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The Benefits of Bump Massage in Pregnancy

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 already massaging some belly butter in, but with a little more direction there can ...

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 ...

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 ...

Do you have a Willing Masseur in your Own Home?

Research has shown that massage during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, improve mood, improve sleep and reduce back pain. A twice weekly massage is more than most of us can afford but you may find you have a willing masseur in your own home! Many partners are keen to get involved but afraid of causing harm or unsure of where to start; just a few pointers can get you started on the way to a wonderfully relaxing time. Here is a simple arm massage which will relax your shoulders, calm you down and give you some special time together. It doesn’t involve any special equipment or oils and can be done anywhere, even while you are watching TV. Take care ...

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 ...