In the lead up to the FHT’s first Virtual Congress we have been introducing FHT members to our event speakers. Today we hear from Lucy Trend from Shiatsu and Thai Massage Training in Scotland who is speaking about pregnancy massage incorporating Shiatsu and acupressure.
My interest in Shiatsu for pregnancy began when I had an extraordinary experience supporting a woman with Shiatsu. As I placed my thumb in each acupoint I had an overwhelming sense that I was pressing seeds into soft, warm fertile soil. It was the most curious feeling, and I was delighted and not at all surprised to find out at the next session that she had been in the very early stages of pregnancy. I was inspired to deepen my understanding of the energies of pregnancy, so in 2003 I went to study with Suzanne Yates in Bristol, on her one year post graduate Holistic Maternity Care for Shiatsu Practitioners course. My journey began of learning all about the rich landscape of pregnancy, adapted positioning, and the physiology of pregnancy and childbirth. Eventually this has led me to become a Shiatsu doula (lay birth partner) offering Shiatsu for childbirth as well as pregnancy, and now I am Wellmother Shiatsu teacher for Scotland and the North of England.
Pregnancy is a time of great uncertainty. Everything is changing on a daily basis; physically, emotionally, sociologically, financially, and on top of this emotions are heightened by sensitivity to the constantly shifting hormonal balance, and feelings around the approaching experience of childbirth.
One of the keys to a rewarding experience for the client is comfortable positioning. Commonly we would use side position, it gives a nice feeling of being protected, and at the same time giving access to some very useful techniques and acupoints.
As therapists our first guideline is to be extremely sensitive and supportive of the needs of the pregnant client. Treat them with compassion, with gentleness, give them space in the treatment for peace, breath, connection to self, and provide an environment where they feel supported. Remember pregnancy is a condition, not an illness, and with support many people will be fine throughout pregnancy, so although some may struggle to feel well at certain stages – they are not actually ill!
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*Ticket prices: FHT student members £25, FHT members £30, non-FHT members £45