8 results for tag: birth


Is it safe to have a massage after the birth?

When you're pregnant the world around you softly bends to look after you and your babies well-being. You can get a seat in first class on the way to work and nourishing morsels of food arrive like magic. All this changes after the birth when the attention goes to your baby, and this is quite right, and yet it's so easy for your needs to get completely forgotten. Mums need as much care after the birth of their babies as when they’re pregnant. It’s so easy to forget about looking after yourself in the rush to organise a christening, having family visiting and all the demands that being a new mum brings.   It’s not widely understood that ...

What is Rebozo Massage?

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 trust 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, keep warm and by the midwives to do the ‘manteada’, a massage technique ...

A-Z of Massage – What happens in a pregnancy massage?

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.

Kate’s CPD, supervision and on-going training

Regular Support To hold space for you, it is crucial that I am healthy, self-aware and have good support in my life. If I do not feel professionally supported and contained, I simply can't do my best for my clients. There are all sorts of things that I do regularly that perform this, some are to do with deepening my understanding of my own body and mind such as; Well Woman yoga with Claire Murphy Iyengar yoga with Lisa Morris Personal yoga and meditation practice Regular biodynamic massage Regular acupuncture Ongoing cranio-sacral treatment My challenges and meetings with my own body and mind are probably my greatest teache...

Is there life after birth?

I am delighted to be guest blogging over at Nurturing Mums this week, you can find my ideas for postnatal survival on their site here. There may be life after birth Jim, but not as we know it.

How to have a Good Birth

My last pregnancy blog was about oxytocin and it got me thinking about the gap between our idealised vision of the perfect birth and the reality of most women's experience; what can you do to bridge the gap and have a good birth or at least a ‘good enough’ birth? I’ve been asking around my birth professional colleagues to find out what one thing they recommend to make a birth easier and the majority said to relax. Now this is not always an easy proposition, so I have made a list of practical things you can do to help you relax, whatever your situation. Support Surround your self with positive, supportive people who have a belief in your ...

How to Get More Oxytocin

Our bodies have amazing, natural chemical resources that help us connect, trust and be intimate with each other. Oxytocin, the hormone of love and trust is the Queen of intimacy; we get massive releases when we orgasm and also when we give birth. Natural birth Guru Michel Odent says "Whatever facet of love we consider, oxytocin is involved". If you'd like some appropriate music to listen to while you find out how to get more oxytocin, you'll find Donna Summer doing her thing here. Oxytocin is present throughout pregnancy where it reduces stress and conserves energy by making you feel sleepy. Here is a résumé of the different ways it supports a ...

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 have your baby's spine against your belly, so it makes sense to encourage your ...