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The Role of Mothers
Active Birth & Postnatal Support
Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage
Myrhh - Commiphora Myrrha
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The Role of Mothers

It's amazing that other articles who also posted this news received plentiful negative comments, many by women. I think that its great to see such a prominent figure standing up (quite literally) and normalising breastfeeding.


Teenage mums may feel less inclined to breastfeed  due to how they view their bodies and yet the statistics show the huge importance that breastmilk plays in the lives of both babies and mothers. 


With the constant changes that Government keeps on making to family payments women are being forced back into the workforce quicker and quicker. Until you actually experience breastfeeding for yourself it is incredibly difficult to imagine just how time consuming the process is. Babies basically snack all day long, 24hrs/7 days per week. If you can, while they are still immobile; take them to work and feed them! What a great solution to help juggle all the things that keep life as a family unit ticking along. The loss of living as a tribe has done us no favours. I say, "Well Done Larrissa Waters."

Active Birth & Postnatal Support

So I have finally branched out and begun offering private sessions for women and their birth partner(s) in Active Birth & PostnatalSupport.

During the course of the year in 2016 I worked with an independent, registered midwife delivering 'natural birth' workshops. In keeping with continuity it made sense to be able to offer this service to women and their chosen birth supporters in the privacy of their own homes. Many of the women who choose this service have been clients of mine for pregnancy massage. The continuation of education from a single, trusted provider helps birthing couples to prepare their mental and emotional state for the journey ahead. Likewise, learning in the comfort of one's own space helps to build confidence and can encourage people to engage more with the content without fear of embarrassment.

Breathing, Meditation, Gentle Exercise, Correct Posture, Active Birth,
Rebozo Work, Aromatherapy, Massage, Acupressure & Belly  Binding are all techniques that are discussed, demonstrated and practised on the day.

Photo courtesy of www.canadianbirthproducts.com

An individual session will run for approximately 4.5hrs (depending on questions that arise and the need for breaks and refreshments etc). The session provides an understanding of how the mother and baby's bodies work together during labour/birth and how to facilitate this.

Discussion around what to expect post-natally is also covered because once the enormous amount of energy that has been spent growing and birthing a baby has been expelled there is the monumental role of parenting waiting to take its place. In our very nuclear, Western culture of family support is often not found or is very minimal. It's almost taboo to even discuss the realities of what a newborn adds to the dynamic of a loving household. so any insights are advantageous.

I look forward to continuing to bring this to the Mid North Coast and I hope that you enjoy it too. Please remember to share this info. far and wide :)











Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage

Hawaiian 'Lomi Lomi' massage, or 'Kahuna' as many people may have heard it called is known as the "Rolls Royce" of massages. This gorgeous treatment encompasses love and compassion from the therapist in a setting that should be dedicated to honouring the receiver. 

Like waves gently rolling over the body Lomi Lomi is a massage which uses continuous, long, flowing strokes to the whole body; slowly moving up, down and around. The movements invite the receiver to drop deeply into a state of relaxation and healing.

It is best to arrive with no preconceived ideas of what this treatment is about but to be open to the process. It's an invitation to work intuitively and subconsciously with yourself. This treatment works on a variety of levels and it is essential to remember that our physical stresses come from emotional burdens/experiences. Working on the body in this way can be profoundly relieving (physically) and rejuvenating. 

Provided in 1.5hrs you will no doubt walk away blissed out.

Myrhh - Commiphora Myrrha

MYRHH (also known as Commiphora Myrrha)

Myrrh is a resin that comes from a large shrub that grows in rocky terrain. Throughout ancient history it was as highly valued as gold. At times, when scarce, its value rose even higher than gold.

The word Myrrh comes from the Aramaic, to mean 'bitter'. It has a mild sweet, woody and balsamic smell. It has been used for perfume, incense and medicine over the years.

This is an essential oil that I use a lot at home. It is one of the ones that I always keep in my first aid kit as well. As a household application it could be applied to floors, kitchen/bathroom surfaces and walls for keeping bacteria at bay.

One of its best known uses is as an antiseptic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory, especially for the mouth. Used in a mouthwash/gargle it helps to relieve gum disease and tooth ache. It is also beneficial for slow healing wounds, such as ulcers and weeping eczema. I like to use it on cuts and abrasions. The essential oil can also be effective for drying out mucus associated with respiratory infections.

Myrrh blends quite nicely with Clove, Frankincense, Mint and Citrus. It is believed that it can induce menstruation, therefore it is best avoided during pregnancy.

Negative Media Attention

I have recently come across two news reports that display massage practioners in a negative light.

One report is from the U.S.A. on Wednesday 18th February, 2015.
http://www.valleynewslive.com/home/headlines/Concerns-Over-Prostitution-At-Massage-Businesses--292487511.html

The other was aired by A Currnet Affair on Thursday 29th January, 2015.
http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/article/8952192/cheap-massages-that-could-be-doing-you-harm

It is like with any service or product that a consumer seeks to purchase, a little bit of research is essential. With regard to the American story I personally know of many situations where male enquirers would have been saved a lenghty phone call with me if hey had just looked at this website properly. I am not unacustomed to receiving calls for services other than I provide.

As far as The Australian story goes, cheap does not always equate to terrible. The prices at Nature & Nurture are reduced for a few reasons:
1). To create an opportunity for a variety of people, often those who would not usually consider treating themselves or a loved one to a massage, with the means to do so.
2). To get clients to experience a treatment they wouldn't usually choose.
3). To offer a different type of discount as Health Fund Rebates are not covered.

