Pregnancy Offerings

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PREGNANCY MASSAGE

Bringing a new life into the world is a joyous, challenging and miraculous experience! As a mother-to-be, you can feel worried, anxious or stressed. Your body undergoes many changes, which can cause discomfort. Massage is a perfect way to reduce stress and promote wellbeing.

Massage during pregnancy is not intended to replace the care provided by your doctor or midwife. However, I can work in collaboration with them to provide additional physical and emotional support.

Pregnancy massage benefits

  • reduces stress and promotes relaxation, helping mothers-to-be to get a better night’s sleep
  • reduces oedema (fluid build-up), blood pressure, relieves varicose veins and increases lymph and blood flow
  • reduces muscle and joint pain, including backache, cramps, carpal tunnel syndrome and pelvic girdle pain (PGP)
  • facilitates hormonal, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary and other physiological processes, which occur in pregnancy.
    Data also suggests that depressed pregnant women and their offspring can benefit from massage therapy and that it decreases anxious behaviour in postnatal mothers, which in turn helps with bonding and general wellbeing.

What happens during a pregnancy massage?

Pregnancy massage uses a mixture of Swedish body massage, Shiatsu techniques, and any other sports massage techniques I feel you may benefit from on that day to help you.
It is performed whilst lying on your side on a massage table, which is padded for comfort. Cushions are placed under your ‘bump’ and in between your ankle and knees, to support your bump and balance the pelvis.

I use 100% organic wax and oil which is safe for you and your baby. The wax I use is unperfumed which some mums prefer if they are finding different smells cause them an issue. The massage oil I use is from Neal’s Yard and made specifically for Pregnant and Postnatal Mothers. It is beautifully aromatic, infused with relaxing Neroli, uplifting Mandarin and sweet almond essential oils as well as vitamin E rich Wheatgerm oil.

Depending on why you would like this treatment, I will either treat your whole body or target a particular area, such as your lower back and pelvis. We will discuss this during our initial consultation, where I will also ask you about your history and assess your posture. I may do some special orthopaedic tests to ascertain what might be causing you discomfort.

I use a large sheet and towel to cover you, and various smaller towels for certain areas. Only the area being massaged at the time is uncovered.

I do include the bump within the full body massage, which Mothers enjoy as do the babies who often have a little move around whilst its being performed.

Massage in late pregnancy

In late pregnancy, or to treat specific back pain, the back can be massaged whilst the mother leans over a Pilates ball. Also, from around 38 weeks, specific pressure points can be stimulated to prepare the mother for labour.

I can also make up a specific blend of dōTERRA oils for you which can be used during the massage, but also to carry on using at home to either massage with or just to apply onto the skin (wrist, soles of feet, neck and spine) or smell to carry on getting the benefits. I am able to make up a blend which can be extremely useful at the end of pregnancy and in labour itself to encourage and support the body to birth. 

Rollerball blends are made up specifically for your requirements, and sold in 10ml bottles starting at £20. Cost is dependant on which oils are used in the blend. 

Pelvic girdle pain and other musculoskeletal problems

I work with many ladies with pelvic girdle pain, or PGP (formally known as SPD or symphysis pubis dysfunction) and other musculoskeletal problems. I have an extensive knowledge of PGP in particular having written my dissertation on this subject. I am also able to help with Carpal Tunnel syndrome and can use techniques such as Lymphatic drainage to help with swelling in the hands and feet which can come with oedema.

After checking your posture, and discussing alignment or possible causes of the pain, I will use advanced massage techniques to work the muscle groups or areas requiring treatment.

For details about my pregnancy exercise & lifestyle class please click here.

