I am deeply grateful to those who have agreed to share their experiences with you on this page..
Reflexology – “Visiting Gemma for Reflexology treatment is something that I would wholeheartedly recommend to everyone. Having never tried Reflexology before I wasn’t sure what to expect, but Gemma is one of the warmest people I have been fortunate enough to encounter and she made me feel incredibly comfortable. After months of going back and forth to the doctors with issues with my menstrual cycle, Reflexology helped where nothing previously had. I was so relieved to see what a difference the treatment made to my well being, both physical and mental, and I can’t express enough how grateful I am for Gemma’s sage advice and healing hands!
Not to mention that to be able to simply lay back in a cosy chair and relax for an hour is just bliss in itself!” Kate Warner, Norfolk
Massage Therapy – “We are blessed indeed to be close to such a special woman and talented therapist. Gemma creates a totally safe space, is thoroughly present throughout the treatment, and gives a skilled and intuitive massage, allowing her client to shed emotional and physical knots. I am deeply grateful to Gemma for the opportunity to express emotions which I had been holding onto for months. She accepts and supports her client in discovering the inner person, freed from crystallised and painful baggage. She is both strong and gentle, sensitive to her client’s needs, and knowledgeable and generous with suggestions. The treatment room is cosy with a magical atmosphere. Brilliant!” Amanda Armitage Norfolk
Maternity Reflexology, Massage & Birth Education – “I first visited Gemma during my second trimester. I had been diagnosed with the pregnancy specific condition Obstetric Cholestasis and I was on a mission to clean and heal my liver and to re balance myself in order to rebalance my pregnancy.
Gemma had been recommended to me by two friends and I was looking forward to meeting her. But I hadn’t anticipated the integral role she would actually play in what turned out to be a healthy and enjoyable continuation of pregnancy and a wonderfully positive birth.
Gemma met me with genuine warmth and interest and I immediately felt safe, respected and certain that I was in the hands of a true professional. These things never wavered over the weeks that I returned for both reflexology and massage. Through her incredible knowledge and wisdom I was able to clear myself of OC and to heal, rebalance and empower myself in ways that I wouldn’t have done otherwise. I was lucky enough to have a massage with Gemma during early labour and it was her words that I replayed over and over in my head, helping me to stay grounded and calm during the later contractions.
I would say I also had the opportunity to meet someone with real integrity, who genuinely walks their talk and who has been an inspiration to me. I would recommend her to the whole of Norfolk and beyond” Jessica Carey, Norfolk
Pregnancy Massage, Maternity Reflexology & Birth Education – “Following an Emergency C-Section with my first child I desperately wanted to prepare my body for a natural birth second time round. This meant getting myself strong mentally and physically. Gemma’s beautiful pregnancy massage instilled in me inner strength and warmth to my body. It helped me and my baby relax. It helped me to connect with my baby in a calm and pleasant environment. This, I believe, allowed me to go on and have a natural and enjoyable birth- of which I am eternally grateful. Gemma’s massages were not only skin deep but her presence and attitude towards me were so incredibly warming and reassuring- instilling the confidence in me to believe in my body once again, a feeling that had been taken away from me from my first birth. She gave me knowledge on my birthing rights as a women which I found empowering. Thank you Gemma for helping me deliver my Fayrouz into the world the way I wanted.” Victoria Sheridan, Norfolk
Massage Therapy – “Coming to Gemma’s treatment room is like stepping into a sanctuary of calm and peace, of acceptance and care. Gemma is grounded and stable as a therapist – I so appreciate that my hour with her is for me, and I have no need to listen to or take care of her and any issues that she may be experiencing. This, I believe, is the hallmark of an excellent therapist. She is a clear channel for healing and care through the touch that she offers. She has an ability to feel instinctively as well as through touch, what I need and to meet that need. She can be gentle when necessary or offer deeper pressure and tackle stuck muscular patterns if that is needed. I leave feeling cared for, lighter, safer, and calmer.” Susanna Aylce, Norfolk
