Hypnotherapy for Relaxation in Childbirth

Hypnotherapy for relaxation in Childbirth is very popular right now. I would love to train in this, but I haven't yet, so here is a place you can download some relaxing hypnobirthing mp3's. These complement pregnancy yoga really well, and I would encourage you to listen to them as much as you can. It does take you to a different website so please remember I am not responsible for the third party website and whatever else you click on. Tracy Holloway Hypnotherapy for Childbirth

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Adapted pregnancy sun salutation

Adapted pregnancy sun salutation is a lovely way to give a good stretch to the whole body and create space for yourself to breathe deeply. In pregnancy yoga we adapt postures to suit. We do not overstretch as this can cause weakness after birth, due to the amount of the hormone 'relaxin' during pregnancy, making us think we can stretch further than necessary. Stay within your limits and be gentle. Downward dog is not for everyone, feel free to miss it out completely if you want to. Afterwards, please lie on your left side with a bolster supporting your right leg, and ...

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Your birth plan

A birth plan, of course, is an 'ideal' scenario. Rarely do birth plans follow suit without some tweaks here and there. As an example, I wrote on my third baby's birth plan 'Do not touch me!' and my wonderful midwife respected that totally, but of course as I progressed and the situation changed, she did touch me with permission. Had to in fact. But for the whole of my labour she did not actually physically touch me. I had my reasons, and they were important at that time. But she helped me and empowered me to birth my way until I needed her. Things to include are your ...

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Private pregnancy yoga classes

If you can't make it to our Thursday evening group class, or feel unable to take part within a group, you may be considering your options concerning pregnancy yoga. DVD's can be helpful for routines, but cannot give you that one-to-one attention and discuss your individual needs. Private pregnancy yoga classes can give you that confidence in yourself and your body. They are tailored to suit you completely. Become empowered in your pregnancy at times that suit you better, in your own home or at the lodge. Time is yours to make of it what you want, for example labour or ...

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Partner pregnancy yoga class with labour and birth preparation

All welcome to the partner pregnancy yoga class with labour and birth preparation. Time is spent exploring yoga postures to connect with the breath and our partners, to feel (as pregnant women) fully supported, and (as partners) empowered with knowledge of techniques to offer/ receive that support, as needed. The room is set up in double mat sections if space allows, with couples having their own space to practice. There is time to chat to other couples before class if you arrive early enough, and for about 15 minutes after. From being a 'human birthing ball' and other ...

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Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is loosely translated as 'Yoga-Sleep; since yoga means union of the body-mind, therefore 'union of the body and mind in a deeply relaxed state'. The practise is quite simple. Lying down or sitting supported, so that you can totally relax, all you need to do is listen and feel. It is a different technique to a meditation, and it is not a trance. You are very safe. You may fall asleep, and although this is not the aim, it can be what is needed for you so don't worry too much. The practice of yoga and deep relaxation has been found to reduce anxieties and ...

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Meditation

There are so many different types of meditation. Some contain movement; some contain stillness. Some have breathing practices; some have visualisations. Some have eyes open, some closed. The common element is focus. As the mind stills, with regular meditation practice, it is able to recognise when it is wandering. At this point we can direct it back gently to the focus point and remain present. Daily commitment is advised to get the most out of meditating, but don't judge yourself if you forget or just didn't have the time. Choose a suitable time and place, maybe ...

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Reflexology

What is Reflexology? You may have heard people talking about this complementary therapy, but actually are unsure what is reflexology. I will attempt to describe it for you here. Reflexology is a special kind of massage on the feet, hands or face. Points and areas are pressed and gently held or 'finger-walked' to balance and soothe the body. This brings about a deep state of relaxation and encourages homoeostasis. I work with a gentle, but not light, pressure, which can also vary as I move around the feet. Over 7000 nerve endings are in the feet alone. Based on ...

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Pregnancy yoga classes

Pregnancy Yoga Thursdays 7.15-8.45pm *Get 50% Extra Free throughout October 2017 when you book six* (not valid with any other offer, must be started by first class in November, or before) code 50EXTRAFREE Venue: Lounge, Maxwell Park Community Centre, Maxwell Road, Borehamwood WD6 1JJ FREE PARKING Yoga during pregnancy is a gentle form of exercise, teaching you ways to help you relax, reduce anxiety, make space and free your body from niggles and aches which may occur during your pregnancy. We prepare for labour and birth using postures, adapted sequences and ...

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Reflexology for Baby Loss or Miscarriage

Having reflexology for baby loss or miscarriage can offer you a comfort in your time of grief. Sometimes, through reasons we may not understand, some of us will miscarry a pregnancy at some point in our lives. It can be an extremely difficult time, coming to terms with feelings about the baby we barely knew. Sadly there may also be times when we have had to say goodbye to our baby or child of any age. The loss is physical as well as emotional. Reflexology may support us through the grieving process and may help us to come to terms with a situation through the ...

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