11 results for tag: baby


Is Massage Safe in the First Trimester?

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 as possible during their pregnancy, the implication is that it is both safe and ...

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 give a brilliant massage, 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 ...

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.

Recovery After Birth

A great guest blog this week from Elise of YOU Massage Therapy in Southampton on recovery after birth.     There’s quite a bit of information around about massage during pregnancy – after all, while your body is morphing and changing, relief and comfort are vital to keep you sane.  But what about after your baby’s born?  What about the changes no one talks about – the morphing and shaping of your body into something you’ve never seen before and might not have expected?  Can massage be any use then? The short answer is yes. Definitely! Massage for post-pregnancy recovery   Talking about post-pregnancy body ...

Baby Harry

I am proud to share this heartrending story with you, it highlights the horribly lonely situation that many women find themselves in when they find they have to have babies terminated. My PAPA colleague, massage therapist Leora Leboff has asked me to send this to raise awareness of the issue among women, so that maybe fewer of us need suffer in silence. Her story is below and you can share it in whatever way you feel appropriate. If you would like to support ARC, a charity that offers non-directive support and information to expectant and bereaved parents, you will find them here.     Baby Harry Loneliness. It's been a ...

Prepare for Birth

As your due date gets closer, with work and family all making demands, it can seem as though there’s not enough time or energy for yourself and your little one. Spending time connecting with you baby is a wonderful way to prepare for birth and also helps to calm you down when everything seems too much. Where ever you are in your pregnancy, here’s an easy exercise you can do anywhere which can reduce stress and help you connect with your baby. Ideally, make some time every day to relax and focus on your baby, but when this is too much, you can do use the following exercise in the car, waiting in a queue or while the kettle boils. 1.Place your ...

Connect with your Baby

The first trimester can often be a vulnerable period as your body undergoes the incredibly profound changes; excitement and anxieties are high, you will probably be tired, emotional and nauseous long before your belly shows. On the inside you are doing amazing work - your baby grows from a single cell to a recognisably human creature measuring 5cm long. It can be hard to find positive support at this time and much of the advice in the media is confusing and contradictory. Here is a wonderfully nourishing, safe exercise you can do at home to help steady yourself, connect with your baby and release stress. You can do it alone or with your partner or ...