Fertility Reflexology, Miscarriage – “My cycle has stabilised which I believe your care and excellent reflexology are responsible for. Thank you so sincerely for the physical and emotional support you gave. I shall certainly recommend you highly to everyone and shall always remember your big heart“. LM
Maternity Reflexology – “I thought I would drop you a line to say we have a baby boy, Jacob was born on Tuesday 10 February just before midnight weighing 8lb 13.5…Thank you so much for all your support when I came to see you, everything happened very quickly and I put that down to me and Jacob being very chilled beforehand with your help! Reflexology really helped me.” Liz Evry, Norfolk
Reflexology – “Gemma induces the utmost in a relaxed state – I felt like I was floating! She is so caring and nurturing too, creating wonderful feelings of love and support so necessary for our journeys.” Ali Dover, Cambridge
Perinatal Reflexology & Massage – “I’ve had back problems since a child but when I went to Gemma I was astounded by her pregnancy massages which most definitely eased my aches but also my worries after a traumatic first birth and anxiety over my next. She is not only an incredible lady with her hands but she made me feel so empowered. I used the reflexology when I was overdue (in the eyes of the scan) and my body knew when it was ready. I was pressured to book another induction but this time I knew I wasn’t going to have it and I had the most natural birth (no pain killers) I could ever have wished for. I am going back as a post-natal patient for as long as I can”. Katy Coe, Norfolk
Massage Therapy & Reflexology – “I have seen Gemma for treatments for a few years now. She provides a caring and nurturing experience each time and always gives helpful advice and ideas; best of all, I come home totally relaxed. More recently she has suggested reflexology for some immune system boosting and total body treatment which I feel is really beneficial to me.” Claire Harold, Norfolk
Pregnancy Massage, Reflexology and Birth education – “I was around three months pregnant with my second child when I started regular massage & reflexology sessions with Gemma. I knew that for the second birth, which I planned to have at home, I would need to feel supported, confident and relaxed and Gemma was excellent at building these foundations. She was incredibly encouraging and helpful with many tips on how to focus on having a positive birth experience and keeping in tune with my body during labour. The treatments helped to release tension and were so relaxing they often sent me to sleep! I have also had a fantastic post partum deep tissue massage for tension in my neck & shoulders which was fantastic and worked a treat!” Laura Huston, Norfolk
Fertility Reflexology – “I first contacted Gemma for fertility reflexology. I had been diagnosed with unexplained fertility and was looking for an alternative therapy before deciding whether to pursue a more formal route. Seeing Gemma has made such a huge difference, not only in understanding my body better, but also my mental health. I had always been quite an anxious person with an extremely busy job and had seemed to have forgotten how to relax! I looked forward to each treatment, the perfect end to a busy week. Now I can respond much better to stress and have definitely benefited much more than I ever expected. Highly recommended”. Michelle Batty, Norfolk
Childbirth Education – “Thank you for your support during my pregnancy, it really helped me during labour”. Rebecka Wotton, Norfolk
Maternity Reflexology and Antenatal Care – “You had such a profound effect on me at my approach to giving birth. The reflexology session was wonderful but it was also your words and advice on listening to my body and making my own choices during birth that really resonated with me. They were so helpful during my actual birthing process.” Rebecca Lindon, Norfolk
Massage Therapy – “Massage therapy helps me enormously for two reasons. Competitive dinghy racing with my son was leaving me hobbling for two or three days after the weekend. My recovery rate since working with Gemma has been fundamentally better. I also run a thriving technology business and from time to time it can be very stressful. A massage session, in the warmth provided by Gemma in her peaceful location, feels very self-indulgent and has helped me to deal with life’s stresses. I have been to a number of massage therapists over the years and Gemma has that blend of personal warmth and passion for the job that put her top of my list”. John.A.H.Corney, Norfolk
