Here at Perfect Start Pregnancy our dedicated alternative therapist and relaxation guru Thea Bloyce is fully qualified in a range of relaxtion methods from aroma therapy and massage to reiki and hypnosis.
"Women who remain relaxed and keep a positive frame of mind throughout their pregnancy and labour are less likely to have babies who are restless sleepers and less likely to encouter problems such as high blood pressure and pre-ecalmpsia." Thea Bloyce
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation known to promote health and healing. Pre-natal reiki is designed to help your body and soul learn to relax and prepare for birth and labour. There are numerous health benefits associated with this type of therapy linked to maternal blood pressure and improvements in the fetal environment, reducing the chance of chronic diseases later in adulthood. Pre-natal reiki has also been shown to help relieve pregnancy-related discomforts such as nausea and to lessen the impact of post-partum illnesses such as depression.
Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy that uses highly concentrated substances, called essential oils, that are extracted from plants. The act of massage can be very relaxing and can help ease a variety of pregnancy related niggles such as swollen feet. Some essential oils are not safe to use during pregnancy, particularly in your first trimester, our in-house aroma therapist will be able to advise you on this particularly if you have chosen to continue the use of essentilal oils as part of your birthing plan. Some essential oils such as lavender, chamomile and ylang ylang can have a calming effect, helping you lower your blood pressure, sleep better and reduce anxiety. Other oils are particularly good at easing aches and pains: mint is great for relief from nausea, just as cypress is effective in reducing swelling in the feet and ankles. Regular aromatherpay sessions throughout your pregnacny can help alleviate stress and provide a release from the burden of some pregnancy related symptoms and can also be used to create a positive association that can remain in your psyche in the labour room when the time comes to have your little one.
Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool for relaxation and can act as a powerrfull preparation tool for labour and child birth. Hynotherapy is not for everyone and the use of hypnotherapy is most powerful on those who truely believe in the benefits themselves. hypnotherapy takes all the positive things that have happenden in your life and surronding your child and helps build a beautiful collage of imagery and positive associatations in your mind so when the time comes to push you wont feel the pain but more the beautiful life your about to embark upon together with your child and your partner.