As this month’s yoga style focus is pregnancy and postnatal, we’ve rounded up 7 wonderful treatments available at triyoga which are ideal for supporting mum and baby throughout pregnancy and after birth.
the gentle birth method
The Gentle Birth Method is a comprehensive week by week approach incorporating creative healing massage, reflexology, craniosacral therapy and nutrition to nurture and promote one of the most natural human instincts — the birth of the baby. Gentle Birth Method promotes birth as a joyous and fearless experience and ensures a gentle and peaceful entrance into this world for the baby. This philosophy was devised by obstetrician Dr. Gowri Motha over 20 years ago and supports the well-being of a mother and a baby.
With all the necessary physical and emotional adjustments during pregnancy, massage can bring comfort, support and a wonderful sense of nurturing. It helps to reduce stress, relieve muscle cramps, reduce blood pressure, improve circulation, alleviate back pain and headaches and release tight muscles. A great pregnancy massage is Thai Yoga massage.
Refexology is extremely safe and effective in treating pregnant women. It can relieve oedema (water retention around ankles and legs), bring high blood pressure down, ease stomach reflux or indigestion as well as back or groin pain. This treatment can also help promote contractions towards the end of the term. Reflexology during pregnancy is extremely relaxing not only for mothers to be, but for their babies who love it as well.
A postpartum treatment focuses on structural realignment of the spine and pelvis, and rehabilitation of the muscles overworked or weakened during pregnancy. It facilitates healing, especially for mothers who have had caesarean births. New mothers receive instruction on how best to help themselves recover strength and balance in their bodies. Postpartum craniosacral therapy also addresses the new body discomforts associated with the carrying and care of a newborn infant. It includes instruction in the proper use of body mechanics for these new activities.
mum + baby osteopathy
Mum and baby osteopathy can see women through both pre and post-natal complications including gestational diabetes, pelvic girdle pain/symphysis pubis dysfunction, birth after cesarean and breech presentation, making this time in a woman’s life an enjoyable and healthy experience. Benefits of these gentle treatments are felt by both mum and the baby equally. After birth, the treatments can help to relieve symptoms of colic, reflux, feeding issues, tongue tie, sleep problems and more.
postnatal nutritional care
The concept of postnatal nutritional care is to provide information on specific health-promoting nutrients and food required to achieve optimal growth for both mother and baby, not only during but also after pregnancy. Benefits include reinstating energy levels, reducing nausea, increasing milk supply, losing pregnancy weight, balancing mood changes, strengthening bone health, regulating delayed menstruation and much more. Newborn issues such as food sensitivities, colic, cradle cap etc. can also be addressed. Based on the findings of the consultation, health questionnaire and tests where applicable, an individualised nutritional plan is provided, detailing supplement, dietary and lifestyle advice, in conjunction with meal planning and food diary analysis.
something for baby…
Craniosacral therapy can be beneficial to all babies: those from problem-free births as well as babies from traumatic births. It is a gentle, but profound and powerful, hands-on therapy which identifies pain and tensions held in the body. It supports the baby’s natural tendency to find health and optimum balance by relieving any tensions and restrictions. Craniosacral therapy can help babies with; colic, sucking difficulties, sleep problems and more. As well as helping current symptoms, treatment of babies can be helpful in preventing issues arising later in life.