Ailsa Hichens

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Dip ION BANT Menopause Nutrition & Nutrigenomics Specialist
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Chelmsford, CM1
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About me

Hello, I’m Ailsa, a Registered Nutritional Therapist & Health Coach and Nutrigenomics specialist, creator of The Midlife Method, a high-level 1:1 12-week programme for menopausal women who want to lose weight, fix their hot flushes and stop feeling knackered and start feeling confident and in control so they live the life they love.

Does this sound familiar?

  • Your weight keeps creeping on even though you’ve tried “all the things” like cutting out calories, doing more exercise.
  • Your bloating is making you feel really uncomfortable. You don’t know what to eat to stop it and there are piles of clothes in your wardrobe that no longer fit you.
  • You feel physically and mentally exhausted even when you’ve had a decent sleep. Everything feels like such a colossal effort.
  • You're waking up at 3 o'clock every night and can’t get back to sleep.  You lie there thinking about all the things you need to get done.
  • You feel like you’re losing your mind. You can’t remember names for toffee; you’re stumbling over words, and can even lose your train of thought mid-sentence.
  •  Your days are filled with hot flushes, and your night sweats leave you waking up soaking wet.
  • You’re irritable and teary. Everything annoys you - sometimes for no reason at all - then you feel guilty for shouting at everyone.
  • You’ve lost your confidence and you’re wondering what the hell happened to you.
  • You can’t stand to see yourself in photos and avoid having your picture taken at all costs.
  • You’ve stopped socialising as you just can’t face it any more.

Now imagine this:

  • You’re back in your favourite jeans and looking fierce.  In fact, your whole wardrobe is full of possibilities.
  • The bloating you’ve had for years has gone.
  • Every night is a good night now you’re sleeping better and waking up rested.  
  • Your hot flushes have disappeared and you can’t wait to go shopping for jumpers. 
  • You feel calm and confident, focussed and clear-headed.  
  • You’ve found a way of eating that suits you and it’s easy to eat well, whether you’re cooking at home or are out for dinner with friends. 
  • You feel ‘normal’ - like the old you but a better, upgraded version.
  • You know exactly how to set up your day so you can make the most of it. You love your life. 

The Midlife Method is my signature programme that will give you the knowledge and confidence to ensure you can lose your menopausal middle, wave goodbye to hot flushes and stop feeling exhausted, and start feeling confident and in control so you can create a life you love. 

I also offer a range of other services, including a 90-minute Midlife Intensive consultation, and various test-and-interpret packages:

Lifecode Gx Nutrigenomics

Comprehensive Food Intolerance Testing


Adrenal Stress Profile

Organic Acids

Stool Testing

Full Midlife Health Screening 

Ask for details 

Training, qualifications & experience

Dip ION Diploma in Nutritional Therapy with distinction at the renowned Institute for Optimum Nutrition. I am also a Certified Health Coach and Lifecode Gx Nutrigenomics practitioner.  I attend regular professional seminars relevant to menopausal and midlife women's health to keep up to date with the latest scientific research in my specialist areas.

I have extensive personal experience experience of living through perimenopause while spinning a lot of plates. I'm now post-menopausal.

Registered with the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT).

Registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the regulatory body.

Member of the British Menopause Society.

Fully insured.

Featured in Sheer Luxe, Top Sante, Woman & Home, Woman's Own, Bella, Fabulous, and many others. Regular contributor on BBC Radio.

Member organisations

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

The CNHC encompasses many types of alternative therapy, including massage, aromatherapy and nutrition.

In order to be admitted to the register a practitioner must have studied to the National Occupational Standards for that profession/discipline, or have reached the equivalent of the National Occupational Standards through other relevant training or at least three years of experience and been assessed by their peers.

A practitioner must also have professional insurance and agree to abide by the CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.

British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT)

The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy is the professional body for Nutritional Therapists.

There are different BANT membership classes, including Full Member, Fellow Member and Student Member.

All BANT practitioners must have met the required standards of training, be fully insured and adhere to the BANT Code of Ethics and Practice.

Accredited register membership

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

Nutrition topics

Information about health conditions (*)

Nutritional therapy can help enhance the well-being of individuals diagnosed with serious medical conditions, but should not take the place of medical treatment and advice. If you have been diagnosed with - or suspect you may have - any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor before starting nutritional therapy or making any major changes to your diet or lifestyle.


£297.00 - £1,497.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

Nutritional therapy combined with coaching is a very personal approach. Your previous medical history, and any current symptoms as well as what you like and don’t like, not to mention your personal circumstances are really important when I make a plan for you. It is personalised just for you. That takes both time and skill. You could download something from the internet – if you knew what you were looking for – but it is not the same.

My signature Midlife Method programme runs over 12 weeks. The investment is £1497 (payment plans are available).  

Here’s what you’ll learn during 12 weeks of powerful coaching: 

  •  A proven system for losing weight without counting calories, points or syns. 
     The easy way to make simple but delicious meals that keep you feeling full all day with no more cravings.
     The secret to becoming (and staying) hot flush free and ditching night sweats.
     How to wake up full of energy so you stop exhausted all the time. 
     Actionable steps to reduce bloating so you can get back into your favourite clothes.
     Natural ways to improve your sleep so you get the benefit from the hours you spend in bed. 
     The fastest ways to reduce stress and irritability so you feel calm and in control.  
     The secret to maintaining your results long term.


7 x fortnightly 1:1 consultations with text or email support in between

Comprehensive health assessment

Personalised diet recommendations, recipes and meal plans based on your goals, health history, family history, and lifestyle.

Lower cost 'intensive' consultations are available. These 90-minute consultations (investment £297) are ideal if you want to focus on one specific area of your health. 

I also offer an extensive range of functional tests, including Nutrigenomics, DUTCH, food intolerance, organic acids, and stool tests. Ask for details.

GROUP TALKS AND WORKSHOPS –see website/ email for details

CORPORATE PRESENTATIONS – see website/email for details

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, by arrangement.   

Further information

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know The Midlife Method is right for me? 

This is for you if you are a menopausal woman who wants to lose weight, fix her hot flushes, improve her sleep and feel she’s been given a new lease of life in midlife.

How is The Midlife Method different from all the others on the market?

The Midlife Method is a HIGH LEVEL programme, NOT a one-size-fits-all programme.  Each and every aspect of The Midlife Method is personalised and customised to YOUR needs as a menopausal woman.

What is the investment to join The Midlife Method?

£1497 (payment plans available)

How do I apply?

Visit the WORK WITH ME page on my website and click Apply

Is laboratory testing included in The Midlife Method?

No. This is charged separately.

Are supplements included in The Midlife Method?

No. This is charged separately.

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Chelmsford, CM1

Type of session


Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Employee Assistance Programme

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