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Mindfulness and Reflexology Blog 2019

road to future

I love mindfulness and reflexology, and I am lucky enough to enjoy a career which promotes relaxation and living in each moment, but I love a long term plan too. I find making plans can be great fun and lists can be very therapeutic, its just about keeping a balance between experiencing this present moment whilst also planning your journey for the future. With this in mind I’m going to share some plans for future blog posts here on my therapy blog.

One area of life that so many of my clients and friends talk about improving is sleep. For countless clients their poor quality sleep or insomnia limits their enjoyment of life. My friends are often exhausted and overwhelmed with the hectic nature of life, made almost impossible due to sleepless nights. I am planning to explore general advise on improving sleep, how holistic therapies can help and maybe some more quirky tricks for that much needed great nights sleep.

During the last year I have been invited to provide therapies in the work place much more frequently. I absolutely love arriving at an office environment or school to be met with enthusiastic greetings form staff looking forward to their in work reflexology or mindfulness. There has been a great deal of research on the benefits of promoting well being at work and employers are more commonly realising their role in the mental health of their workforce. I will be exploring this further during the year and hopefully visiting more and more companies to bring therapies into people’s working days.

I love working with pregnant clients and seeing mums in the postnatal period. This year I am aiming to gather more research on mindfulness in pregnancy as I believe this will be a most helpful skill for all new families. I also feel strongly that mothers in the postnatal period or fourth trimester are often placed under unrealistic levels of pressure. After childbirth our bodies are still going through huge changes and we have very special emotional and physical needs which are so often ignored. This fourth trimester is an area of maternity care which I am investigating more this year.

Mindfulness is still making an impact in the media. One area that I hope to look into is mindfulness in sport. The use of meditation and mindfulness techniques is a growing area of sports science which is exciting for both sport and the less sporty of us! Any research into optimising sport performance can be helpful for everyone as, even though I am not planning to run a marathon, knowing how to be at my best physically and mentally is clearly beneficial.

I think that is enough planning for one day, although I am sure there are many other ideas for this year running through my head….. and talking of running maybe I will think about that marathon!

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

Pregnancy Massage in Kidderminster Worcestershire

Working as a reflexologist and massage therapist in Kidderminster I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to work with pregnant clients. 

Pregnancy massage is available and enjoyed by many women in the second and third trimester of pregnancy. This treatment has many benefits for mum to be and consequently the baby.  If you are pregnant and thought perhaps massage wasn't available in pregnancy then please do read on to find out more.

A study conducted in Sweden in the 1990's suggested that up to 56% of pregnant women experience lumbar and pelvic pain. Back ache in pregnancy may be common but that does not mean you have to suffer without any treatments to help. If you are suffering from back pain in pregnancy then massage can help to alleviate some of the discomfort just as a massage helps when you are not pregnant.  Back and pelvic pain can be a result of altered posture, the weight load form the growing baby, enlarged breasts and hormonal changes.  Before a massage do check with your midwife or obstetric care giver that massage is suitable for you and to be sure your symptoms don't need attention from the obstetric team.

My clients enjoy many benefits of pregnancy massage. The most obvious is a great sense of relaxation and reduction in stress and anxiety. Pregnancy can be a wonderfully enjoyable time but for some anxiety and stress can take away the pleasure so massage can help you to feel positive and calm.  A renewed sense of relaxation can assist with sleep problems and headaches.  If you are experiencing troubling levels of anxiety in pregnancy please do also speak to your midwife.  Hypnosis for childbirth provides many techniques to reduce anxiety especially that related to childbirth. Hypnobirthing training is something to consider as a perfect way to prepare for childbirth.

Pregnancy is a time of great change and for some women the effects on their skin can leave them feeling uncomfortable and tight.  Massage using a natural oil such as grape seed can help the skin to feel nourished and comfortable with increased circulation. Relief can also be gained from the restless irritable sensation many women experience on their legs.  If you do experience itching in pregnancy do get this checked by your midwife to eliminate any conditions that require treatment.

Maternity massage, as with all massage, encourages blood circulation and lymphatic draining through techniques such as efflurage and petrissage.  These movements stimulate the skin and underlying tissues to promote the natural movement of blood and fluids. This can alleviate the common pregnancy ailments such as heavy legs and swollen feet. If you have any new swelling you must also contact your midwife or obstetric carer to eliminate any serious conditions.

You may wonder how it is possible to receive a massage with your growing bump. There are a number of ways to position you for your massage but generally the back is massaged whilst you lie comfortably on your side supported by cushions. Your legs can then be massaged whilst you lie in a semi upright position on the couch again supported by cushions. These positions ensure comfort and safety for both you any your baby.  It is important that you do not lie flat on your back or front-ways on your bump.  there are couches available with slings to enable you to lie on your front with your bump in the sling. These are not advised as they put extra pressure on the ligaments and muscles supporting your growing uterus. 

If you have any questions about pregnancy therapies including massage or maternity reflexology then please do contact me.

Posted on November 7, 2016 and filed under maternity.

NHS maternity budget: Has this disappeared?

pregancy

Back in February the news papers were reporting a new maternity budget to allow mums to source and choose their own maternity care.  There have been so many political changes since then I'm wondering if this has been lost along the way? Control is an important aspect of confidence in birth and as a maternity therapist I was excited by the proposition.

The birthing budget proposed could  fund therapies such as hypnobirthing and other complementary therapies. Pregnant women will be given a birthing budget of £3000 to spend on the care of their choice in new proposals.

The new plan is aimed at improving quality of care by promoting high quality services and moving care away from unsafe provisions.  The NHS plans are part of a national plan to tackle the reported poor care provided in many maternity units. The NHS report states that 48 per cent of units which have been inspected by regulators have been rated as inadequate or requires improvement for safety.

Under the new plans, pregnant women will be told they should get a personal midwife to attend to them throughout their pregnancy, with a back-up midwife to take over if necessary.The new NHS Personal Maternity Care Budget, worth at least £3,000. This budget will allow them to choose from birthing pools, private birthing suites and alternative pain relief methods such as acupuncture or hypnobirthing.

As a complementary therapist and hypnobirth traininer I am supportive of all moves to empower women to make choices about their pregnancy and child birth. I am also excited to see complementary therapies included in the woman's possible choices. This recognition is very positive for supportive services such as hypnosis for childbirth and reflexology.    

Baroness Julia Cumberlege who led the review stated:
“To be among the best in the world, we need to put women, babies and their families at the centre of their care,” she said. It is so important that they are supported through what can be a wonderful and life-changing experience. Women have told us they want to be given genuine choices and have the same person looking after them throughout their care"

Some charities are, however, concerned that couples may feel pressurised to make the cheapest choices rather than the best for their needs.  Maureen Treadwell, the Birth Trauma Association’s research officer, said: “It’s hugely important that women are able to give birth in a place that feels right for them, and that they are not pressurised into what trusts see as the least costly option.”

I will be watching the media for developments from the pilot schemes as I feel that although the concept is positive there will be a number of issues that may prove challenging. One of these, I believe, will be the process of  therapists becoming accredited NHS providers. I am a member of the CNHC an approved voluntary register which ensures therapists are fully trained, insured and professionally accountable. This register has been developed by the government and accredited by them. The move to NHS accreditation is however not open to hypnotherapists  and complementary therapists in the same way. I hope women who want to spend their budget on Hypnotherapy or other complementary therapies do not find that they can't because no one locally has been able to gain accreditation.

If you would like any more information on hypnotherapy in pregnancy or maternity treatments please so contact us at Breathe Holistic Therapy. 

Posted on July 31, 2016 and filed under maternity, hypnobirthing, reflexology.