11 results for tag: support


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 ...

23 Ways Menstruality Will Rock Your World

In its simplest form menstruality is the process of tracking your energy and feelings as you go through your menstrual cycle each month. Just the process of mindful observation can create amazing change. I'm just back from a 5-day immersion at the Women's Quest Apprenticeship where we've been delving deep into the process of cycle awareness, it was quite a process for a non-cycling woman! While I'm digesting my experiences, I thought I'd share these 23 ways that menstruality will rock your world.     You'll be your own guru No need to pay someone to tell you what to do, your body tells you what you need to heal.   Auto...

How often should I have a massage?

I once read that the divine Barbara Streisand flies her massage therapist everywhere with her, first class, so she never need risk her body in stranger’s hands. You can bet she'd be keen on getting her money's worth and have a massage every day. And she couldn't be blamed for requesting the odd bit of shoulder work in-between times too.   Those of us who are less well financially resourced can only dream of a massage twice a day. Instead we must look at how much time and money we have and plan with that in mind.    If you're well-resourced What does that mean? Here are some of the goodies you might be lucky enough to have ...

Womb Yoga

Womb Yoga is a nourishing combination of movement, gentle stretches and breath work that supports your well being whatever your time of the month or time of life. Womb or no womb, we all need to connect with our bodies and allow our internal nature to express itself. Women use this womanly movement to help to Develop kindness towards themselves Allow their natural wisdom to emerge Recover after having a baby Align their pelvises for optimum reproductive well being Calm jangles nervous systems Learn skills for managing menstrual issues Manage menopausal issues Strengthen the heart-womb connection Because Womb Yoga stems from ...

Four things you need if you’re a woman over 40

If I say menopause you think….what? Hot flushes, raddled raging, grey-ness, dryness, invisibility perhaps? A whiff of the ridiculous, of unmentionable 'women's troubles'?   The mainstream view of a woman over 40 is not a pretty one, but last month I was offered an alternative view; of menopause being a process of women shedding their skins and emerging from ill-fitting obligations with clarity, to serve their calling in the world as senior authorities. Alexandra Pope, the doyenne of menstrual awareness, takes the same feminist clarity she uses with the menstrual cycle to apply it to menopause.   If you've not encounte...

Love Your Belly Workshops

Commit to Kindness     Life is about to get so much easier...we are thrilled to launch our FREE programme to support your health, energy, sanity and creativity. So simple, just go to the Love Your Belly site and and add your name and email. If you think you haven't the time...this is perfect for you! And if you know a woman who might appreciate adding a dose of kindness in her life, please do share with her.     Love Your Menopause Wednesday 1st November - Watford Your 40's and 50's can be a time of total uncertainty and disruption; you are challenged to see through the brain fog and to step into your ...

How to Massage Your Belly

Self-help abdominal massage is a free tool that will help you to support your well-being in a wonderfully gentle way. You can learn how to massage your belly from these easy to understand instructions. If you want to watch the video to see how to do it, then click here to find the page.

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.

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 ...