It has been a particularly busy Spring/Summer here at Lynne Bell, Therapist and Doula. Especially, it would seem on the pregnancy, birth and beyond arm of the business. Over the last few months, I have been very fortunate to be birth support to 2 amazing couples when they had their gorgeous babies, with another couple of births due imminently; I have also provided postnatal support to a couple of new mums and have been back up support to a couple of other local doulas. Meanwhile, Hypnobirthing, Baby Massage and Breastfeeding Antenatal courses have continued as usual.
So, what of the Therapy side of the business? Well, there has been a similar slant here too with Pregnancy Massage being extremely popular. Whether it has been the first or return visit, there has been enough to keep me busy. Now…while I have made no secret of how much I love Reflexology, I don’t think I have waxed lyrical as often about Pregnancy Massage. Over the years since I trained it has ranked as one of my favourite therapies!
Aside of the benefits that you can read on my website, I love the wonderful, gentle, flowing nature of this massage. It really is all about nurturing the mum to - be; making her feel special and getting the all – important Oxytocin flowing. Clients love the therapy. In this world where hi – tec births are sadly, becoming increasingly the norm, this is a time where women can feel someone is giving them time and seeing them in a more holistic way. Lovely stuff.
So, what can you expect when you come along for the treatment?
You will complete a pregnancy and Health Questionnaire at the beginning of the appointment. After a discussion about the massage, I will leave you for a few minutes while you pop yourself on the couch. The massage is done while you lie on your side, supported by pillows/cushions. Of course you will need to be in your underwear but your modesty will be preserved at all times with towels and blankets. Then, it’s a case of dim the lights, switch on the music, take a few calming breaths and RELAX for the next 60-75 minutes.
At the end of the massage, you will be offered a glass of water and then given time to get up and dressed slowly. We will chat about selfcare following the treatment which includes resting for a couple of hours, drinking plenty of water and avoiding stimulants such as alcohol, caffeine and heavy and/or spicy meals (you are probably doing this already!) – this all helps you to have maximum benefit.
Is Pregnancy Massage suitable for me?
Pregnancy Massage is available for women with low - risk pregnancies from 12 weeks. If you would like to know more, contact me via my website or give me a call.
Where can I have my massage and how much does it cost?
Usually at my lovely treatment room in Higham Ferrers. HOWEVER, I am soon to be offering Pregnancy Massage at The Mill Birth and Wellbeing Centre (www.themillwellbeing.co.uk). This is a beautiful centre in a Grade II listed building in the stunning village of Duddington. Even if you are not local – why not tie it in with a day out in the lovely nearby Stamford – bring a friend.
Full body massage ranges from £40 - £55 depending on the venue as overheads need to be considered. Back only ranges from £20 - £35
I am a therapist and would like to add this therapy to my treatment list
I offer Pregnancy Massage training at my treatment room in Higham Ferrers with group training being planned in the future. The course is accredited and available via TEWC academy (www.trade.tewcskincare.co.uk). If you are a therapist with a Full body massage qualification, Contact Ally Sharratt or myself to book.
Whether you are a client or a therapist – Hopefully see you soon xx