Team update

We’ve had some team changes over the past few months at The Bath Massage Company. The lovely Eve King is now away on maternity leave after having had a beautiful little girl, and Laura Beaumont is now back after having had maternity leave.

We have also recently welcomed a new team member Kasia Gigon. Some of you will have had the pleasure of meeting her already and have experienced her amazing treatment, if you haven’t then do book in to see her as she is a fantastic therapist.

Kasia is a highly qualified Sports Massage Therapist and has experience working at the injury clinic at  the University of Bath, and has worked with Bath Rugby Foundation. She has an extensive knowledge of the Anatomy and offers a very professional approach to her treatments, including help with posture and aftercare support.

Kasia currently works from our venue on George Street, Seasons Health Store during the week, so if you’d like to book an appointment with her please get in touch.

 

The Benefits of Pregnancy Reflexology: Mel Williamson

You may have heard about the amazing benefits of having Reflexology during pregnancy, there are numerous advantages for the pregnant woman as our bodies change so much throughout pregnancy, it’s no wonder we feel more aches and pains than usual.

Melissa Williamson, one of our specialist maternity therapists at The Bath Massage Company, explains more:

Pregnancy Reflexology is a non-invasive, gentle therapy that can help to treat the whole body, not just the feet! And if, like many pregnant women, you don’t want a body massage,reflexology allows all these niggling ailments to melt away through a relaxing, therapeutic foot massage.

A session typically lasts 60 minutes during which time the client is sitting comfortably, supported with pillows. A full history of the client will be taken in order to address the main pregnancy related issues, as well as any other ongoing issues the client may be experiencing. As well as allowing the body the time to relax, the treatment will also encourage better circulation throughout the body and decrease any swelling or build of fluid that typically occurs during pregnancy. The benefits of pregnancy reflexology are vast, but common ailments which reflexology can help include:

Respiratory – during pregnancy it is common to experience rhinitis of pregnancy which makes it hard to breathe. By working the sinus reflex points on the feet, congestion can be reduced and kept under control.

Muscular
– as the baby grows and pushes on the diaphragm, there is often discomfort in breathing and shortness of breathe. The reflex point for the diaphragm can be worked on to help soothe this discomfort.

Skeletal – as pregnancy hormones kick in, and as the body starts to change shape the bone structure is compromised. It is very normal to experience lower back pain and hip pain. By working the spinal reflex and the hip reflex on the foot the client can feel relief in these areas.

Neural
– many pregnant mums experience sciatic pain often as a result of the piriformis muscle pushing against the nerve due to changes in the pelvic structure. This can be incredibly uncomfortable and can continue post pregnancy if not dealt with effectively.

Digestion – Pregnancy hormones cause the bowel muscles to relax, making it hard for them to work efficiently, and as the baby grows, room for all the organs is reduced, often causing digestive issues, mainly constipation. By working the reflex points for the stomach and small and large intestines better digestion can be encouraged.

Lymphatic – fluid build up and poor circulation can cause swelling especially in the legs and feet.

These points outline the benefits for prenatal reflexology, but pregnancy reflexology isn’t just for mums-to-be, it is a very effective post-natal treatment as the body is now being tested in a very different way, including possible breastfeeding, holding a new baby, pushing a pram, and feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. It is a wonderfully relaxing treatment, and can really help with fatigue, milk production, digestion and back problems, especially aches and pains from carrying and feeding baby.

It is not advised to have treatments before the second trimester, however, reflexology can help with nausea, fatigue and relaxation in the first trimester”

Top 5 reasons to get a Pregnancy massage by BMC therapist Jo Greenwood

 

It’s good to know that massage can be enjoyed throughout pregnancy, from the pre-conception phase, through each of the three trimesters, to the postnatal period and beyond!

Here are my top 5 reasons for getting a pregnancy massage..

1 Massage may help reduce stress
It is well thought that massage is a great de-stressor. This is because during massage the body’s parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) is activated. The PNS is responsible for switching on the body’s rest and repair capacity, reducing the presence of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, and restoring the body to balance.

Whilst the effect stress hormones have on the unborn baby is not yet fully known, it’s fair to say that you will likely feel the benefits of a body restored to balance, which has to be good for both you and your baby!

2 Massage may help with the physical and emotional changes pregnancy brings
Pregnancy is a time of massive change, both physically and emotionally. Physically, your body shape will be changing to accommodate a growing baby, potentially affecting your posture for example. The influx of pregnancy hormones causes many changes, particularly in relaxing, softening and stretching the body’s ligaments. Often, these physical changes are accompanied by aches and pains, from a mild achy back, to more significant pelvic girdle pain. Other common physical complaints include oedema (the accumulation of fluid under the skin), leg cramps and “rib flare” (pressure on the ribs from a growing abdomen).

Massage can work to address any aches and pains you might be experiencing, and can complement work provided by your health care professionals.  It can also offer the opportunity to reflect on the emotional impact such changes are having, in a safe and nurturing environment, and could provide a continuity that may be missing in a medicalised environment.

3 Massage may help you connect with your baby and changing body
All too often, the pressures of modern life can cause us to “live in our heads”! Massage offers a chance to leave everyday stresses behind, enjoy the sensation of touch and in turn, tune in with the wisdom of your body at this important time. An abdominal massage can be an obvious way for you to connect physically with your growing baby, and can be further enhanced with breath work and visualisations.

Partners are welcome too! We can show you a variety of massage techniques, including a wonderful abdominal “gathering” one that a partner or a loved one can do for you.


4 Massage may help you prepare for labour
Pressure points can be stimulated throughout your pregnancy and can help ease symptoms including nausea among others. Towards the end of the third trimester, certain pressure points can be stimulated that help prepare the body for labour. These points might also be useful to be worked if your “due date” has passed and you wish to avoid being induced. Birthing positions can be discussed and again, partners are always welcome! The Bath Massage Company also offers “hypnobirthing” which helps couple prepare for the birth of their baby.

5 Massage may help you postnatally
A postnatal massage can be restorative, providing an ideal opportunity to rest and recover from the physical act of giving birth, as well as providing a much-needed space in which to reflect on this exciting new change.  Whilst many of the aches and pains experienced in pregnancy are reduced, others may become prevalent, for example, a tight neck and shoulders from feeding and cradling your new born, and carrying them in a sling or pushing them in a pram. Massage can help address any aches and pains.

As already mentioned, massage can be a great stress reliever and can help with the continuing hormonal and emotional changes experienced during the postnatal period – and you are always welcome to bring your baby with you to your massage appointments with us.

And finally, massage and skin to skin contact with your baby can assist with the bonding process. The Bath Massage Company offers a wonderful Baby Massage Course where you can bring your baby along and learn how to massage them which, as well as being soothing for your baby, can help reduce the symptoms of colic, for example. It also offers the ideal opportunity to meet other mums and relax over a well-earned cuppa!


Jo Greenwood specialises in Pregnancy 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 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!

 

Why have a Sports massage?

What is Sports massage and just what does it do?

Using specific techniques, a sports massage is a positive way to help reduce tension in the muscles that has been build up through exercise. It also breaks down myofascial adhesion and improves the bloods circulation. This can all help towards reducing soreness for faster recovery and improve overall performance.

If you are a runner no matter how many times you get out a week, whether you are competing or not, it doesn’t matter having a regular sports massage will support you physically as well as mentally and help increase your flexibility and performance.

Our amazing therapist, Kasia Gigon, is a specialist in sports massage; not only does she give a top notch massage she can offer you helpful tips around stretching/warm ups/warm downs.