TESTIMONIAL:

“I would highly recommend using Tanya during pregnancy. After discovering her during my first pregnancy, I didn’t hesitate to get in touch with her when I became pregnant with my second child. I’ve been to many spas/salons but Tanya is by far the best massage I’ve ever had. That coupled with her expertise means that she can work on specific areas and her massages always left me feeling relaxed and fab! Also, her ability to listen and connect with you as a person is a unique skill and gave me complete confidence in her work. I would recommend her to anyone!”
Jill, Northampton

“I started seeing Tanya during my pregnancy, five years ago. She sorted my body out and eliminated the aches and pains I was receiving. I still see her regularly all these years later, even though pregnancy is a mere memory and I have a four year old, which shows just how much I value her healing hands and advice on stretches.”
Helen, Northampton

“I found Tanya through the Olney Notice Board back in March this year as I was looking for someone experienced in pregnancy massage. This was (and is still at 8 month pregnant) my first pregnancy and I have been having regular massages and attended two x five weeks sessions of her prenatal exercise classes. I cannot recommend her services and expertise enough! Tanya is excellent at what she does. Her pregnancy massages are incredibly effective for easing any tension and stress, and she really takes the time to understand your personal needs and tailors her approach. She is incredibly knowledgable and provides brilliant advice from a range of sources.”
Rohan Wedge

“I used Tanya for a massage twice before the birth of my son, I wanted to bring the labour on if I could, but also had some aches and pains from carrying my bump as it grew. She was fantastic, so knowledgable about the right areas to apply pressure to alleviate stress and pain. I walked away from my first massage knowing I would be going back. And it was so refreshing to have a massage intended to help my pre natal body. Instead of the standard massages I had been going to at various Spa’s. Highly recommend Tanya. The second massage happened and very shortly after I went into labour. I’m convinced it helped my body relax. Now I’m planning to go for a post natal.”
Tammy Broadbent

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LUXURY LEG AND FOOT MASSAGE

This is a beautiful massage for tired, aching legs and feet. The massage will be performed with the Mother semi reclining so they are relaxed and comfortable. It can be a time to find some time for her to switch off as well as get some relief from her aches. 

This is a beautiful massage for tired, aching legs and feet. The massage will be performed with the Mother semi reclining so they are relaxed and comfortable. It can be a time to find some time for her to switch off as well as get some relief from her aches. 

The session lasts for 45 minutes and is specifically for the feet and legs. If the Mother is suffering from swollen feet, I can also include some lymphatic drainage massage to help with this.

Price of Treatment £40  

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NURTURE FOR LABOUR

A massage experience from 38 weeks pregnant.

This will be an unbelievable experience for the Mother to be, to help her prepare and support her through the last couple of weeks of Pregnancy. 

This will be a 90 minute session where you will receive a mixture of Massage, use of Accupressure  points and some Reflexology. Lights will be dimmed, soft music playing, and a calming oil used in the diffuser. The session is all about comfort, calm, reassurance, support and encouraging the body to do what it knows how to do. 

The session is aimed at relaxing the Mother, whilst stimulating the accupressure points in the body used to prepare the body for labour. 

A specific blend of oils will be used to work with, which are chosen for their specific qualities helpful at this time, preparing and encouraging labour. This blend can be purchased for use over the next few weeks and into labour to keeping encouraging and supporting the body. 

Price of treatment £80 or £95 with a take home doTerra oil blend 

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MYOFASCIAL RELEASE

Myofascial release is a non-invasive treatment using a small amount of wax. This treatment loosens restricted connective tissue or fascia.

Fascia has the appearance of a spiders web and is densely woven, covering every muscle, bone, nerve, artery, vein and internal organ in the body. It is one continuous sheath running from head to toe without interruption so each part of the body is connected by the fascia.

Myofascial restrictions are produced by trauma, surgical operations, or even through bad posture learnt over time. The fascia sticks to the muscles causing restrictions. A high percentage of people suffering with pain or lack of motion may be having fascia problems which won’t be solved through regular massage. It may clear up temporarily but can return once the fascia tightens again.

A variety of techniques are used either ‘directly’ or ‘indirectly’, and either or both may be used, depending on the condition and the desired effect.

It is particularly effective for treating fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome, as well as any injuries where there may be scar tissue, or acute and chronic pain.

I also work with clients using structural realigning techniques with the fascia to aid with postural rebalancing.

