Rachel is a physiotherapist who is registered with the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) and is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. She has over 10 years’ experience of working in the NHS and for the past 8 years has specialised in paediatric physiotherapy working with children and babies. She has worked in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, community clinics and clients homes. Her skills include the assessment, treatment and management of children’s musculoskeletal, orthopaedic, rheumatology and neurological conditions. This includes problems such as plagiocephaly (head flattening), torticollis (wry neck), gait abnormalities (in-toeing, out-toeing, toe walking), hypermobility, cerebral palsy and global developmental delay and motor delay. Rachel also has qualifications in Aquatic Therapy (hydrotherapy).
Rachel’s career, has in the past few years, seen her specialise as a developmental physiotherapist. Before joining Rowan House Rachel worked in one of London’s busiest neo-natal units providing supportive and nurturing developmental advice and input to babies born too sick or too early and their families. She also worked alongside a multi-professional team following up those babies, assessing and advising on their development to help them achieve their potential.
It was her work on the neo-natal unit that prompted Rachel to train as an infant massage instructor with the IAIM. She saw the impact of nurturing touch on these babies and the role positive touch plays in promoting bonding and attachment between babies and their parents. She now runs baby massage classes and one on one parent classes and welcomes all families and babies including special needs children and babies born prematurely.
Rachel is a mummy to young twin boys and understands the stress and anxiety of being a mother. She sees lots of families who are, like her looking for reassurance and peace of mind. Her aim is therefore to offer an honest and professional service to the families she works with. She is able to offer flexible treatment packages in an environment of your choice.
My hope is that parents/caregivers who attend my class feel empowered to communicate with their babies through positive and nurturing touch. Not just whilst they can hold their babies in their arms but throughout childhood and longer.