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Massage in the first trimester

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 cou…

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What is Mama Blooming all about?

Welcome to Mama Blooming

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…

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Tea Meditation (or coffee)- Mindful moments every mum can manage

The act of mindful meditation can feel incredibly hard to commit to for many? And for mum's, it can tend to border on feelings of impossible at the beginning. The expectation of time and focus put into long periods of stillness? I personally SUCK at it. But am working on it. Because I know how amazing it is for me. Thousands of years of history have shown it. Science has shown it. Just speaking with people who regularly meditate, you can feel their calm and focus and just know they are functio…

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How important is a name to tell your story?

Did you agonise over the importance of your baby's name?

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…

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Deep belly breathing: an easy mindfulness exercise for parents

Three minutes to breathe yourself into a better headspace.

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…

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Ten benefits of baby massage

With baby massage, the parenting journey becomes even more rewarding.

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…

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How one overwhelmed mum became my greatest teacher

Being new to something is always overwhelming. So imagine my nerves as I prepared to take my first infant massage class.

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.

I was…

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Why infant massage has made me a better mum

We all have those moments when we question the path we are on. Where instead of being a passenger in life, we decide to take the wheel and drive. My turning point came when I made the transition from chef to remedial massage therapist.

This very welcome career change happened at the same time as I became a mum, so I naturally decided to specialise in massage treatments for women from pregnancy through to postnatal and beyond. To offer ‘a little something extra’ to my clien…

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Eight ways to make your massage hold longer

Do you love getting a massage, but find you are back where you started after only a day or two? Do you wish you could magically make it hold longer before the tension or chronic aches kick in again? The good news is that you can – if you do the right things in-between massages.

After every massage, I give my clients advice and homework to ensure their treatment holds for as long as possible. No matter what you need a massage for, I will work with you to give you as much re…

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What is colic really and 7 things real Mama's have found that helped their babies!

Colic is a condition that approximately 1 in 5 babies suffer with. Colic is basically described as a baby that cries for more than 3 hours a day, 3 days a week, 3 weeks in a row, whilst otherwise appearing healthy and unhurt. There seems to be no explanation why your otherwise happy bub suddenly begins to cry non stop, usually as the evening or night progresses.

Apart from hours of crying, your baby also might be very gassy, she may have a very tight, bloated tummy, a little like a drum, he mig…

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