The day was a celebration of bringing new life into the world with talks on Creating New Life, Nurturing your Bump to Birth and Embracing Parenthood. There were also independent companies as exhibitors and The Health Garden providing fresh and nutritious food and drinks. The day finished off with an Active Birth Workshop by Claire Armstrong.
Christine Scott, Hypnobirthing Instructor at Magical Baby Moments gave the presentation on Nurturing your Bump to Birth and explained to the visitors the wealth of complementary therapies, courses and classes available to expectant mums. In case you missed the event, here is a little bit of what you missed and what you might want to consider when embracing your journey to motherhood with holistic and complementary therapies.
With a stretched NHS system, finding out everything you might want to know about pregnancy, labour and birth, and what is available to you during this magnificent and magical chapter in your life, can be difficult. Many antenatal midwives will not inform mothers about complementary therapies or any alternative classes other than what the NHS offers. This can be frustrating, as it is does not give mums-to-be the full picture of what is available. The practitioners at The Sanctuary can guide and support you during your pregnancy to ensure that you have a calm, comfortable and relaxed pregnancy. What to know how...?
Are you experiencing pregnancy symptoms that are putting a dampener on how you feel? Did you know that acupuncture, Bowen, shiatsu, reflexology and kinesiology can correct these? There’s often no reason to suffer in silence, despite what others may say. Even nutritionally, you are able to fix many of these symptoms.
Nutritional awareness during pregnancy can help both the mother and her baby. Did you know that babies, in particular, need different nutrients at different stages. For example: there are two main fish oils that the body needs. EPA is the anti-inflammatory one that you find in higher concentration in supplements, when compared to DHA. However, you need more DHA than EPA during pregnancy as the baby’s brain needs it. Understanding nutrition better can help you make better choices.
Nutritional therapy can help with any imbalances in your body, such as constipation, mood swings, and energy levels, to name a few. We can also offer advice on symptoms management, such as morning sickness. For Nutritional advice, please speak to Chiara Facco.
Bach Flower Remedies
Feeling out of sorts? Did you know that Bach remedies are particularly useful to you right now? Emotions are often in turmoil during and after pregnancy. Dr Bach discovered 38 remedies that are directed at a particular characteristic or emotional state. There are all kinds of emotions that can come to the fore during pregnancy. There are numerous changes to adjust to, which can be a struggle. So, if you want to change and leave old habits, want to feel less irritable or are feeling nervous, there are remedies that Julia Massey can recommend. Find out how Bach Flowers can help restore your natural balance.
Bowen sets about restoring the body’s innate ability to heal itself.
In the first trimester it can help with fatigue, anxiety, nausea, morning sickness and the emotional fluctuations associated with hormone changes, assisting the body to adapt to this new and fast-changing state.
In the second and third trimester it relieves lower back pain, sciatica, swollen legs and ankles, cramps, gastric discomfort, breathing, heartburn and reflux. As the pregnancy nears the end, Bowen sessions can relieve the discomfort of pelvic pressure, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, aching feet, legs and groin. It can also help in optimising foetal positioning prior to birth and has been known to change the baby’s presentation - such as moving a breech baby into the head down position. Bowen can also be used as a natural induction to labour. Please speak to Amanda McGregor or Toni Creevy about Bowen.
Kinesiology is the study of how muscles act and coordinate in the body. It is about energy balancing and combines a range of gentle but powerful techniques. Kinesiology is an effective way to proactively prepare and integrate your mind and body to cope with the numerous changes of pregnancy and childbirth. It can help with:
If you would like to know more about this contact Spencer West.
Indulge in some ‘bump and mum’ time with reflexology, pregnancy massage or pregnancy yoga. The benefits of these sessions will reap rewards long after you have left The Sanctuary.
Reflexology is a natural, non-invasive healing art that uses pressure points on the feet and hands to balance out other parts of the body. It aims to alleviate tensions and promote relaxation and can be beneficial for pregnancy or indeed, couples trying for a baby.
