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Wellness trends: Fertility Expert directory


Emma Cannon Integrated fertility expert Emma Cannon Clinic at Grace Belgravia www.gracebelgravia.com


Alejandro Bataller Vice-president Dr Jean Rubio Medical specialist SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain www.shawellnessclinic.com


Zita West Fertility and pregnancy expert The Zita West Clinic www.zitawest.com


Professor Rolf A. Steiner MD Head of medical centre Grand Resort Bad Ragaz Switzerland www.resortragaz.ch


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The Fertility and Conception programme at Gleneagles is just one element of its unique ESPA Life path to wellness, the aim of which is to restore optimal wellbeing and vitality, inside and out. One of the Leading Spas of the World, set within 850 acres in Perthshire, Scotland, the spa’s team of qualifi ed practitioners, therapists and personal trainers offer complementary and alternative medicine, sports injury rehabilitation and personal training. The Fertility and Conception programme features a choice of four- or seven-day treatment plans and is supported by a complementary medicine clinic, which uses diagnostic tools such as iridology, as well as a laboratory for wellness testing. The overall aim is to enhance the chances of natural conception through a nurturing range of treatments delivered by the wellness and spa team, headed up by naturopathic practitioner Louise Westra.


“I work with an expert team of therapists, covering areas such as nutrition, osteopathy and acupuncture,” Westra explains. “For many women and couples I see, it’s a case of making sure all the boxes are ticked to prepare their bodies to conceive.”


Practitioner-led treatments The main difference between the ESPA Life programme at Gleneagles, which was launched in December 2011, and those at other ESPA facilities around the world is that it is the practitioner – not the guest – who guides the treatment choice. “After a detailed consultation and possibly a series of wellness tests, I map out the combination of treatments that I think will be of most benefi t,” explains Westra. “This could include acupuncture or


Louise Day Wellness director Champneys, Tring www.champneys.com


Louise Westra Naturopathic practitioner Gleneagles Spa www.gleneagles.com


From top: Gleneagles Spa, in Scotland, is one of the Leading Spas of the World; couples can relax and prepare their bodies for conception; the spa provides a nurturing environment


acupressure, an assessment with an osteopath, colonic hydrotherapy or stress management.” According to Westra, it is imperative to have an expert team. “There needs to be credibility and depth,” she insists. “It’s not just a case of labeling one of your massages as a fertility massage. The treatments you offer must be chosen for their relevance and effectiveness.” Westra believes the spa atmosphere also plays a crucial role. “Many women are so goal-orientated and they approach having a baby in the same way,” she explains. “Often they need to take a more nurturing approach on an emotional level as well as a physical one. Spas offer a non-competitive, non-threatening environment in which to truly relax and unwind. “With the right team of trained wellness specialists to advise you, spas are the ideal places to prepare your body for pregnancy.”


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Louise Westra Naturopathic practitioner, Gleneagles Spa


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