Help baby (and yourself!) to relax with reflexology

I am often asked if I can treat little feet... Mums who have been with me in pregnancy yoga are keen to carry on this nurtured feeling after the birth, for themselves as well as their little ones. So, I have created a four week course for Mummies/ Daddies/ Nannies/ Grandparents to learn how to soothe and comfort their own babies and children through the power of touch, with the magic of reflexology thrown in... "(Ralphie) sleeps better and longer. I am doing the reflexology 3 or 4 times a week. The course was really interesting and enjoyable" S.S., 2015. Over the ...

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Doing yoga

So, you might ask what does 'doing yoga' consist of? What do we actually do within a class? As a beginner, will I be able to 'do it' at all? Perhaps you have been to many yoga classes, or done many home videos. Why is dynamic yoga any different? In dynamic yoga we use repetitive actions to awaken the deep sensitivity within the body; to be open to sensation as it happens and to lengthen and broaden the body, creating space and openness within the bodymind. There shouldn't be any expectations, although flexibility and strength often occur as a natural by-product of this ...

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Doula – birth support for you and your family

A birth doula is someone who is employed to support you in your choices during your labour and birth. They can also be employed for a period after the birth (post-natal doula) to help around the house with light duties, look after your newborn while you shower or rest, and make sure you feel supported at this special time. It is especially useful if you have a nervous partner or no partner to attend the birth for whatever reason. Births with a doula present are more likely to be calm and have a relaxed birth, with little or no anxiety, and less interference. A prelimi...

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Herbal Eye Pillows

A herbal eye pillow is very relaxing placed over the eyes or next to the face as you relax. They are made using high quality herbs and linseeds or rice, which are stitched into a lining inside the pillowcase, ensuring that no filling escapes. They are made to order, using quality fabrics in a broad range of styles and colours, to suit everyone. Approximate size is 23cm x 8cm. Approximate weight 70g. I have formulated 5 separate herbal mixes for you to choose from (please scroll to the bottom of this page for details), but with discussion I am able to adapt or even ...

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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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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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World Reflexology Week

World Reflexology Week 2017 will take place in September. The theme this year is corporate reflexology. There's so much evidence to show how perks for your employees provide greater productivity for your business, and that when employees feel valued their sense of wellbeing increases which again, in turn, creates job satisfaction. Sessions will take place in September 2017. This year's charity sessions are: Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre Penny Brohn (Bristol) If you have missed the charity booking and would like to arrange a day, or a half day session, for ...

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Baby reflexology course

Wouldn't it be great if you could help your little one to feel calm and relaxed, ease discomfort during illness, and gently persuade them to sleep, all by "playing" with their feet?

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