Regular treatment provides valuable mental, physical and emotional support throughout your pregnancy. These are some of the ways that pregnancy reflexology can help:
This is especially noticed in first and third trimesters and reflexology can provide deep relaxation, relieve stress and improve sleep, which helps that exhausted feeling.
Pregnancy hormones and a growing baby can slow down and upset digestion and increase water retention. Reflexology can help the body to move things along relieving constipation and bloating as well as reducing swollen legs and ankles.
Relieving muscle aches and pains
This is common in pregnancy with pains such as neck and shoulder pain, back ache, sciatica and pelvic girdle pain. As your feet and legs get tired reflexology can also help revive your legs.
Labour and birth preparation
Learning relaxation techniques that are helpful during labour and birth.
Regular reflexology during pregnancy has shown to promote timely labour and reduce the need for medical induction. It has also been shown that with regular treatments, labour outcomes are much better than average, with fewer instrumental deliveries and caesarean births.
Speak to Michelle Bowman for more information.
Who doesn’t love a massage?
Pregnancy massage is not only about a little bit of indulgence, it can also reduce joint and back pain, it can improve circulation, it can reduce muscle tension and headaches, as well as stress and anxiety. It can improve oxygenation to soft tissues and muscles and best of all it can help you sleep better.
Shiatsu is a physical therapy that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. It works on the whole person - not just with the physical body, but also with the psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of being.
Although shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese, in practice a practitioner uses touch, comfortable pressure and manipulative techniques to adjust the body’s physical structure and balance its energy flow. It is a deeply relaxing experience and regular treatments can alleviate stress and illness and maintain health and well-being.
Pregnancy shiatsu includes work with meridians which have direct connections to different emotional aspects of our being. A key aspect of work in pregnancy is to support you with developing your connection with your growing baby. This will be tailored to what feels appropriate and comfortable for you: often abdominal massage is one of the most enjoyable moments of the treatment, but not all women may want work on their abdomen. Sometimes breathing awareness or visualisations can be included as appropriate. Contact Niki Hayden to find out more.
As for pregnancy yoga, there are many benefits to that too:
Pregnancy Yoga will not only leave you feeling great and preparing for what lays ahead, but you will also meet and connect with like-minded ladies going through this journey too. Build your tribe and support network. For more information about Pregancy Yoga, reach out to Claire Armstrong.
Our modern and fast-paced world detracts us from our primal abilities to connect with our bodies and babies; as well as our ability to trust in nature. Re-programme your thinking and look forward to labour and birth with hypnobirthing. Hypnobirthing often conjures up misleading thoughts. Hypnobirthing is a type of antenatal education that empowers mum and her birth partners.
Hypnobirthing is not only about the relaxation techniques that you can use in labour – it is a full antenatal programme that prepares you and your birth partners for a calm and confident birth. You will understand all the choices available to you during pregnancy and labour and learn how to question caregivers, so that ultimately you choose the right birth for you and your baby.
What are the advantages of Hypnobirthing
For more information about Hypnobirthing contact Christine Scott. She is the author of The Power of Hypnobirthing – 10 reasons why it’s for you.
Did you also know that acupressure and reflexology can help induce labour naturally? Handy to know if you would rather not have an induced birth and would prefer to try a complementary therapy instead.
Gusharan Kaur can offer you acupuncture from about week 36. This can help facilitate a smoother, easier birth by preparing the body for the demands of childbirth. For example, there are points which are known to ripen the cervix, help the baby to descend and engage and to encourage the change from yin (nourishing, supporting pregnancy) to yang (the dynamic movement which is needed for baby to make its entrance into the world). We can also use moxibustion to help turn babies that are breech. So if you are past your due date and would like to avoid medical induction, acupuncture ca often very successfully help to naturally start labour. Or it can also help ladies to respond faster to medical induction of labour.
Many women often report shorter labour times and less medical intervention when they have had these therapies.
Whichever therapy that you choose. Our aim is to help you feel comfortable, healthy and calm so that your body and mind are in a good state for pregnancy and birthing your baby. The Sanctuary offers you a great opportunity to take time out to nurture both yourself and your growing baby. We look forward to nurturing you.
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