TESTIMONIALS:

“I recently received a massage from Tanya using Myofascial work. I was at first a little sceptical having only ever had deep tissue massage, but this was so much more than just a massage! I have ‘hung’ onto physical and emotional aches for many years, that I have received massage, counselling and Chiropractic treatment for but always felt something was missing. This massage did all 3 things in one! I have a feeling of being unravelled from a tight coil. I would highly recommend a massage with Tanya. She truly gives more than just a massage!!”
Pauline, Bozeat

“Tanya has been treating me for more than 10 years for chronic back pain and more recently stiffness. She is patient, kind and extremely good at finding and relieving problem areas and her massage technique is brilliant.” e!”
Jill, Northampton

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SOFT TISSUE RELEASE

Muscles are made up of strands of fibres, lying neatly together. These fibres can become damaged, congested and tangled, which causes movement restriction and pain.

Soft tissue release increases the range of movement, relieves pain and prevents, repairs and manages injuries.

It involves using manual pressure on a muscle to create a temporary false attachment point and then taking the muscle into a pain-free stretch to untangle the muscle fibres.

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TRIGGER POINT THERAPY

A trigger point is a point of tenderness within a muscle. They are felt as tense bands of tissue in muscles and tendons. They can cause pain either in the immediate area where they are found, or refer pain to another part of the body.

For example, if a client presents with pain down the side of the head in a question mark shape pattern, I would be looking for trigger points in the trapezius muscle in the shoulder.

A trigger point is a point of tenderness within a muscle. They are felt as tense bands of tissue in muscles and tendons. They can cause pain either in the immediate area where they are found, or refer pain to another part of the body.

For example, if a client presents with pain down the side of the head in a question mark shape pattern, I would be looking for trigger points in the trapezius muscle in the shoulder.

Trigger points are caused by:

  • overload strain
  • direct trauma to the muscle
  • poor posture
  • repetitive activities
  • physical, mental or emotional stress.

This therapy involves putting gentle pressure on a specific trigger point, to release the muscle and affected tissues. Trigger point therapy is particularly effective when used together with myofascial release, by working on the surrounding fascia and soft tissue.

Whilst working, I will rely on communicating with you on the level of discomfort that the trigger point gives you, and whether it changes in any way with pressure.

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PELVIC FLOOR WORKSHOP

This is a fun, friendly and informative workshop open to ladies of all ages, who either maybe have an issue with leaking, or have had a baby, even many years ago, and feel their pelvic floor isn’t what it used to be.

The workshop covers:

  • basic anatomy of the pelvic floor
  • correct posture and alignment
  • how to breathe efficiently
  • how to contract the pelvic floor effectively
  • how to relax the pelvic floor
  • how to effectively engage deep abdominals
  • how to take better care of the area

The workshop is ideal for you if:

  • you are pregnant
  • you are postnatal
  • you are peri/post menopausal
  • you leak on occasions
  • you leak when laughing, coughing or exercising
  • you suffer with urge incontinence
  • you want to be more pelvic floor aware

Please come in loose and comfortable clothing as this workshop will involve movement, as we try out different postures and stretches.

Please contact me for dates.

Pricing

The workshop costs £20 for 1.5 hours.

I run a 1-1 ‘Reconnect and Thrive’ session which would be a perfect follow on from this workshop.

 

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STRETCHING

Most treatments will involve some form of stretching during and/or after the massage. This stretches out the muscles which have been worked and found to have trigger points, or that are tight and restricted.

Some clients have a session of mainly stretching to help keep them flexible and mobile. This benefits people of all ages.

There are several stretching techniques that I use:

  • Passive Stretching– performed whilst you lie still, and I gently stretch the muscles worked. I will put the muscle into its fullest range of motion and sustain the stretch for at least 30 seconds, taking into consideration your flexibility and pain threshold.

  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) or Muscle Energy Technique (MET)– the muscle involved is stretched for four to six seconds. It is then allowed to relax and then extended further. This process carries on until a maximum stretch has been reached. Resistance to the stretch during the hold helps to increase the stretch outcome.

  • Active Isolated Stretching –a technique developed by Aaron Mattes, using active movement and the theory of reciprocal inhibition to achieve greater flexibility. This stretch involves moving the muscle into the maximum stretch and then taking it slightly further for one and a half to two seconds, and then returning it to the starting position. This can also be performed using a rope or band to stretch the muscle. The whole sequence is repeated eight to ten times. This technique improves range of motion, and increases and maintains flexibility.
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RELAXING MASSAGE

Do you feel you would benefit from some time out from the worId and life just for an hour or so?

