At present my classes are not designed around pregnancy – but there are specialists out there who can help with breathing and birthing.
One of the things I would do differently if I were ever to become pregnant again would be to keep supple and to find gentle ways to keep stretched and active – in East Lothian there are pregnancy yoga classes and my clients are always recommending Janet Baxter in Pencaitland you can find her at: http://bubbayoga.co.uk
You may not have heard of KCR (Kinetic chain release) – it is a simple yet extremely effective system of medically recognized and approved, gentle joint mobilizations and stretches, developed by Scottish Physiotherapist Hugh Gilbert, that brings the physical body back into balance quickly and easily, frequently providing a high degree of relief and even instant resolution in many cases from the pain and discomfort. In East Lothian Toni Bate is your lady!
Nutrition is also key to healing post baby or preparing for baby or indeed peri-menopause, menopause and post menopause.
For nutritional therapy for better health you could contact Ellen Spinner @ www.spinnernutrition.co.uk
Doula – support before -during and after birth
The other thing I would do differently is make sure that I had someone with me who could support my husband and I- someone who has experience of hospitals and birthing a doula. I have met and talked extensively with a super Doula called Kamila Sokolowski who is a birthing companion and also offers counselling too – she is there to speak for you, when you are too tired to take it all in, she is there to make sure that what happens either at home or in hospital is an informed choice and one that works for mum, dad and baby. You can get in touch with her here: http://harmoniasupport.co.uk
Philli comes highly recommended at: http://massagematters.co.uk
Baby massage is a great way to connect with your baby and to improve sleep and aid digestion and of course promote bonding
At any stage in life and for cranial sacral care for you and baby:
It is hard to get an appointment with Susana – but it is well worth the wait!
Chameleon Therapies Pathhead:
Susana was a life saver her visceral healing was the spark that made me think that I could find a way to improve my quality of life. Susana now runs the Monday Pathhead class alongside me. Her energy, knowledge and understanding of how are bodies work adds value to every element of the teaching I do.
I received my Physiotherapy degree from the University of Cape Town in South Africa in 1999. I moved to Scotland the following year, working for Lothian NHS trust, where I worked in both a hospital setting and in medical centres as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist for three years. With an interest in promoting the intrinsic self-healing abilities of the body, I began to look at other holistic, structurally integrative therapies that would complement and add to my Physiotherapy skills.
I first undertook a post-graduate course in Acupuncture at the Renshu College of Chinese Medicine in London in 2001. The following year, I began my journey into CranioSacral Therapy (CST). It revolutionized my approach to assessment and treatment. Unable to use this method in the NHS setting, I began my own practice from home in 2003. Since then, I have continued to train in both CST and Visceral Manipulation (VM). More recently, through the need to look at other aspects that influence our healing ability, I studied Applied Kinesiology (AK) at the International college of Applied Kinesiology.
It is through Visceral Manipulation that I was introduced to the concept that increased thoracic pressures are responsible for organ prolapses and hernias. With VM, our approach is to treat the whole body to normalize these pressures and hence allow the tissues to recover.
Through Abby, I realised that my treatments addressed certain aspects: returning the organs to better function and improving their position in the abdomen. What I was not able to provide, was how she could maintain that improvement with the degree of prolapse she was experiencing. I have known for years that normal abdominal crunches and some Pilates exercises actually cause more issues, so rest, posture and caution in daily activities and repeated visits to reduce any tensions, were what I could offer. This was not enough. As a mother of two, I knew this. I myself have lived with some pelvic floor dysfunction after a 38 hour labour with my first and a 3rd degree tear with my second. Through Abby’s journey, I have been introduced to the Hypopressive Method and I myself have experienced improvement on many levels. Hypopressives help to recondition your deep core muscles and other postural muscles whilst ensuring that your pelvic floor is kept stress free. Reconditioning these involuntary muscles means that you will not have to be consciously aware when going about your daily activities. Something all busy mums can appreciate!
The reconditioning of these muscles is not just for women with pelvic floor dysfunction. Increased abdominal pressure can lead to abdominal and inguinal hernias in both men and women and can also be associated with prolapsed or herniated vertebral discs. Hypopressives address postural issues too, which are usually the cause of unknown aches and pains, headaches, lack of energy and more. This is something for everyone.