Saturday, 11 January 2014

Hydration, Relaxation, and Baby Massage

Happy New Year!

  • A reminder to stay hydrated this summer - try a slice of lemon, lime, or a sprig of mint in your water. Quench your thirst with watermelon (great frozen for teething too.)
  • To maintain calmness post holidays try deep breathing through your left nostril - close of right nostril with your thumb, deeply inhale through left, exhale slowly through left nostril. A great relaxer!


Next Relax Baby Massage course starts Thu 6 January at 10.30am
A wonderful, fun, hands on class that teaches parents and caregivers safe and beneficial massage techniques to soothe, stimulate growth/learning potential, and most importantly, bond with your baby!


In this class parents will have a forum to exchange ideas, and discuss concerns, pertaining to life with a new baby.  Babies will enjoy the benefits of loving touch in a social and safe environment.

Infant Massage Class runs for 5 weeks, meeting once per week, for approximately 60 minutes. Every class will include massage technique demonstration, class discussion and social time for baby.
The class can be adapted for older children too.
Benefits for Babies:
  • Relaxes and helps decrease stress.
  • Relieves discomfort from constipation, gas and colic.
  • Helps normalize muscle tone and improve blood circulation.
  • Helps baby sleep better (therefore parents sleep better too).
  • Stimulates brain development and improves sensory awareness.
  • Promotes bonding and attachment.
The Relax Baby Massage Course is based on the research by Vimla McClure (International Association of Infant Massage

If you miss a class we can do a make up session and we also revise at the beginning of every class.

The class runs for approx 1 hour and baby can sleep, feed, whatever they need during the class (I have baby dolls to practise on if your bub is asleep).
Cost (includes 5 lessons and baby massage oil): 
Group per person $100* 
*If you would like to organise a group of 6 or more and host at your home = $90 per person
What to bring: All you need to bring is your baby, a towel or blanket for them to lie on.
Booking: Please email info@nestmassage.com or call 0410 402 630 to book or if you have any questions.

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
― Marcel Proust

Monday, 28 October 2013

Birthing Workshop, Relax Baby, and Parenting info


Birthing Workshop: For  those of you having babies in the next few months, the lovely Lynda Taylor be co-hosting another series of Birthing From Within™ childbirth education classes. These classes are fun and offer a unique approach to childbirth preparation.

Next Relax Baby Massage course starts Fri 8 Nov at 10am
Cost (includes 5 lessons and baby massage oil): 
Group per person $100* 
*If you would like to organise a group of 6 or more mums or dads and host at your home = $90 per person
What to bring: All you need to bring is your baby, a towel or blanket for them to lie on.
FAQ's  click here
Booking: Please email info@nestmassage.com or call 0410 402 630 to book or if you have any questions.

Here is a link for raising children, a comprehensive site with interesting info for parents and carers http://raisingchildren.net.au/

“Do anything, but let it produce joy.”
― Walt WhitmanLeaves of Grass

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Next Relax Baby Massage Class

New start day for Relax Baby Massage class is Thursday 17 October at 10am
For more info click here 
For bookings please either email info@nestmassage.com or call 0410 402 630

Here is an interesting article on calming your baby:
The authors conclude that, “Although our study was done on mothers, we believe that this is not specific to mums and can be used by any primary caregiver.”
Check it out here to learn more about the neuroscience of calming a baby
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201304/the-neuroscience-calming-baby

Monday, 30 September 2013


It's school holidays so grab your inner child and get on a swing, roley poley in the grass, run through the sprinkler, get dirty

It is a happy talent to know how to play.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The next Relax Baby Massage* class will start Wed 16 October 10 - 11 am (course = 5 classes.) 
It is a wonderful class focussing on bonding, attachment, and of course, massage that you can practise on you baby through until teenage years.

* Mums group Discount: If you have 5 friends who would like to come I can run a class just for you, at a time and day that suits you (cost $90 per person, usually $100.)
Please let me know if you need further info or would like to book :)

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Tips for the Sleep Deprived


We have all been through it, the sleepless, disturbed nights, "When will they stop??!!"
Here are few tips for those of you who are running on empty:

  • Nap if you can during the day
  • Go to bed earlier
  • Plan your meals - this makes shopping easier and one less decision you need to make each day
  • Reduce your commitments - Learn to say "no, not yet, sorry can't make it"
  • Rejuvenate your depleting energy levels by lying on the floor with your legs up the wall
  • Place your hands over your kidney area (back above hip bones.) Feel the warm golden energy flow into your kidneys, boosting your adrenals.
  • Energise through breathing through Right nostril while closing off left side for 3 minutes
  • Calm down through breathing through Left nostril while closing off right side for 3 minutes
  • Drink less caffeine, replace with fresh juice, green tea, fruit
  • Keep your water intake at a healthy level
  • Ensure you are eating well
  • Write your thoughts down just before bed - this is a Brain Dump, not a journal to be read later
  • Childs pose before bed

