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The many varied roles of massage therapy

The many varied roles of massage therapy

The many varied roles of massage therapy

 

By Sarah Fogarty (TLC Massage Therapist and Acupuncturist)

 

Massage therapy is a diverse therapy offering different styles of massage to suit many different health needs and different purposes in your life.

 

The self-care massage treatment (also known as time out, ‘treat’ yourself, pamper yourself massage).

This type of massage is for the very important purpose of looking after yourself.  Whilst you might experience some muscle aches and tightness there is no limitation in range of movement and the purpose of this type of massage is to facilitates a feeling of relaxation and self-worth through the action of taking some time out for yourself.  

TLC Music Songs #8

TLC Music Songs #8

Shake Shake the apple tree

 

Shake, shake the apple tree,

apples red and rosy
Shake, shake the apple tree,

apples red and rosy
One for you, one for me.

Shake, shake the apple tree.

 

Now, now it’s Harvest Time,

Golden leaves and berries
Now, now it’s Harvest Time,

Golden leaves and berries
Stack the corn in the barn.

Now, now it’s harvest time.

 

 

Blow, blow the leaves away,

windy, windy weather.
Blow, blow the leaves away,

windy, windy weather.
Blow them here, blow them there.

Blow, Blow the leaves away.

 

 

Containment holds to soothe and settle your newborn

Containment holds to soothe and settle your newborn

Holding your baby firmly, swaddling them in a wrap or providing a containment hold can be very reassuring to your baby and can be a useful way of calming your baby down when upset or overtired. It can help your baby to get to sleep or comfort him after a fright or upset.  

Used often with premature infants these containment holds also work well with newborns and young babies as they are unable to self-regulate and soothe themselves.  

 

A containment hold is done by using your hands to hold your baby still gently but firmly and restraining their arms and legs if they are showing jerky, disorganized movement.

 

TLC Music Songs #1

TLC Music Songs #1

Here are a couple of well-known baby songs to get you started using music at home with your baby.  Why sing to your baby?  Well for a start, they just love it.  Singing will always be more engaging than speaking to babies.  Singing also helps your baby learn to regulate their emotions as you are engaging them in a gentle, loving way.  It helps calm them down and feel connected to you.  Plus, your stimulating your baby's language, emotional and motor areas in the brain.  

A reflection on parent wellbeing

A reflection on parent wellbeing

A REFLECTION ON PARENT WELLBEING

Becoming a parent is often described as two opposing feelings in almost the one breath. People describe their experiences of parenthood as being simultaneously the most joyous and difficult of their life experiences. 

Parents have established their new identity in the role of 'helper', providing all that is needed to their child who is physically, emotionally and financially dependent on them. Suddenly, on a surface level, the emotional needs of parents become less important compared to an infant who cannot settle, those explosive toddler tantrums or the emotional intensity of an adolescent 

 

Reading your baby's behaviour

Reading your baby's behaviour

Being able to read your baby’s behavior has many benefits for you both.  By communicating by gesture and expression our babies tell us how they are coping and indicate what they need.  For us as parents, it’s so helpful to be able to tell what our baby wants and then provide it for them. 

 

Ultimately you want your baby to have lots of organised behaviours and not too many disorganised behaviours.  If they are displaying disorganised behaviours then that’s our cue to support them by providing food, clean nappy, less stimulation, sleep time or a cuddle. 

Baby Led Weaning (Introducing solids while breastfeeding)

Baby Led Weaning (Introducing solids while breastfeeding)

What is it?

A method of introducing your baby to solid food while still continuing to breast feed.  Developed by Gill Rapley, she wrote the book ‘Baby led weaning’ and has lots of info on her website http://www.rapleyweaning.com including this leaflet summarizing the book http://www.rapleyweaning.com/assets/blwleaflet2.pdf

 

When do you start?

When your baby shows that they are ready!

Behaviours to watch out for:

 

How we connect to rhythm from the womb through the early years

How we connect to rhythm from the womb through the early years

We begin our relationship with rhythm incredibly early in our development. Before birth the prenatal infant is aware of sound and is able to perceive and respond to basic rhythmic stimulation from very early in gestation. This musical readiness allows the prenatal infant to become familiar with uterine sounds, her parents voices, and the sounds of what will be her daily life.

 

Chiropractic and your child

Chiropractic and your child

Chiropractic has been seen for a long time as a preventative approach to illness and therefore enhancing the health of your loved ones. How does chiropractic do this?

 

First off, lets talk about the 10 most common reasons parents bring their kids to get checked by a Chiropractor.

 

1.     To encourage good neural plasticity (brain and nerve development)

 

2.  To support nerve communication throughout the body- promoting health and wellbeing

3. To help strengthen their child’s immunity- encouraging fewer colds, ear-aches and general illness

Creativity for Kids

Why is it important?

Because it is a key to success in nearly everything we do.  It is a key component of health and happiness and a core skill to practice. Creativity is important for science, maths, social and emotional intelligence. To be more flexible and better problem solvers kids need practice at experimenting, failing, building and finally succeeding. 

 

Creative activities: visual art and construction

You don’t always need to give your child new play materials. Using everyday objects, and making it up as you go along, is a great way to encourage creative development.

·       Use an empty cardboard box to make a house, a robot, a truck, an animal – whatever your child is keen on. You could cut up the box, glue things onto it or paint it.

·       Glue ribbons and strips of material onto paper or cardboard.

·       Old newspaper, glue and water are all you need for papier mâché, although your child will need help with this.

Attachment & your child

I have always been very interested in attachment and the role that music can play in promoting happy healthy children.  Most parents have secure attachment with their children, and most children grow up to be happy & healthy adults.  It can still be useful to understand how this occurs and what to do if something isn’t quite right. 

 

What is attachment?

Attachment is the word used to describe the nature of a child’s relationship with their primary caregivers.