21 May 2017

Cranial osteopathy and the treatment of colic


How cranial osteopathy can help soothe away your baby's colicky cries


by Liz Neale

Get a group of new parents together and it won't take long before they start talking about sleep. Or, more likely, the lack of it. The advice to 'sleep when your baby sleeps' is all well and good. However, if your little one likes to party all night, every night, you are soon functioning like a zombie if you can't catch up during the day. So when one of my friends suggested taking my four-week-old to a cranial osteopath to reduce her stress levels (and hopefully help us both rest), I was intrigued.

What is cranial osteopathy?


Cranial osteopathy encourages the release of tension and stresses in the body and the head that might have been caused by the birth. Osteopaths hold and observe the baby, carefully manipulating the body to encourage it to function as it should.

I wondered if it was some sort of 'baby whispering'. After all, if the osteopath was merely holding my baby, how could that be deemed treatment? But several mums recommended cranial osteopathy as a way of combating the dreaded colic. Those long evenings when baby cries and cries – and cries – before sleep eventually comes.

I visited osteopath David Isherwood at his practice in south west London for what he called a ‘Baby MOT’. He explained that newborn babies can be subject to enormous forces when they are born. Twisting and turning as they squeeze their way to the outside world can mean a lot of stress and pressure. This pressure falls particularly on baby's head.

How do cranial osteopaths work?


Cranial osteopaths look to recognise any effects caused by this and release that pressure. They pay special attention on the base of the skull, as nerves to the tongue and guts may become irritated. This, in turn, may effect suckling and cause nausea.

David said there may also be a build up of pressure around the Temporal bone which houses the hearing apparatus. As well as this, the Eustachian tubes may become compressed during delivery, especially by forceps. This may lead to blocked ears and infection.

David explained: "There is a fundamental subtle movement within all body tissues that cranial osteopaths are trained to feel. This is present throughout the connective tissues (which are fascia, ligaments, muscles and bones) of the whole body, including the head. Within the skull and spinal cord, the sensitive meninges express this movement as a shape change. If the body is subjected to strong compression or twisting forces, such as those experienced by the baby during birth, these connective tissues can become distorted and strained. As a result, the baby may feel uncomfortable. Osteopaths use their highly developed sense of palpation to feel these strains and to gently release them".

Cranial osteopathy treatment


David started by asking me questions about Catherine’s arrival to find out if I'd had a good pregnancy and a straightforward birth. Once he had all that information, he began the physical examination. The first thing he did was simply hold Catherine gently, feeling for that flexion and extension. He placed her on the couch and started with her feet, holding them gently and talking slowly, and quietly reassuring her all the time.

"I watch the face and body for any reaction" he said. "I then wait to feel for the rhythmic fascial pull. Is it symmetrical? Is it stronger on one side? Next I test for mobilisation and the angle of movement of the ankle joints and toes. I then do this with the knees and hips".

David continued working his way up Catherine’s body. He examined her ribs through her clothes before moving on to her spine. I was convinced she would keep wriggling and perhaps even start crying at the unfamiliar surroundings. However, to my surprise, she was relaxing and closing her eyes. Her arms were thrown up above her head, yet she clearly felt safe and secure enough to sleep.  David continued with the examination; moving along Catherine’s fingers, wrists, elbows and then to her shoulders and head.

Cranial osteopathy and colic


During delivery a newborn's head faces huge pressure. The soft bones of the skull overlap and bend as the baby is born. Over the first few days of life the head will gradually lose its moulded shape. However, that feeling of pressure sometimes remains. This pressure can lead to crying and screaming as the baby is uncomfortable. It can also mean that a a baby has difficulty feeding because of the stresses throughout the head, face and throat. As David explained his work, I realised this was something Catherine struggled with. She was quite a 'windy' feeder, gulping air as I fed her. She would also regurgitate milk between and after feeds.

David said: 'Many babies are mouth breathers. They struggle to drink and breathe through the nose, hence this gulping of air. Once these 'lumps' of air have descended below the stomach, they have a long way to go. Very often this will cause abdominal pain, as the air stretches the baby's sensitive small intestines on its journey.’

That certainly sounded familiar and I was grateful for tips on how to combat this. This included a nifty little trick to burp baby using a combination of leaning and stretching. As Catherine lay on the couch fast asleep, it was hard not to think David had performed some kind of magical 'witch doctor' spell.

After the treatment


I carefully picked her up and placed her back in the pram. Normally she would jolt awake, but she hardly stirred as I negotiated the uneven pavement outside. I wasn't sure what to expect that night. Catherine certainly didn't go to bed at 7pm without a fuss. However, her crying was less prolonged and, when she did settle, it took less time.

Perhaps, more importantly, I felt I had some peace of mind from the osteopathy treatment. I had had a straightforward delivery, but it had all been quite quick. In addition to this, Catherine had needed oxygen when she was first born. David's baby MOT provided reassurance that things were as they should be. Even as a first-time mum, I was doing things correctly.

Originally published in the Daily Mail Online on the 20 June 2011


More information and appointments


If you would like more information about cranial osteopathy, visit the Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy website. For appointments with  our resident cranial osteopath Aude Lauriot Prevost, call us on 020 8789 3881.


20 May 2017

Two week baby massage course



Two week baby massage course


Starts Thursday 1st June, 10-11am


Massage is the most natural and instinctive form of caring for the baby. The new-born baby experiences the world through its senses, such as touch, smell, taste, sound and vision. These senses develop gradually. However, from the moment of birth, the baby already understands the language of touch.

What are the benefits of baby massage


Here are some of the benefits of baby massage:

  • Massage helps to create a unique bond between the parents and the baby.
  • It gives first-time parents more confidence.
  • Massage relaxes both the baby and the parent.
  • Mothers who suffer from postnatal depression may feel more positive when they experience their baby’s response to the massage.
  • Massage helps parents to be aware of their baby’s body and the developmental changes they are going through.
  • Regularly massaged babies develop their motor skills more quickly.
  • Massage helps to improved circulation, as well as promoting healthy skin and a strong immune system.
  • As the baby relaxes during the massage, their muscles also relax. As a result, massage can also help to ease conditions such as colic pain and constipation.
  • Baby massage is highly therapeutic. In addition to this, it can help with several ailments throughout early childhood.

