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Say hello to my little friend

What is TENS?

I have my lucky TENS, it was my best friend throughout the early stages of Labor with my first. For 24 hours we were closer than myself and my partner.  I still think he is a bit resentful of it.  I didn’t have time for my second boy (20min Thank you very much)

The reason why it is my lucky TENS is that:

  1. It helped me to get to 6cm at home before I got to the hospital,
  2. It was a great distraction pressing the boost button, probably a bit too much 🙂
  3. I had terrible back labour with my first, this I believe helped immensely with the pain.
  4. I had a happy healthy baby boy (I know the TENS didn’t do that, but i still love it.)
  5. I shared it with 13 other mammies and they too experienced the best friend feeling and happy healthy babies.

Here comes the science.

As you know the human body generates electrical pulses, and we use these pulses that are sent from the brain through the nerve system to move muscles (walk, speak, workout, right now your body is sending pulses to move your finger up and down).

Luckily pain signals and pleasure signals travel the same way (through our nerves). The unit imitates the pleasure pulses and directs them through the nerve system to block pain signals to the brain.

It’s also likely that various factors interact to make TENS work. TENS may help you to feel that you have control over your contractions, it may help you to feel less anxious, and it also may provide a distraction from your contractions.

When and how should I use TENS?

TENS seems to work best and give you the most effective pain relief if you start using it at the very beginning of your labour, so hire a TENS machine and use it at home before you go into hospital, if you’re having a hospital birth.

It takes about an hour for your body to respond to the electrical impulses by releasing endorphins, so start using it when you’re getting regular contractions or backache. You may find your machine works better at relieving your backache than abdominal pain.

Start with the controls at their lowest settings and turn them up gradually as your contractions or the back pain gets stronger. Use the boost button at the peak of contractions.

What are the advantages of TENS?

It’s portable and non-invasive.

It’s under your control.

It’s easy to use.

You can keep moving while using it.

You can use it for as long as you want and then take it off. There are no lasting side-effects.

It’s safe for your baby.

It doesn’t need an anaesthetist, doctor or midwife to administer, so you can start using it as soon as you want to.

It can be used for a home birth.

What are the disadvantages?

You will need someone to help you put the pads on.

It may only help in the early stages of labour.

It costs between €60 and €120 plus postage to hire for a month to six weeks.

It may have to be removed if your baby’s heart has to be monitored electronically .

If you want to use a birthing pool or have a bath, you can use TENS before you get in the water, but not when you are in the water.

It can makes it more difficult for your birth partner to massage your back, which can be an effective form of pain relief.

Any useful tips?

Don’t give up straight away if you think your TENS isn’t doing anything. You need to keep using it for at least an hour to give your body time to build up endorphin’s in response to the stimulation.

Keep mobile. Moving around during labour helps women feel more in control and should therefore enhance the effect of TENS.

If you don’t think it’s helping you, take it off and don’t feel bad. You’ve lost nothing (except your hire fee). All other forms of pain relief, both medical and non-medical, are still open to you.

 

Claire

 

Source: babycentre.au

 

March Newsletter

Hello,

So this edition is a little late! It has been such a busy month here at the centre, with the launch of the new website and a hugh increase in bookings. Spring has certainly arrived as people are looking for some rest and rejuvenation. We have met some wonderful clients and look forward to welcoming more through our doors during April.
I hope everyone is smiling on this beautiful Saturday.  We have a full house today, Lorraine is over teaching her course on how to teach children meditation and mindfulness, Barbara is on her way in to teach about all things nutrition and boosting energy, Anna, Zuleika, Ruth and Katie are here looking after some lovely clients and me, well I’m writing this looking out at the sunshine and smiling.
As always, we have some amazing workshops and classes coming up in April, which you will find more information below.
Just a little reminder that it is Mother’s day tomorrow and there is a handy link below to buy your mothers day voucher.

MORE…….

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New to the Clinic: Facial Reflexology

Facial Reflexology

Imagine that deeply calming and satisfying feeling that you get in your body after an intense workout, where your mind and cells hums with contentment. Now transfer that feeling to your face! The first benefit of Facial Reflexology (which includes deep tissue facial massage) is total relaxation. Facial reflexology can produce a natural Botox effect by relaxing facial muscles; it can tighten the skin by improving muscle tone; and it can give you a healthy radiant glow that makes you look as good as you feel, and feel as good as you look.

How does facial reflexology work?

