8 results for tag: oxytocin


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 ...

A-Z of Massage – what is Swedish Massage?

There are so many varieties of massage around with so many different descriptions, how do you know what you're going to get? Here's a straight forward explanation for anyone who's ever wondered "What is Swedish Massage"? This was published on the WellDoing.org blog on 16th September 2014

Rebozo Massage for Fertility, Pregnancy and After the Birth

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 health Bring containment and safety in the pelvis Wrap and close the body ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 get more oxytocin

You probably know about Oxytocin and birth, but do you know how crucial is it for the rest of us? Taking a ride I was on the tube the other day watching an English sheepdog enjoying the ride. There was a sudden bang and the dog became anxious, the lady sitting next to the dog stroked it's head to reassure it, the dog calmed down. The lady began to smile, stroked some more, then the whole carriage started to smile, soften and breath a little deeper. That is the oxytocin effect. Cortisol addiction We seem to be addicted to cortisol in our lives; forward motion, busyness and activity are valued over stillness, quiet and being. This has a ...