Do you want a massage that is relaxing to both body and mind but is more than just a salon massage? I will use my knowledge and experience of the body to ensure this massage is tailored specifically for you and your needs on that day.

Having time to ourself can be so difficult to find when we live in a world that involves time schedules and routine. I have many clients who come to me specifically to have a massage to quieten the mind and find that the repercussions of this time can go on for a long time.

I can offer you some space to yourself to truly relax and unwind and find some quiet within life’s busy day. You have a choice from dōTERRA aromatherapy oils, which can be mixed to help your body at that moment in time, or some organic non-scented massage wax, if you are still breast feeding and don’t want to detract from your ‘smell’.

The oils can be made up specifically for you, to what you need on that day to help you get the most out of your session with me. This blend can then be made up into a rollerball for you to take home to keep using if you so wish. Blends of oils in a rollerball start at £20 for a 10ml bottle, depending on which oils are used. This rollerball can be used on your wrists, soles of your feet, neck or down your spine to keep benefitting from the oils. 

You can request having hot stones used within the massage for part or all of the session, but this will need to be booked so they are ready for your appointment.

I can use music to help you zone out and switch off and enjoy a massage to your preferred pressure and length of time, either 60 minutes or 90 minutes.

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Pregnancy Exercise & Lifestyle Class

This is a weekly class held at Little Therapy Space, Wednesday evenings at 7pm.

Ladies are welcome to join once they are 12 weeks pregnant and can stay on with the class until they have their baby!

This class is for you if you want to get 100% clear on:

  • How to exercise safely in pregnancy without harming your baby
  • How to treat some pregnancy aches and pains effectively
  • Keeping your body strong for labour and challenges of being a new Mum
  • Learning stretches to aid your baby into an Optimal birthing position
  • Eating healthy and nutritious meals and snacks
  • Learn ways to relax your body and mind
  • Meeting other mums going through the same stage in life
  • Learn from a specialist

This is a weekly class held at Little Therapy Space, Wednesday evenings at 7pm. Ladies are welcome to join once they are 12 weeks pregnant and can stay on with the class until they have their baby! Some ladies still attend at 41 weeks, and I just cater some work for them!

The class is made up of a 30 minute circuit using bands, weights and body weight. You are encouraged to work to your own level as you are all at different stages of pregnancy and have different exercise backgrounds.

Each week we cover posture, breathing, pelvic floor contraction and activation of the deep abdominals. These will be worked into every day Mum movements making sure you use them correctly with good form and posture, and activate and engage your core rather than your back.

We cover stretches and movements for helping baby into the optimal birthing position which can be used at home during the week to help baby find its way into the position ideal for birth. As an experienced and specialist pregnancy and postnatal massage therapist I can also pass on advice and techniques on working with typical aches and pains in the upper and lower body and help you relieve them rather than try and cope with them.

We will also look at ways to stabilise and strengthen the pelvis, so keeping it mobile, flexible and strong to lessen the pain of pelvic girdle pain. I have had several women with this condition join in and found the class very beneficial.

We will always finish the session with some relaxation time, and use music and visualisations to work on the journey ahead. This is your time to relax and allow the body some well deserved quiet time in your busy week.

What you will need:

  • Mats and equipment are provided, including cushions and blankets for the relax time but please bring anything you feel you may need. Balls and bands used during class can be purchased if you wish to use them at home.
  • Please bring your own water for your use throughout the class
  • Come in comfortable clothing that is easy to move in. Bring layers as you may get very warm once you start working, and then chill once you start to relax.

Please complete the booking form here and submit before you arrive for your first class. You will not be able to attend if I haven’t received one in advance.

Depending on numbers you may have to join a waiting list until someone leaves so please book early to avoid disappointment.

