Pregnancy Massage - Antenatal and Postpartum Care
Pregnancy is a very special time for women. Our bodies shift and change to accommodate a new life and in the process many women can feel anxious and experience discomfort of many kinds. However, you can choose to change this, and massage is an efficient way to bring you and your baby into a deeply relaxed state of well-being.
Massage can help you and your baby relax throughout your pregnancy and leads you both towards a more harmonious birth whatever the birthing method may be. It prepares you physically and emotionally for labour wherever it might take place. And it can help to soothe many conditions associated with pregnancy.
Shiatsu Massage for Pregnancy ( with and without oil)
After an initial consultation we will discuss the best course of action for your case. The massage is performed on a futon usually, where you lie fully clothed, unless we are using oils which then is performed on a massage table. Pressure is applied along the body in a measured way and I use, hands, arms, fingers and elbows to apply pressure along your meridians or channels of energy. Stretches and joints rotations are also used accordingly to the client's needs. My touch is calm and deep and I skilfully use my body weight to apply pressure along your body. The right amount of pressure is important to release restrictions you might be experiencing and improve the energetic flow in your body.
It might be that you are barely breathing below your diaphragm and that is causing the tension/pain/restriction under your shoulder blade, neck, lower back or anywhere else. During the treatment I will assess and address your breathing, using simple guided exercises which will also start the process of relaxation.
By breathing in a more conscious way, and driving the breath to areas where it rarely goes ignites a powerful process for the whole of your body and it sets the tone for the entire session. In a cellular level a message is passed on to the fabric of your body that you are safe and can relax now. Within a short period of time your body has softened enough in preparation for further bodywork therefore making the whole experience more pleasurable and effective. Not to mention that your baby will be benefiting enormously from this process too.
I have helped pregnant women suffering from a variety of conditions from sciatic pain to panic attacks. Please contact me for more details.
Massaging Your Baby
I have been massaging my daughter since she was born and the closeness that this contact brought in our lives is immeasurable. Babies welcome this loving contact that takes place during a massage, they are thirsty of touch. The loving touch you do in baby massage is the best gift you can give to your child and yourself.
Not all of us fall in love with our baby’s straightway, it is a process that can take few weeks and for some of us longer, depending on various factors and what kind of upbringing you had. Baby massage is a fantastic way to increase the bond between you two and create a relaxing space for you to get to know your baby. The emphasis on my classes is on mother’s presence and the quality of touch, from there all good things come.
I offer one-to-one classes and small groups in the comfort of your house or at my studio. For more details email me.
J.G. (pregnancy massage, and perineal massage class)
Active Birth and Yoga Teacher
I have gained from Tania's Shiatsu treatments in two particular areas. Firstly, aches (from sports injuries) in my knees or spasms in my back are minimized or eliminated by her treatments, to a much greater extent than through using a physiotherapist. Secondly, the pressures and stresses of my work are considerable, and I find her treatments very helpful from a relaxation/well-being point of view.
I unhesitatingly recommend her - she is excellent!"