Centred Mums classes are built on a foundation of Pilates, but we are strong believers in a holistic approach and have seen, first-hand, how progress can be enhanced when our classes are combined with the benefits of other disciplines; from nutrition to meditation and hypnobirthing.
Our work has brought us into contact with many specialists who now form part of the support network we’ve built for mums-to-be, new mums – and mums who’ve been in the job for a while!
Here are some of our favourites:
Acupuncture can be safely and effectively used in pregnancy to treat a variety of symptoms including morning sickness, anxiety, insomnia, moving a breech baby, pre-birth preparation for your due date and inductions. I have been working with pregnant women since 1992 supporting and empowering them through their own unique journeys. Postnatal acupuncture can be used to improve your milk supply, help you cope with mastitis and strengthen/re balance your body to help low moods and tiredness.
Amanda specialises in Five Element acupuncture and is a fully accredited and insured member of the British Acupuncture Council. She has completed further studies in obstetric and fertility acupuncture, and is a member of the Hertfordshire Acupuncture for Childbirth Team. Amanda is passionate about the benefits of acupuncture for everyone, and her treatments focus on the individual as a whole, to create a deeply personal treatment for mind, body and spirit.
Ali is a Transformative Life Coach with a wide range of skills and education in personal coaching, practical therapies, Cognitive Hypnotherapy and nutrition.
Whatever your struggles or worries, whether you feel a little lost, stressed by life situations, caught in an unhelpful narrative, or deeply unhappy, Ali can be a gentle but direct guide to walk alongside you on the path back towards peace and freedom.
You will work to strip away unhelpful beliefs, patterns and misunderstandings. You’ll learn to see life from a fresh new perspective, and experience a clearer sense of who you are, what you want, and what you are doing in life.
Sarah is a mindset coach, supporting women in career and purpose, building confidence and finding balance. Sarah has three children and after each return from maternity leave she was shocked to discover the lack of support for mums in the workplace.
Sarah qualified as a coach in 2017 and is an accredited DISC Personality Profiling practitioner. Sarah is CPD certified in Confidence Coaching, Resilience Coaching and Transactional Analysis.
In her coaching practice Sarah works with women on career direction, confidence, resilience and well-being. Sarah also works with women preparing to return to work from maternity leave or a career break helping them figure out how to make work work for them.
To work with Sarah:Check out her website https://sarahbramall.com
Book a free discovery callhttps://calendly.com/sarahbramallcoaching/15min
Christina is a qualified, experienced counsellor and psychotherapist. She is a registered member of BACP. Her psychodynamic perspective acknowledges that our lives may be impacted by past experiences as well as our present circumstances. It pays attention to what might be going on within our minds as well as in our relationships. Christina will listen without judgement to your thoughts and feelings, make links between them, offer observations and ask questions. This will feel different to talking to a friend, colleague or family member and you will have the opportunity to voice a range of ideas in a safe, confidential and compassionate environment. Things can then be understood in new ways, providing relief from distress, and the opportunity for personal development and change.
Amy is a counsellor and psychotherapist, offering in person sessions at her office in Wheathampstead and remote support via Zoom/Skype. Working through life’s challenges, relationship breakdowns, past traumas and mental health issues with a professional, confidential and authentic manner. We can all feel despondent, stuck, and unable to move forward in life, but Amy has a strong belief that we are all capable of change and self improvement, sometimes we need support and space to process.
Contact:Initial inquiries to 07939 101 645
Pre and postnatal Osteopath and paediatric cranial osteopath at Herts Osteopathy Clinic, St Albans.
Iana is qualified in Cranial, Visceral and Paediatric Osteopathy and has great experience treating pregnant women, babies and children.
Iana believes that osteopathy can be very helpful to newborns and to get little ones more comfortable with their feeding, sleeping, first steps in life, growing up and developing motor skills well. She had the chance to work as a volunteer in a maternity and neonatology service and started being amazed by the potential effect of osteopathy on babies. Iana loves treating babies, and offers mum and baby appointments together which works so well. Babies can come in with a variety of issues which could be just as simple as excessive crying, but there can often be a relationship with the cranium, particularly dependent on their birth. Iana particularly likes seeing the calming effect of Osteopathy on babies and finds that parents often comment on this immediately.
I have been a registered Midwife since 1998. I have taught Hypnobirthing classes since 2009 to over 1,000 expectant couples in 1-2-1’s and group classes. These are taught from my relaxing studio at home in St Albans or online over Zoom. I am also a Birth Doula and Placenta Specialist, and Hypnobirthing mum to two wonderful daughters.
Hypnobirthing is a great choice for childbirth education, as it is a complete antenatal preparation course, covering everything you and your partner need to prepare you both for the right birth on the day.
This programme will teach you how to relax emotionally and physically, and plan for a positive birth experience and a feeling of success no matter what path your birth takes. You will learn breathing and relaxation techniques to help reduce fear and anxiety, so that you enjoy a calmer, more relaxed pregnancy, and easier, more comfortable birth. Classes also cover birth physiology, stages of labour, birth positions, birth planning and birth partner’s role.
By the time your baby is ready, you will be feeling calm, confident, and looking forward to birthing your email@example.com
Sara Randall has been working in Hertfordshire for 18 years within mother and baby specialities. Her background was in clinical midwifery where she worked mostly on the Labour ward, since qualifying in 2002. Sara qualified and registered as an Osteopath and Naturopath in 2008, which led to a lecturing post in London. Since having two boys of her own, now 8.5 and 6 years old, she have been clinically working as an osteopath and lactation consultant, qualified in 2013. Her professional and life experience consolidate in a way that allows her to give you evidence based, individualised care that is informative and effective.
Sleep Time Baby is a Children’s Sleep Consultancy run by Kate Cohen Certified Sleep Consultant and member of the association of Professional Sleep Consultants.
