Smashing pumpkin muffins
Because my past life (as in before children) was lived as a free wandering chef, and a drop out naturopath student for a short time (such a divide between the two professions), I have a huge belief that food is so important in your life. Both for the soul and body. Food as medicine - for your body as you fill it with the nutrients you need to grow, heal, have energy, and the right headspace. Food for the soul, nourishing you out of pure comfort. It tastes so great. It reminds you…
Is massage safe in your first trimester of pregnancy
I recently had a Mama contacting me asking me if I could massage her at just 6 weeks pregnant. "Of course" I told her. "Massage can be so beneficial for you in pregnancy, and the sooner, the better" I told her. Of course I knew this mother and her medical history well, so I was aware enough to confidently answer her. On ringing around to book her a day spa treatment including massage for Christmas, her husband was told by many places: "NO. We do not massage until the 2nd trimester." And of cours…
Massage in the first trimester
What is Mama Blooming all about?
Massage is so important, not only for mothers, but also for their little ones. And as mother of two, I know this firsthand.
Hi I'm Sharon and my journey started when I completed my Certificate IV in Massage as a 'side interest' to my then studies in naturopathy. Since then, I’ve had two little girls (who are now two and four), discovered how desperately helpful massage can be as more than just an hour of 'feel good', and I’ve squeezed my remedial…
Tea Meditation (or coffee)- Mindful moments every mum can manage
How important is a name to tell your story?
Finding the right fit in a name for my business was almost as difficult as deciding on what we would call our children. In all cases, both my for my beautiful girls and for a business that has risen very much because of them, the names were of great importance. They had to carry delicate strength and inner beauty, resilience and class. The name also needed to define, in the case of my girls, a tiny human whom we did no…
Deep belly breathing: an easy mindfulness exercise for parents
We all have testing times as a parent. When your baby has been crying for hours and won’t settle. When your kids want to wear dress-ups to school rather than a uniform. Or when every member of the family is pulling you every which way, needing everything done right that minute.
Being a parent isn’t always a walk in the park, but there are things you can do to give yourself time out. Deep belly breathing is one mindf…
Ten benefits of baby massage
In countries like India, China and throughout South-east Asia, baby massage has been around in some form for centuries. In the Western world, however, we have only recently come to appreciate this ancient and precious gift between parent and child.
Traditionally, babies were welcomed into a village network and now, in our fast-paced modern world, we are starting to again see the value in many other tradit…
Is pregnancy massage right for you?
Pregnancy is a beautiful, natural process, but for busy women and working mums, it’s also a time when the body experiences a number of added stresses. Having been practiced for centuries – long before medical intervention was commonplace in pregnancy and birthing – remedial massage is an effective technique for relaxing and releasing the body during pregnancy.
With the amount of …
How one overwhelmed mum became my greatest teacher
Yes I was excited – there would be two sets of twins! – but I also knew I needed to keep my nerves in check. After all, the parents in the room were facing the overwhelming yet beautiful experience of welcoming a new baby into their lives. As I remembered my own experience of becoming a mum, I felt that my nerves seemed almost trivial in comparison.
The physical and emotional benefits of postnatal massage
As your baby settles into the world, don’t forget to take care of yourself too. Following your bub’s arrival, you will likely find yourself overwhelmed by a roller coaster of feelings. Excitement meets confusion, fear, exhaustion and love – emotions that are stronger than you ever imagined possible.
On top of this, your body is receiving ho…
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