Why Join a Baby Massage Class

 

I discovered baby massage over 10 years ago when I joined a class with my daughter.   I really enjoyed that special time I was spending with my little girl massaging her…  Her smiles, laughes and all that unconditional love made my heart melt…  After the birth of my second child (by then, I was an expert in baby massage :-)), I decided to train as a Baby Massage instructor, in order to share with other parents my wonderful experience.  I really think that every parent should have the opportunity to learn to massage their baby, and to join such a class.  Not only you learn massage but also how to communicate with your baby, how to get to know him, how to respect him (as you need to ask permission…), how to react when he’s crying…  It’s not just about the massage, it’s a parenting class, you get to learn so much about your baby and yourself…This is what a mum wrote to me recently: “The most important experience has been the eye to eye contact.  It’s crazy to think that by listening and looking, you can actually understand your baby.  Also, I have learnt to respect my daughter by asking her permission to touch her.  I feel so close to her, and she seems to be happier and a really relaxed baby”.

I really love teaching baby massage and watching parents bonding with their little ones, having fun, singing, babies cooing…  What else can I say?  The benefits are great: bonding, body awareness, improves digestion, regulates sleep, boosts the immune system, helps with PND, non-invasive, easy, adaptable, natural, FUN!

Don’t wait any longer…join a class!

Happy massaging…

Tissy Guillou

www.nurturingtouch.ie

A Pregnancy Massage Session

I was invited to take photos of a pregnancy massage for Tissy.  The client came in, on her due date, and was the perfect model – she was so relaxed she fell asleep!

The hardest part for me as the photographer, was keeping quite for an hour however the calming setting and music certainly helped.  I came away with some great photos but more importantly a whole new understanding of the process.

Firstly it is very comfortable for the mum-to-be – Tissy makes a massage bed on the floor and the client is supported by pillows and cushions and completely covered up.  It is very physical for the massage therapist as well as being mentally exhausting.  Tissy was totally absorbed in what she was doing and managed to tune me out completely.

The best bit was all the accupressure work on the labour focus point worked – her client went into labour that night.  I’ve since heard that another of her clients went into labour the same day following her massage.

All I could think, having had a baby myself, was that lucky woman, she is having her last peaceful snooze for a long time!

Andrea

Can Shiatsu Massage help to induce labour?

I often advise to my mums to start working on the “labour points” from 37 weeks to help the body getting ready for labour.  But how does it work?

Research has now proven that we are not just a “Physical Body” – what can be seen: made of bones, blood and flesh, but also an “Energetic Body” – that can’t be seen, but can be felt: the Aura and Energy Pathways called Meridians.  Most Meridians are named after the organ they go through (ie. Heart, Liver, Stomach).  When there’s an imbalance in the Meridians (ie. Energy stuck), then it creates pain in the body (ie, Sciatica is usually energy not flowing nicely in the Gall Bladder Meridian).

Shiatsu Practitioners work with these Meridians aiming at balancing the energy throughout the body.  Many factors can create imbalances, they can be either external (ie. Weather: wind, cold, etc.) or internal (Emotions).

When a woman reaches the end of her pregnancy, she often can’t wait to go into labour!!!  It might be because she’s tired, in pain (SPD, etc.), worried that baby grows too big … But there’s also the threat of induction…and that’s what worries most of my mums… Induction with Pitocin (the synthetic version of Oxytocin) will usually make contractions much stronger than when Oxytocin is naturally produced by the body, which makes labour a bit more challenging for mums, and they often end up opting for the epidural… Believe me, if you can do without drugs, you’re better off!

It’s important to remember that the due date is only a guess date, so when you are given 10 days after the due date to go into labour spontaneously; it’s still only an estimate.  Buy some time!  Remember that the World Health Organisation recommends 14 days.  Ask your consultant if you and your baby are ok, if yes then ask to wait one more day…  The fear of induction can often create an emotional blockage.  It’s hard for the body to release happy hormones to go into labour when you feel emotions such as fear.  So it’s very important to RELAXXXXXX…

That’s what Shiatsu works on: releasing stuck emotions, as well as relaxing the mum, releasing tension in the upper body, promoting the production of Oxytocin and strengthening the uterus.  To do that, they access the Meridians through gates called Tsubos or Acupressure Points. Usually, a few sessions are needed, however, if the body is ready, mums can go into labour within 3 days following the treatment.

So mums, remember: It’s very important to relax and to enjoy the last few days of your pregnancy.  Meet up with your friends, go to the cinema to watch a fun movie, go to the restaurant, do all these things that you won’t be able to do for a little while.  If it’s your first baby, go for a tea with your book on your own, believe me, as a mum, you don’t get much time on your own anymore 🙂   Go to the restaurant with your partner and enjoy the time just the 2 of you.  Make love (to produce Oxytocin), drink Raspberry Leave Tea, work the Acupressure Points daily (maybe not in that order :-)) and forget about Due Dates, Induction Dates, etc.

Just RELAXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and have a wonderful labour!

Tissy X