Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Time to Stretch out...

As the weather cools, your body may start getting more stiff, so warm up and stretch out...your muscles will love you for it! Gentle head rolls help with tension in your shoulders and neck, Cat/Cow is great for your spine, and child's pose is wonderful for lower back, pecs, and winding down for sleep.

When your muscles are feeling tired, tense, or under stress, take a moment each day to gently stretch them out.
Following are two all round stretches to help ease your muscles.

Child’s Pose: Kneel on the floor or bed with knees apart. Sit on your heels then roll your chest down onto your thighs and head on the bed in front of you. Bring your arms alongside your body. Hold for 45 seconds to 1 minute.

Cat and Cow:

Start on your hands and knees with your wrists directly under your shoulders, and your knees directly under your hips. Point your fingertips to the top of your mat. Place your shins and knees hip-width apart. Center your head in a neutral position and soften your gaze downward.
Begin by moving into Cow Pose: Inhale as you drop your belly towards the mat. Lift your chin and chest, and gaze up toward the ceiling.
Broaden across your shoulder blades and draw your shoulders away from your ears.
Next, move into Cat Pose: As you exhale, draw your belly to your spine and round your back toward the ceiling. The pose should look like a cat stretching its back.
Release the crown of your head toward the floor, but don't force your chin to your chest.
Inhale, coming back into Cow Pose, and then exhale as you return to Cat Pose.
Repeat 5-20 times, and then rest by sitting back on your heels with your torso upright.
Gift Vouchers available for Massage Treatments and Baby Massage Classes...
Treat your friends & family
info@nestmassage.com for details

Baby Massage for Mums Groups available...
I can come to your mums group and teach you all baby massage.  Discount for group of 5 or more ($90 for 5 classes)
Bookings: info@nestmassage.com
The next Relax Baby Massage class starts on Thu 29 May at 10 am

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

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.)
Bring baby with you: I allow extra time for settling so bub can sleep, feed or play during your massage.
Co-op baby sitting: Build up a network of other parents and swap/bank care time by looking after each others kids.
Mobile Massage: I can come to you too.

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