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Baby Massage Dublin 15

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Five week course starts Wed 1/11/17  at 10:45 in Castleknock

Next course starts Wed 6/12/17 at new time of 10:00 Castleknock

About Baby Massage Dublin 15

I will teach you strokes that are safe and appropriate for your baby.  You can then enjoy it as a regular activity at home together.  The classes are relaxed and give plenty of opportunity for you to get to know the other local mums in the class.

Lorna is qualified through Baby Massage Ireland and is affiliated with the International Association of Infant Massage, which means that you can claim back up to 100% of the course cost from your health insurance..

Baby Massage is great for:

– Relief from digestive issues (trapped wind, colic etc)
– Relaxation for baby, and therefore for mum as well
– Interaction – baby massage promotes bonding and is a great way of spending quality time with your baby.
– Stimulation – baby massage stimulates the muscular-skeletal system and the lymphatic system (part of the immune system)

baby massage Dublin

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Baby Massage Dublin Course Details

Time: 10:45am
Date: Wednesday 1/11/17 then 06/12/17
Venue: Castleknock Community Centre,
Laurel Lodge Road, Dublin 15.   Location map

Course length:  5 weeks
Course cost:  €80/ €100 with health insurance (you can claim it back).

Please note that this is the final course so there will be no opportunity to make up a class if you missed one.
Booking:  The class will run subject to minimum numbers so please book in advance.  Call Lorna:  087 740 2236

More information about baby massage.

Getting Back to Exercise after Having a Baby: Do’s and Don’ts

You might be raring to get back into marathon running, or just wanting to get off the sofa and do something about your ‘mummy tummy’.  Either way, it is advisable to be sensible and to mind yourself.  You still have increased levels of one of the pregnancy hormones, relaxin in your body up to 6 months post-partum, or longer if you are breastfeeding.  Your ligaments are still looser than normal, and hence you are at increased risk of muscle strains and torn ligaments. Getting back to exercise after having a baby needs a lot of planning and patience too.

do'sDo…start slowly and listen to your body.  Your fitness level may well be at a low base level when you start back.  This is a time to start getting active again, not to set up any goals for personal bests.

don'tsDon’t…do high impact exercise such as running or star jumps until 6 months post-partum, or longer if you are still breastfeeding, because of the increased levels of the hormone relaxin. You don’t want to risk a long term injury such as a torn cruciate ligament through being impatient.  There are other ways to add intensity to your workout.  Try taking a post-natal exercise class to get ideas about how to do this.

do'sDo…use exercise as an opportunity to meet like-minded people.  Join up with other new mums for friendship, support and to keep your fitness goals on track.

don'tsDon’t …over-stretch at the end of a session.  That extra relaxin in your body means you can pull muscles more easily than usual.

do'sDo…choose a class or activity that is truly baby-friendly.  If you have a lot of family support and can work out regularly without your baby, then that’s great – go ahead and join the gym.  Otherwise, be realistic and pick something where your baby can come too, otherwise you will probably end up quitting sooner rather than later.

don'tsDon’t…forget about your pelvic floor.  Try bouncing on the bed or sneezing.  If there is any leakage, you will find it beneficial in the long term to do those pelvic floor exercises.  Doing high impact exercise before your pelvic floor is ready will do it harm, not good.

do'sDo…get your tummy checked for ‘diastasis recti’ – where the outer tummy muscles (rectus abdominus) are separated.  This is fairly common after pregnancy and will resolve with appropriate exercise, but there are lots of common exercises you should avoid.  Don’t increase the separation by doing abdominal ‘crunches’.  Instead, work on strengthening your inner tummy muscles (transverse abdominus, or TvA).

don'tsDon’t…set unrealistic goals for getting fit again.  You may get demoralised through having a low base level of fitness, fewer opportunities to exercise and any post-natal complications.  Why not try something new instead, so you are not able to make direct comparisons with where you were at before.  Try setting goals such as ‘3 sessions of exercise this week’ as opposed to ‘running 10k in under 60 minutes’.

And lastly,

do'sDo…enjoy getting active again!  Revel in the endorphins!  Feel confident in your body!  Feel great about making the effort!  Your body and mind will both thank you for it.

 

 

Enjoying Your Maternity Leave: 10 Top Tips

This is a special time in your life; one that you will always remember.  It is also a challenging time, becoming a mother.  Give yourself the best chance of making lots of happy memories and enjoying your maternity leave with our ten top tips.

 

1. Accept offers of help.

If family and friends offer to cook you a meal, do an errand or help in the house, say yes.  If you try to be a supermum and do everything on your own you may end up being burnt-out and exhausted.  You have an excuse to sit back and focus on looking after your baby.  Let everyone else do the running around just this once.

 

2.  Get active again.
The list of benefits is endless.  It will get you out of the house, give you some structure in the week, help you feel better about your post-pregnancy body, help shift the baby weight, help prevent back pain, help get rid of the wobbly mummy tummy, help you feel great …

 

Walking with the buggy/ sling is great for starters, then build up to something that challenges your body just a little.  Choose an activity which is suitable for post-natal clients.  Your body is still in recovery from the pregnancy and birth, and you are still at risk of muscles strains because of the hormonal changes in your body.  There are baby-friendly fitness classes out there which also have the advantage that you will meet other mums too.

