body doesn’t require food when preparing to run or fight so appetite and digestion is decreased and this is why you may feel sick or want to go to the toilet, sometimes the body will want to evacuate what is in the stomach to make its job easier.

The brain is not required to be intellectual in an uncomfortable situation so you may feel that you can’t think straight.

What causes stress?

Every day activities brings stress, targets at work, driving/traffic, your child becoming ill, unexpected bill, exams etc. etc…. your brain and central nervous system doesn’t know the difference between real physical harm or a mental or emotional threat to your self, and its how you as an individual cope with that response that is critical to understanding how to make improvements and changes.

You are an individual and so it’s how you interpret that which will tell your body how to respond.

Ed Francis, Clinical Hypnotherapist

Make this one your last one – Stop Smoking

National No Smoking Day 8th March


Make this one your last one

Wednesday 8th March 2017 is National No Smoking Day – is this a target for you?

How many times have you said you want to stop smoking?

  • “I can stop when I want to”
  • “I’ll stop tomorrow”
  • “I will stop next week”
  • “I will stop in the new year”

Do these sound familiar? If so then I’m guessing you haven’t yet stopped smoking, because “tomorrow” never comes and the best time to do anything is RIGHT NOW.

There are 3 areas that need to be addressed to successfully stop smoking;

  • Nicotine addiction
  • Psychological addiction
  • Obsessive behaviours

This means that if you use anything with nicotine (Vaping, patches, gum etc.) you are still topping up the addictive substance and are less likely to stop smoking completely (this isn’t true in every case). If you are really finding it hard to quit and are 100% dedicated to putting those cigarettes down for good, then get in touch.

You will…

  • Save money (from £1000 a year, that’s could be an extra months wage)
  • Become healthier
  • Breathe easier
  • Improve fertility
  • Increase sexual performance (I know right, its true)
  • Have younger looking skin
  • Have whiter teeth
  • Have a longer Life
  • Smell better
  • Have less stress
  • Have more energy
  • Have healthier loved ones

(Your children are less likely to smoke if you don’t)

You may think that smoking relaxes you when in fact it increases stress, people often get stressed because they haven’t had a smoke, do you really want to “relax” by killing off your lungs when you can relax in a much safer and more beneficial and healthier way?

There are many disadvantages to being a smoker and no advantages. You experience a greatly reduced sense of smell and taste, your teeth, gums and tongue often become stained and your breath – well you must know it doesn’t smell nice. In fact your hair and clothing also smell of cigarettes which, yes, non smokers can smell. On top of that are the dangers to your health that we hear about all the time. And don’t forget it is often less appealing to a potential partner.

I personally have first hand experience about smoking and knowing how hard it is to give up, I completely understand what you will be going through, so don’t worry, I’ll be helping you along the way. So if you would like to become a non smoker and make a change in your life, contact me today and start your journey to a healthier you.

Ed Francis, Clinical Hypnotherapist


**NEW** Toe nail cutting and basic foot health check

When you just need your toe nails cutting

Toe nail

Our experience at the Theale Wellbeing Centre has shown that some patients do not require a full chiropody or podiatry service but simply need their toe nails cut.

In response to this demand we have introduced a NEW toe nail cutting service available both at the clinic and in our patients home.

For people living in the Theale area this service is available in your own home and would work for those who would struggle to get into the clinic and have difficulties cutting their nails.

As well as thinning and cutting the toe nails this new service will also involve a health check of the feet which includes assessing the circulation and sensation. There will also be an opportunity to discuss foot health with the patient, relative or, where appropriate, carer.

At Theale Wellbeing Centre we treat people as patients, not customers, and strive constantly for the best outcomes. We do this by applying proven, evidence-based treatments that are administered by fully qualified, regulated therapists at the top of their respective professions.

Theale Wellbeing Centre is located on High Street, Theale and serves Reading, Newbury, Calcot, Tilehurst, Pangbourne and other surrounding villages. As well as Podiatry/Chiropody we offer osteopathy, massage, counselling, acupuncture and other wellbeing therapies click here to learn more

Are your knees going to stand up to your skiing holiday?

Help to avoid ski injuries to the knees

Most skiing injuries are to the lower extremities and the bulk of those involve damage to the knees. A lot of knee injuries occur through falling or when landing a jump. Whilst it may not be possible to prevent all of these injuries from occurring, many of them are avoidable.

Don’t forget skiing is a strenuous exercise that your body needs to prepare for.

Here at Theale Wellbeing Centre, near Reading, we use cutting-edge ViMove technology to assess the factors which determine how prone you might be to suffering a knee injury and, from that data, we can advise you on how you can minimise the risk and prescribe exercises to improve the strength, stability and control of the knee joints.

Each appointment takes 30 minutes and this includes the assessment; interpretation and explanation of the results; advice on injury prevention and the prescription of exercises where necessary. You will be given a copy of your report and the exercises are emailed to you. ViMove assessments are performed by our team of osteopaths and sports massage therapists and cost just £40. Call us on 0118 930 3535 to book your appointment today.

MPMichael Palfrey, Principal Osteopath / Director

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