swedish massage

womens-healthSwedish massage is the foundation for other types of massage, including sports massage, deep tissue massage and aromatherapy massage. Swedish massage is the most commonly offered and best-known type of massage. If it's you're first time, Swedish massage is the perfect place to start. During the session massage oils are used to facilitate smooth, gliding strokes called effleurage. Other classic Swedish massage moves include kneading, friction, stretching and (sometimes) tapping. Swedish massage uses firm but gentle pressure to promote relaxation, ease muscle tension and create other health benefits.

Your Swedish Massage therapist is Lucie - to make a booking call nurture on
07870 208 436 or use the contact page provided.

pregnancy massage

Why massage during pregnancy?

iStock_000006423333XSmallDuring pregnancy the joints become looser and may cause many aches and pains due to the extra weight and strain being applied to it as the body prepares itself for the birth. The lower back is one area which can often become painful. Massage during pregnancy can be extremely relaxing to both mother and baby. As well as relieving the aches and pains, it gives the mother time to relax.

First trimester: 1-13 weeks

During the first trimester you may be feeling tired, emotional, anxious, short of breath and nauseous due to hormonal changes taking place in your body.
Massage in the first trimester is gentle, slow and relaxing. It can help to:

Reduce anxiety and promote relaxation
Reduce nausea
Reduce breathlessness
Boost energy levels
Relieve muscular tension
Relieve headaches
Provide nurturing and emotional support

Second trimester: 14-27 weeks

During this trimester you may start to feel the strain of the increasing weight of your baby and your limbs and joints may start to feel swollen and achy.
Massage in the second trimester includes deeper work as well as lymphatic drainage techniques where necessary and can help to:

Relieve muscular aches and pains
Promote better sleep (and encourage your baby to rest)
Prevent oedema or swelling of joints and limbs
Reduce varicose veins
Prevent stretch marks
Encourage the baby into the correct foetal position (through gentle exercises)
Emotionally prepare you for childbirth
Ensure postural awareness and correct poor posture
Involve your partner through demonstrating massage techniques

Third trimester: 28-40 weeks

Massage in the third trimester is focused on preparing you for childbirth through massage techniques, stretching and breathing exercises, helping to:

Relieve muscular aches and pains
Relieve 'restless limbs'
Reduce tiredness and promote sleep
Alleviate stress on weight-bearing joints
Reduce oedema or swelling of joints and limbs
Encourage the baby into the correct foetal position (through gentle exercises)
Emotionally and physically prepare you for childbirth
Involve your partner in birth preparation and demonstration of labour massage techniques

IMG_0852What does the session include?

Each session with Lucie may include a full consultation, massage, gentle stretching and exercises, breathing and an end of session review.

What position will I be lying in?

Pregnancy Massage is usually undertaken with you in the side-lying position, or semi-reclining with supporting cushions.

Should I advise my healthcare provider?

Yes the massage received is for low risk pregnancies only and is not intended to replace pre-natal care by your physician, obstetrician or midwife. It is highly recommended that we would work more effectively when working in collaboration with your healthcare provider.

Lucie is the Nurture Pregnancy Massage Therapist, for more info or to make a booking call Sian at Nurture on
07870 208 436 or use the contact page provided.


Hypnosis for Birth

Hypnosis for Fertility

Sian is delighted to bring Hypnosis for Fertility to the Glasgow & Ayrshire areas. Sian has one of the few Clinical Hypnotherapists who has trained in both the HypnoFertility method and The Fertile Body method.
The Fertile Body Method is a mind body approach to fertility which acknowledges the importance of working with fertility problems in a holistic way. Hypnosis is potentially a very powerful and effective therapeutic tool and is used in many of the techniques and approaches suggested in the Fertile Body Method. Hypnosis is a trance state induced through focusing attention on any current internal or external sensory experience; hypnotherapy is the art of utilising this state of absorption to facilitate inner change, which can positively impact on physical wellbeing and fertility.

The FBM can help enhance fertility by:

•Reducing stress and increasing feelings of calm and relaxation
•Restoring physical, mental and emotional balance and wellbeing
•Balance can be restored through relaxation, positive cognitive changes, visualisation and changes to diet, exercise and lifestyle
•Restoring hormonal balance, regulating the natural balance in the autonomic nervous system, regulating and restoring healthy immune system function
•Creating balance in the body can be further enhanced by creating balance in thinking.
•Decreasing negative self talk and excessive worry will help restore emotional and physical balance and ensure that these changes are maintained.
•Identifying and resolving issues which may be preventing conception (unconscious or conscious resistance).

Preparing the couple for conception by helping them:

•To make necessary changes to lifestyle, diet, smoking, alcohol and exercise habits
•To feel confident and ready for parenthood
•To improve intimacy and sexual relationship (for natural conception)
•Restore menstrual health, or sperm mobility and count
•Prepare for IVF or other fertility treatment.