Myofascial Release – “Since having myofascial release to my neck and shoulders I no longer have pain or stiffness in those areas and the recovery has been nothing short of miraculous! There was a time when I couldn’t turn over in bed because of the pain.” Janet Sheppard, Norfolk
Reflexology & Massage Therapy – “A little bit of me wants to keep Gemma and The Norfolk Retreat to myself because, she truly is, a hidden gem. Treatments are tailor made to each individual’s needs and Gemma never rushes with her clients; it’s so refreshing in a society such as ours today. Her treatments are second to none and I believe she is a master of her work. I can recommend the reflexology, natural lift facial and hot stone massage – each have their own benefits but also blend together beautifully. You will walk away feeling a great sense of wellbeing, positivity and relaxation as well as mindfulness. The Norfolk Retreat is a timber-framed ‘getaway’ at the end of Gemma’s lovely family garden in North Norfolk. The treatment room is welcoming, warm, comfortable and sits amongst nature as the sound of birdsong can be heard outside. Be open to the treatments you receive and feel the benefits immediately. Gemma is one of the kindest, most professional people you will ever be fortunate to meet.” Juliet Allen, Norfolk
Fertility Reflexology – “I have been trying to conceive for three years and my partner and I were beginning to feel it was never going to happen for us. I was recommended Gemma for reflexology and within 2 months of weekly treatment I fell pregnant! I am positive the reflexology helped us to conceive. My partner and I are overjoyed. Thank you so much Gemma for your wonderful treatments and words of kindness and positivity.”
Reflexology & Massage Therapy – “I had been struggling with adrenal fatigue, migraines and an over active thyroid for three years. I had seen several alternative therapists who helped me along my healing journey each of whom served a purpose but I began to think that I would never feel ‘normal’ again. I was drained, tense, and completely overwhelmed by my body and these issues. Over the last six months I have seen Gemma regularly starting with reflexology to help balance my endocrine system, I started to see and feel the results instantly. She has a gentle loving manner combined with a totally professional outlook and a wonderful gift of healing hands. From day one I felt that Gemma could tune in and read my body like a map and together we have embarked on a wholistic healing journey, which has seen Gemma develop my own personalised sessions. I have had deep tissue massage, facial massage, trigger points and reflexology, all of which have healed and nourished my mind, body and soul. Not only do I feel more relaxed and in tune with my body I also very rarely suffer from migraines and my energy levels have stabilized. Gemma is a kind, gentle gifted lady who can help you to help yourself by treating you and your illness holistically”.
Amanda Rowe, Norfolk
Pregnancy Massage & Maternity Reflexology – “Thank you for your wonderful reflexology and massage treatments during my pregnancy. They were extremely nurturing for both my baby and me. By helping me to deeply relax, I found space to connect deeply within myself and to my baby, which gave me the confidence to have a home birth“. Claire Dyble, Norfolk
Pregnancy Massage & Maternity Reflexology – “I was recommended Gemma when I asked friends about a good pregnancy masseur. When I met her I was greeted with a warm welcome, like a dear friend, and yet with a clear professional approach. Gemma refined her treatments so that it was tailored to suit me as an individual and what I needed at that time. Her massage was relaxing and soothing and her reflexology treatments were deeply healing and the results were noticeable almost immediately; she can target specific areas and treat them very efficiently. She seems to care for those she treats and that was wonderful. Thank you for your healing hands and words with all my heart!”
Sara O’Brien, Norfolk
Perinatal Reflexology & Massage – “After recieving massages from various practitioners over the years, I can honestly say that Gemma is the therapist I have been waiting for. As a pregnant and then newly postnatal woman I had both reflexology and massage from Gemma in my own home – with my newborn baby by my side. Gemma is respectful, flexible and professional. She is also very intuitive, down to earth and friendly. Whilst she works skilfully on the physical body, her treatments also have a meditative quality about them. She has an understated but genuine healing quality and as such I found that her treatments reached both mental and physical depths others can only aspire to. Thoroughly (and already!) recommended.”
