Mums to Be – Feel like you’re carrying the world on your hips ?
Tired, achey, puffy, restless legs ? Sore lower backs, necks & shoulders ?
General heaviness and lack of energy ?
Try Pregnancy Massage with a thai twist.
Eve’s combination of acupressure, gentle stretching and joint mobilisations, moving with the breath & working with warmed herbal compresses & oils, releases stiffness, tension & stress, doubts and fears, invoking a profound sense of well-being and deep relaxation. Feel nurtured to unravel and unwind, allowing yourself the space to breathe and connect with your baby.
Eve massages through all stages of pregnancy, starting at the feet working the reflexes and massaging the feet, culminating at the head, usually on a comfortable futon in side position. This helps me work with gravity and fluidly move with and around mum. Before 3months, it would be a very gentle massage based mainly on balancing energy, line work & few stretches. In the second & third trimester the firmer stretching and deeper acupressure work can bring great relief. It has been proved that in the last 3months, massage can help tremendously with the babies growth, especially the brain, and the more relaxed mum is, the better for the babies development, the progression of labour and a positive birthing outcome. Eve is able to work with points that encourage natural induction if requested, although it is better to allow baby to initiate the process. Massage in the latter stages does encourage the process to move evolve. Eve can help with exercises during pregnancy and the optimum positioning of the baby in the latter stages. These can be shown to partners to encourage their active involvement. Eve also provides nurtritional advice, prenatal, labour and postnatal recommendations, like perineal massage to avoid an episiotomy, pain management techniques and pelvic floor exercises.
Eve has developed a unique style, with a firm, nurturing, intuitive touch that calms and rejuvenates in the early stages and opens and energises in the latter stages. An advanced practitioner with over 18yrs experience of pregnancy, therapeutic & thai yoga massage, Eve has massaged a varied array of people and their conditions, in hospitals, herbal healthcare settings, addiction clinics, spa’s, gyms, private businesses and yoga centres. Her training started with Kira Balaskas and Asokananda in the UK and Thailand with Chiayuth. Eve has also trained with Suzanne Yates on her WellMother Massage in Pregnancy, completed workshops with Janet Balaskas of the Active Birth Centre, Michel Odent and Liliana Lammers on their Paramana Doula Training and Selina Wallis of Magical Birth. Eve is a member of Doula UK (trainee), CThA and Embody.
Eve is offering 15% off your first pregnancy treatment with option of 3 treatments with 15% off or ‘6 for 5 package’ afterwards at Triyoga.
An experience to be tried, one never quite the same as another, a dance like flow from start to finish, that makes you melt into the futon.
1. I would say a good step to minimalising stress as we enter the build up to Christmas is to cut down on stimulants, ie caffeine, alcohol, trying not to go overboard at parties, gatherings but regulating our intake &/or being selective as to how many meet ups we go to.
2. It’s very important to getting enough sleep so allowing time to wind down in the evenings with some restorative yoga, meditation & a hot bath before sleeping for example. Create a ritual that you’d body becomes familiar with so whenever you enter that space or start a sequence the body & mind know & are able to relax quicker & more easily.
3. Exercise, in whichever preferred form, although yoga is one of the best ways to ease stress & tension, calm the mind & create balanced descision making.
4. Keeping hydrated with 2L + water, herbal teas,… is essential to wellbeing especially when drinking caffeine & alcohol.
5. Planning & organising presents/activities/get togethers takes the stress out of last minute buying/planning. Doing some or most of it beforehand can allow space for some last minute spontaneity.
6. Keeping it simple can help take the pressure off substantially.
Natures Exilir – juicing anytime of day is a great medicinal food. It provides the necessary vitamins, minerals & anti-inflammatorys to boost immunity, improve digestive movements & hormone balance. It helps detoxify your cells & encourages weight loss. It can be part of a cleanse (always better under professional supervision particularly if never attempted before) or a morning exilir to boost energy levels and get going. It’s better to drink straight after juicing to preserve the enzymes from the veggies, which help the gut work more efficiently & with a masticating juicer which grinds the veggie fibers slowly rather than crushing them. The juice below is my favourite go to & I just love the colour –
half a lemon, wedge of ginger, a small apple to sweeten slightly, carrots, celery sticks, handful of spinach & a thumb of turmeric root.
