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 ...
I am taking a sabbatical from 1st November, returning to work 15th May 2018 when I will be delighted to work with you again. Meanwhile, here are some great massage therapists. As always when finding a new therapist, as well as looking at their site, give them a ring and see if you feel a connection. Ask lots of questions and ultimately trust your guts and you won't go far wrong.
As a leaving gift, I have created a Yoga Nidra meditation for you to recreate the feeling of being safely held and connected with your body, just like when having a massage. It will help you ...
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 ...
Menstrual pain is no joke, 40 – 70% of women of reproductive age experience some kind of pain, with 10% of women describing severe symptoms. That’s a lot of regular women with hot water bottles. In fact, there is no need for us to experience pain, it is not healthy or necessary.
1. Menstrual cycle awareness
You know about pre-menstrual grumps I bet. OK maybe not grumps but it used to be full-on raging in my case.
“Will you please stop breathing like that!!!”
But what if I was to suggest that your energy and internal weather changed all through your ...
I started on personal growth pretty young. When I was 13 my big sister was into the (frankly terrifying) Exegisis, a UK version of Est and though I was thankfully too young to participate (thank the Goddess). I was very influenced by listening to her new world view – so refreshing and different to my highly buttoned up middle-class mum and dad.
This went on through Chuck Spezzano workshops, way-out-there healing, voice dialogue, bodywork, Reiki, rolfing, meditation, massage not to mention £100’s of pounds on self-help books. Then the biggest ...
Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo-Wurlitzer authors of 'Wild Power' and menstruality mavens at Red School are definitely wild. I was lucky enough to grab them before Graham Norton etc. booked them up so I could ask them about how menstruality became the biggest thing in their lives, how come periods are finally being talked about in public and what simple thing you can do today to access your own wild power. You can get hold of your copy here.
If you want to know more about the magic of menstrual cycle awareness this is why it's a bloody good thing for the world check out this video: it's a natural, feminist revolution! In it, I talk about my hopes for my daughter's generation and how I managed to miss out on the party. If it floats your boat you can pre-order the wonderful Wild Power book online which will also get you a free, cycle awareness pack to get you started.
Can you honestly, hand on heart, say that you love your body? Really? What about your belly or the underside of your arms? Or that bit that you always apologise about in yoga class?
Every day in my massage practice I witness the judgments women hold about their bodies. This shows up as apologies, negative self-talk and numerous other ways, but this negativity is from women who have taken charge of their self-care enough to come for a massage. Imagine all the women out there who didn’t make it this far and couldn’t bear to be seen or touched at all!
I must have massaged thousands of tight shoulders over the years, a classic sign of tension, the muscles get tight and can cause headaches and other kinds of misery too. In between your massage appointments, a little self-care will really help to ease shoulder pain. This video shows you simple things that you can do at home to create more ease and softness.
If you are interested in more easy exercises to bring more joy in your life, I have that covered too!
In this video I discuss ‘What is self-care?’ with Leora Leboff, my partner at Love Your Belly. We share why it matters so much for fertility, menstrual and menopause health and what we actually do in our own lives!
To watch the video click here or click on the image above. You can find more articles on other menstrual health topics too.