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Teenage Stress & Acne

TEENAGE STRESS AND ACNE

‘ZIT WARRIORS’ - ON THE WARPATH!

IS IT A CASE OF “I HAVE ACNE BECAUSE I AM STRESSED”?  OR IS IT “I AM STRESSED BECAUSE I HAVE ACNE”?

Yes, it sucks!  And no, it is nothing like that one pimple that simply popped up on your lip that one time you landed up kissing some weirdo at a party!

This is a real struggle and acne at any age (including adults), can be quite traumatising.

Whether it is comforting or not to know that many people out there suffer from acne in one form or another, there are some who cannot even remember ever having clear skin at all.

With imminent Matric Farewells and as importantly, Preliminary Matric exams looming, stress, anxiety and excitement levels go through the roof.  Mommy Wellness decided it is a good time to provide a bit of background and hopefully, some helpful advice to our teenagers and parents about how teenage stress and acne often go hand in hand.

THE TEENAGE YEARS – STANDING THE TEST OF TIME 

As they say: “THIS TOO SHALL PASS”

Teenage years are a crucial phase in life.  This is the time when both emotional and physical changes are experienced, marking the start of puberty.

Skin matures gradually with the growth of a teenage body.  Unfortunately, maturing skin does not keep up with the process due to an excess production of sebum, which is an oily substance which lubricates the skin, often causing acne.

WELL ‘PICKING’ (PARDON THE PUN), IS OUT OF THE QUESTION AND SADLY SO IS ‘CHOOSING’

Acne takes on a few different forms and is certainly not fussy about its next victims.

When skin pores are clogged, whiteheads appear due to excess sebum and dead skin cells and those awful little (sometimes big), blackheads are caused through oxidization of debris inside open pores.

Another form of acne are papules, which occur after whiteheads, and after sebum and bacteria cause inflammation under the skin.

Cystic acne is more severe when dead skin cells and sebum clog the skin deep down and form an infected bump filled with pus.

HORMONES – THEY MOAN A LOT!

Often, ‘raging’ hormones (not what we want to hear, but there it is), can also be the cause of stress during teenage years, as can sweating.  Sweat is waste and contains fatty materials and salt which worsens the clogged pores, leading to acne breakouts.  Then even worse, bacteria start multiplying due to the heat which is produced during sweating.

Hygiene is of obvious and paramount importance and regular showering helps reduce the clogging of the pores.  Clean, clear water is always good when It comes to cleansing and clearing skin impurities.

As with all problematic issues, Mommy Wellness suggests seeking the advice of a Doctor if acne becomes a problem, particularly if stress-related, which often can be the case during teenage years.

Mommy Wellness has put together a few pointers which may be helpful:

Seeking advice from Skin Care specialists and support from parents can to a large degree, relieve overcoming the problem, making the whole process of dealing with acne much easier.

Treatments are available and a few precautionary measures can be put into place to help ease and sometimes even eliminate the problem.

Most important:  Always bear in mind the skin type.

  • KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR HIDDEN CAUSES OF ACNE
    Excessive consumption of processed food can lead to acne breakouts.  Donuts, ice-cream and cake etc. contain plenty of sugar and can cause inflammation.
  • A HEALTHY SKIN REGIME GOES WITHOUT SAYING
    Drawing up a healthy skin program and sticking to it, is the secret.  The most effective treatment is to wash your face twice a day – Immediately upon waking up and then just before going to bed. Always use sunscreen before any outdoor activities.  Oil-free sunscreens are readily available for acne-prone skin.
  • GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP IS HIGH ON THE LIST OF PRIORITIES
    Put down those phones and get off those tablets!
    Technology is often the reason why teenagers are sleep deprived.  Lack of sleep causes the secretion of more sebum, which in turn can cause acne.
    During sleep, rejuvenation of the body takes place, forming new cells and naturally resulting in skin looking healthier.
  • WATCH YOUR DIET!
    This can be quite tricky as everyone is different, and what triggers one may not necessarily trigger everyone.Certain foods like pasta, white bread and white rice are inclined to trigger insulin, causing oil glands in the skin to produce more oil, which in turn can induce acne.The good news is that foods which have been proved beneficial to the skin, such as baby marrows, un-processed fruits, veggies and whole grains contain a range of complex carbohydrates, which all help in the prevention of acne development.

    Unfortunately, the choice will be trial and error, as some foods agree with certain people, but can be the cause of an acne outbreak in others.

    When uncertain, it may be wise to consult with a Dietary Practitioner who will usually provide a general outline of do’s and don’ts, specifically formulated for the individual.

