acupuncture for pregnancy
Whether you want to conceive naturally or if IVF is necessary, acupuncture can significantly improve your chance of getting pregnant. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have been shown to be clinically effective for a number of conditions from fertility (male/female) to pre and postnatal care. The procedure involves inserting and manipulating filiform needles into various points on the body to balance hormone levels and stimulate blood circulation, making for a healthier pregnancy and birth. Acupuncture can be used as a drug-free alternative in your pregnancy for pre-existing conditions such as headaches, back pain and hay fever, as well as for pregnancy related conditions such as nausea, sciatica and post birth symptoms.
A prenatal craniosacral therapy session is a special time for a mother to get in touch with her body and growing baby. An important goal of a pregnancy craniosacral Therapy session is to gently improve mobility in the mother’s pelvis so her baby can more easily assume an ideal position for birth. This can promote a timely, easier birth for mum and baby.
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.
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.
naturopathy: fertility and preconception
The concept of preconception care is to determine the underlying cause of the problem and to correct imbalances and deficiencies within the body, to give your baby the best possible start to life!
The health status of an individual has a profound impact on the body’s hormones and ability to produce a healthy egg (and sperm). There are a number of key infertility areas of concern that are often not identified and yet instrumental in the making of a healthy conception, implantation, pregnancy and baby. By nourishing the body and allowing it to return to optimum health, the chances of conceiving a healthy baby naturally increase significantly. Based on the findings of the consultation, health questionnaire and tests where applicable, an individualised health plan is provided detailing herbal and nutritional supplements, complemented by dietary and lifestyle advice.
gentle birth method
The gentle birth method for pregnancy 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.
Homeopathy is a gentle, holistic natural system of healing, suitable for everyone, young and old. Homeopathy focuses on you as an individual, based on the theory of treating “like with like “, and your specific physical and emotional symptoms, to give long lasting and beneficial effects.
Homeopathy is indicated in the treatment of many conditions including the initial treatment of acute infections of the upper and lower respiratory tract and skin; chronic conditions such as skin disease; arthritis, post-viral fatigue; recurrent conditions such as upper respiratory tract infections; glue ear, rhinitis, bronchitis, cystitis, vaginitis; the treatment of hormone related diseases such as pre-menstrual syndrome, endometriosis and menopausal problems; psychosomatic problems; stress related illnesses, including headaches, migraine, backache and muscular tension; allergies, depression and anxiety.
nutrition: pre + postnatal care
The concept of pre and postnatal care is to provide information on specific health-promoting nutrients and food required to achieve optimal growth for both mother and baby, during and 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.
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.
Reflexology 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.