"Sleep is the best meditation" - Dalai Lama

Sweet dreams

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Ideas for Casual Child Care

It is hard enough to find time for yourself, let alone finding someone to care for your little person, so here are a few casual child care options when it is time to nurture you:
1. Share care: Some clients make a double booking with me so while one mum looks after 2, the other is having a massage, then swap. 
2. Nanny: I have nannies available to look after your littlie here (one week notice for bookings please.)
3.
Bring baby with you: I allow extra time for settling so bub can sleep, feed or play during your massage.
4.
Co-op baby sitting: Build up a network of other parents and swap/bank care time by looking after each others kids.
5.
Mobile Massage: I can come to you too.

Remember it is important for you to be nurtured so you are able to nurture others 




Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Tips for relaxing breathing

We are back in the swing of things, life is racing along, the list is getting longer, the days are shorter. It may be time to take a long breath. Breathing well and efficiently allows the body and mind to relax, restore, revitalise. Here are a few breathing exercises to encourage healthy breathing:





Easy Pose: Sit with legs crossed comfortably on floor

Eyes: Close the eyelids. Press the eyes up gently and focus at the Brow Point (the top of the nose where the eyebrows meet).


Calming Breath/Left Nostril Breathing: Sit in Easy Pose. Rest the left hand in Gyan Mudra (touch the tip of the thumb with the tip of the index finger). The left arm is straight on the left knee. Raise the right hand in front of the face with the palm flat facing to the left. The fingers of the hand are together and point straight up. Press the side of the thumb on the right nostril to gently close it. Begin long, deep, complete yogic breaths through the left nostril. Inhale and exhale only through the left nostril. Continue for 3 minutes. Inhale and hold comfortably for 10-30 seconds, exhale and relax.

Energising Breath/Right Nostril Breathing: Sit in Easy Pose. Rest the right hand in Gyan Mudra. Raise the left hand in front of the face with the palm flat facing to the right. The fingers of the hand are together and point straight up. Press the side of the thumb on the left nostril to gently close it. Begin long, deep, complete yogic breaths through the right nostril. Inhale and exhale only through the right nostril. Continue for 3 minutes. Inhale and hold comfortably for 10-30 seconds, exhale and relax.

Alternate Nostril Breathing: Sit in Easy Pose, with the spine relaxed and straight. Make Gyan Mudra with the left hand. Rest the left hand over the left knee. Close the eyelids. Press the eyes up gently and focus at the Brow Point (the top of the nose where the eyebrows meet). Block the right nostril with the thumb. Press just hard enough to close the nostril. Keep the rest of the fingers straight up. Inhale deeply through the left nostril. When the breath is full, bend the right hand into a "U" extending the little fingertip over to press on the left nostril. Close the left nostril and let the right nostril open by releasing the thumb pressure. (You can also use the thumb and index finger.) Exhale smoothly, and completely through the right nostril. When the breath is completely exhaled, begin the cycle again with the inhale through the left nostril. Continue for 3 minutes with long, deep, regular breaths. Inhale at the end and hold the breath for 10-30 seconds. Exhale and relax.

Alternate Nostril Breathing: Repeat exercise #3, except use the left hand to direct the inhale through the right nostril and exhale through the left nostril.

Breath of Fire: Sit in Easy Pose with both hands in Gyan Mudra. Begin a powerful, regular, and conscious Breath of Fire. Continue for 7 minutes. Then inhale and hold the breath for 10-60 seconds. Mentally watch the energy circulate through the entire body. Relax the breath and concentrate on the natural flow of the breath as life force for 3 minutes. Notice how your mind and emotions have changed.

In the same posture, meditate. Inhale deeply and chant Long SAT NAAM’s. Continue 3-15 minutes.

Comments:
This set gives you a quick lift in energy, increased clarity, and a sense of balance. If you do the minimum times for each exercise, it only takes 22-25 minutes to completely reset yourself. It is an excellent set for beginners. You learn the relationship to the breath and you observe the differences in emotion and thinking that each type of breathing creates. Even though breathing is the most natural and essential thing we do, conscious breathing can be quite a challenge. When you alter the breath you begin to oppose and release the habitual patterns of emotion and attention that are coded in the habits of your body and mind. As those patterns begin to alter, you may drift in concentration or interest. If you continue and command the breath, then you will gain a new sense of ease and control where you direct your mind. This kriya is excellent to practice as a preparation for a more strenuous Kundalini Yoga set. It can be practiced in beginning and advanced stages. As a beginner, use the times listed above. For intermediate level practice, do exercises 1 through 4 for five minutes each. For an advanced practice, increase the times of 1 through 4 to a full 10 minutes each.


- Yogi Bhajan