Anna Meynell, Norfolk
Reflexology & Massage – “I have now had two sessions with Gemma – reflex and massage, one at my home and one in her beautiful space at her place. As to the quality of treatment there is no doubt that Gemma is one of the best I have experienced in many years of treatments all over the world. At another level however there is a quiet healing quality to Gemma’s work that creates an experience that is very special.”
Moira Siddons, Norfolk
Natural Lift Facial Massage – “I can truly say that finding Gemma has been a wonderful experience for me. I have never yet met a therapist who uses such intuition and who radiates kindness and compassion. Every visit seems to build on the one before and my skin (I can thoroughly recommend the Natural Face-Lift) has never been better. But I have found the benefits to my skin have been almost sidelined by the sense of calm and peace that I find that stays with me long after my visit. This is a holistic experience in the truest sense of the word and I cannot recommend Gemma highly enough.”
Tracy Bigwood, Norfolk
Hot Stone Massage – “I wanted to book my husband a hot stone massage for his birthday and found the Norfolk Retreat website. The site was really informative and the therapies sounded so wonderful, I decided to book him “top to toe” treatments for complete relaxation and to de-stress. He had the hot stone massage, natural facial lift massage and reflexology. Not wanting to be left out I decided to have two of the treatments as well! Gemma was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about her work and it was a real pleasure to spend the day there. We will definitely return whether it be for a specific problem where holistic therapies would come into their own or for a relaxing getting away from it all for a while.”
Helen McAslan, Norfolk
Massage & Reflexology – “Gemma is very sympathetic and does her utmost to make you feel relaxed and comfortable. I was very impressed with her professionalism, as I had my treatment at home, she arrived with all the necessary equipment. I didn’t have to provide a thing, just lie there and relax, fabulous! During my treatment I appreciated how skilled and knowledgeable she was, and would not hesitate to recommend her to family and friends. I am looking forward to my next treatment.”
Michele Dowley, Essex
Deep Tissue Massage – “Gemma is an extremely kind, caring and committed professional, her dedication and love of the work to help people is commendable. She has an amazing ability to tune into what is needed. I always feel as though I have had her undivided attention, she takes the time to make me feel relaxed and at ease. I have especially found the reflexology treatments beneficial, and the massages extremely relaxing.”
Holistic Massage – “Gemma is very professional and knows exactly how much pressure to apply during a massage, checking in to make sure I am comfortable. Gemma is personable, friendly and has helped me feel much better.”
Patricia Cale, Devon
Holistic Massage – “Gemma is very attentive to my individual needs and I can tell that she focuses on ensuring that I am comfortable and enjoying my treatments. I was amazed that during my first reflexology treatment Gemma could identify that I had a very sore shoulder and was able to help alleviate this…I felt so much better after just one treatment. Needless to say I have enjoyed many more. I have also discovered her massage treatments and the whole process leaves me feeling fantastic. I have recommended Gemma to all my family and friends and if any of you are considering having either of these treatments, Gemma is a true professional and you will not be disappointed.”
Reflexology – “I have been having regular treatments by Gemma to help reduce my stress levels. Every treatment I’ve had has been immensely relaxing and even my neck and shoulders have stopped feeling so tense. After a treatment I always feel so much better and I have a lot more energy that helps me cope better with my hectic life.”
Reflexology – “I initially saw Gemma for reflexology treatment for relaxation and to see if it could bring relief to my health problems. What can I say, the treatments exceeded my expectations. I can’t thank her enough. I’m amazed by the results, not only has my health improved, I feel much more uplifted and confident in myself. I found Gemma to be a very good listener with a caring attitude. Reflexology has been a great help for me, the results speak for themselves.”
Lillian Ash, London
Hot Stone Massage – “Gemma’s hot stone massage takes massage to an altogether higher level. Gemma has truly magic hands – the massage feels blissful and totally relaxing and the next morning you realise that your muscles have had a thorough workout!”
Ann Kemp, Norfolk