  • GENTLE EXFOLIATION AND MOISTURISING IS A MUST
    Bearing in mind that most teenage skins are rather sensitive, it is a good idea to explore the various options of natural exfoliation, which are gentle and not as harsh on the skin as the over-the-counter beauty products.  (Try a mixture of ground oatmeal and brown sugar).As the skin is already oily, it may seem strange that moisturising is imperative.  Moisturising stops the skin from producing more oil, which would mean more acne, and that’s the last thing we need.Always use a sunscreen that is at least SPF40.
  • GENES PLAY A PART TOO
    A genetic ‘acne background’ is often passed onto the next generation.  Genes play a major part in the development of acne as they determine sensitivity to hormones and other factors of the environment.
  • SORRY, BUT MAKE-UP IS NOT A BFF
    We are all fascinated by the amazing range of glamour and beauty products available, often believing that they are or could be a ‘quick fix’ to the acne problem.  Unfortunately, wearing makeup can come with its own problems and side effects, and when used with acne, can worsen the condition.Makeup is inclined to clog pores, encouraging blackheads, whiteheads and pimples.If you have the need to wear a little light makeup, always be aware of the ingredients.

Mommy Wellness has some amazing Teen packages which include stress release.

Take advantage of our 20% discount on advertised rates.  Go to http://mommywellness.co.za/urban-teen-wellness/, choose a suitable pampering session for your Teen and book an appointment.

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Pajama Drill Anyone? The Cool Dad

PAJAMA DRILL ANYONE? THE COOL DAD

Mommy Wellness shares a few of the ups and downs of modern Fatherhood

It’s almost a total change of identity.  In fact, it IS a change of identity because you are no longer who you have always been. Be it just that ordinary guy down the road, the cool dude at the gym, or Johnny Dazzle himself, YOU ARE NOW OR ABOUT TO BECOME A DAD!

Strange how the excitement about the paternity side of things usually dwindles rather quickly after the birth, as though nothing out of the ordinary has happened, and somehow it seems that you are expected to return to normal almost immediately.

ACTUALLY, WHAT’S NORMAL ANYWAY?

The keyword here is ‘normal’.  What is normal for the modern Dad and what is expected from him in this ever-changing, developing world of ours?

The whole scenario can be quite contradictory between family and society, especially at the workplace.  People seem surprised when a Dad becomes the No. 1 caregiver, and even hand out praise for doing what they should be doing as Fathers, yet Moms thanklessly carry on regardless, with the list of never-ending, exhausting tasks.

Similarly, to the way in which women eventually started expecting and demanding recognition of their presence in the workplace, men need to start doing the same and start negotiating the hurdles which sometimes seem to prevent them from committing to fatherhood and active participation in this new phase of life.

WHO IS SOCIETY TO DICTATE?

Cultural and societal expectations are truly a thing of the past in modern-day living, especially around the fact that it is taken for granted that those mothers are expected to be the primary caregivers.

It is quite interesting that opinions about caregiving, household chores, and other associated parenting responsibilities start in childhood. It is basically expected by society that the female of the human species should undertake these specific roles.  At last, it seems that our new generation of Dads are resisting these so-called ‘norms’ but due to ingrained childhood teachings, the transition has been rather slow.

MOMMY WELLNESS PLAYS INSPECTOR CLUESO

Mommy Wellness has also identified what could also be a cause of a Dad’s reluctance to interact in situations when required to do so with his partner, as an expectant couple.  Occasionally they feel almost ignored and even unwelcome during prenatal care.

Sometimes, they may even feel this way during birthing classes.  This is often due to sensitive emotions being experienced at the time.  It is understandable that much focus is placed on the safety of the mother and child.  However, engaging fathers are associated with enhanced maternal health and the well-being of the child.

So, in short, men are just as capable as women when it comes to childcare.

No, you cannot breastfeed, and you may not be as eager to jump up in the middle of the night to change a soiled, smelly nappy.  But hey, this is your kid and there is nothing more rewarding than watching the progress of this human being and playing an integral role in the development of a brand-new life.  Sleep on the side of the bed closest to where the baby sleeps.  That way you will be more like to wake up easier and can at least help make your partner comfy at least when the 02:00 feed comes around!

GET DOWN AND DIRTY AS SOON AS YOU CAN

The best way to overcome any uncertainty or awkwardness about being a new dad is to immediately be ‘hands-on’. Spend as much time as you can with baby, and you will be amazed at how quickly you will bond with your new addition and how your confidence will improve. The more time you spend together, the more time you will want to spend together.

YOUR RELATIONSHIP NEEDS ATTENTION

Don’t lose sight of your partner in all the hype and excitement.  Keep the things you both enjoy close at heart, as sometimes your respective energies sometimes suddenly and without notice, take on new directions.  Remember to hug and connect with her every day after baby falls asleep. This small act of concern and comfort goes a long way!

DON’T FORGET YOU BOTH NEED TIME OUT TOO!

The same way as you take the time to spend with your family, so you need to spend time with your friends and continue pursuing your hobbies.  You probably will never again have the same amount of free time, but it is important for the sake of sanity!

Don’t forget that your partner needs the same peace of mind, so offer to take over the baby chores for an hour or two whilst she has a cup of coffee with a friend, or why not simply treat her to our amazing Mommy Wellness ‘Time Out’ spa package?  Nothing beats a full body massage to soothe away all the aches and pains, followed by a cup of tea/coffee and a bit of time to read her favourite magazine.

