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Exercise for Expectant Mums

It has been great to link up with Puddle Ducks Worcestershire this month and learn about their aqua natal classes in Kidderminster and Worcestershire. My maternity reflexology and pregnancy massage clients often ask me about other activites available for them.

I'd like to share this guest post kindly written by Clare Harris from Puddle Ducks Worcestershire

It can be hard to find a suitable exercise class when you are a mum to be. We all know that it is good to keep fit while you are pregnant but your normal class may longer be suitable or you might not feel like going to the gym. 


An Aquanatal class, is a great combination of relaxation together with cardiovascular exercise. The right class can provide a range of benefits including keeping fit, improving sleep, and reducing the aches and pains associated with pregnancy.
 

Swimming is one of the safest ways to exercise during pregnancy as the water supports your joints whilst also providing resistance work for all the muscles, strengthening your back and abdominal muscles ready for carrying your baby around!


When choosing a class it is worth checking what training your teacher has undergone. Puddle Ducks teachers must pass antenatal swimming training that is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives Trust, STA Aquacise training and our own extensive Aquanatal training. This means that you’re in the safest possible hands as you work out and relax.


It is great to be able to combine exercise with relaxation– the perfect way to unwind and enjoy a little ‘me’ time. Classes take place in the soothing, warm comforts of pools and combine exercise with relaxation activities Exercise and relaxation release your body’s natural happy hormones, endorphins, which suppress pain and help you (and baby) feel calm – not only helpful in later pregnancy, but also really important during and after labour.


If you have recently had a baby then Aquanatal classes can also be undertaken post-pregnancy, the gentle exercise helps mums’ bodies recover after birth and get back into shape gently. 
Puddle Ducks classes are held at DW Fitness in Kidderminster on Saturday mornings at 12.15 pm. You can attend as many classes as you like, throughout your pregnancy, for the one-off admin fee of £45, you do not need to be a DW Fitness Member to attend. If you would like to go to the sessions post-natally they are then £5 per class.


A great bonus for all expectant Mums attending is that you will get 20% of the cost of your first term when you sign up to swim with your new baby. Puddle Ducks run swimming classes for children from just a few weeks old through to 10 years at 10 pools throughout Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Swimming is an amazing experience to share with your little one and one of the few activities that you can both enjoy together.


If you would like to attend a class for free please call Puddle Ducks on 01905 888346 or email worcestershire@puddleducks.com, please quote the code  BTSAQ17.

For more information take a look at the website:  Puddle Ducks

Reflexology and Extreme Morning Sickness

Maternity ReflexologyWe learnt today that Catherine Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant and unfortunately experiencing extreme morning sickness.  Whilst sending warmest congratulations I also feel great empathy with the Duchess. Hyperemesis gravidarium is certainly not a good way to start a pregnancy. Although the condition rarely has any harmful lasting effects on mum - to - be  or the baby it is distressing and debilitating. I know this because I too was hospitalised with the condition. 

I assumed morning sickness was fleeting and mild, but for me and so many women it is far from that. The nausea and the sickness can last throughout the day and night, and throughout the entire pregnancy.  Hyperemesis gravidarium is not a condition that should be managed without medical support. This is a serious and difficult condition where the woman needs support both medically and emotionally.

Hyperemisis gravidarium is just one of the pregnancy conditions that can unfortunately blight this very special time in a couples' life. One of the driving forces behind my training and passion for reflexology and maternity reflexology was finding treatments to help make pregnancies positive again for women experiencing these issues.  Maternity reflexology is one of the treatments that can really help women enjoy their pregnancies. The balancing treatment helps the body during this time of great change.

At Breathe Holistic Therapy we work with midwives consent and generally do not see women before their 12 week scan. In cases of extreme difficulty and after thorough consultation with midwives reflexology can be performed before this time.

If you, like Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, are suffering from extreme morning sickness please do speak to your GP or midwife. Follow their advise but also consider complementary therapy as there may well be a treatment that suits your needs.

Reflexology Kidderminster. Please contact 07531 121199

Treats for mums and mums-to-be all year round

It's Mother's Day time again.

Kidderminster is the home of the best mum in the world... my mum! I'm biased of course but mother's day is a great time to make a fuss and pamper the wonderful mums and mums-to-be in our lives. 

If its someone's first mother's day that's a really great time to give them the gift of relaxation! It's tough being a new mum and  I know I would have really appreciated some pampering. Mums-to-be don't have to miss out, pregnancy reflexology and massage are available too.  If you want to give a gift from a new baby then  baby reflexology and massage instruction really is a gift for all year round.

The history of Mother's Day is centuries old and goes back to the times of ancient Greeks, who held festivities to honor Rhea, the mother of the gods. The early Christians celebrated the Mother's festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent to honor Mary, the mother of Christ. Interestingly, later on a religious order stretched the holiday to include all mothers, and named it as the Mothering Sunday. So it wasn't just invented by the card companies to make us spend our pennies!

I love treating people to reflexology and massage that has been given to them as a gift, people really appreciate being given this wonderful time to relax. Mums and mums-to-be are so busy rushing around looking after us all that they often don't give themselves the pampering they deserve, so why not treat them?

The history of Mother's Day is centuries old and goes back to the times of ancient Greeks, who held festivities to honor Rhea, the mother of the gods. The early Christians celebrated the Mother's festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent to honor Mary, the mother of Christ. Interestingly, later on a religious order stretched the holiday to include all mothers, and named it as the Mothering Sunday. So it wasn't just invented by the card companies to make us spend our pennies!

Whatever you do for mother's day have a great one, and its a reminder to me that I shouldn't have to wait until mother's day to treat my mum!

For Reflexology in Kidderminster. Please contact me 0753 1121199

Talking Maternity Reflexology on BBC Hereford and Worcester

Today I was lucky enough to be invited onto the Tony Fisher show on BBC Hereford and Worcester. Last week the morning show had a feature on traumatic births and this week they asked me along to talk about how reflexology can help woman achieve a happy healthy pregnancy, promoting positive pregnancy experiences.

It was great to have this opportunity to spread the word about complementary therapy in pregnancy. Maternity reflexology  really can help many women to cope with the strains of pregnancy, both physically and emotionally.  Swollen feet, sleepless nights, mood swings and back aches can all be helped with reflexology. It is an accessible treatment, just slip off your shoes, find a comfortable position and enjoy an hour of blissful relaxation for you and your baby.  Plus if you don't feel like going out in the cold then I can bring the treatment to you!

So a big thanks to BBC Hereford and Worcester for the chance to spread the word on the benefits of maternity reflexology.

 

Reflexology Treatments Kidderminster. Please contact Jo 0753 1121199