I talk to menstrual educator Tessa Sanderson about how Medicine Circles can be used beautifully with those who are currently not cycling, including pregnant women. We explore:
What is a medicine circle? How this works with pregnant womenDo you need to have done cycle awareness before pregnancy?
Tessa has written widely about the relationship between cycle awareness and birth and you can read more articles here.
If you'd like to read more about Medicine Circles for menopause, or medicine circles in general, there's ...
Bump massage can do wonderful things for you and your baby, making your pregnancy easier as well as potentially improving your experience of the birth. Yet most of my clients are surprised when I outline the benefits of massaging their bumps beyond trying to avoid stretch-marks.
I have created detailed instructions for you to give yourself a bump massage at home; there's a visual guide with written instructions as well as an audio to guide you through this deeply relaxing practice.
It’s a natural, instinctive thing to do and you’re probably ...
If you go to a beauty salon or Spa and book a massage, they will always ask if you are pregnant and in most cases will refuse to give you a massage except where they have specially trained therapists. But does this mean that massage is unsafe in the first trimester?
Is there proof?
In truth there has been no research into the safety of massage in the first trimester so we can’t prove it either way, but massage is akin to gentle exercise in that it improves circulation, oxygenates the blood and releases endorphins. As the NHS recommend that pregnant women stay as active ...
When you're pregnant, your baby's wellbeing is the most important consideration in any choices you make. But with new research and information published each week, it can be hard to keep up with current guidelines. I have compiled a list of national and online resources for pregnancy to help you find the information you need to have a happy, healthy pregnancy and make the best choices for you and your baby. Though there is some overlap, broadly speaking, pregnancy-related is at the top and postnatal is towards the bottom of the list.
Positive Birth Stories
Hundreds of ...
Rebozo techniques are not just for pregnancy and birth, everyone can benefit. Find out more in this week's A-Z of Massage on Welldoing.org
Relaxation is at the top of my list, and it’s something that all of us need more of! But have you ever noticed that to let go, you need to feel safe? This can mean
being with a safe person
understanding what will happen
but also ‘held’
This is where a rebozo brings it’s magic; used to ease aching backs, relax joints and help pregnant women, it holds you so completely that you can let go. It feels a little bit like being a baby securely wrapped and held; blissful.
The Rebozo itself is a strong, hand-woven Mexican shawl used to carry babies, ...
This week's article shows you the amazing benefits of Shiatsu,. This ancient Japanese healing art can help a wide variety of ill health, check out the article below to find out what is Shiatsu at WellDoing.
If there ever is a time that massage feels essential, it's pregnancy. Here's my article for WellDoing on what happens in a pregnancy massage.
This month I have been learning new Rebozo massage for fertility, pregnancy and after the birth with Clare Blake. These hand-woven Mexican shawls can be used for a variety of uses in a massage session. For fertility, pregnancy and after the birth we can shimmy, rock and roll out tension from all parts of the body, as well as wrap and contain in safety. We can
Ease out aching backs
Help baby into a good position for birth
Create more room for baby to move
Release and soften the pelvis and SI joints
Shimmy the womb into a good position for good menstrual ...
In this week's A-Z of massage on WellDoing, we have left the world of physiological massage behind; if you are interested in transformational healing, Metamorphic Technique is for you.