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Therapies Suitable During Pregnancy and Childbirth
Alternative medicine are becoming more popular during pregnancy and birthing, avoiding western medicines posing a risk to the unborn child (such as certain medications in conditions such as headache). It’s also much more gentle and non-invasive, and can address many emotional issues western medicine generally ignores.

 




Many pregnant mums are using alternative therapies to help them conceive, ease pregnancy discomfort and see them through labour and birth.
Certain pharmaceuticals are not recommended during pregnancy, below are a few of the more common alternative solutions you can try for ails as small as a headache and as big as labour pains

Hypnosis

Hypnosis is a psychological method which is a great tool for the emotional anxieties to do with labour and childbirth. It has also been said to affect length and pain of labour and lessen and/ or eliminate complications to do with labour.
• Unlike drugs and invasive treatments, hypnosis poses no risk to the unborn child and is mostly used to make labour less painful and stressful for the mother.
• Mothers who choose to have a natural childbirth often do so with the help of a trained hypnotherapist.

Aromatherapy
•Aromatherapy will help ease headaches and fatigue, invigorate you for your day ahead, and help you unwind when suffering from tension or insomnia.
•Essential oils can be used in different ways, including massage, bathing and inhalation. When used in massage, essential oils are not only inhaled, but absorbed through the skin as well. They penetrate the tissues and find their way into the bloodstream where they are transported to the organs and systems of the body. Different oils are thought to act on the body in different ways, having a relaxing, energizing, calming or uplifting effect.

• Uplifting scents such as orange, peppermint and lemon will help improve clarity and focus.
• For headaches and tension try peppermint, basil or rosemary
• For insomnia and tension try relaxing scents such as lavender, rose, patchouli and ylang ylang.

Acupuncture
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine has become increasingly popular in providing comfort for pregnant women. Acupuncture is highly effective at treating some of the most common problems experienced during pregnancy including morning sickness, heartburn, insomnia, water retention and sciatica.
Acupuncture works on pressure points of the body, inserting tiny needles to stimulate and unblock what TCM (traditional chinese medicine) practitioner’s call ‘meridians’.
The needles aren’t left in the body for long, and are not painful. No drugs are involved and treatment will often result in immediate relief.
Among the issues acupuncture can address are:
• Morning sickness
• Emotional and physical exhaustion
• Constipation
• Heartburn
• Colds & flu
• Back pain & sciatic
• Insomnia
• Anxiety & fear
• Varicose veins
• Headaches
• Hypertension
• Fluid retention
• Sinus congestion
• Labour
• Pre-labour preparation
• Breastfeeding problems/Mastitis

Reflexology
Reflexology (sometimes called zone therapy) is a form of alternative therapy in which the nerve endings, primarily in the feet but also in the hands and ears, are stimulated by specific massage techniques to effect changes in another part of the body and thereby creating health and help overcome disease.
Reflexology is based on the premise that pressure points of the feet correspond to organs and points in the body.
Since the body undergoes so many changes during pregnancy, and traditional massage and treatments can be difficult due to an expanding belly, reflexology is a fantastic alternative as the feet are the only part of the body being massaged.
It is generally recognised that Reflexology is helpful both during and after pregnancy but most reflexologists advise that treatment should not be started until after the first twelve weeks, allowing your body to adjust to the hormonal changes it will be undergoing.
Many recipients report that it provides a great feeling of relaxation, general health and well-being and an increase in energy levels. Reflexology generally increases the removal of bodily fluid and waste thus reduces the ankle and feet swelling often associated with pregnancy.
Some of the benefits expectant mothers achieve from reflexology sessions are:-
• Anxiety and stress relief
• Backache
• Blood pressure regulation
• Constipation
• Haemorrhoids
• Insomnia and sleep disorders
• Muscular tension
• Nausea and vomiting
• Cystitis Digestive problems
• Increase energy levels
• Sciatica
• Reduce heartburn
• Muscular Fatigue
• Appetite regulation
• Oedema {swelling,
mainly of feet and ankles}
• Digestive problems

Homeopathy
Homeopathy is the use of herbal and flower essences in an extremely diluted form, to bring subtle assistance to symptoms such as nausea and morning sickness, heartburn, itchiness and skin problems, fatigue, aches, swelling, tenderness, emotional problems, and even stretch marks.
Homeopathics can be really useful when medications are contra-indicated for pregnancy or labour as they harm the child: homeopathics are much more subtle and less risky.
Homeopathics come in tablet or drop form and are often taken more than once a day, they are non intrusive and are purely natural.
For best results keep homeopathic remedies out of sunlight, away from electronics and heat.
Some areas where homeopathy can aid during pregnancy, childbirth and after delivery.
• Morning Sickness
• Breech Birth
• Labour
• Retained Placenta
• Post-partem Haemorrhage
• Asphyxia of Newborn
• Post Natal Depression


Kinesiology
Kinesiology is a non-invasive therapy used to get to the emotional root of physical issues that may be causing pain or distress during pregnancy or labour.
Kinesiology is like a mix of physical and emotional treatment, and the practitioner will often ask the body a question, which will be answered by a strength or weakness in the muscle.
The kinesiologist often moves a part of the body gently asking the client a question. It’s based on the premise that the body will tell the answer when the conscious mind cannot.
Similar to acupuncture and reflexology, kinesiology is based on the premise that parts of the body correspond to internal organs, so symptoms are treated by addressing the corresponding organs.
Kinesiology is one of the least invasive methods of eliminating fears of hospitals, fear of labour, anxieties and stresses to do with childbirth and labour, and even beliefs to do with becoming a mum.