This 2-week baby massage course is run by paediatric physiotherapist Lauren Wee. The course starts on Thursday 1st June at 10am, with each session lasting for an hour. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Cost and booking


This 2-week baby massage course costs £40. You can book online, in person at reception, by calling  020 8789 3881 or by sending an email on info@putneyclinic.co.uk.


Fertility yoga training day (CPD)


FERTILITY YOGA TEACHER TRAINING CPD WORKSHOP WITH YOGA MAMA


NEXT CPD: SUNDAY 4 JUNE 2017


The Yoga Mama fertility yoga teacher training CPD workshop will primarily look at giving yoga teachers the information and tools to support women and couples who are trying to conceive naturally or through in vitro fertilisation (IVF).


AIM OF THE COURSE


The aim of this fertility yoga teacher training CPD workshop is set out below:
  • To understand what infertility is and how yoga can help and support women and couples.
  • You will learn suitable postures for fertility yoga classes and the effects these have on the body.
  • You will look at factors that might affect conception; including stress, nutrition and lifestyle.
  • Trying for a baby can be a highly stressful time for men and women, so we will also look at
  • how to create a safe, nurturing environment in which to facilitate fertility yoga classes.

WHAT WE WILL COVER


In this fertility yoga teacher training CPD workshop topics covered will include:
  • Possible causes of infertility
  • Asana
  • Pranayama/mudra/ visualisation techniques
  • The use of props in fertility yoga classes
  • Stress and relaxation management
  • Emotional support
  • Specific poses suitable whist having IVF treatment


ELIGIBILITY


The fertility yoga teacher training course is open to yoga teachers and women’s health professionals. It is also a Yoga Alliance Professionals approved CPD.


FACULTY


The Yoga Mama fertility yoga teacher training CPD workshop faculty is made up of:


VENUE


This Fertility Yoga Teacher Training CPD Workshop will take place at the Yoga Mama studio. Full address below.

Yoga Mama
2nd Floor, Putneymead Group Medical Practice
266 Upper Richmond Road
Putney,
London SW15 6TQ


COST


The Yoga Mama Fertility Yoga Teacher Training CPD workshop costs £150. This price includes the manual.


BOOKING


To reserve your place on the June 2017 Yoga Mama Fertility Yoga Teacher Training CPD workshop, you can book online. Alternatively, call us on 020 8789 3881 or send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.


17 May 2017

Free triathlon seminar: Training from inside out



FREE TRIATHLON SEMINAR: TRAINING FROM INSIDE OUT


THURSDAY 22 JUNE, 7-9PM


Are you looking to take up the Triathlon or other endurance sport? Perhaps you have competed before and are in search of top tips for your next event?


Endurance Nutritional Therapist Fleur Borrelli (BSc Nut Med BA Hons MBant NTCC) will explain how making simple changes to your diet and eating patterns can reduce reliance on high carb foods and energy drinks, while also making you a better fat burner.  She willl also tell you what you can do to optimise your inflammatory and immune responses, and you will learn why a one size fits all approach doesn't work for everyone.

To round off the evening, triathletes Heather Sellars (of Team GB) and David Hemmings (of Velosport) will share motivation, experiences, advice and stories from inside the sport.


BOOKING


This triathlon seminar is open to triathletes and other endurance athletes. These talks are free. However, due to limited space, booking is essential. To book your place,  call 020 8789 3881 or send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.

ABOUT FLEUR BORRELLI


Fleur is a the resident nutritional therapist at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy. She is also the co-author of the best-selling In-Sync Diet alongside Glynis Barber. Fleur is an experienced sports nutritionist. Given her knowledge in this field, she has devised a programme called RISE. This programme is based on the five keys to achieving optimal physical performance, which are: Recovery, Immunity, Strength and Energy.

Fleur provides Nutritional Therapy from a clinical perspective. With regard to her treatments, they are part preventative and part regenerative medicine. She bases her approach on new developments in the field of psychology, neurology, endocrinology and immunology.  Taking this into account, she then looks at how these systems interact with each other.





1-2-1 Reformer Pilates promotional offer


1-2-1 Reformer Pilates promotional offer


Get 50% off your first Reformer Pilates session


Offer valid until the end of June

As a special introductory offer, in conjunction with our partners at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy, we are offering a 50% discount on your first 1-2-1 Reformer Pilates session until the end of June. These 1-2-1 sessions usually cost £70, but until the end of June it will cost just £35. There are a limited number of sessions, so book early to avoid disappointment.

To take advantage of this 1-2-1 Reformer Pilates promotional offer, call us on 020 8789 3881 quoting the promo code 121REFORMER. Some terms and conditions apply. This offer is valid until 30 June 2017. Please note that it cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotions.


What is Reformer Pilates?


Reformer Pilates is a low impact form of exercise. This means that it is easy on the joints, but is still challenging. At Yoga Mama Wellness and The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy, we use the Allegro 2 reformer machine. This is a versatile piece of equipment that facilitates a wide range of exercises.

The machine also comes with attachments that allow us to increase the range of modifications to exercises. In addition to this, we can also carry out a broader range of exercises than in a traditional mat-based Pilates class. Furthermore, the machine’s resistance provides additional support. This support is especially beneficial to people with a limited range of movement or injury, as they can perform modified exercises safely.


The Physical and Psychological Effects of Stress


The Physical and Psychological Effects of Stress

Free Stress Management Talk with Fiona Worthington and Dermot Burke


Thursday 29th June 7-8.30pm

Did you know that stress can affect us physically as well as psychologically? In modern life, stress is more common than you would perhaps think. For this reason, the Putney Clinic is holding a free stress management workshop on Thursday 29th June. The talk will be led by our resident Clinical Hypnotherapist, Fiona Worthington, and Physiotherapist, Dermot Burke. They will offer suggestions to ease the physical and psychological effects of stress. In addition to this, they will give practical advice on how you can take better care of yourself moving forward.


WHAT WE WILL COVER

During the talk, Fiona and Dermot will cover a broad spectrum of stress-related topics, amongst which are:

  • The physiological effects of stress and The Biopsychosocial Model.
  • How stress can influence pain and our behaviour.
  • The physiological effects of exercise and movement.
  • Studies linking exercise, cognitive control and stress/health.
  • An explanation of what internal and external stressors are.
  • What triggers your personal stress?
  • Simple exercise and movement tips.
  • To finish off, we will have a relaxing group hypnosis/ breathing session.
At the end of the workshop, there will be a brief question and answer session. You are welcome to put any doubts and questions to the experts.