Lemon – vit c source, alkalinises the gut, improves skin quality, digestion & weight loss,
Ginger – anti-inflammatory & antioxidant, fights infection, decreases cholesterol & enhances weight loss,…
Apple – good source of fiber, vit c & promote good gut bacteria,…
carrots – provides vitamin A, skin food, anti-aging & prevents cancer,…
Celery – antioxidant properties, cardiovascular health improving blood pressure & cholesterol levels, is a diuretic & reduces bloating,….
Spinach – greens balance blood sugar levels & stop sweet food cravings
Turmeric – a great anti-inflammatory & antioxidant, prevents arthritis, depression, heart disease & cancer,…
all Organic minus all the pesticides & chemicals. Other veggies to create different combinations with are beetroot, fennel, kale, carrot tops, cabbage, cucumber,…. what you’re often drawn to is often what your body needs. I also add a glug of omega oils – udos 369 is a well balanced vegetarian unflavoured oil, fish oils can also be added, as can pumpkin or hempseed by Viridian is another good quality range of vegetarian oils. These oils are good anti-inflammatorys for the gut and support healthy hair & skin, brain health, cognitive function, a happy mood, eye health & vision, cardiovascular health & balanced cholesterol levels,…. research is discovering that obesity, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, celiac, IBS, chrohn’s, skin disease, allergies, neurological conditions, autism?!, cancer & all these chronic and sometimes terminal dis-eases start in the gut !
Thai Herbal Compresses known as ‘lukprakob’ in Thai translated as ‘herbal pressing sphere’, date back 5,000yrs in Thai healing therapy. Thai herbalism, plant medicine is intrinsically infused in Thai culture, with plant, bark and flower properties, their benefits and effects through ingestion and external application, studied meticulously and passed down from one generation to another quite often verbally. Thai Compress Therapy was designed to alleviate inflammation, muscular aches and relieve pain, often used on soldiers returning from war and by Thai royalty in elaborate treatments. The compresses can be steamed in a vegetable steamer or microwave and applied to an area of muscular tightness to soften the tissue and enable deeper acupressure and fascial release.Compresses can also be applied cold, firstly heating them 10 to 15 minutes to release the beneficial alkaloids in the herbs then frozen in the freezer and applied on the site of recent muscle, ligament or tendon sprains, bruising, hematomas and other more servere injuries requiring cold therapy. The hot and the cold compresseswhen applied alternatively can also be a very effective way to reduce swelling, aches and pains, left in these areas of injury or muscular tightness, whilst working on another part of the body. Coconut compresses are known to be helpful in eliminating facial lines, leaving the face glowing and younger looking.
Some scholars believe herbal compress massage was brought over to Thailand by Buddhist monks from India around 200 BC along with Thai Yoga Massage. Others believe compresses originated from Thai rural villagers and their medicine. Traditionally Thai compresses comprise of a mixture of herbs primarily lemongrass,prai or plai a type of ginger, turmeric, kaffir lime, camphor and tamarind as a base, which possess properies that are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent and antioxidant.Adding eucalyptus, peppermint, cloves or camphor help relieve sinuses as well as releasing their wonderful aromas. One heated compress can be applied whilst the other is steaming or both together, covered with flannels at first to prevent burning, until they cool enough to be left on certain areas or padded along the Sen energy body lines. Heat is primal. It gives a sense of safety and security. It helps take your nervous system out of the flight, fight or freeze response, enabling the release of tightly held tension, endorphins ‘our happy hormones’ and thus encourages deeper relaxation, emotional and physical wellbeing and better sleep. Herbal Compress Therapy also:
relieves stress, anxiety and fatigue,
improves circulation of blood and lymph,
stimulates internal organs,
soothes stiff sore strained muscles and ligaments,
eases arthritis, migraines,
heals skin conditions and promotes cell growth,
soothes and clears the upper respiratory ailments such as the common cold and bronchitis,
invigorating and refreshing mind and body.
I am teaching a workshop on Friday 27th March 19.45-21.45 at Triyoga Camden (early bird discount £25 ends 20th March £30 thereafter, of how to make herbal compresses and how to apply them in a simple neck and shoulder routine. Bring a friend to partner up with or just come along by yourselves and enjoy an evening of aromas and massage.