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Therapists offering treatments for women in pregnancy or during childbirth

The Hypnotherapy Practice

within Kingfisher Golf & Country Club
Off Buckingham Road (A422)
Nr Deanshanger, Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
MK19 6JY


Tel: 07990 521266

emily@thehypnopractice.com

Many issues treated inc. weight loss, stop smoking, phobias, anxieties, depression, OCD & children's issues. Expectant mums can benefit from relaxed childbirth sessions. Free consultation available to all.

Totally Holistic Health

47 Cheadle Road
Stockport
SK8 5EU

TelNo: 0161 374 2602

info@totallyholistichealth.co.uk

Advanced bowen technique, pregnancy massage; baby massage; aromatherapy; reflexology;reiki; hot stone massage; natural face lift massage; tibetan acupresssure head massage.

Town Stockport
Town: South Manchester


Acupuncture in Heaton Moor
Gibson Court,
5 Gibsons Road
Heaton Moor
Stockport,
Cheshire SK4 4JX

TelNo: 0796 183 7686

Linda_Johnson@ntlworld.com

I use Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Acupressure Massage & Reiki to treat many conditions such as period and menopause problems, infertility, morning sickness, stress, IBS, persistent colds, migraine, backache, addictions and facial revitalisation, a natural way to treat the face

Sundt Therapies
Upminster
Essex

Also cover Surrey, Kent and Sussex
I practice Reiki and Indian Head Massage. I am fully qualified and insured. Reiki is excellent for treating conditions such as depression, stress and anxiety, as well as helping in pregnancy for both mother and the unborn child.

Timica Therapy Centre. Gayle Joubert
The Avenue
Fareham
Hampshire
Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, Energy Healing, EFT, NLP. OCD and Anxiety Disorders specialist.
Specialising in self-esteem, confidence, phobias, panic attacks, depression, stress, relationship counselling, stop smoking, past life regression and hypnosis in childbirth.
Hampshire: Fareham, Portsmouth, Southampton, Gosport.
Surrey: New Malden, Kingston, Wimbledon, Richmond, Twickenham, Surbiton. ,

Sweet Feet Reflexology
8 Keynton Close
Hertford, Herts
SG14 2EW

TelNo: 07951 719 115
 

karina@sweetfeet.uk.com

The practice is located in Hertford, and we also provide a mobile service to all surrounding towns and villages.We specialise in Fertility, Pregnancy, Childbirth and Postnatal Reflexology.
We also give regular workshops, teaching parents to give reflexology to babies and children.
Furthermore we treat digestive problems, skin complaints, sleep disorders, hormonal imbalances, stress /migraine and joint problems.

Credentials:
ABC Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology, Maternity Reflexology, Baby Reflexology and Infertility Reflexology. Full member of AOR and Member of the NHS Directory of Complementary and Alternative Pracitioners. Member of FSB (Federation of Small Businesses)

Speciality:Pregnancy and Mother/Baby reflexology. Head Massage


Harmonia 
Harmonia
8 Constitution Hill
Snodland
Maidstone
Kent
ME6 5DH

Tel: 01634 249652
info@harmonia.org.uk
Indian Head Massage, Holistic Swedish Body Massage, Sports Massage Therapy, Thermo Aricular Therapy (Hopi Ear Candles), Massage During Pregnancy, or Corporate On Site Massage.

The Alternative Centre
25 Braybrooks Way
Moulton Chapel
Spalding
Lincolnshire

TelNo: 0870 080 1830

marilyn@thealternativecentre.com 
Hypnotherapy for Birthing and Fertility, Critical Illness,smoking, Weight Loss, Reiki and Life Coaching
I can help you live a longer and happier life

CSSMART
6 Laing Close
Bardney
Lincoln

TelNo: 01522 718 959

info@cssmart.co.uk

CSSMART is a mobile sports massage and remedial therapy clinic based near Lincoln. We provide a variety of services such as sports massage, strapping and taping, remedial massage, corporate massage, pregnancy massage, trigger point therapy and postural assessments.