 

TESTIMONIALS:

“I went onto the pregnancy course and loved it so much I stayed and went onto the second course during my pregnancy. The knowledge I have learnt from Tanya is amazing and as a first time mum I don’t know what I would’ve done without her. I would highly recommend this class including the couple class that I attended last night with my partner to help me through labour. It also helped him understand what I’ll be going through and he really enjoyed it to!
I have also had a pregnancy massage that helped with pains I have been getting! Tanya will talk through before what kind of massage you would like and any problems you suffer from before you start which is really nice. Also a nice relaxing treat during what can be a stressful time in pregnancy!
Thank you! I’m sure I’ll be attending the classes after birth too!” – Lauren Norman

“Tanya’s classes are a great way to understand how best to exercise safely whilst pregnant, and teaches you the importance to pelvic floor exercise in preparation for birth and beyond. The on-line support through her FB group also means you feel like you have continued support and “good practice” reminders at every stage. The classes are super friendly, for all abilities and you get to meet lots of other lovely mums to be at the same time. I can honestly say that Tanya’s massages and classes combined have helped me to feel prepared and confident as I approach my due date, and I’m looking forward to signing up to her baby massage and post-natal classes just as soon as I’m ready.” – Rohan Wedge

“Completed both antenatal and postnatal exercise classes. Both classes were really enjoyable and I felt my body making progress every week. The support and encouragement as both prepared by body and promoted its recovery from having my gorgeous little boy. He has also enjoyed the classes and made his own progress. Thank you and well done for all you do!!”  – Lisa Yates Reynolds

“Highly recommend Tanya for her brilliant pregnancy exercise classes. They are tailored for all abilities and Tanya is great at making sure you are working hard but safely. As a result I have felt fit and strong throughout my pregnancy with no aches or pains. Will definitely be booking onto her postnatal class after our little one has arrived.” – Lucy Godfrey

“Excellent, not only at pregnancy massage but also i attended the pregnancy classes. made a big difference in my flexibility and posture which has helped a with various aches and pains and of course not forgetting the all important pelvic floor.” – Megan, Olney

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BIRTH SKILLS WORKSHOP

Birth skills tuition for pregnant ladies and their birth partners.

This workshop is suitable for any couples wanting to learn a little more about the birthing process and how we can actively make it a little easier for the Mother.

 

One or two birth partners are welcome to attend with the Mother to be able to learn how they can support her throughout the labour process.

The workshop will cover:

  • The stages of labour
  • Breathing techniques that can be used during the different stages
  • Optimal birthing positions to labour in and give birth in
  • Visualisations that can be used to aid pain in labour
  • Massage techniques that can be used in late pregnancy and in labour

As much as this is about learning, we won’t just be sitting, as we will be practising some of the positions and how a birthing partner can provide support to help the Mother into these positions or to keep her there.

Please come in loose comfortable clothing so that you will be able to move freely, and layer up as you may get warm.

Mats will be provided to work on but please bring a birthing ball if you have one to practise some of the birthing positions and massage on.

Please contact me for dates. The workshop costs £25 per couple for 2 hours.

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BIRTH PREP, LABOUR & 4th Trimester Package

Have you seen this wonderfully nurturing package of informative videos, information sheets and useful knowledge to prepare you for what lies ahead? 

A completely online package packed full of information that I feel you may need to know on your journey towards motherhood, and up to the first 6 weeks following birth.

As mentioned throughout the therapy and treatment information sections, I have the option of mixing and using specific dōTERRA essential oils to compliment your therapy and suit your specific needs for that session.  If you would like to learn more about the oils that I use, please click the button below.

Testimonials

WHAT LOVELY PEOPLE ARE SAYING

"Tanya's classes are a great way to understand how best to exercise safely whilst pregnant, and teaches you the importance to pelvic floor exercise in preparation for birth and beyond. The on-line support through her FB group also means you feel like you have continued support and "good practice" reminders at every stage. The classes are super friendly, for all abilities and you get to meet lots of other lovely mums to be at the same time. I can honestly say that Tanya's massages and classes combined have helped me to feel prepared and confident as I approach my due date, and I'm looking forward to signing up to her baby massage and post-natal classes just as soon as I'm ready." - Rohan Wedge "Completed both antenatal and postnatal exercise classes. Both classes were really enjoyable and I felt my body making progress every week. The support and encouragement as both prepared by body and promoted its recovery from having my gorgeous little boy. He has also enjoyed the classes and made his own progress. Thank you and well done for all you do!!"