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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…

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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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The physical and emotional benefits of postnatal massage

From hormone regulation to muscle release and help with milk flow, postnatal massage has a number of benefits for tired, aching mums.

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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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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Post Natal Depression. Did it happen to me?

Exhaustion! Self doubt! Fears! Tears! A feeling of complete failure!
Fears something may happen to my babies. Fears that the action I take will scar them for life and they will be broken for their future ever more. Picking them up too much. Letting them cry. At all! Every little decision! Because I got it wrong! Anger! Frustration! Exhaustion!

I JUST NEED HELP!! But I will not ask for it. How can I ask for it? Everyone else is coping. I am a stay at home mum. My ONE job…

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RUOK Mama? We are checking in with YOU...everyday!


RUOK Mama? We immediately hit the automated response. "I'm fine" or "Just a little tired". Because we are not willing, or feel the other person is not prepared to hear the real answer. But the answer is not always "fine", and that is okay too. It is okay to feel isolated. It is okay to feel overwhelmed. It is okay to feel sad or angry or fed up...or feel nothing much at all. It does not make you a bad person, or bad mum, or weak or hopeless or incapable. It makes you impe…

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The whole messy breastfeeding journey

My breastfeeding journey did not always look like this, but this is why I perservered and these are the moments I love to remember. Snuggling, connecting, staring lovingly into each others eyes.

Do you want to know the WHOLE messy breastfeeding story?
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To be honest, this is not even a pic of my baby and I? I did take some. Secret selfies. Back then, I was still influenced by outside opinions around so much in my Mothering journey. Opinions that were not my own. Growing up I would hear old…

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