Ngaire Birch has been an aromatherapist and massage therapist since 1994.
She opened her own clinic at McDowall in 2005, soon after assisting in the birthof her goddaughter Madisen (acting as a labour support person). She has a very keen interest in all aspects of women’s health, but enjoys working with women before, during and after pregnancy.
By combining aromatherapy; essential oils; Australian Bush Flower Essences and massage; she finds that a greater sense of wellness can be achieved quicker than by just using one modality at a time.
Working in the allied health industry for 30 years has given her an added insight into women’s health and their pregnancy’s.
By understand the difficulties and problems that can be associated with certain types of pregnancy; she is able to focus the needs of her clients with aromatherapy to give them outstanding, professional treatments.
Aromatherapy is the controlled use of essential oils extracted from plants, to promote and maintain a balance of both the body and mind.
Aromatherapy combines the soothing, healing touch of massage with the therapeutic properties of Essential Oils. Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment which can have a profound effect on the mind, body and emotions.
Many of the oils used in Aromatherapy have a long history of therapeutic use. Aromatherapy works on our sense of smell and by absorption into the bloodstream.
When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system and affect heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system.
Aromatherapy Treatments can help with a range of problems from illness and injury, to stress-related conditions.
No matter what your complaint, there is likely to be an aromatherapy treatment that can help. Whilst it is important that patients understand that aromatherapy cannot always cure an illness, medical professionals are beginning to recognise the benefits of treating a condition in a more holistic and natural way.
Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to conditions involving stress or improving emotionally-related conditions such as stress, insomnia, headache, digestive disorders, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and back pain.
Massage has a powerful effect on the body and the emotions, combined with the therapeutic qualities of essential oils massage can be a very invigorating or deeply relaxing experience. Aromatherapist practice holistically (treating the whole person) and try to find treatments and oils that suit their client’s physically and mentally.
About Pregnancy Massage
Aromatherapy can be of huge benefit, and can help to soothe the extra strains placed upon woman’s body during pregnancy – strengthening the body, reducing stretch marks and fluid retention, and easing the increasing aches and pains as baby gets bigger. Massage treatments are suitable from the second trimester.
Aromatherapy is a very useful, gentle and well-loved therapy during pregnancy.
- Reduces stress and promotes relaxation, so less stress, and a better night’s sleep.
- Reduces oedema, blood pressure, relieves varicose veins and increases lymph and blood flow.
- Reduces muscle and joint pain, including backache, cramps and carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Facilitates hormonal, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary and other physiological processes, which occur in pregnancy.
Benefits of Postnatal Massage
Massage after the delivery of your baby can be just as important as during and preconception. After birth, you can be extremely tense and this tension can lower you energy and interfere with the caring of your new born. Massage can help you feel better physically, mentally and emotionally. By nurturing yourself early, it can help support and assist you if you happen to experience post delivery ‘blues’ or if you end up feeling for what ever reason ‘overwhelmed’ by the whole process.
When breast feeding, especially for new mothers and the first few weeks, tension around the neck and shoulders can occur. By reducing this tension through massage, it not only helps the mother relax and focus but it also assists with the process of allowing the milk to ‘letdown’.
Having your first massage after birth depends basically on how the birth process went. Check with your healthcare provider, midwife, and doctor as to when it is best for you to schedule your massage.