BOOKINGS

The talk is open to the general public and is free. However, due to limited space, booking is essential. To reserve your place, you can book online, in person at reception or by calling us on 020 8789 3881. Similarly, you can also book your place by sending an email on info@putneyclinic.co.uk.


MEET THE SPEAKERS

Fiona Worthington (Cognitive Behavioural Coach & Clinical Hypnotherapist)

Fiona Worthington practises CBT and Hypnotherapy at The Putney Clinic. Having worked for nearly twenty years in investment banking, she is well aware of the pressure and stress of a demanding work environment. She is especially interested in helping clients work through anxiety, depression, insomnia, pain management, stress and self-confidence issues.

Fiona uses CBT and Hypnotherapy. Both of these techniques are about training the mind, and clients can go away and use them for themselves. Her friendly personality will put you at ease during your sessions. In essence, Fiona aims to equip you with the tools so that you can move forward in life.

Dermot Burke (Physiotherapist)

Dermot has a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from Kings College London. He has extensive experience in treating performance-associated musculoskeletal injuries. In addition to this, Dermot has also been involved in high-level sports rehabilitation with a number of Gaelic football and soccer teams in both London and Dublin. Away from work, he enjoys keeping fit at the gym, and playing football and tag rugby.


Women's wellness yoga workshop

Women's wellness yoga workshop

Women's wellness yoga workshop

With Claire Dobbs


THURSDAY 15 JUNE 2017, 6:45 - 8:15PM

This women's wellness yoga workshop is led by Claire Dobbs. It is an opportunity for women to come together and support each other within the context of a deliciously nurturing, feminine yoga practice. Furthermore, the essence of this practice is to nourish and celebrate the feminine spirit in each of us. The yoga practice will be based around a more restorative, womb yoga approach with the aim of promoting hormonal balance.

This circle is suitable for women of all ages, regardless of your life stage. It is ideal for women who are going through the  menopause, as well as those with a womb space (post-hysterectomy). It offers women the chance to connect with others in the same situation. As a result, this allows women to discuss and share experiences in a supportive group framework. What's more, the yoga practice will help to enliven your prana shakti, the female life force.


COST AND BOOKINGS

This women's wellness yoga workshop costs £25. To reserve your place, you can book online or call us on 020 8789 3881. Alternatively, you can also send us an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk.

ABOUT CLAIRE DOBBS

Claire has practised yoga for many years.  In 2014, she qualified as a Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher with Vidya Jacqueline Heisel at Frog Lotus Yoga in Spain. She subsequently qualified as a Pregnancy Yoga Teacher with Cherie Lathey at Yoga Mama in 2015. She is a Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher (200 Level). Claire creates a fun and flowing practice, while focusing on finding the connection between breath, body, mind and movement. In summary, her style is creative and compassionate and encourages us to listen to our body and heart.


June Restorative Yoga Workshop

Restorative Yoga Workshop with Diane King

Wednesday 21 June, 8 - 9:15pm


Are you looking to ease stress and fatigue? Perhaps you are recovering from injury or other health conditions? Or maybe you are just looking for a gentle yoga practice? If so, this restorative yoga workshop is for you!

Why not come and relax in a candlelit studio? Breathe and let go! This restorative yoga workshop with Diane is suitable for all levels of experience and flexibility. For those carrying an injury or any health conditions, Diane will assist you with pose modifications.



Cost and bookings


This restorative yoga workshop costs £20. You can book online, in person at reception, or by calling us on 020 8789 3881.



What is restorative yoga?


Restorative yoga is a form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. The use of props  (such as eye bags, blankets, blocks and bolsters) helps you to maintain balance whilst stimulating and relaxing your body.

This type of yoga suitable for all. It is especially suitable for people returning to yoga practice after a spell away. It is also suitable for anyone working with injuries or health conditions. Restorative yoga allows individuals to switch off from the hectic pace of everyday life. Thus allowing them to tune into themselves.



About Diane King


Diane is a British Wheel of Yoga accredited teacher. She is also registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals (200 Level). She specialises in restorative, pregnancy, postnatal, baby and fertility yoga. Diane creates a balanced practice between dynamic and restorative poses, focusing on breath and alignment. This allows students to release tension from the mind and body. Her style of teaching is honest and open and she encourages students to find the humility and humour in themselves.



Free introductory talk on Hypnobirthing



In conjunction with our partners at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy, we are holding a free public talk titled Introduction to hypnobirthing on Saturday 3rd February (1 - 1:30pm). This talk will offer you the opportunity to meet our resident hypnobirthing expert, Dr Stacy Gandolfi. Come along and discover what hypnobirthing is, and find out whether it is right for you.


Introduction to Hypnobirthing: A birth without pain?


Below you will find details about the talk.
  • Introduction to Hypnobirthing: A birth without pain?
  • Speaker: Dr Stacy Gandolfi
  • Date: Saturday 3 June 2017
  • Time: 1 - 1:30pm
During the session Dr Gandolfi will provide an overview of:
  • What hypnobirthing is
  • How it is beneficial for you, your birthing partner and your baby
  • The scientific evidence underpinning this approach
At the end, you will also have the chance to put your questions to Dr Gandolfi. She will offer information and advice so that you can decide if this course is suitable for you.


Booking


This talk is aimed primarily at pregnant women and couples, but is open to general public. It is a free talk. However, due to limited space, it is essential you book your place. To book, call us on 020 8789 3881 or book online.


July Stretch Workshop



Stretch Workshop with Cherie Lathey


Saturday 1st July 2017 (1 - 2:30pm)

Are you looking to increase your flexibility? Then this stretch workshop is for you.

Many people, whether they are elite athletes or desk bound office workers, need to spend more time stretching to increase their range of motion. Lots of injuries and back problems can have their roots in tightness or in balance in the muscles or stiffness around the joints.

This workshop is loosely based on the Yin Yoga principle of holding stretches for 3 to 5 minutes, thus also stretching the fascia that surrounds the muscles.

This  workshop is open to anyone as we will use props to help facilitate this deep stretching. There is no jumping around and the workshop is mostly floor based. Be prepared to take yourself out of your “normal” stretch comfort zone.

