Pregnancy Reflexology – the Wonderful Keah Lan

 

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I’d never really considered Reflexology until I met the wonderful Keah Lan, a highly qualified wellbeing therapist and reflexologist. She was at The Mermaid Maternity Retreat press opening day way back in June, when I was just 15 weeks pregnant. There she gave me a 20 minute taster reflexology session, which just simply wasn’t long enough! I wanted longer – she was fab! The things she could tell from my feet were amazing and the treatment itself was really relaxing.

Since meeting her, we have kept in touch on Twitter and she told me to come and see her when I was in the later stage of my pregnancy and ready to help prepare my body for labor. At 37 weeks, I’m more than ready, so I went and saw her, again at the Mermaid Maternity Retreat, which is based on the Kings Road. 

Before our hour-long session, Keah explained that she would massage certain areas on my feet to help stimulate pregnancy and labor organs and help boost my energy flow. Some of these points that she would be working on can help stimulate contractions, ease any aches and pains as well as release oxytocin, a natural hormone that is responsible for again stimulating contractions and labor. Keah specialises in reflexology for fertility, labor and the postnatal period, so I knew I was in good hands. 

The whole treatment was really relaxing. Yes, there was so sore points on my feet, especially the areas that related back to my lower back (I’ve been having lower back pain – the weight in my front feels like it’s pulling my back out of balance), my digestive system (I’ve been feeling quite sick recently – almost like I’m in the first trimester again!) and also the uterus zone, which is located near your ankle bone, and needs to be loosened slightly to help relax and of course stimulate labor. But although these were slightly tender I just practised my deep breathing (thank you Pregnancy yoga classes!) and went with the flow. 

After a good hour of TLC, Keah finished with a neck and shoulder massage and told me to get on with my day as normal but take it easy. She also mentioned that another session later on in the week would be beneficial. I did relax and met my mum for a herbal tea who was really worried and kept asking me if I was going into labor. Of course I  explained that if the baby is not ready to come, the it won’t – however, there ARE certain pressure points that can be worked on to encourage or ‘prime’ your body ready for labour. Reflexology is unlikely to start labour there and then, but Keah has found that a few of her clients have naturally gone into labour within a next few days after her treatment – pretty impressive eh!? 

I’m excited to see what happens over the next few days – will I get some Braxton Hicks? Will my back pain continue to behave itself? I hope so! 

Keah also gave me some exercises to do to help my back and open my hips like the;

* Cat Stretch – which helps stretch the lower back
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* Pigeon Pose – which helps stretch the hips and thighs
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* The Sitting Squat pose – which again helps open up the hips and relaxes the lower back.  
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I’m going to do these everyday as well as continue to do lots of walking and my daily gym workout. You may not feel like exercising when pregnant BUT it does help open up the hips and relax the pelvic muscles. It also gets those endorphins flowing, the calming and pain-relieving hormones that can be vital during labor. 

I’ll let you know how Thursday goes at my next session 🙂 

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Mummy Hair – How to get the Perfect Pregnancy Hair Cut

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When I heard that NW8 MUMS, the friendly forum for mums living in NW8 praised Joe from Neil Cornelius. I had to check the Mayfair salon out.
They described him as “the best hairdresser we ever had”, which gave me confidence that he could sort out my unruly pregnancy mane!

At 37 weeks pregnant, my hair is definitely thicker (and I’ve always had super thick hair!!) and curlier, but on the plus side is shiner. It also grows really fast too, which is down the the excess progesterone circulating your body. Not good when you have a fringe!

I didn’t get to see Joe when I walked in to the Neil Cornelius salon, instead I saw the very man himself Neil. The owner of the salon and a hairdresser since 12 years old.

I explained to Neil that my hair was feeling a bit flat and un-manageable and that I didn’t want to (or wouldn’t be able to) spend hours and hours blow-drying and straightening every time I wanted to wear it down. It had grown so long and thick that it was starting to become a chore to style, which resulted in me just scrapping it back instead of spending time to actual style it. I was also very aware that once the baby arrives, I would have better things to be doing than spending hours on my hair of a morning, so although I didn’t want much off the length, it would be good to sort out the unruly layers and simply tidy it up a bit. And that’s exactly what he did.

After a super relaxing wash, Neil squared off the bottom so it was all one length and hardly touched my layers, explaining that it was all the short layers in my hair that was making it look and feel thicker than it actually is. He said that if these was longer and blended into my hair more I wouldn’t feel that it’s so thick and keep trying to flatten it down with the straighteners.

He also tidied up my side fringe, which was getting longer and wonkier by the day, as, as it gets too long, I have no choice but to get the scissors out. I know! He chopped into it a little and generally restyled it, making it look like it was supposed to be there, rather than an after thought, which is certainly what it was starting to feel like.

It was then time for a sleek blow dry – which he made look so easy.

The result, was that my hair was a little shorter, but it looked healthier, sexier (my husband told me so!) and flattering – no longer just something that hung from my head looking a little lifeless.

I would definitely recommend any pregnant lady go treat themselves to a stunning haircut as they get closer their due date. I’m not sure when my next hair cut will be now, as I really don’t know what to expect with my first baby, so at least I have a manageable style that will see me through the next few months.  It was also nice to get pampered for an hour or so – and have everyone fuss over you. The staff are lovely here – and they loved my bump too! I can’t wait to go back bump free and get my a yummy mummy haircut!

1st Floor, 109 New Bond Street, 020 7493 5304. From £65 for a cut and blow dry with a senior stylist, or from £150 for a cut and blowdry with Neil. You can also follow the salon on Twitter on @NC1stFloor.

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