Top 5 reasons to get a Sports massage by BMC therapist Kasia Gigon

We often get asked what Sports massage is and how it works so we asked our Sports massage expert, Kasia Gigon to give us her top 5 reasons for having this treatment:


1. Pain reduction
Soft tissue massage can be used to help reduce pain produced by injury or simply soreness caused by intensive training. There has been a variety of research demonstrating the positive impact of massage on pain levels when combined with exercises and manual therapy techniques.

2. Muscle tension release
Certain exercise for long periods can create stress on the body, which can create trigger points and tension in the muscles. Having regular massage can optimise your tissues pliability, increase the range of movement, thereby reducing risk of injury and support in efficiency of movement.

3. Maintaining a good posture
What does your day look like? Spending every day at work…whether it’s an office job at a desk, standing or running around for long hours, whatever your job is, maintaining the same posture and engaging the same muscles over and over again can cause muscles to shorten and pull your joints into positions which over time can reduce function and increase chances of over-use and repetitive strain injuries. Sports massage can help to release these muscles and is a great way to counteract the negative affect of the bad posture.

4. Assist with recovery and improve your training.
Ache after training? Massage is a great way to help reduce Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS), basically soreness after exercise….massage may help recovery by increasing the blood circulation to the area and help to flush out the toxins that build up during exercise. Resulting in improvement of recovery and helping you get ready for your next exercise.

5. Relaxing.
Not generally thought of as relaxing, Sports massage does help to reduce general anxiety by releasing tension. As the body releases and reduces physical tension the mind follows bringing about a great feeling of well-being and relaxation.


Kasia Gigon specialises in Sports massage as well as other massage treatments at The Bath Massage Company. To make a booking with her visit our Book page.

 

Top 5 reasons to prepare for your babies birth using Hypnobirthing with BMC therapist Polly Chadwick

As a pregnant woman hopefully you are feeling excited about the upcoming birth of your baby, but you may also feel nervous, worried or even fearful of childbirth, and may have had a not so positive previous birth experience. We often hear how painful or scary birth is from TV, films and from family and friends, but what if you were told it doesn’t have to be this way? What if you could give birth in a calm, positive and empowering manner.

Here are my top 5 reasons how Hypnobirthing can help you achieve just that.

1)      It helps you to remain calm and relaxed throughout labour and birth

Is this really possible? Yes it is! 100% of clients who have been on my course have reported back that they felt calm and relaxed and in control of their birth experience by using the Hypnobirthing techniques taught to them, and no matter what the outcome of birth was.
Here is how it works – the ‘fear-tension-pain’ cycle works on the concept that if we can eliminate fear, we will feel more relaxed and experience lower levels of pain. The hypnotherapy element of hypnobirthing tackles these fears with self-hypnosis and positive affirmations. Alongside this, breathing and visualisation techniques are also incorporated so that both the psychological and physical elements of birth are covered. The result is a more calm and relaxing environment in which to birth your baby whatever the outcome and however the birth happens.

2)      It helps you to be more informed about your choices, and what is available to you.
When a mother and her birth partner can approach childbirth feeling prepared with the right knowledge, information and tools this results in a positive and confident mindset that can lead to the beautiful births that so many women hope for. My Hypnobirthing courses cover many aspects of the birthing process that equips you with the knowledge needed to make informed choices about the options you have when giving birth. I usually get surprised reactions when I talk through this section of the course with many women saying, ‘we didn’t know you could request that’ or ‘we were unaware that that was an option’ – having options and choices creates confidence and empowerment to make the right choice for you.

3)      Hypnobirthing be used regardless of how and where you give birth

My courses have been devised by The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme and have been created to support mother, baby and birth partners regardless of how and where you give birth. I have had comments from women like ‘there’s no point doing Hypnobirthing because I’m having a planned caesarean’ and ‘Isn’t Hypnobirthing just for home births?” – well the answer to those questions is that the way I teach there is no judgment about where you have decided to give birth, and there is even a course specifically designed for Caesarean births. The techniques you learn and the knowledge you gain will be invaluable to you whatever path your birth takes.

4)      It involves the birth partner

One of my favourite reasons for doing Hypnobirthing is that the course isn’t just geared towards the mum it also places a heavy emphasis on the role of your birth partner. I teach a whole section on the birth partners role offering tips on how they can support and nurture you through the birth and beyond. Whether you choose your partner, mum, friend or a doula to be your birth partner, the course will show them how they can support you during pregnancy, how to be your advocate during the birth, and gives them real, tangible things to do in a situation where they can so often feel quite useless. And it creates wonderful memories between you.

5)      It can help to reduce medicalisation of birth

More and more research is providing independent clinical evidence that a Hypnobirthing approach to birth reduces the need for medical interventions including epidurals and caesareans, less drugs used during labour and shorter hospital stays following birth. Throughout the ages giving birth has been a natural event that woman would celebrate and embrace, and it is only in the relatively recent past that we have started to use increasingly medicalised interventions. The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that only approx. 10-15% of births require a caesarean for genuine medical reasons yet statistics show its currently more than 30% and is continuing to rise. It is time to go back towards more natural methods for supporting childbirth – the act of giving birth isn’t changing, our approach to it is!

If you would like to read further about Hypnobirthing you can find details about Polly’s courses and further reading information here.

Polly Chadwick specialises in all things Bump, Birth and Baby related including teaching Hypnobirthing and Baby Massage classes, and offering Pregnancy massage, as well as other massage treatments. To make a booking with her visit our Book page.

 

Venue update 2017

From January 2017 we will no longer be working out of the Monmouth Street venue.
We are streamlining our business and so will working out of our main other Bath location full time Monday to Friday – Seasons Natural Health Store/George Street. We will continue to work out of the Bristol location, Southville Clinic, on a Wednesday.

Further details of our venue can be found via this link

 

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We love NYR Organic!

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I love good, ethical and organic products, and for the past couple of years have been using massage oils and balms from Neal’s Yard, which may of you I know already use and love (and who doesn’t adore those little blue glass bottles!). Many of my clients ask me what I use in my treatments and have been interested in using them themselves at home, so it felt like a natural step to become a NYR Consultant!

I have now got a dedicated website where you can browse all the NYR Organic products and also purchase them through me, delivered straight to your door within a couple of days. As a consultant I receive great sale offers and regular discounts which you can take advantage of.  So, if you’re interested let me know and I’ll keep you updated on the products, and in the mean time please check out my webpage – https://uk.nyrorganic.com/shop/pollychadwick/area/about-me/

We’re now in Bristol!

I am delighted to announce that The Bath Massage Company is now in Bristol!

Treatments are available every Friday out of a fantastic venue in central Bristol,  The Urban Fringe Dispensary.

The venue has lovely tranquil rooms above the Herbalists shop where the owner Max creates wonderful high quality bespoke herbal medicines and lotions, many of which are made from locally grown herbs.

There is on-street parking and Trenchard Street car park is a stones throw away so very easy access.

For more details go to my contact page to find prices and book an appointment. I look forward to seeing you at my new venue soon!

 

What is Hypnobirthing? My latest article for BathMums reveals all…

What is Hypnobirthing? How does it work?

Just two of the many questions I get asked when I tell people that I teach Hypnobirthing – I’ve written an article for Bath Mums you can read here.

https://bathmums.co.uk/posts/view/instinctive-birthing-through-relaxation-with-Hypnobirthing

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