Cost and booking


This stretch workshop costs £25. To book your place, call The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy reception on 020 8789 3881 or visit the Yoga Mama online booking system.

14 May 2017

Quote of the Day.


It always seems impossible until it is done.

Nelson Mandela

15 April 2017

Marichyasana D position with Sharath Jois



In my humble opinion this is one of the hardest poses in the ashtanga yoga primary series.

14 April 2017

How to practise Yin Yoga



An introduction to Yin yoga with Bernie Clark. I personally need a yin yoga practice to balance my yang one.

06 April 2017

Free talk: Ageing healthily and happily for women



AGEING HEALTHILY AND HAPPILY FOR WOMEN

FREE PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL TALK


THURSDAY 18 MAY, 7-9PM

The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy will be holding a Free public talk titled "Ageing Healthily and Happily for Women" on Thursday 18th May, 7-9pm. There will be talks by nutritional therapist Fleur Borrelli and yoga teacher Claire Dobbs. Although the talk is aimed primarily at women, it is open to the general public. For more information, see below.

About the talk


Inflammation may be at the root of all chronic disease today. These include obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, neurodegeneration, allergies and autoimmune disease and even cancer. However, did you know that you can successfully mediate the majority of these through diet and lifestyle changes?

Come and join nutritional therapist and psychoneuroimmunologist Fleur Borrelli for this talk. She will show you how you can live a healthy and happy life full of vitality by making a few simple changes. These changes can be in the way you eat, drink, move and respond to your environment.

Also featuring in the talk is yoga teacher Claire Dobbs. She will be discussing ‘The Magic of Movement in 3rd Age’. Claire has a deep interest in menstrual health and menopause, focusing on finding the connection between breath, body, mind and movement. Her style is creative and compassionate and encourages every woman to listen to her body and heart.

Booking


This talk is free. However, booking is essential as spaces are limited. To reserve your place, you can book online or call us on 020 8789 3881.


May Stretch Workshop with Cherie Lathey




Stretch Workshop with Cherie Lathey



Saturday 6th May 2017 (2 - 3:30pm)

Are you looking to increase your flexibility? Then this stretch workshop is for you.
Many people, whether they are elite athletes or desk bound office workers, need to spend more time stretching to increase their range of motion. Lots of injuries and back problems can have their roots in tightness or in balance in the muscles or stiffness around the joints.

This workshop is loosely based on the Yin Yoga principle of holding stretches for 3 to 5 minutes, thus also stretching the fascia that surrounds the muscles.

This workshop is open to anyone as we will use props to help facilitate this deep stretching. There is no jumping around and the workshop is mostly floor based. Be prepared to take yourself out of your “normal” stretch comfort zone.


Cost and booking



This stretch workshop costs £25. To book your place, call us on 020 8789 3881 or visit the Yoga Mama online booking system.

April Restorative Yoga Workshop

Restorative Yoga Workshop with Diane King

Wednesday 26 April, 8 - 9:15pm


Are you looking to ease stress and fatigue? Perhaps you are recovering from injury or other health conditions? Or maybe you are just looking for a gentle yoga practice? If so, this restorative yoga workshop is for you!

Why not come and relax in a candlelit studio? Breathe and let go! This restorative yoga workshop with Diane is suitable for all levels of experience and flexibility. For those carrying an injury or any health conditions, Diane will assist you with pose modifications.



Cost and bookings


This restorative yoga workshop costs £20. You can book online, in person at reception, or by calling us on 020 8789 3881.



What is restorative yoga?


Restorative yoga is a form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. The use of props  (such as eye bags, blankets, blocks and bolsters) helps you to maintain balance whilst stimulating and relaxing your body.

This type of yoga suitable for all. It is especially suitable for people returning to yoga practice after a spell away. It is also suitable for anyone working with injuries or health conditions. Restorative yoga allows individuals to switch off from the hectic pace of everyday life. Thus allowing them to tune into themselves.



About Diane King


Diane is a British Wheel of Yoga accredited teacher. She is also registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals (200 Level). She specialises in restorative, pregnancy, postnatal, baby and fertility yoga. Diane creates a balanced practice between dynamic and restorative poses, focusing on breath and alignment. This allows students to release tension from the mind and body. Her style of teaching is honest and open and she encourages students to find the humility and humour in themselves.



Class timetable April / May 2017



Below you will find the current timetable and prices for classes at Yoga Mama. This timetable comes into effect the week commencing 17th April 2017. Courses last for 7 weeks, unless otherwise stated.

To book your place on your chosen course, go to our live schedule and booking system. At present, online booking is not available once a course has started (except pregnancy classes). To check availability or to book, call us on 020 8789 3881.

One-to-one Yoga, Fertility Yoga, Tai Chi, Reformer Pilates and mat Pilates classes are also available. Individual sessions are £65, with discounts available on block bookings. For more information or to book, call us on 020 8789 3881.


Timetable and Prices


Day Time Course Teacher Duration Cost
Mon 11:00 - 12:00 Postnatal Pilates * Emily 4 weeks £60
Mon 19:00 - 20:00 Pregnancy Pilates * Babs Ongoing Class pass
Tue 10:30 - 11:30 Mum and Baby Yoga Hajni 7 weeks £105
Tue 18:45 - 19:45 Pregnancy Yoga Cherie Ongoing Class pass
Tue 20:00 - 21:00 Pilates Rehab Claire 7 weeks £105
Wed 10:00 - 11:00 Tai Chi Enid 7 weeks £105
Wed 12:00 - 13:00 Postnatal Pilates Rachel 7 weeks £105
Wed 18:45 - 19:45 Pregnancy Yoga Diane Ongoing Class pass
Wed 20:00 - 21:15 Restorative Yoga Workshop
(26 April & 24 May)
Diane 1 day £20
Thu 10:30 - 11:30 Mum and Baby Yoga Eftal 7 weeks £105
Thu 19:00 - 21:00 Ageing Happily & Healthily
(Free public talk. 18 May)
Fleur 1 day Free
Fri 09:00 - 10:30 Ashtanga Yoga Led Cherie 7 weeks £119
Sat 08:45 - 09:45 Pregnancy Pilates Sylwia Ongoing Class pass
Sat 10:00 - 11:00 Pregnancy Yoga Eftal Ongoing Class pass
Sat 11:15 - 12:15 General Pilates Claire 7 weeks £105
Sat 14:00 - 15:30 Stretch workshop
(6 May)
Cherie 1 day £25