 

3.  Meet up with other mums.

Chatting to other mums who are at the same stage as you is fantastic.  It gets you out of the house, out of your head, helps to ease anxieties you might have by sharing stories, and you might just make some new friends for life.

 

Try different social groups to meet like-minded mums depending on what you are into.  Cuidiu parentlink is a great all-round scheme to connect local mums, or try La Leche League or Friends of Breastfeeding if you are breastfeeding, or a sling meet.

 

4.  Happy baby = happy mum

Look out for tips from other mums on how to soothe your baby.  Every baby is different and what works one month may not work the next, so it’s good to have a ‘toolbox’ of different strategies you can use.  Baby massage is great for helping baby relax.  Try lifting baby up to an open window to experience a breeze and a different view.  Some babies like to be out seeing other mums and experiencing new situations and get easily bored.  Other babies prefer less stimulation and would rather stay quietly at home.

 

Observe your baby carefully.  Listen to what s/he is telling you and you will start to understand the cues and be able to stop the fussing before it turns into crying.

 

5. Read ‘What mothers do; especially when it looks like nothing’

Naomi Stadlen helps you to feel good about not ‘being able to get anything done’ .  If you did not keep up with household chores today, it means that you gave your baby the time and attention that s/he needed instead.  This is the mark of quality parenting, not of being disorganised or inefficient.

 

6.  Plan some home-based entertainments.
There are days when you might want to get out of the house, but your baby has other ideas.  Get in some good books and magazines.  Have them to hand wherever you feed your baby, in case you end up being there for the whole afternoon.  Start a new DVD box set, and watch them only when it’s you and your baby cuddled up on the sofa together.  That way you will look forward to those times rather than feeling frustrated because you would rather be out.

7. Keep baby close.
When your baby is snuggled next you s/he is likely to be happier than spending lots of time in a crib/ rocker.  Bonding is really important during these first months, as there will be fewer opportunities when you go back to work.  Bed-sharing is lovely way to do this – check out the guidelines by James McKenna on how to do this safely (see below).

Baby-wearing (carrying baby in an ergonomic sling/ carrier) is not just a practical alternative to a buggy when you are out, but is also a great way to bond with your baby at home.  I had difficulties breast feeding with my first baby and was very upset that feeding was more of a battle than a bonding experience.  Wearing him close in the sling for a lot of the day helped us to have lots of happy moments together.

8. Listen to advice, but trust your own instincts first.
There is a saying ‘your baby is the teacher, you are the expert, and everyone else is there to give support’.  When you observe and listen carefully to your baby s/he will tell you what they need from you.  You can get great tips and advice from other parents and from books, but you are the expert on your own baby.  If a piece of advice doesn’t resonate with you try saying ‘Thanks for the advice.  I’ll think about it.’; then ditch it.

9. Join or start a ‘Self Renewal Group’
These groups are a based around a personal development book for mothers called ‘The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal:  How to reclaim, rejuvenate and re-balance your life’ by Renee Peterson Trudeau.

I joined a group of 5 mums soon after I had my daughter.  Each month we do another chapter and consider such questions as bringing adventure back into your life, or what your own parents taught you about parenting.  The questions that you answer together in the group are fairly probing and lead to a greater level of openness and sharing stories than you would get by just a casual meet up. I have found it to be a really rewarding experience.

10.  Seek help if you need it.
If you are having a hard time in the first few months, get help.  It might be that you feel your baby has a health issue that is being dismissed by your GP – seek a second opinion.  If you feel your baby is unusually fussy, windy or has colic, try baby massage or cranio-sacral therapy.  If you really want to breastfeed and are finding it difficult, call a private lactation consultant right away.  If you feel depressed or anxious, tell your GP, join some groups/ classes for mums and babies and consider talking to a counsellor.

This is a time in your life you want to look back on with joy.  It is too important to say to yourself ‘maybe tomorrow things will be better’.  Maybe they will, but maybe they won’t.  Take control of the situation, be proactive and get help.  You and your baby deserve it.

 

Resources

James McKenna for safe co-sleeping guidelines http://cosleeping.nd.edu/

Cuidiu for parent link support groups http://www.cuidiu-ict.ie/

La Leche League https://www.lalecheleagueireland.com/

Friends of Breastfeeding http://www.friendsofbreastfeeding.ie/

 

Active Mum in the Media

There’s an interview about Active Mum on Dublin City FM on Monday 25/1/16.  Podcast to follow.

We have a really positive article about Sling and Dance in the Herald 18/1/16.
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More information about Sling and Dance

Article ‘How baby can help you get fit’ , Fit Magazine 2/8/13

Article about Fitness for Mums including sling and dance, in the Irish Times 30/10/12

 

 

 

 

 

 

TV commercial featuring Active Mum’s sling and dance

The shoot for the commercial seemed to go very well and we are looking forward to seeing the ad – it will be showing in January and February 2015, so look out for the Aldi ads on telly and see if you can spot any sling and dance mums you might know!

