Yoga + Therapies

Yoga

Research has shown that pregnancy yoga can reduce stress hormones and reduce anxiety though a combination of mindfulness techniques, breathing exercises and physical postures.

Pregnancy (prenatal) yoga. Uses safe poses that  have been modified to suit your changing body at different stages of your pregnancy. It focuses on gentle movement, breath and relaxation and can help prepare you for the transition to motherhood, giving you the time and space to connect with your unborn child.

Postnatal yoga. This practice will allow you to reconnect with yourself and your post-pregnancy bodies. It focuses on recovery and addresses the physical and emotional challenges of being a new mum.

Fertility yoga. This uses soft and gentle flowing movements to engage the breath and release stress and tension through mediation and visualisation. Poses that encourage blood flow to the hips, heart and abdomen. Appropriate practice for any stage of your cycle and can be tailored for women at different stages of their IVF journey.

Pregnancy (prenatal) yoga classes are held at The Wellbeing Space, Farnham, Surrey. Thursday at 5pm.

  • £14 per drop in class
  • £65 per 5 class pass
  • £120 per 10 class pass

More classes coming soon…..

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is based on a concept involving meridian (energy) lines which link one part of the body to another. Flowing through these meridians is the body’s life force (qi).

When the body, mind and spirit are balanced and in optimum health, the qi runs smoothly. There are points located on each meridian which can be stimulated or sedated to balance the flow of qi.

Acupuncture involves inserting fine needles into the relevant points to restore balance.

Acupuncture in pregnancy can be used for:

  • Relaxation, anxiety and stress.
  • Backache, sciatica and pelvic pain.
  • Tiredness, fatigue and insomnia.
  • Morning sickness and pregnancy nausea.
  • Heartburn and indigestion.
  • Preparation for labour and post-dates treatments.
  • Postnatal recovery.
  • Breastfeeding issues such as low milk supply.
  • Natural fertility and conception.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy in which concentrated plant essential oils are administered to enhance health and wellbeing. The combined effect of the aromas and the chemical constituents in the oil are used to treat a wide range of pregnancy issues.

Using aromatherapy in a pregnancy massage is a wonderful way to relax and ease stress and tension. Essential oils can also be simply inhaled or used in warm water.

Research has shown that aromatherapy in pregnancy can help in a variety of ways: 

  • Relief of stress and anxiety
  • Aid in relaxation
  • Physical discomforts such as backache, hip pain and pregnancy swelling.
  • Promote labour in a post-dates pregnancy and could help avoid a medical induction of labour.
  • Help with postnatal recovery.

Moxibustion for a breech baby

Moxibustion is a technique used to help turn baby into a head down position.

It can be used instead of or alongside your planned External Cephalic Version (ECV). ECV is successful for about 50% of women where as evidence has shown moxibustion to be effective for approximately 66% of women.

Moxibustion treatment uses a lit moxa stick (of rolled Chinese herbs) to stimulate heat and energy along the bladder meridian. This triggers hormone changes which relax the muscles in your uterus and increases your baby’s activity, encouraging them to turn.

It is usually carried out around 34–38 weeks of pregnancy but is more effective if done at 34 weeks.

Please note – moxibustion is not suitable for every woman. Please do not attempt moxibustion without consulting your midwife, obstetrician or GP.

Reflex Zone Therapy

Reflexology is a therapy which uses the feet as a map of the the whole body.

Reflex Zone Therapy is a clinical form of reflexology to rebalance the body’s equilibrium. Using precise pressure points reflex zone therapy is used to address common problems and discomforts in pregnancy.

It is not like massage but it is very relaxing.

It can be used in pregnancy to help treat: 

  • Anxiety and tension.
  • Tiredness and insomnia.
  • Morning sickness and pregnancy nausea and vomiting.
  • Heartburn and indigestion.
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome.
  • Back ache and pelvis discomfort.
  • Preparation for labour and post-dates treatments.
  • Promotion of milk supply.