During birth, your pelvis needs to open in a certain way to allow your baby to navigate his or her way out of the body. But sometimes your body can get stuck in a “Birthing pattern” which can leave you with lower back and pelvic pain, diastasis recti, bladder weakness, and even pain with sexual intercourse.
On top of that you go from (hopefully) being the person that is being cared for, to immediately transitioning into being the carer whose needs are put aside to give 100% of your focus to your new tiny human. This can leave you feeling exhausted, depleted, and in need of some TLC.
That’s where Virginia @ Natural Beginnings comes in!
A Holistic PostNatal Nurturing session with Virginia takes around 3 hours and involves the following:
Resetting your body to align your pelvis and abdominal muscles using techniques learned from Women’s Physio Lynn Schulte at The Institute of Birth Healing. This can remove pain and resolve some physical issues that may have been sustained during childbirth.
Belly and Sacral massage to increase fresh blood flow and circulation to the pelvic organs, muscles and ligaments. On an emotional level, it reconnects women to their womb and allows the release of stored emotions, which may be especially needed after a traumatic birth. It can also help with caesarean section scarring, to help prevent adhesions. It feels really divine to have this therapeutic touch to a part of your body which is usually ignored in other massage techniques.
Included in this bodywork session is either one of the following, or both can also be arranged:
This is also known as vaginal steaming or yoni steaming, and is a relaxing, healing and cleansing way to infuse warmed herbs into your womb space. You will sit on a special stool with a pot of freshly simmered herbs under you and a blanket around you. The aromatic and healing herbs depend on your situation and may include: calendula, chamomile, comfrey, lavender, motherwort, rose petals, and rosemary. While you are having your steam, you are invited to relax and meditate, or read, until the steam cools down. A guided womb meditation or relaxing music can be played if you choose.
*Closing The Bones Ceremony
A traditional postnatal ceremony originating in Central America to assist in postpartum recovery. It acknowledges the profound changes a woman goes through during birth, transitioning from maiden to mother. It celebrates her journey, honours and gives gratitude to her body for the vitally important work it has done, and it allows her to feel peace, calm and grounded.
A number of Rebozos (traditional shawl from Mexico/Ecuador) are used first to gently rock the body, and then wrap the body firmly so the pelvic bones are assisted to stay in alignment. This makes the mother feel cocooned and secure. Each body part is also given the gratitude it deserves for allowing the baby to grow and be born. When the mother is unwrapped it is like emerging renewed, like a beautiful butterfly from a cocoon.
Self Care Massage
Instructions and a video to perform your own belly massage at home, will be sent to you after your session, at no extra cost. This way you can participate and be the centre of your own continuing postpartum healing journey.
Q: How long do I need to wait after birth before I can have a session?
A: You can have a session as soon as you are ready. I will be as gentle as you need me to be, and will always follow your lead.
Q: What if I have had a caesarean?
A: It is best to wait until your scar has healed over before having the Mizan Therapy belly massage, however the other therapies can be done as soon as you are ready. I can tailor your session according to your needs.
Q: Is this done in your premises or my home?
A: It can be done in the Natural Beginnings clinic, or at your own home – extra charges may apply depending on location.
Q: Can this be done following a miscarriage, stillbirth or termination?
A: Absolutely. There is nothing more needed than some postpartum nurturing after the loss of a baby. This can be incredibly healing for body, mind and spirit. I recommend also having a blend of Australian Bush Flower Essences made up to further assist in your healing.
Q: How do I do this with a newborn baby?
It is best to feed and settle your baby before your session and have your partner, a close friend or family member tend to your baby’s needs should they wake up during a session. I am always happy to pause a session if baby needs you for a quick to-up feed during that time.
Holistic PostNatal Nurturing session: $250
This includes Birth Healing, Mizan Therapy and either Womb Steaming, Holistic Pelvic Care (internal pelvic floor trigger point therapy), OR Closing the Bones Ceremony.
GIFT VOUCHERS FOR THE NEW MUM MAKE AN AMAZING GIFT WHICH ARE ALWAYS MUCH APPRECIATED! Get in touch to arrange one!
+ Womb Steaming, Holistic Pelvic Care or Closing the Bones Ceremony: $50 each when added to the above package.
(Get in touch if you would like one or both of these on their own and we can arrange that instead!)
Postpartum Belly Wrap: $30
To help assist in the return of your uterus into its pre-pregnancy state, a hand-made postpartum belly wrap is available to purchase after your session, and is worn for up to 6 weeks. It feels comfortable and secure, and helps keep your lower back, belly and hips aligned – especially when breastfeeding can cause women to slouch which causes upper back and shoulder pain.
Australian Bush Flower Essences: $15
A combination of flower essences, tailor made and blended for your own personal circumstances can assist in emotional healing. These are taken as drops under the tongue before bed and upon waking, or any time during the day when you feel you need some extra support.
Castor Oil Pack: $30
This can be used at home for extra healing – particularly if you have had a caesarean or have a history of fibroids or ovarian cysts. It includes 100ml organic castor oil, organic brushed bamboo flannel and a waterproof PUL. The flannel is soaked in castor oil and put over the womb space with the PUL on top, then a heat pack or hot water bottle is applied on top to infuse heat into the area and help the castor oil soak in. It has the effect of being anti-inflammatory, detoxifying and healing to the womb space.