Providing support:

•Teaching self help tools that continue to enhance fertility
•To maintain the changes they have made
•Supporting the couple if they do conceive, to help carry the baby to full term
•Supporting the couple if treatment fails
•Supporting them to make decisions about fertility treatments and other options for parenthood
•It can help by addressing and reducing the effects of infertility

People who have problems conceiving may experience a reduced sense of mental, emotional and physical wellbeing and leave them feeling stressed, frustrated, angry, jealous, guilty, hopeless, anxious or depressed. It can affect their work, friendships, family and relationships.

The FBM can help to reduce the negative effects of infertility by:

•Restoring self esteem and self worth
•Working through emotions e.g. anger, jealousy, guilt, stress, anxiety and depression
•Building coping skills and developing inner resources
•Ensuring their needs are being met
•Resolving relationship problems (partner, family and friends)
•Increasing sexual Intimacy and affection
•Restoring trust in one's body
•Reducing the negative effects of fertility treatment medication
•Restoring the body to good health after medical treatments
•Providing emotional support and an opportunity to talk openly
•Processing any death and loss
•Coming to terms with infertility

How Does The Fertile Body Method Work?
Viewing health as more than a physical issue is certainly not a new concept. We know that health is experienced as mental, emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing. Many cultures throughout the world use a medical model that fully acknowledges the inter-connectedness between these different aspects of our being.

Mind-body medicine is an approach to health that recognises the effect that our mind has on our body, and vice versa. This model views the various aspects of ourselves and the different systems of our body, as a part of the greater whole. This holistic approach acknowledges the effect that one part, or one system, will have on another. It views the human being as a dynamic living ecosystem that strives to maintain all parts in balance, working harmoniously together.

Depression Affects Fertility
Woman suffering from depression, stress and anxiety are twice as likely to have problems conceiving. In one study 60% of women who were treated for depression got pregnant within a 6 month period, as opposed to only 24% of untreated women (Nicholas, M ‘3 Steps to Fertility' pg49)

A study in Germany showed that men on death row found that they all had a very low sperm count. (Domar, A ‘Conquering Infertility: A mind body guide to enhancing fertility and coping with Infertility' pg 30)

Another study showed that women who had experienced at least one unsuccessful IVF cycle and who had depressive symptoms before continuing IVF treatment experienced a 13% subsequent pregnancy rate, in contrast to a 29% pregnancy rate in women who did not experience depressive symptoms before their IVF cycle. (Domar, A ‘Conquering Infertility: A mind body guide to enhancing fertility and coping with Infertility' pg 24)

Stress Affects Fertility
In a tribe under threat from another tribe or marauding wild animals, the females would fail to ovulate during this time, similarly if there were a feminine that too would be a bad time to bring a child into the world. - Peter Bowen-Simpkins, M.D Clinical Director, Cromwell IVF Fertility Centre. Introduction: Shape UK March 2001

Beliefs Affect Biology
A Recent study at Harvard Medical School measured what happened when women who were having difficulty conceiving were given group CBT. They were taught how to identify recurrent negative thought patterns and how to separate truth from fear. 55% of the women who participated had a baby. Compared to 20% who received no treatment. (Nicholas, M. ‘3 Steps to Fertility' pp 113)

Ambivalence About Parenthood
One study showed that in woman without any anatomical reason for infertility, the majority showed severe psychological conflict regarding the wish for parenthood. (Therese Benedek eet al. ‘Some emotional factors in Infertility' Psychosomatic Medicine Vol 15, no 5. (1953) pp 485-98. Jeker et al ‘Wish for a child and infertility' International Journal of Fertility, vol 33, no. 6, (1988) pp 411-20)

Hypnosis And IVF
The use of hypnosis during embryo transfer doubles the IVF/ET outcome in terms of increased implantation and clinical pregnancy rates. Furthermore it seems the patients attitude to treatment was more favourable. (‘Impact of hypnosis during embryo transer on the outcome of in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer: a case-control study.' Fertility and Sterility Journal. May 2006; 8 (5):14040-8)

PMS linked To Decreased Autonomic Nervous System Activity
January 4, 2008 - New research shows that women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) have significantly decreased autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity and that those with the most severe symptoms might have permanent depression of this key regulatory system. PMS Linked to Decreased Autonomic Nervous System Activity, Caroline Cassels . Medscape Medical News 2008. C 2008 Medscape.

To book your initial consultation with Sian please call: 07870 208 436 or email Sian on sian@nurtureglasgow.co.uk
It is normal to see Sian for an average of 6 sessions, or a programme of 4 sessions if using in conjunction with your IVF cycle.

Conception coaching

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