* Please note there will be no classes on the 17th April or the 1st and 29th of May due to bank holidays

Pregnancy Yoga & Pilates Class Passes and Drop ins

Class Duration Class pass Price Pass expiry period
Pregnancy Yoga 60 minutes 6 classes £90 Use within 8 weeks
Pregnancy Pilates 60 minutes 6 classes £90 Use within 8 weeks
Drop in 60 minutes 1 class £17 1 class



One-to-one classes

Class Duration Individual session Block booking
1-2-1 Yoga 60 minutes £65 Call 020 8789 3881
1-2-1 Fertility Yoga 60 minutes £65 Call 020 8789 3881
1-2-1 Tai Chi 60 minutes £65 Call 020 8789 3881
1-2-1 Mat Pilates 60 minutes £65 Call 020 8789 3881
1-2-1 Reformer Pilates 60 minutes £70 Call 020 8789 3881
 


Class bookings

Yoga Mama class bookings can be made via our online booking system, in person at reception, or by telephone on 020 8789 3881.


09 March 2017

April Foam Roller Master Class



Foam Roller Master Class with Claire Cason


Thursday 6 April, 7 – 8:30pm


Are you looking to improve your stretch, balance and core muscle strength? Then why not try this Foam Roller Master Class with physiotherapist Claire Cason?

Foam rollers can be used in the gym, at home and in rehabilitation classes. In this class, you will learn how to make full use of foam roller, whether it is in the prevention of injuries, core stability training or even self-massage. Foam rolling is especially beneficial to athletes and cyclists involved in regular training and competition to enhance recovery and improve tissue condition.


Cost and booking

This foam roller master class costs £25. To reserve your place, book online or by calling the Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy on 020 8789 3881.
 

About Claire Cason


Claire graduated from St Mary’s University with a degree in Sport Rehabilitation in 2011. Subsequently, in 2014, she completed her Master’s degree in Physiotherapy degree at the University of Southampton. Since completing her Master’s,  Claire has been working within the NHS in a variety of different settings. 

Claire has worked with various sports teams including London Welsh and London Scottish rugby clubs. In addition to this, she spent several months in the USA working with college athletes in South Dakota. She also worked as an exercise rehabilitation instructor for the Ministry of Defence. In this role, she worked closely with injured soldiers helping them to the front line.

Claire has a strong interest in acrobatic gymnastics. She has been involved with the sport for over 18 years, initially as a gymnast and now as a coach. As a result, Claire has an understanding and ongoing interest in the further stages of rehabilitation. With regard to her treatments, She tailors them to meet individual needs from an early stage. Thus ensuring a well-rounded approach to rehabilitation. Claire is also a qualified Pilates instructor.


April Yoga for Birth Preparation course

Yoga for Birth Preparation with Diane King

Next course starts Wednesday 5 April, 4:30pm
 

Diane’s Yoga for Birth Preparation classes are tailored for the final stages of pregnancy (from 32 weeks). This is a time in which expectant mothers most need to quieten the mind, let go of time pressures and constant doing. During this stage of pregnancy, women should be in a consciously relaxed state. This will allow them to connect not only with themselves, but also with their babies. It also allows women to discover their inner birthing wisdom.

Yoga for Birth Preparation course outline

Diane’s Yoga for Birth Preparation course runs over two weeks. It covering the following topics:

Week 1:
  • The natural physiology of birth.
  • What to expect at the different stages of the labour process.
  • Using breath as your anchor in labour.
  • Detailed breath techniques for the different stages of labour.

Week 2:
  • Managing fear.
  • Trusting your body and nurturing a sense of empowerment.
  • Creating a positive intention and guided relaxation.
  • Letting go of the intellect and connecting with intuition and instincts.

After the initial discussion, the session then becomes more focused on the body. We incorporate yoga postures that can help move the labour process along. We also aim to build an inner and outer strength, so as to support women along the course of labour. To finish, we end the class with a restorative relaxation. We fully support mums-to-be so they can let go and connect with their inner self and their babies.


Above all, the class aims to nurture a sense of community and sharing in the final stages of pregnancy. This support will benefit women as they approach childbirth and enter into motherhood.


Cost and booking

This 2-week course costs £45. You can book online or call The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy on 020 8789 3881.


Can acupuncture help morning sickness?

How can acupuncture help morning sickness?


Morning sickness is a very common ailment during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. Health professionals prefer to call the condition “nausea and vomiting in pregnancy”. This is because it can affect women at any time of the day or night. Whereas some women may feel sick all day long. Traditional remedies include making modifications to diet, resting and even wearing loose-fitting clothes. However, in this post we pose the following question. Can acupuncture help morning sickness? And, if so, how?

What is morning sickness?

Nausea and vomiting are commonly experienced by women in early pregnancy. The prevalence rates are 50-80% for nausea, and 50% for vomiting and retching. The symptoms are most common in the first trimester, between 6 and 12 weeks. However, it can continue to 20 weeks. In approximately 20% of women, morning sickness may last even longer. If vomiting is persistent, it can lead to weight loss, dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. Ultimately, in severe cases, it may lead to hospitalisation.

What are the causes of morning sickness?

The symptoms of morning sickness are thought to be associated with rising levels of human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) or oestrogens. Women experiencing nausea and vomiting during pregnancy can suffer considerable physical and psychological effects. The symptoms can affect daily activities and relationships, and result in lost productivity.

The new set of guidelines published by the NHS says that ginger and acupuncture can play a useful role in treating nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.

Can acupuncture help morning sickness?

With regard to the use of acupuncture to treat morning sickness, the British Acupuncture Council offers the following guidance. “During the early stage of pregnancy, huge energetic changes are going on in the body. Acupuncture can help at that energetic level so that nausea subsides. Also vomiting, if there is any, and belching fades away. The sense of smell becomes manageable and energy and emotions return to balance. This enables the mum-to-be to enjoy her pregnancy. The treatment is entirely safe to the pregnancy and generally the sickness will clear up.

Appointments

If you are suffering from morning sickness, why not make an appointment with traditional Chinese acupuncturist Jas Kandola at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy. To book an appointment, call 020 8789 3881 or visit the Putney Clinic's online booking system.

Acupuncture during IVF treatment

Acupuncture during IVF treatment. Recent studies have shown that it can increase chances of a successful pregnancy.

