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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 GandolfiDate: Saturday 11 February 2017Time: 1 - 2pm During the session Dr Gandolfi will provide an overview of:
What hypnobirthing isHow it is beneficial for you, your birthing partner and your babyThe scientific evidence underpinning this approachA 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. Sh…

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%…

February Stretch Workshop


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.


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 WorthingtonThursday 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…

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 op…

A birth without pain? The science behind hypnobirthing

Studies have shown that 95% of labour pain is the direct result of the birthing mother’s fear and tension. So what if there was no fear and tension? Does that mean there would be very little pain in childbirth? Well, many hypnobirthing mothers would agree with that. They would claim that any discomfort was manageable without the need of medication.

So how does fear cause a labouring woman to feel pain?
When we experience fear or anxiety, our ‘fight or flight’ response kicks in. We all know that feeling. Think back to how you felt before a test, an interview or meeting your prospective in-laws. While you may not have run away or hit anyone, you would have experienced that rush of adrenaline produced by your body to help you survive the situation if it becomes too scary.

A labouring woman who feels afraid or nervous is not in a position to fight anyone and certainly is not capable of fleeing the scene. Well, not with any speed. However, her body will still produce adrenaline.


Yoga may be best to ease back pain

Session on the yoga mat may be best to ease a bad backBy Henry Bodkin

With its catalogue of headstands and one-legged contortions, it might be thought yoga was best left to those of us who are in peak physical condition. However, new research suggests the group of people who could most benefit from adopting the lotus position is those who are immobilised by pain.

Analysis of more than 1,000 adults with long-term lower-back pain found those who practised yoga were most likely to reduce pain and improve mobility. The findings, from researchers in the US, add weight to calls for GPs in Britain to prescribe yoga sessions to ease long-term discomfort.

Back pain causes more disability than any other condition and affects almost one in 10 Britons, becoming more common with age. Because the causes are hard to isolate it is difficult to treat and  patients commonly resort to long-term use of strong painkillers.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) guidelines instruct doct…

February Hypnobirthing Course

What is hypnobirthing Pregnancy is a time of joy, excitement and anticipation, but the thought of childbirth often evokes fear and anxieties. Hypnobirthing provides the knowledge and tools to help reduce those fears and build confidence in this natural process. Based on a well established practise and rooted in medical research, hypnobirthing empowers you to feel in control regardless of how your baby is born. It will make a positive difference to your experience and will hugely benefit both you and your baby.

Likely benefits for you and your babyBefore
Feeling empowered, calm and in control when approaching the birthLooking forward to giving birthProviding a relaxed atmosphere for your babyDuring
A positive experience of giving birth for you, your baby and your partnerShorter and sometimes even pain free labourReduced likelihood for the need of medical interventionAfter
Having an alert and calm baby who is ready to bond with youReduced recovery time and minimised postnatal difficulties…