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Well Mother - Supporting parents and babies with shiatsu and massage.
This video is an insight into the pregnancy treatments offered by Nature & Nurture.

'Touch' is a very powerful sense and it is fundamental to our development. From the moment we are born this sense is what helps us to relate to the world and communicate with the people that are in it.
Massage is present in many different cultures. It is an ancient form of healing that benefits the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body. Below you can read about the different treatments that I offer.

REFLEXOLOGY is the physical act of applying pressure to the feet using the thumbs. Areas of the feet are representative of structural areas of the body and internal organs. This is one form of treatment that is very appealing to many. The client remains fully clothed and they can freely converse with their therapist, if they so wish. Reflexology is one of those treatments that people endlessly praise. It never ceases to amaze me what a profound effect it can create.

SWEDISH MASSAGE is the most common style of massage that most other skills are built upon. It aims to boost the flow of blood around the body thus increasing the transport of oxygen and elimination of toxins. Although many people may perceive Swedish Massage to be a pampering style of massage it is still a beneficial form of tension relief.

AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE stimulates another of our senses; the sense of 'smell' as it works with our olfactory system. This sense of smell can have a very profound effect for some people. A blend of pure (therapeutic) essential oils are added to a carrier oil. The desire is that they will benefit both the emotional and physical self. The essential oils are chosen after consulting with the client and taking into consideration how they are presently feeling.

HAWAIIAN LOMI LOMI MASSAGE (sometimes also referred to as KAHUNA MASSAGE) is an indigenous Hawaiian healing practice which mainly uses the forearms to integrate flowing soft and deep tissue massage movements. The movements are designed to confuse the thinking mind and invite the client to surrender, letting go of anything that is no longer serving them.The practitioner harmonises their rhythms with the client's creating a deeply relaxing treatment.    

PREGNANCY MASSAGE as a form of bodywork has numerous benefits. It is a complementary approach to pregnancy with a focus on supporting the woman throughout the body's changes (both physical and emotional). It is a great way for women to relax and become more aware of themselves and their bodies; to hopefully enable them to trust in their natural physiology so that they may approach birth in a positive frame of mind. It can be a time to slow down and prepare.
Treatments are generally provided in a side lying position to support the growing belly and surrounding musculature and joints. A range of techniques can be used to address various scenarios that may present themselves throughout the pregnancy. This style of pregnancy massage is suitable from the first trimester all the way through to labour, birth and beyond. Exercises and relaxation techniques to support the pregnancy and to promote an 'active' labour can be demonstrated. It is also encouraged that partners/birth partners are available for at least one appointment to work through these things together. They too can then find their place in the birthing experience.
In the unfortunate event that a woman may not carry a baby to full term or if her and her partner are having problems conceiving a pregnancy treatment can still be used effectively. Treatments during these times would usually have a greater emphasis on healing and relaxation.
Pregnancy massage is a brilliant aid for women who are attempting to adjust to a myriad of emotions. In this instance the term 'pregnancy' really covers the journey from pre-conception to the post-natal period.

SACRED BELLY BINDING also known as 'Bengkung' Belly Binding in Malaysia, 'Sarashi' in Japan and a 'Faja' in Latin America. Belly binding is a method which supports physical changes the abdominal organs and muscles go through during pregnancy and after birth. Through binding those tired organs and muscles are provided a warm environment in which healing is more rapid. It is an extremely supportive and comfortable process which helps to 'close' a woman's body after pregnancy and birth. It is great for improving posture, stabilising loose ligaments and providing support to much of the back and torso.
Sacred Belly Bind Wrap Artist Seal
During pregnancy a woman’s body retains water, fat, and air which cause her body to swell and expand. The water retained by cells support the amniotic fluid and the air is to cushion the growing baby; as well as the woman's internal organs and bones as her center of gravity shifts and baby grows bigger and bigger. This is why a woman gets gradually more swollen during the last months of pregnancy. After baby is born, the excess water, fat and flatulence are no longer needed.The cells naturally release and shrink back to their pre-pregnant size. The purpose of a post-pregnancy wrap is to speed up this process using constant pressure.

Unlike other wraps that can be found for purchase a Bengkung Belly Bind is a long wrap which covers a woman's body from under her chest all the way down to below her hips (sitting just above the pubic bone). This way the bind doesn’t just work on the waist it also helps the ribcage and the hips to settle back into their pre pregnancy position. Women are still able to use the toilet and breastfeed while wearing a Bengkung wrap.

Binding can be performed immediately after a natural birth and approx. 6 weeks after a C-Section, depending on how the incision is healing. This treatment is also available for women who may have experienced the loss of a baby they were carrying. In such circumstances I would highly recommend receiving the 'tuck in' ceremony which further facilitates the healing process. Mobile massage is available for this treatment.

***Please be aware that I am not a trained medical professional. I can not and will not attempt to diagnose or treat an illness/disease. If you have any health concerns it is best to discuss these with me in case I may consider that they contra-indicate any of the treatments I offer. At times it is best that a G.P. or Specialist consents to a client receiving holistic treatment.
My role as a therapist is to complement lifestyle choices. I believe very strongly that the laying on of hands is a great healing tool. The time taken to be still, quiet and receptive can be a stepping stone to a more complete sense of self but I do not advocate massage as a diagnostic tool***

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