Acupuncture during IVF treatment

Western medicine has started to recognise the many benefits of using acupuncture during IVF treatment. There have been a variety of studies that review the implications of acupuncture and fertility. Indeed, recent reports have shown a 65 percent increase in pregnancy success rates when IVF is combined with acupuncture treatments. Those same studies have also shown that rates of live births nearly doubled in cases where acupuncture was used. This is in comparison to IVF patients who received no acupuncture or sham acupuncture.

Why is acupuncture during IVF treatment so effective?

At present, the reason why acupuncture can increase IVF pregnancy success rates is not fully understood. However, ultrasounds have shown that acupuncture can improve uterine blood flow. As a result, this may create a more hospitable environment for embryo implantation.

There is one thing that doctors and scientists appear to agree on. There is a consensus that acupuncture can, at the very least, have a calming effect on patients. The IVF process can be a very stressful time. Therefore, finding ways to relax can be crucial to overall wellness. This is especially important when you understand how stress hormones can inhibit fertility. For this reason, acupuncture can be a great relaxation technique to rely on.

Finally, it is important to remember that acupuncture is not a guarantee that your IVF cycle will work. However, it can be a natural way to improve your chances of success.

Appointments

If you are going through IVF treatment, make an appointment with our resident fertility acupuncturist Jas Kandola at the Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy. She will be happy to explain the benefits of acupuncture during IVF treatment. To book an appointment, visit our online booking system or call 020 8789 3881.

Acupuncture and your menstrual cycle

Acupuncture, an effective method of treating problems in the menstrual cycle




Do you experience bloating, mood swings, headaches, fatigue, or painful cramping before or during your period? These complaints are common during the menstrual cycle, but they are not “normal”.

What is a healthy menstrual cycle?

A healthy menstrual cycle is one that comes regularly, approximately every 26-30 days. There should be no premenstrual discomfort (both physically or emotionally). Neither should there be any pain. Flow should be moderate, needing to change a pad or tampon every 3-4 hours. There should be no clots or spotting over a consistent period of 4 to 5 days. The colour should be a medium red colour, not too dark. Lastly, your period should also end concisely, with no lingering spotting beyond the fifth or sixth day.

How can acupuncture help restore a healthy menstrual cycle?

Girls are typically not well educated about their menstrual cycles. Very often, they will grow up thinking that it is normal to be irritable or in pain or discomfort during that time of the month. Menstrual disorders occur when the body’s hormones become imbalanced. Acupuncture can help restore the balance among the hormones by enhancing the body’s flow of energy. As a result, this will relieve menstrual symptoms. Ancient theorists believe that if the energy flow is correct, then any menstrual disorders are avoidable. Acupuncture has a long history in the management of irregular periods. It is a natural approach to encourage your body to re-establish regular periods, ovulation and to get your hormones back in balance.

Acupuncture at The Putney Clinic with Jas Kandola


Jas completed a degree in Acupuncture from The International College of Oriental Medicine. She has a special interest in fertility treatments and women’s health acupuncture. Jas also regularly treats patients who suffer from stress, headaches, neck and back pain and other repetitive strain injuries. She also has ample experience treating patients with conditions such as asthma, arthritis, digestive problems, postural problems, and carpal tunnel syndrome.


Appointments

If you are suffering from an irregular menstrual cycle and would like to give acupuncture a try, call The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy on 020 8789 3881 to book an appointment with Jas. Alternatively, you can book appointments online using our online booking system.


25 February 2017

March Stretch Workshop with Cherie Lathey




Stretch Workshop with Cherie Lathey



Saturday 18th March 2017 (2 - 3:30pm)

Are you looking to increase your flexibility? Then this stretch workshop is for you.
Many people, whether they are elite athletes or desk bound office workers, need to spend more time stretching to increase their range of motion. Lots of injuries and back problems can have their roots in tightness or in balance in the muscles or stiffness around the joints.

This workshop is loosely based on the Yin Yoga principle of holding stretches for 3 to 5 minutes, thus also stretching the fascia that surrounds the muscles.

This workshop is open to anyone as we will use props to help facilitate this deep stretching. There is no jumping around and the workshop is mostly floor based. Be prepared to take yourself out of your “normal” stretch comfort zone.


Cost and booking



This stretch workshop costs £25. To book your place, call us on 020 8789 3881 or visit the Yoga Mama online booking system.

March Restorative Yoga Workshop

Restorative Yoga Workshop with Diane King

Wednesday 29 March, 8 - 9:15pm


Are you looking to ease stress and fatigue? Perhaps you are recovering from injury or other health conditions? Or maybe you are just looking for a gentle yoga practice? If so, this restorative yoga workshop is for you!

Why not come and relax in a candlelit studio? Breathe and let go! This restorative yoga workshop with Diane is suitable for all levels of experience and flexibility. For those carrying an injury or any health conditions, Diane will assist you with pose modifications.



Cost and bookings


This restorative yoga workshop costs £20. You can book online, in person at reception, or by calling us on 020 8789 3881.



What is restorative yoga?


Restorative yoga is a form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. The use of props  (such as eye bags, blankets, blocks and bolsters) helps you to maintain balance whilst stimulating and relaxing your body.

This type of yoga suitable for all. It is especially suitable for people returning to yoga practice after a spell away. It is also suitable for anyone working with injuries or health conditions. Restorative yoga allows individuals to switch off from the hectic pace of everyday life. Thus allowing them to tune into themselves.



About Diane King


Diane is a British Wheel of Yoga accredited teacher. She is also registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals (200 Level). She specialises in restorative, pregnancy, postnatal, baby and fertility yoga. Diane creates a balanced practice between dynamic and restorative poses, focusing on breath and alignment. This allows students to release tension from the mind and body. Her style of teaching is honest and open and she encourages students to find the humility and humour in themselves.



Class timetable March / April 2017


Below you will find the current timetable and prices for classes at Yoga Mama. This timetable comes into effect on Monday 27 February 2017. Courses last for 7 weeks, unless otherwise stated.

To book your place on your chosen course, go to our live schedule and booking system. At present, online booking is not available once a course has started (except pregnancy classes). To check availability or to book, call us on 020 8789 3881.

One-to-one Yoga, Fertility Yoga, Tai Chi, Reformer Pilates and mat Pilates classes are also available. Individual sessions are £65, with discounts available on block bookings. For more information or to book, call us on 020 8789 3881.