Sling and Dance post-natal fitness

Sling and Dance post-natal fitness

 

Photo Shoot for Active Mum

Monday 8/12/14 at Castleknock Community CEntre, Laurel Lodge, D15

Would you like to get some professional pictures of yourself and your baby for free?

I am looking for some mums and babies to help me get some good images to use for my website, posters etc.  I am booking the community centre room for an hour.  In that time we plan to get some good images of the following:

–        post-natal pilates (with Sinead, the post-natal pilates teacher)
–        mum and baby yoga (with Hilary – classes coming soon)
–        baby massage (with Hilary)

The photographer, Dee Organ will take photos throughout the hour, of Sinead and myself teaching, of you and your baby in different positions as they would be in the classes, and of you and your baby interacting together..  I will be given all the digital images a week or two later, and you are welcome to have copies of any of the pictures that feature you and your baby.

Because I plan on using the images for Active Mum publicity I will ask you to sign a waiver saying that you are happy for me to use the images for that purpose.

 

Who is it suitable for?

Mums with babies aged 6 weeks to 1 year.  Babies aged 7-12 months won’t be suitable for the baby massage pictures, but will still be able to participate in the pilates, yoga and general interaction shots.

If you have a friend who might be interested do pass the details along – you do not need to have been attending classes with Active Mum already in order to join us.

 

Photo Shoot Details

11am – noon on Monday 8/12/14
Castleknock Community Centre
Laurel Lodge Road, Dublin 15

 

Booking

The photo shoot is free, but please let me know if you are coming, as we need only 8-10 mums and babies.  Please contact 0877402236 or lorna@activemum.ie.

 

 

 

 

BWI Sling Meet, Terenure. All Welcome

sling meet

19/11/14 at Panda Play Cafe

Are you new to baby slings/ carriers and don’t know where to start?  A sling meet is like a coffee morning but with slings to try and a sling consultant available for you to get help on choosing and using a sling.

Panda Play cafe is a great spot where your children can play safely while you enjoy a coffee and a chat with other mums.

Entrance is free for 6 months and under or EU6 per child and you can stay all day. 2pm is when Hilary, the sling consultant will arrive, but feel free to come earlier and enjoy.

Hilary is doing the sling meet representing Babywearing Ireland which is a non-profit organisation.  Only Babywearing Ireland slings are available to hire at this sling meet – not my personal stock.

Sling meet Details

2-4pm on Wednesday 19th November 2014
Panda Play Cafe 
at  Terenure College Rugby Football Club, ‘Lakelands’, Greenlea Grove, Terenure, Dublin 6W Google map

 

 

sling meet
sling meet

 

*NEW* Baby Massage Discount: Bring a Friend

baby massage discount

€10 off the cost of a baby massage course for both you and your friend when you book a baby massage course together.

It can be nice to sign up to the course with a friend, as you get to share a lovely experience together as well as with your baby.  To book, each of you can sign up individually, and just send me an email to let me know that you are together.  Baby massage can help with wind, sleep and bonding.  It’s a great way of spending quality time with your baby.

Baby Massage Discount

Baby Massage Course (no health insurance) €70

Baby Massage Course (health insurance) €90

baby massage discount

Active Mum Coffee Morning with talk about baby sign language by Superhands 10/4/14

Come and meet other local mums for friendship and support!  The group is friendly and relaxed and I will be there to welcome you and introduce you to the other mums.

The group is breast and bottle feeding-friendly and is a safe, comfortable space for you to enjoy being with your baby and being out meeting people too. It is open for mums with babies under 9 months, so you are all at the same stage.

There will be a €3 admission charge to cover the rent of the room, and that will include biscuits.  Tea and coffee are available to purchase from the coffee shop.  Tea is €1 and coffee is €1.50.

Thursday 10/4/14  2014.  There will be a 20 minute talk by Geraldine of Superhands about baby sign language and how it can help you to communicate with your baby before (s)he has learnt to talk.

Coffee Morning Mums Details

Every Thursday from 11am – 1pm

Castleknock Community Centre, Laurel Lodge Road, Dublin 15
Just drop in.

coffee morning mums

 

Paediatric First Aid Talk & Coffee Morning 3/4/14

3/4/14 – FEEL FREE TO DROP IN LATER.  THERE ARE STILL SOME PLACES LEFT.

Philip Burke of the Medilink Ambulance Service is coming to the Active  Mums coffee morning in Castleknock to give a talk on paediatric first aid.  He will cover what to do if your baby chokes, receives a burn, gets a high fever, and so on.  The talk will last for an hour and then there will be an opportunity for you to ask questions afterwards.

Admission €12

All welcome – your babies and children may be any age.

Please book in advance as numbers are limited.  You can pay here with PayPal:
 

Details

Coffee morning from 11am-1pm, paediatric first aid talk starts at 11:30am
Thursday 3rd April 2014
Castleknock Community Centre, Laurel Lodge Road, Dublin 15

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