Kate works with families local all and beyond, to help identify any sleep issues and guide parents to make improvements that work for them. The approach is holistic and takes into account all aspects of sleep and the package and approach is tailored to your parenting style, plus there is no ‘crying it out’ solution!
If you would like to chat more about sleep and how Kate can help you, you can find out more and join her waiting list at www.sleeptimebaby.co.uk or https://www.facebook.com/sleeptimebaby/ or https://www.instagram.com/sleep.time.baby/
Helen Brown ITEC, MFHT
Helen is an ITEC qualified Holistic Massage Therapist specially trained and qualified in Pregnancy Massage.
As well as treating pregnancy-related symptoms and discomforts, she also treats a wide range of aches and pains including neck and backache, headaches, muscle fatigue, hypermobility and the effects of stress. My treatment room in St Albans is a quiet and peaceful place to relax and de-stress both during and post pregnancy.
Michele Kingston is a registered nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner. Nutritional and functional medicine addresses the root cause of health problems and uses natural therapies such as diet, supplements and lifestyle to support the body back to optimum health and wellness. She has been practising for over 10 years helping both adults and children with a variety of health problems and dietary needs. Michele is a Mum herself who understands the challenges of pregnancy, labour and being a parent and she found ensuring optimum nutrition to be an essential to helping her through these times. She has also learned first hand with her own baby how to address digestive issues and food sensitivities. Michele sees clients in clinic in St Albans and also has national and international clients that she consults via skype/zoom.
Please contact her at www.tnmclinic.com and get in touch for a free discovery call.
Sandra Greenbank is a BANT registered nutritionist and functional medicine practitioner trained at the renowned Institute for Functional Medicine (www.ifm.org). The area of fertility and pregnancy nutrition is a highly specialised field, and Sandra has focussed her clinical work on this area since 2009. She sees clients 121, and also runs a popular online course focussed on optimising fertility naturally and safely. She also trains and mentors other nutritionists all over the world in her signature method in her ‘Making Babies Naturally’ 12-month mentorship programme.www.sandragreenbank.co.uk www.instagram.com/sandragreenbank_fertility www.bit.ly/fertility-course
Restore Therapy Clinic in Harpenden offers first class treatment for post-operative recovery. Specialising in women’s health we can support optimal health after a c-section. We are a team of highly experienced and specialist therapists led by leading scar therapy expert Emma Holly. Scar tissue and adhesions can improve with treatment – so don’t live with discomfort – get in touch and let’s discuss your goals.
Women’s health Osteopath specialising in PGP, birth prep and postnatal healing.
Founder and Principal of Herts Osteopathy clinic, St Albans.
Jo has been a Pilates teacher and functional trainer for over 20 years and an Osteopath for the last ten. She primarily focuses on helping women through pregnancy to get rid of pelvic pain and allow for an easier birth by helping to address restrictions, pain and imbalances which may prevent baby entering the pelvis in the best way. She then works on helping mum to heal postnatally in the optimal way, to get rid of pain, rebalance the pelvis and tissues to ensure the body can heal well, and to allow the core and pelvic floor muscles restore to a place of tension and regaining of strength long term.
Emma Bailey is a Registered Osteopath who has worked in private practice in St Albans for over 30 years. Her work is a vocation and she firmly believe sOsteopathic Treatment is a valuable health care approach that many types of mechanical and functional problems within our bodies benefit from, at all stages of life.
Emma has always enjoyed collaborating with other health professionals to provide my patients with as holistic an approach as possible. The basis of Pilates works very well with Osteopathic principles, and especially well with the mechanical changes and stresses during pregnancy, birth and after. Emma is fully confident with Grace and Joanna’s expertise with their clients and feels that a combined approach with communication between us can be invaluable.
Erica Lewis is a Chartered Women’s Health Physiotherapist. She runs ‘Hertfordshire Women’s Health’, which is a Physiotherapy clinic specialising in pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. Such dysfunction may include urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence, vaginal prolapse or dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse). Treatment is very effective and may include exercises, advice, release work, biofeedback and much more.
Feel free to email Erica with any questions or to book an appointment on firstname.lastname@example.org
Becky Aston has over 20 years experience as a Physiotherapist, specialising in treating men and women with pelvic health issues. She has an in-depth understanding of the physical and emotional changes through a women’s life from puberty, through fertility, pregnancy, post partum, menopause and beyond. Conditions that Becky treats range from endometriosis, persistent pelvic pain, musculoskeletal pain in pregnancy, post partum recovery, the Mummy MOT, pelvic floor dysfunction, including urinary and faecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Becky is also a Scarworks therapist and sees men and women with problematic scars. Becky’s clinic is positioned just off the A41 in a beautiful location with its own parking outside.Contact: www.beckyastonphysiotherapy.co.uk
“I always look forward to attending Grace’s classes and I love how I feel after going to them. The aches have disappeared, my posture feels completely different and my mind is calmer. In addition Grace was the person who identified and has virtually fixed my diastasis recti (not the doctor). I can safely say if I hadn’t been for her I would still be suffering with backache. A wonderful class and one that I would highly recommend to anyone.”
“I have been going to Grace’s pregnancy group classes, the post-natal classes and had 1:1 sessions with her during my two pregnancies over the last couple of years. Grace is the best pilates teacher I’ve ever had! She possesses an enormous wealth of knowledge on pregnancy and post-natal pilates, and she is constantly expanding this knowledge, for example, now into hypnobirthing…”
“I have been attending one of Grace’s classes for almost a year now after a recommendation from a friend. I had diastasis recti (separation of my abdominal muscles) following my first & second child so was keen to strengthen my core & know what I should & shouldn’t do in terms of regular exercise.
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