Timetable and Prices


Day Time Course Teacher Duration Cost
Mon 11:00 - 12:00 Postnatal Pilates Emily 7 weeks £105
Mon 19:00 - 20:00 Pregnancy Pilates Babs Ongoing Class pass
Mon 20:00 - 21:00 General Pilates Babs 7 weeks £105
Tue 10:30 - 11:30 Mum and Baby Yoga Hajni 7 weeks £105
Tue 18:45 - 19:45 Pregnancy Yoga Cherie Ongoing Class pass
Tue 20:00 - 21:00 Pilates Rehab Claire 7 weeks £105
Wed 10:00 - 11:00 Tai Chi Enid 7 weeks £105
Wed 12:00 - 13:00 Postnatal Pilates Rachel 7 weeks £105
Wed 18:45 - 19:45 Pregnancy Yoga Diane Ongoing Class pass
Wed 20:00 - 21:15 Restorative Yoga Workshop (29 March) Diane 1 day £20
Thu 10:30 - 11:30 Mum and Baby Yoga Eftal 7 weeks £105
Thu 19:00 - 21:00 Free Triathlon Event (30 March) Dr Courtney Kipps 1 day Free
Fri 09:00 - 10:30 Ashtanga Yoga Led Cherie 7 weeks £119
Sat 10:00 - 11:00 Pregnancy Yoga Eftal Ongoing Class pass
Sat 11:15 - 12:15 General Pilates Claire 7 weeks £105
Sat 12:30 - 13:30 NEW Pregnancy Pilates Sylwia Ongoing Class pass
Sat 12:00 - 15:00 Hypnobirthing (25 February - 11 March) Dr Stacy Gandolfi 3 weeks £295
Sat 14:00 - 15:30 Stretch workshop (18 March) Cherie 1 day £25



Pregnancy Yoga & Pilates Class Passes and Drop ins

Class Duration Class pass Price Pass expiry period
Pregnancy Yoga 60 minutes 6 classes £90 Use within 8 weeks
Pregnancy Pilates 60 minutes 6 classes £90 Use within 8 weeks
Drop in 60 minutes 1 class £17 1 class



One-to-one classes

Class Duration Individual session Block booking
1-2-1 Yoga 60 minutes £65 Call 020 8789 3881
1-2-1 Fertility Yoga 60 minutes £65 Call 020 8789 3881
1-2-1 Tai Chi 60 minutes £65 Call 020 8789 3881
1-2-1 Mat Pilates 60 minutes £65 Call 020 8789 3881
1-2-1 Reformer Pilates 60 minutes £70 Call 020 8789 3881
 


Class bookings

Yoga Mama class bookings can be made via our online booking system, in person at reception, or by telephone on 020 8789 3881.


02 February 2017

Yoga Mama at the Om Yoga Show Glasgow


Yoga Mama will be one of the exhibitors at the Om Yoga Show Glasgow 2017, which will take place at the SECC on the 25 and 26 of March.

On Saturday 25 March, Cherie Lathey will be holding a free open Lotus class (11:30 - 12.00). So if you are attending, be sure to pay us a visita at stand C10.

Visit omyogashow.com for more details and tickets.

26 January 2017

Free talk: Introduction to Hypnobirthing



In conjunction with our partners at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy, we are holding a free public talk titled Introduction to hypnobirthing on Saturday 11th February (1 - 2pm). This talk will offer you the opportunity to meet our resident hypnobirthing expert, Dr Stacy Gandolfi. Come along and discover what hypnobirthing is, and find out whether it is right for you.


Introduction to Hypnobirthing: A birth without pain?


Below you will find details about the talk.
  • Introduction to Hypnobirthing: A birth without pain?
  • Speaker: Dr Stacy Gandolfi
  • Date: Saturday 11 February 2017
  • Time: 1 - 2pm
During the session Dr Gandolfi will provide an overview of:
  • What hypnobirthing is
  • How it is beneficial for you, your birthing partner and your baby
  • The scientific evidence underpinning this approach
  • A taster of the relaxation techniques. These can help reduce pain and help you stay calm and in control during labour and birth
At the end, you will also have the chance to put your questions to Dr Gandolfi. She will offer information and advice so that you can decide if this course is suitable for you.


Booking


This talk is aimed primarily at pregnant women and couples, but is open to general public. It is a free talk. However, due to limited space, it is essential you book your place. To book, call us on 020 8789 3881 or book online.


February 1-2-1 Reformer Pilates special offer

Our selection of Pilates services continues to grow. As a special introductory offer, our new Pilates teacher Linda is offering a discount on your first Reformer Pilates session throughout February 2017.  See below for full details.



What is Reformer Pilates?

Reformer Pilates is low impact (easy on the joints), yet challenging, form of exercise. At Yoga Mama and The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy, we use the Allegro 2 reformer machine, a versatile piece of equipment that allows a wide range of exercises to be performed. The machine’s attachments increase the range of modifications that can be made to exercises, and allows for additional exercises beyond what can be done on in a mat-based Pilates class. This, in conjunction with the support given by the resistance the machine provides, allows people with a limited range of movement or injuries to safely perform modified exercises.

Special February Reformer Pilates Promotion

As a special introductory promotion, Linda is offering a 50% discount on your first 1-2-1 Reformer Pilates session throughout February 2017. These 1-2-1 sessions usually cost £70, but throughout February it will cost just £35. There are a limited number of sessions, so book early to avoid disappointment. To book your first 1-2-1 reformer Pilates session, call us on 020 8789 3881 quoting the promocode 121REFORMER.


About Linda Zurak


Linda Zurak has spent more than 17 years teaching movement and exploring the physical, mental and emotional blocks that keep us from living our full potential. She has dedicated her career to mentoring both new and seasoned movement teachers from all walks of life.

In 2006 she moved to London as the first graduate of The Pilates Center Advanced Teacher Training and Masters Programme in Boulder, Colorado. Linda has run her own Teacher Training Programme, continuing education workshops, retreats and bespoke in house training for various studios in the UK and Europe.

In addition to training in Landmark Education, NLP, Gyrotonic ® Gyrokinesis ® Body Rolling and Pilates; she has a qualification in Somatic Psychotherapy. This allows her to work with clients on a deeper level addressing the emotional and mental blocks that show up in old movement patterns.