Area: Mobile around Lincolnshire


The Alternative Centre
25 Braybrooks Way
Moulton Chapel
Spalding
Lincolnshire

TelNo: 0870 080 1830

marilyn@thealternativecentre.com 
Hypnotherapy for Birthing and Fertility, Critical Illness,smoking, Weight Loss, Reiki and Life Coaching
I can help you live a longer and happier life

Healing Hands ( Dawn Spragg)
15 Cherry Close
Morden
South West London

TelNo: 0208 715 3049

healinghands@blueyonder.co.uk

Dawn opened her private practice in 1997 and has gone from strength to strength with many happy and very loyal male and females clients
Her very professional service specialises in ;
Aromatherapy, Hydrotherm, Scenar /InterX500, Indian Head Massage, sports and Swedish Massage, Pre/Post natal massage, Hopi Ear candling.
A vast array of Natural beauty treatments, including specialise facials manicured pedicures, lash extensions and perming.

Morden,Wimbledon,Kingstone


Totally Holistic Health

47 Cheadle Road
Stockport
SK8 5EU

TelNo: 0161 374 2602

info@totallyholistichealth.co.uk

Advanced bowen technique, pregnancy massage; baby massage; aromatherapy; reflexology;reiki; hot stone massage; natural face lift massage; tibetan acupresssure head massage.

Town Stockport
Town: South Manchester


holistictouchtherapy
32 Swan Island
1 Strawberry Vale
Twickenham

TelNo: 07841354722

antonia@holistictouch.co.uk

Aromatherapy, deep tissue, indian head, pregnancy, natural face lift, reiki

Areas: west london, south london, kingston, richmond, surrey, london


BirthBody HypnoBirth
07951 215 984

EmailAddress: debra@birthbody.info

Hypno Birth Group & Classes. Also: Individual Birth Preparation, Hypno Fertility & Hypnotherapy

Area: Norfolk, London

Town: Norwich, Muswell Hill, North London


Moving Thoughts
1A, Bush Road
Hellesdon, Norwich
Norfolk NR6 6UF

TelNo: 01603 423827

EmailAddress: info@movingthoughts.co.uk

Hypnotherapy, Counselling, Anxiety and Stress, Driving and Exams, Fertility and Hypnobirthing, Weight Reduction, Phobias and Addictions, One to One or Group sessions

Area: Norfolk

Town: Norwich

Comments: A caring and professional specialist to Adults and Children Home Visits available


MG Health
12 Windermere Way
Boothville
Northampton
Northants
NN3 6PA
Massage Practitioner Mobile or clinic based (please contact for details) Therapeutic & holistic massage, massage in pregnancy & delivery, Indian head massage Nutrition advise

The Alternative Centre
25 Braybrooks Way
Moulton Chapel
Spalding
Northants
TelNo: 0870 080 1830

marilyn@thealternativecentre.com 
Hypnotherapy for Birthing and Fertility, Critical Illness,smoking, Weight Loss, Reiki and Life Coaching
I can help you live a longer and happier life

Creativeself Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy
Oxford

info@creativeself.co.uk
Hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in Oxford. Hypnosis for Smoking, weight loss, Anxiety, phobias, fertility, HypnoBirthing, Past life regression and much more...

access2balance
71 Mayshade Road
Loanhead
EH20 9HL

TelNo: 0131 440 2989 or 07724741570

info@access2balance.co.uk

:I offer sympathetic Hypnotherapy interventions and Counselling for a variety of common issues, including weightloss, birthing, anxiety, IBS, phobias, stop smoking etc. Call me for a "no obligation" chat about your concern. I'll be happy to listen and help.

Area: Central Scotland

Town: Edinburgh, Loanhead


Lazy Daisy
2 Lacewing Close
Ipswich
IP8 3UD
Hypnotherapy,Massage,Meditation
Baby Massage, Baby Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga, Hypnobirthing, Yoga for Children, Doula

Timica Therapy Centre. Gayle Joubert
3 Elm Close
Twickenham
Middlesex TW2 5JR

TelNo: 0208 274 2806

Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, Energy Healing, EFT, NLP. OCD and Anxiety Disorders specialist.
Specialising in self-esteem, confidence, phobias, panic attacks, depression, stress, relationship counselling, stop smoking, past life regression and hypnosis in childbirth. Tel: 01329 823112.
Hampshire: Fareham, Portsmouth, Southampton, Gosport.
Surrey: New Malden, Kingston, Wimbledon, Richmond, Twickenham, Surbiton. ,

BowenTherapies
Little Porch
YarmWay
Leatherhead

TelNo: 01372 372129
km@bowentherapies.co.uk

A general, non-invasive muscle release therapy for all ages. Can help back pain(including in pregnancy), frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, MS, stress management and body balancing. No oils are used and the treatment can be done through light clothing.

Karen Riley Hypnotherapy 
The Astwood Clinic
22 New Hey Road
Huddersfield
TelNo: 01422 373321
smiley.rileys@virgin.net
Clinincal hypnotherapy for smoking cessation, IBS, anxiety, Phobias, confidence depression and more we also offer hypnosis for fertility and hypnobirthing


 

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