Trust your guts

Updates on the PAPA Birth Network and top tips on why you should trust your guts. If you find this post useful, please share it using the handy buttons below and leave a comment to let me know how you make decisions with body awareness.

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How to Ease an Aching Back in Pregnancy

I am not really as one size fits all kind of therapist, but there is one thing I recommend to nearly every pregnant client who comes for massage and that's all fours exercises. Spending time on your hands and knees gives your spine a rest and it's great for relieving an aching back in pregnancy as it gives a gentle massage to your spine. It's also a great way of getting your baby into a good position for birth; so many of us spend our working lives sitting down and a sedentary life has an effect on how our babies lie in our bodies. The best position for birth is to ...

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Build Your Core heat with a Haramaki!

I have been keeping warm this year with the help of a hara warmer donated by the nice people at Nuku Nuku. Known as a haramaki, this brilliant invention is a tube of jersey which encloses the body from navel to thigh and actually feels like an all day hug. It's a thin layer of clothing that you can wear under or over your clothes, and when I put it on I had that wonderful melting relaxation feeling you get when you're enfolded into someone's arms. Ahhh. Now, I am tall and chilly and often have a drafty gap between my jeans and t-shirt and this perfectly fits the bill ...

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Being and Stillness

I have just booked another ‘Being and Stillness’ yoga workshop lead by my friend and PAPA colleague Claire Murphy. I find that the benefits of this work stay with me. Autumn and winter is the natural time for withdrawing inward and the meditative pace of Claire’s yoga workshops make me notice how little time I spend being still, I don’t think it is just me, our lives, especially as women, are increasingly defined by how busy we are; a ticked off to-do list and multitasking is the order of the day. In our society the yang/busy-ness is approaching pathological ...

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Tense shoulders? Twist!

Nearly everyone is familiar with the sensation of  a tight neck and tense shoulders,  especially now most of us spend so much time at a keyboard. It is one of the most common problems that clients bring when they come for a massage. Over the years I have become an expert at releasing that tension and massage is a brilliant tool smoothing out the lumps and bumps. Clients report feeling a load has been lifted from their shoulders but what happens when they get back into work with those everyday stresses? The trick is to take regular breaks to breathe and feel your ...

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Six tips for your digestion

I had a great massage from Leora Leboff last week, most of is focused on my belly. It has made me think about the ways we digest both food and emotions. In biodynamic work, we think of the gut managing digestion of our emotions as well as our food, sorting through what will nourish us and rejecting what does not.  Happy belly, happy heart Many people suffer from digestive issues that have an emotional root cause, this is thought to be because the gut has dense nervous system which receives information from the thoratic, lumbar and cranial nerves so can effectively can ...

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Body Armour

Are you a romantic or a hero? Humans tend to wear a kind of protective body armor created from a fear of intimacy. Built to protect the heart from pain with bricks made of muscle tension or collapse, over time it can become a prison and create loneliness or lack of feeling altogether. Biodynamic massage therapists are unique in the massage world, in using the concept of body armouring to help their clients towards more fulfilling lives. There are many different patterns of body armoring, but here’s a spectrum with extreme under-contained at one end and extreme over-co...

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What Mothers Do

Naomi Stadlen does not write books about how to ‘manage’ your child. God knows the world is full of those opinions already, instead she celebrates mothering and being in the most non-judgmental way imaginable, taking a close look at what Mothers do. Her first book ‘What Mothers Do – Especially When It Looks Like Nothing’ was published around the time of my son’s birth and was an enormously reassuring read. Far from encouraging women to be experts with a plan to implement, she argues that uncertainty is exactly the right state of mind for new mothers to be in ...

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20 years of Massage

Celebrating 20 years massage work. Hertfordshire Life Magazine, October 2013.

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All About Biodynamic Massage

Find out about Biodynamic Massage and how it can help to release long-held stress and let you feel a profound sense of relaxation. To find out more about how Biodynamic theory can support you, have a look at Intuitive Bodywork.  

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