These are local practitioners who I know and highly recommend.
all share a love of supporting women in pregnancy, birth and beyond.
MICHELE - YOGA
Michele teaches pregnancy and postnatal yoga at the Goose Green Clinic in East Dulwich and postnatal yoga at the Brockwell Lido. Upon completing her pregnancy yoga training with Judy Cameron through the British Wheel of Yoga she went on to train with Birthlight Founder Francoise Freedman in postnatal yoga alongside further pregnancy yoga study.
Having practiced pregnancy yoga throughout her pregnancies, she firmly believes in the benefit of Yoga breathing, stretching, postures and movement to ease pregnancy discomforts and prepare for labour and birth.
Many of her students have never practiced yoga before, and the classes are suitable for women with all levels of yoga experience from seasoned yoginis to complete beginners.
Michele is a mentored doula registered with Doula UK and Nurturing Birth and supports women through their birth journey whatever path that may take, homebirth or elective caesarean and anything in-between!
Louisa trained to become an osteopath at the British School of Osteopathy where she qualified with a masters degree.
She enjoys treating people of all ages and working with them not only to relieve their pain and aid recovery, but also to explore the causes of discomfort. This can then help with finding ways to prevent problems in the future, by increasing awareness of the stresses and strains that the body may be experiencing and creating a renewed drive for health.
Louisa has also completed a post graduate diploma in women’s health in osteopathy, following her interest in working with women during pregnancy and after childbirth, helping to accommodate the changes that take place during this time.
She is a member of the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy, having done post graduate courses in cranial osteopathy, which she uses in her treatments alongside structural and visceral techniques.
Alongside her osteopathic studies, Louisa completed an ITEC diploma in sports massage in 2010, and has since been working as a sports massage therapist.
Louisa practices from a lovely room in Goose Green Clinic.
ANYA - PILATES
Anya is an incredible writer and Pilates teacher, specialising in all things pregnancy and postnatal.
Anya runs her practice from her Peckham based home studio. The pilates sessions focus on mindful movement, connecting to your breath and releasing tension in order to strengthen your body without strain.
After a session you should feel stretched, soothed, energized yet relaxed, as if you’ve been ironed out and lengthened, and given a good night’s sleep to boot.
Jane is an aromatherapist and reflexologist of some 25 years’ experience. She works with pregnant mothers and those post-natally at Bellenden Therapies, SE15
Reflexology is a gentle treatment which works on the feet, so those who are heavily pregnant can be positioned as comfortably as possible, it can relax the body and mind. Recommended for those who are feeling anxious and/or not sleeping well.
Reflexology is ideal for throughout the pregnancy (from the end of the first trimester). Also, very suitable for fathers to be.
Jane has also trained in and runs regular baby massage courses - 5 week course for mothers or partners to attend (babies from 6 weeks old), there is also the chance to make your baby a special oil or cream.
The clinic provides a reduced rate to pregnant women and a free service for babies.
The paediatric clinic provides specialist osteopathic care for children aged from 0 - 16.
Their on-site Children's Clinics run on
Mondays (all day),
Thursdays (afternoons only),
Fridays 10:00 - 19:00,
Saturdays 08:30 - 14:00.
Appointments are delivered by qualified osteopaths with a specialist interest in treating this age group, some are assisted by senior UCO students.
All appointments for babies and children are offered free of charge, although donations are welcomed.
They also run a community clinic at 1st Place Parents' and Children's Centre near Southwark's Aylesbury Estate, which provides services on Thursdays for children from birth to five years of age. This clinic is open to local residents only and bookings must be made via the centre.