Holistic therapies with Caroline Wagstaffe

Caroline offers treatments in the Hexham and Tynedale area. She committed to working with the whole person, on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. She is trained in holistic massage and reiki. She specialises in massage for pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. She is a trained birth educator and teaches antenatal education courses for couples, pregnancy and postnatal yoga. She is also a doula (a practical and emotional birth supporter). Caroline is also trained in working with massage for people at the end of life or with life threatening illnesses.

Caroline can either come to your home to give a treatment or you can come to the Bodywork centre in Hexham, 4 Eastgate, Hexham NE46 1BH

Holistic massage promotes healing, relaxation and self awareness. It uses a combination of Swedish massage techniques, energy balancing, breathing awareness work, passive movements and stretches. Massage is one of the most instinctive means of relieving pain and discomfort.

Reiki is a very gentle therapy involving the placing of hands on or just above the body in order to balance the bodies energy systems, promote deep relaxation and a feeling of well-being.

Yoga for pregnancy includes gentle yoga movements with awareness of the breath, grounding and relaxation. It encourages confidence and calmness and gives tools for coping with labour, birth and parenting. The approach is gentle, nurturing and helps to improve strength, self awareness, posture, and connection to the baby and birth.

Postnatal yoga is gentle and restorative with focus on strengthening, toning and realigning the body after pregnancy and birth. We use yoga breathing to close and re-knit the abdominal muscles and pelvic floor which in turn encourages deeper relaxation and better sleep. The aim is for you to be able to meet your baby’s needs and your own together and enjoy precious bonding time with your baby and with other mothers.

Antenatal education courses for couples can be delivered in a private or a group setting. Topics include the physiology and stages of birth, techniques to cope with pain, the birthing environment, massage and accupressure for labour, birth positions, breathing techniques, ways to use a ‘rebozo’ scarf for optimal positioning of the baby, the role of the birth partner, how to navigate the medical system, interventions and pain relieving medication, the first hour after birth, caring for and feeding your newborn and the mothers postnatal recovery.

Pregnancy massage, labour massage and postnatal massage are a wonderful preparation for birth and parenting and encourage deep relaxation, connection to the baby and releases tensions, stress and discomfort.

As a doula, Caroline offers experienced emotional, practical and informative support for women and families in the lead up to, during and immediately after childbirth. By building up a trusting relationship over time she can act to protect the family’s wishes, keep interruptions to a minimum, assist with decision making, promote calm confidence and help to hold a safe and private birthing environment.

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