These treatments are specifically aimed towards the benefit of the pregnant women or new mother, relieving aches & pains, encouraging relaxation & wellbeing for mum and baby. It aids circulation, reducing oedema and cramps, helps regulate the digestive system, relieves sciatica, pelvis and lower back pain. Massage can also help reduce stress, anxiety and depression encouraging comfort, ease connection.
Postnatal Massage Benefits
• Pain relief
• Relaxation & Stress Reduction
• Increased circulation and lymphatic drainage leading to decreased swelling, improved well-being and immunity
• Hormone Regulation and greater breast milk production.
• Better sleep
• A faster recovery from a caesarean section
• Helps to cope with the baby blues and postnatal depression.
Myofascial Release (MFR) is a safe, gentle and effective therapy that can provide a very welcome relief from pain, discomfort and immobility. In Pregnancy MFR can help make space in the abdomen - allowing the organs to work more efficiently and creating an environment in which both the fetus and new mother are less stressed and more comfortable especially in the last few months. MFR has been described as “the most useful tool for helping babies to move into more favourable positions”.For the new mother, MFR can help with back pain and healing after birth, including lessening complications to scars from cesarean surgery. MFR also a great tool to simply return to feeling well again.
Childbirth is a unique transition for the whole family, bringing many changes which are both awesome and extremely stressful. Craniosacral Therapy is a safe and gentle choice to support you through your pregnancy and prepare for the birth of your baby. Some women sail through their pregnancy, whilst for others it can be more challenging. Whatever your experience, CST can help in many ways. CST helps to relieve minor ailments, such as back pain, settles the nervous and hormonal systems, supports your body’s changing physiology and provides time for quiet reflection, deep relaxation and bonding with the baby growing inside you.. Postnatally, much attention is focused on the baby – and indeed CST can help to alleviate many common difficulties such as colic, sleeping and feeding.
I am a craniosacral practitioner and I use this very gentle and sensitive form of touch in my bodywork. My intention with this work is to bring the light of presence to those places that are still hidden within, which are stuck and which are causing physical or emotional symptoms. I am interested in how our bodies hold on to trauma, and how they also know how to let go of it, when the conditions are right.
Initially I trained as a medical doctor and worked in Torbay Hospital, in the Intensive Care Unit. After that I trained as a craniosacral practitioner at Karuna Institute, Dartmoor. That was 10 years ago. I now have a practice in Dartington where I offer sessions to Women, Pregnant Mothers and Mums & Babies.
Uma is a professionally qualified Holistic Body worker and Yoga Therapist, practising Therapeutic massage and reflexology as well as structural and ayurvedic yoga therapy.
She has specialised in family based holistic training, studying childrens yoga, yoga for mums & babies, the early years, and families. Uma has trained & assisted trainers in pregnancy, postnatal and womb yoga; as well as pregnancy and mother & baby massage.
Thea qualified from the Exeter School of Bodywork with a diploma in full body work and then added Myofascia release (MFR), which she now integrates in her massage.
I am able to use pelvic diaphragm release for helping mal positioned babies turn into more optimal positioning for birth and have completed a pregnancy massage diploma.
Sports, Remedial & Pregnancy massage.
I have been a qualified Remedial and Sports masseuse for 6 years and in the last year completed the pregnancy module.
For the past year and a half I have been volunteering for Radiant Mama in Dartington.
It has been a very nourishing experience for me.