Taking care of woman's health

Motherhood can be a beautiful and fulfilling experience. It can also be incredibly tiring, stressful and involve small people who sneeze directly into your face. With Mother’s Day coming up, we wanted to look at ways to take care of the people who mostly care for everyone else.

When you become a mother, society sends you clear messages that it’s no longer about you. Even your nearest and dearest suddenly seem to be only interested in the baby. Maternal instinct, also, drives you to prioritise the wellbeing of your child over yourself. 78% of mothers say that they put off taking care of their own health to look after their family. This is despite the fact that 15% of UK mothers show signs of depression during their child’s early years.

On this one day of the year, then, we think those hard-working mothers deserve a little pampering and rejuvenation. We gathered together some of our expert professionals to find out what treatments overwhelmed mums – or their grateful partners and children – should be looking for.

Helen Nestor – Ayurvedic Massage

An Ayurvedic Massage is deeply nurturing, balancing and soothing for a mum who needs some loving attention.

A hot stone massage can also be extremely helpful in soothing the muscles during the winter. Alternatively, an organic facial with head and shoulder massage is a lovely treat.

Julia Hancock – Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture

A facial promotes beauty and wellbeing from the inside out, because how we look is connected to our internal health and how we feel about ourselves is linked with how we are feeling physically and emotionally. 

Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture (FRA) is a facial and much more! Fine facial acupuncture needles work at a deeper level of the facial tissues to lift, tone, reduce fine lines and bring overall radiance. The consultation takes into account the individual’s overall health, and acupuncture points on the body are used to address any current symptoms. This treatment is supportive to the woman’s health and can support hormonal balance, such as reducing hot flushes, reduce stress and help increase energy levels. Cupping, derma roller or jade roller are used on the face in conjunction to improve complexion.

Only the best natural products are used in this treatment, including rose Argan oil, which not only smells divine, but has a softening effect on any skin type. The facial massage completes this treatment and usually leaves the person relaxed and fresh-faced and uplifted. 

Jocelyn Read – Massage

To care for others, you have to first care for yourself!

If you are struggling with lack of sleep, or experiencing menstrual or menopausal symptoms, then a therapeutic or deep tissue massage can be highly beneficial. It will aid sleep, help with relaxation and supports hormonal balance.

Deborah Woolf – Acupuncture and Clinic Director

My mother always told me to keep my tummy warm – which i poohpoohed, until i studied Chinese medicine when i discovered that a cold stomach can lead to many uncomfortable and painful issues! Similarly with keeping my lower back warm (the lower back is the root of your body, it needs to be warm and protected from the wind), and my head, neck and shoulders covered (these are places the cold wind enters, causing colds, coughs, etc.).

I deal with a lot of women’s issues – often women come for something completely different, and are amazed to discover how much better their periods are. The menstural cycle should be painless and easy, rather than a ‘curse’ (which many women put up with, never realising that it should not be one at all).

I also treat prenatally to enhance fertility, and support women during pregnancy as well as postnatally.

Liz Linington – Facial Reflexology

Facial Reflexology uses pressure point techniques and massage movements to stimulate a series of points on the face to help bring the body back into balance. It can feel particularly soothing, and you will be shown a couple of points to use on yourself to help calm a busy mind.

As a special gift for Mother’s Day, the first five people to contact Liz on 07957 275264 before 31st March giving the code NURTURE will receive a free additional 15-minute facial reflexology taster with any treatment booking or gift voucher purchase.

To treat yourself, or a special woman in your life, to any of the above treatments, give us a call on 01273 698 687.