You may have heard of foot or hand Reflexology. Facial Reflexology works on the same principles, but the treatment takes place on your face and head. This non-invasive treatment is based on the theory that areas on your face are connected to areas of your body, and stimulating them improves underlying energy imbalances which promotes wellbeing. The proximity of the face to the brain is key to the effectiveness of this original therapy.

feel good…and look good!

Facial Reflexology is not a beauty treatment. However, it does have rather lovely beautifying side effects, quite literally ‘lifting’ the face to make your face feel and look smoother and more toned. It also encourages lymphatic drainage, stimulates the facial nerves, increases blood flow and muscle tone, helps to build up new skin tissue and improves skin tone.

Facial Reflexology aims to help reduce the symptoms and effects of many common ailments including stress, IBS, back pain, arthritis, depression, MS, menstrual and hormonal ailments and sleep disorders. Facial reflexology treatments are very popular during pregnancy and are often used to help promote a shorter and natural labour.

Contact Claire on 0879304412 or email claire@riverholistic.ie

New Pregnancy Yoga Class

Prenatal Dru yoga

Prenatal Dru yoga is a graceful and gentle form of flowing yogic movements, directed breathing, visualisation and meditation.

With its foundations set firmly in ancient yogic tradition, DRU works on body, mind and spirit- improving strength and flexibility, creating core stability, building a heightened feeling of positivity whilst deeply relaxing and rejuvenating your whole being.

Within these classes we will explore energy block release sequences, postures, breath work, visualisation and meditation to support you through your day to day journey of pregnancy and to empower you for labour.

These classes are suitable from 16+ weeks and are taught by a qualified prenatal yoga teacher.

Why Practice Dru Yoga During Pregnancy?

– Gently strengthen muscles to support both you and your baby
– Learn relaxation techniques to manage pain during labour
– Create greater body awareness
– Connect with a supportive community
– Identify and release fears associated with labour
– Learn breathing techniques to empower you on your day to day journey and through labour.

Classes are limited to 8 people and must be pre-booked through: https://www.innercalmyoga.ie/weekly-prenatal-classes/

or contact Laura on 085 8225450.

Stressed about being stressed – The two week wait

the-two-week-wait

The Two Week Wait and Stress

As a fertility and pregnancy reflexologist,  the most common question I get asked from client’s trying to conceive is, “Does stress cause infertility?” Everyone wants to know the answer to this question, but as a therapist, there’s no easy way to respond:

I can’t say yes or no,  but I  can answer, “MAYBE, there is some biologic plausibility to considering a link between stress and reproduction. When we are stressed, we release cortisol and other “fight or flight” hormones that shift our bodies’ goals away from reproduction and toward survival mode. Everyday stressors are not usually sending people into full “fight or flight mode,” but we cannot ignore a possible causal link.

Trying to conceive in general is going to be one of the most stressful things both you as an individual and as a couple will face. It is one of the most isolating times in your life, with people asking; so any news, oh you’re not drinking wink wink, sure you’re married for over a year now, and you’re not getting any younger and so on.  Infertility can be devastating, can lead to self-doubt, can strain relationships, and often has no clear explanation. Infertility is just plain stressful. It does not really matter if stress is the chicken or the egg of infertility – what matters is that client’s have access to and awareness of the care they need.

But regardless, we can all work on better ways to deal with stress.” Whether or not stress causes infertility, what matters is that anyone struggling to conceive can benefit from stress management tools. We cannot control what happens to us, but we can work on ways to help ourselves deal with what happens to us. Self-care is essential in all aspects of health, but especially when it comes to infertility.

Every person is different and has different needs. In River Holistic Centre we review a variety of support and wellness options for clients with fertility and subfertility issues, including individual counselling, reflexology, massage, hypnosis, acupuncture, yoga and meditation classes to name a few.

We may not have a definitive answer to the question, “Does stress cause infertility?,” but it’s nothing to get stressed about. Instead, shift your focus toward looking for ways to get the support you need on your journey to adding to your family. Stress is unavoidable and there are many other factors that cause infertility. In the meantime: take time for yourself, try reflexology, remember to talk to one another, know that what you are feeling is completely normal for what you are going through, and always have someone to talk to, this is vital, just know that you are not alone on this journey.

Claire Kenny ABC Dip, ITEC Dip, Dip Ed. Fertility and Pregnancy Reflexologist. Sept 24th 2016

 

 

 

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