I recently met with Julia Church at Tonic Therapy and after we had chatted for some time, I asked if she would like to answer some questions which I could share on my blog as I felt her business would be of interest and beneficial to some of my own clients.
My plan is to interview businesses (ideally local) whom I feel would be of interest to my own clients and readers of my blog and as pregnancy is where it all starts for my clients, I was delighted that Julia wanted to be part of this.
I hope you enjoy the interview and if you would like to share this on your social media pages, I’d be really grateful – thank you x (The links are at the end of the post.)
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Julia, please tell people a little about yourself and your company, Tonic Therapy?
I am a pre and postnatal specialist in Massage and Nutrition in Chilwell, Nottingham.
I work Holistically which means I treat the whole of a person not just certain areas they come to me with. This way I can see clearly what is going on and how best to treat my client. As posture, lifestyle, emotion and nutrition all play a huge role in our health. So it makes sense to nurture the whole person as they all connect together. For example, if you eat certain foods, this can impact on how you feel and not support your body nutritionally therefore, leading to aching muscles and having poor posture. Everything we eat, say and do effects our health.
When I met you, we spoke in particular about your pregnancy massage and, as I mum, I know how it important it is to feel relaxed during pregnancy in readiness for the birth. Can you share the benefits of pregnancy massage please and how it can help mums-to-be?
Oh yes relaxation is so important, in fact I would go as far to say it’s the no.1 top of the list most paramount whilst pregnant. So many things can affect you and the baby if you’re not relaxed enough. Yet people rarely invest in themselves to have proper ME time. I encourage all mums-to-be to invest in regular pregnancy massage to support you and your baby throughout your pregnancy, it’s one of the best things you can do to have a most comfortable pregnancy and less stress which means you and baby are at your healthiest too. Complications can arise when mother gets to stress and even can put on more weight too. This is due to their hormones working out of balance and the best way to keep your hormones healthy and balanced is to remain calm and relaxed. I know this sounds easier said than done, but I can teach you how with some breathing techniques too.
There are lots of other health benefits too:-
- Stimulates the circulation
- Lymphatic drainage
- Aids bowel movements
- Release muscular tension
- Releases compressed nerves
- Helps to avoid varicose veins
- Aid respiratory system
- Induces deep relaxation
- Helps to reduce emotional stress
- Helps to maintain blood pressure levels
- Releases of Oxytocin, which is a pain reducing hormone.
- Helps connect mother to baby.
I can tailor make your treatment to help with anything you are particularly suffering with. I am trained to examine, notice and understand any issues that may arise with your health that may need referring to your midwife. So please keep your midwifes number handy in your phone.
At what stage of pregnancy do you recommend pregnancy massage?
13 weeks and beyond. Anytime in your first trimester can be too soon as the body is too delicate and is getting used to be pregnant! Some women suffer terribly in this period too, so most do not want to be touched and are too sensitive. So it’s even more important to have that nurturing time and support when they need it most in the 2 and 3 trimester.
How often do you recommend women have a pregnancy massage to reap the full benefits?
Most women come to me once a week or every other week for treatment mostly throughout their pregnancy. It’s important to keep on top of looking after yourself when you are pregnant. I call this body maintenance. You would maintenance your car! Well your body is even more important for it to work well.
Obviously, safety is so important to women at this special time in their lives. Do you require specific qualifications to practice pregnancy massage?
Yes, you do always. It is a bit of a bug bare of mine! So many women come to me and say I went to such a place for a massage and either that place in particular didn’t know what to do with them or treated them in such an inappropriate way and gave then the wrong treatment. Which can be unsafe for the pregnancy body to receive. Do ask the spa or therapy location if the therapists are able to do Pregnancy massage, ask to see paper work, any good therapist well be happy to oblige. It’s for your safety at the end of the day.
You have to already be a massage therapist to then go on to do a course in specialist pregnancy massage. Also the therapist has to be not just qualified but also has to be insured to give such a treatment.
Do you offer any other massages or advice that women may benefit from either pre or post birth?
Yes, I do. I offer pelvic floor exercises, which are easy to do and so very important to support your ongoing Pregnancy and after for healing and recovery too.
I also offer postnatal remedial massage. Which means I can get a bit deeper into your muscles to aid with realignment of your pelvis, back and aid your posture with breastfeeding shoulders and neck area too. All treatments come with essential nutrition advice for Pre and postnatal healing and recovery and weight loss support.
When your baby arrives, it can be quite tiring for new mums, what benefits do your postnatal massages have on new mums and, again, how often would you suggest having one?
Time is precious when you are a new mum and I understand all your time is made up of baby time. But as always you do need to look after yourself too. This is the time through no fault of your own of self-neglect and your needs go on the back burner. If you can take time out to spare an hour as often as possible it’s worth getting treatment, as this will aid you in your healing and recovery. Therefore, the better you feel the more you can give to your baby.
I do suggest every week if possible, but understand this may not work for some mums. So try once every other week and feel the difference in your body.
Can you give an idea of costs or courses you currently offer?
I offer treatments at a one off cost or to save money you could invest in yourself and book a package, which is most popular. Please see my website for more details.