Linda's current projects include an on-line mentoring/coaching programme and Emotional Anatomy workshops for movement teachers. In addition, she is proud to be an Ambassador for Lululemon Athletica.

Linda is a creative, energetic teacher and mentor that inspires people to live beyond their perceived limitations. She believes that how we relate to our bodies directly impacts how we experience the world and all of life.

February Stretch Workshop

STRETCH WORKSHOP WITH CHERIE LATHEY


SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY, 1 - 2:30PM


Are you looking to increase your flexibility? Then this is the workshop for you.

Many people, whether they are elite athletes or desk bound office workers, need to spend more time stretching to increase their range of motion. Lots of injuries and back problems can have their roots in tightness or in balance in the muscles or stiffness around the joints.

This workshop is loosely based on the Yin Yoga principle of holding stretches for  3- 5 minutes, thus also stretching the facia that surrounds the muscles.

This workshop is open to anyone as we will use props to help facilitate this deep stretching. There is no jumping around and the workshop is mostly floor based. Be prepared to take yourself out of your “normal” stretch comfort zone.

COST AND BOOKING

This workshop costs £25. To book your place, visit the Yoga Mama online booking system or call us on 020 8789 3881.

Free stress management workshop

The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy will be running a free stress management workshop on Thursday 23 February (7 - 8:30pm). The workshop will be led by clinical hypnotherapist and cognitive behavioural coach Fiona Worthington. For full details about the workshop, please see below.

 

What if you could sort your stress out?

Free stress management workshop with Fiona Worthington

Thursday 23 February, 7 - 8:30pm
  • Procrastination setting in?
  • Trouble focusing on tasks?
  • Easily angered or irritable?
  • Blame others when things go wrong?
  • Constantly feel overwhelmed?
  • Self-doubting?
  • Eating the wrong foods?
  • Drinking and/or smoking more?



If any of the above apply to you, changes are you are stressed! We all get like this. Challenging things happen to us all the time. That is life. That is being human. Wouldn't it be good to have some tools and tricks to help manage stress?

About the talk

The talk will cover the following:
  • What is stress?
  • When is stress good and when is it bad?
  • Top 10 life events that cause us stress
  • Take a free stress test
  • Find out what your stress triggers are
  • Options to handle stress
  • Enjoy a relaxing group hypnosis session

Booking

This talk is open to the general public and is free. However, due to limited space booking is essential. To book your place, call us on 020 8789 3881. Alternatively, you can reserve you place online here.

About Fiona Worthington

Fiona Worthington practices Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Hypnosis at The Putney Clinic. After having worked for nearly 20 years in the City, she can relate to the everyday stresses and strains facing people working for massive corporate cultures. She is really keen on working through anxiety, stress and self-esteem problems.

Fiona uses CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Hypnotherapy. CBT helps people to manage their emotional problems. This is done by understanding and changing the way we think about stuff and so we can change how we feel. It is not positive thinking. Hypnosis is similar to daydreaming. However, when you are in ‘hypnosis’, you are highly suggestible, so change can take place. It’s great for relaxation and confidence building. Both techniques are about training the mind, and clients can go away and use them for themselves.

Fiona has an Advanced Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy, a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy, a Diploma in CBT coaching and she is also a Certified Practitioner in Neuro-linguistic Programming. Fiona is fully registered and credited with the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) and registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

Top 10 reasons to attend a hypnobirthing course



Here are the top ten reasons to attend a hypnobirthing course.

Gain the tools to achieve a positive birth experience

One of the key elements for a positive birth experience is confidence. Regardless of the type of birth you end up having, you can have a positive experience by knowing what you can control. And, of course,  letting go of what you cannot.

Learn to trust your body, your instincts and your baby

From an early age, we have been socially programmed to believe birth is painful. By replacing this fear and negative outlook, you can enjoy the amazing experience of pregnancy and birth. Having the confidence that your body will work effectively and in the way that it is naturally designed to is vital. It is equally vital that  your baby knows what to do too. This confidence will keep you relaxed and calm. It will also enable you to follow your instincts. This, in turn, will guide you to what is best for you and your baby.

Birth without unnecessary interventions

There are always options available. However, without a full understanding of these, it is easy to go along with whatever is offered to you. It is empowering to know what your options are and and how you can make the best decisions for you and your baby.

Endorphins are stronger than morphine

Endorphins are, in fact, up to 200 times stronger than morphine! Reduce the need for drugs by learning how to release these endorphins during labour.

It’s a full antenatal programme

You will learn what to expect at each stage of the birth. As well as understand the ‘system’ and know your options. Having this knowledge will put you in a stronger position to make informed decisions, including where to birth your baby.

Learn techniques to aid relaxation, ease tension and soothe any concerns

You and your partner will learn how to let go of fear and tension, so that, regardless of how your pregnancy and labour progresses, you will be better placed to relax and enjoy the process of both pregnancy and birth.

Practice breathing and visualisation techniques for each stage of the birth process

Practising breathing and visualisation techniques for each stage of labour to make the birth a comfortable and enjoyable experience. It’s good fun and there are a range of visualisation techniques that you can chose to suit you!

Your birth partner will feel more involved

Hypnobirthing partners develop a deeper bond with their baby due to their involvement throughout the process! It also provides partners with the tools and guidance to help them feel more involved during your pregnancy. They will also have an active role in facilitating your baby’s birth. Creating time and space to discuss what you want inevitably brings you closer. And on the big day, your partner will be ready and capable to offer the support you need.

Make friends with likeminded people

Sharing such a unique and special time with those who have the same values can lead to lifelong friendships and support. This will see you through to baby’s teenage years and beyond!

Receive ongoing support

There are many physical and emotional challenges during pregnancy. As a result, I fully understand the need for continuous support during this often uncertain feeling time. The relationship I develop with you whilst on the course does not end as you leave.

Next hypnobirthing course at Yoga Mama

The next hypnobirthing course at Yoga Mama starts on Saturday 25 February (12-3pm). This 3-week course, led by Dr Stacy Gandolfi, costs £295 per couple. To book, call us on 020 8789 3881 or visit the Yoga Mama online booking system.

If you would like to learn more about hypnobirthing, why not attend our free introductory talk on Saturday 11 February (1-2pm). To book, call 020 8789 3881 or sign up here.