In both instances I would never hesitate to refer interested people to another practitioner if I feel that I am not suitable for their requirements.  I also always make sure that I have a consultation with every client, whether it is their 1st or 50th visit. There is always time for professionalism in all things even if that means I will not be gaining a new client.

There are professional bodies that massage therapists can affiliate themselves with and proof of learning should be available for prospective clients to view. If you don't feel confident or comfortable with the practitioner that you are speaking to (please remember that your privacy must always be respected) then look elsewhere as there are a myriad of choices available. 

I hope that news reports such as these don't deter anyone from searching for legitimate, small business massage therapists such as Nature & Nurture Therapeutic Massage, in the future!

Eucalyptus Oil - Eucalyptus Globulus

EUCALYPTUS OIL (also known as Eucalyptus Globulus)

I would assume that all Australians are aware of the Eucalyptus Tree (and possibly many more people around the world). It is a tree that is symonomous with Koalas but the essential oil extracted from this plant is another household name for many families.

Eucalyptus is a refreshing and energising oil. It is used primarily for its anti-septic qualities but it is known to have anti-viral qualities as well. Most people find that eucalyptus oil (like tea tree oil) has a medicinal scent. It is often associated with throat lozenges and decongestants. It is also a common deodorant ingredient and ideal for household cleaning. I use it in my washing, adding it to each load with the usual washing liquid. I especially like to use it for soaking heavily soiled clothes. It can irritate the skin so it needs to be used with caution.

I also like to burn this essential oil in an oil burner during the winter months or when anyone in the household is feeling a bit under the weather. It is a strong oil and can overpower a blend. It combines well though with other woody or citrus based oils.

Eucalyptus can be effective against coughs and colds, helping sore throats, bronchitis and sinusitis. It can aid skin infections, such as ulcers and sores if diluted and used topically. This is another essential oil that I like to keep handy - either in the laundry, cleaning cupboard or first aid kit.

Eucalyptus essential oil can come in quite a few different varieties (as there are approximately 800 species of this tree in the Asutralian wilderness). Some share common cautions while others stand alone. Not all eucalyptus varieties are good for use with children or the elderly so please be careful when choosing your product.

Gratitude

I am grateful for having had a lovely christmas period that I was able to spend with family and friends. I am also lucky enough to be able to continue this on into the New Year, where I will be seeing in 2015 with some much loved company.


2015 for me, on a personal note, will be to remain mindful and gratious. "Where thoughts go energy flows".
Will I have any New Year resolutions? Nothing that I could put down in bullet points but something more along the lines of remembering to show gratitude for something daily, no matter how small and seemingly insignificant.
How about you? What will the New Year hold for you? Will you be its author?

Christmas 2014

Nature & Nurture Therapeutic Massage would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2015.

Your support over the past year has been greatly appreciated. As a very small business, still in its infancy, I would like to extend my gratitude to all of you that have trusted in Nature & Nurture. It has been an honour and a great pleasure to meet you and with many of you greet you again and again on a regular basis.

Happy Holidays
Seasons Greetings
And all that Jazz!!!

Frankincense - Boswellia Carterii

With Christmas literally just around the corner and the festive season well and truely under way I thought that I would write about one of the gifts that the Three Wise Men gave to the Baby Jesus ..... Frankincense.

It has to be one of my favourite essential oils, alongside Mandarin. More often than not I combine the two as the heavy resinous tone of the Frankincense blends well with the more uplifting and fragrant scent of the mandarin. In combination they create a wonderful and harmonious aroma which I use for deep relaxation. My clients always comment, with approval, when I use these two essential oils for their treatments.

FRANKINCENSE (also known as Boswellia Carterii)


Frankincense, like Myrrh is another essential oil that has been around for many years, although now it is rarely used in the developed world. Ancient priests and physicians would use it to treat illnesses and disease. It is also a very spiritual oil which is great for meditation, deep relaxation and slowing down one's breathing.


I absolutely love this oil and often find myself using it in blends. It has an aroma that really appeals to me. It is a resinous oil with a sweet and woody scent. It blends very well with citrus oils, such as Orange, Mandarin and Neroli. As citrus oils have uplifting qualities the two complement each other very well and can be used to aid general malaise.

Frankincense is another essential oil that is used in perfumery, for incense and also for room fragrances. It is very beneficial for use on the skin and can even be used from the 2nd trimester of pregnancy to soothe and rejuvenate the skin on the belly. It has been said to reduce scars, stretchmarks and cellulite. It is not uncommon to find it as an ingredient in many anti-aging products.

It has been noted in some literature that Frankincense can cause gastro-intestinal upset and possible blood thinning. People must be aware of this if they are having any medical procedure performed or are taking certain anti-coagulant medications, herbs or homeopathic remedies.

The Greater Toronto Spring Fair Experience

Well the Toronto Spring Fair was a brilliant day and no one could have hoped for better weather. There was glorious sunshine throughout.

It was the first time that I had done a stall as Nature & Nurture and what a great experience. I enjoyed myself a lot and I got to talk to a variety of people about what I do. For a first time affair I was really pleased with how the stall looked and I don't think that there was a great deal I would need to change if I was to do it again.

I was hoping to take Nature & Nurture over to the Rathmines Catalina Festival but it didn't eventuate for me this year. It is a juggling act to get things like that together harmoniously when there are children to look after. Hopefully next year.

Thank you to everyone who supported me on the day. If you have any more questions that you would like to ak then please don't hesitate to contact me.
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