We haven’t forgotten the ‘new’ Dad and offer a range of pampering treatments ‘For Him’ from which to choose.

You both deserve a good spoil at this stage, so give us a call and book your appointments.

IT’S A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE

Yes you will be tired, yes you will think of your single days without the responsibility of nurturing and raising a little human but believe it, there is no better feeling than being handed that new-born bundle, knowing it’s all yours and building a lifetime of love and fatherhood.

For more information, please visit us at www.mommwellness.co.za

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Pregnancy Acne

PREGNANCY ACNE

AND ALL THIS TIME WE THOUGHT THERE WOULD ONLY BE ONE BUMP

Other than the tummy bump, Mommy Wellness is not going to help you count ALL the other bumps that suddenly pop up, but we certainly can help when it comes to reducing them.

Some bumps are really cute, like the growing tummy bump that you keep checking on sideways in the mirror.

Then suddenly that same once-loved mirror tells you something else!  There are some ‘not so cute’ bumps suddenly appearing on your face, and in some instances, in other areas of the body where you have never had a pimple or rash in your life.

WHAT?
Shouldn’t skin be ‘glowing’ during pregnancy?  The answer to that question is ‘not always’.

It is quite common that one in two women suffer from pregnancy acne. That is almost 50%!

Massive changes start taking place in the preggie body, and an increase in hormones called androgens cause the skin glands to grow, producing more sebum, which is an oily, waxy-type substance.  The oil often clogs the pores, and this leads to inflammation, bacteria and inevitable breakouts.

IT IS NOT CHOOSY EITHER AND CAN HAPPEN AT ANYTIME
Although most likely to develop during your first trimester as the pregnancy hormones start doing a marathon, pregnancy acne can present itself at anytime during pregnancy.  Blemishes are often more like inflamed pimples than blackheads.

Not every pregnant Mom suffers this annoying condition during pregnancy, and some Moms may find that an existing acne condition may even clear up.

If previous bouts of acne have been experienced, especially when breakouts occur around the monthly cycle, it is quite probable that it will happen to you whilst pregnant.

Oh, and just a heads up.  Don’t be surprised at all if after getting all excited when you see the bumps diminishing a little, they re-appear in the third trimester, when hormone levels surge to the next level.

ITS NOT ALL DOOM AND GLOOM!
Although acne can persist even after baby arrives, it will typically disappear on its own.  Mommy Wellness has done lots of homework on the condition and provides support and relief to Moms, by offering some amazing facial treatments.

There is no need to have your pregnancy marred by acne, especially if it is severe, or starting to cause scarring.

IS IT SAFE?
Mommy Wellness offers a host of relaxing ‘pregnant-friendly’ facial pampers.

From gentle cleansing and exfoliation, to superficial peeling, skin repair and hydrating masks.

FIVE GOOD REASONS WHY FACIALS ARE GREAT
Every woman wants to look her best during this exciting and important phase.  Obviously, the health and well-being of baby is first and foremost in Moms’ minds, but special care should be taken of the skin and of course, hygiene.

  • A gentle facial will relax and refresh you
  • You will feel fabulous and look like a million Dollars
  • You won’t be able to cope with the compliments and likely to forget the few discomforts of pregnancy
  • Skin problems, rashes or breakouts will be taken care of
  • Professional salon treatments will enhance sleep

BOOKING YOUR APPOINTMENT WITH MOMMY WELLNESS

  • Call your closest Mommy Wellness branch to make an appointment
  • Always tell the Therapist who will be doing the treatment that you are pregnant
  • Understand and discuss the different treatments

Mommy Wellness loves spoiling, and we know just how!

We exercise extreme care and caution during facials, leaving our Moms-To-Be feeling loved, pampered and beautiful!

Call your local Mommy Wellness Day Spa for more details or visit us on: http://mommywellness.co.za/nimue-facials/

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We’re Putting A “Spring” In Your Step!

WE ARE ABOUT TO PUT SOME ‘SPRING’ IN YOUR STEP

What a stunning time of the year when everything seems to change around us, and nature promises new life and hope.

Nature has a way of responding after the long dark Winter months.  The days get longer, the nights get shorter and literally, Spring is a breath of fresh air.

It is as though we are being rewarded for being so patient, waiting for the bird song and the imminent display of beautiful flowers which are about to burst into colour.

So what better way than to spend some healthy outdoor time with your family?

TAKE A WALK ON THE ‘WILD SIDE’

Spending time in nature is an ideal way to escape the madness of everyday life and the outdoors has an amazingly positive influence on both adults and children alike.  Research shows that outdoor activities reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety and obesity.

YOU OWE IT TO THEM

In general, children tend nowadays to spend a lot less time outdoors.  This can affect overall health and the child’s wellbeing.

Being outside in natural surroundings also stimulates creativity and avoids what is known as nature-deficit disorder, a term used to describe alienation of humans from nature.

Interestingly, there is an older study which showed that the view from a hospital window when looking at nature (trees, gardens, etc), helps patients recover quicker than if they were looking at a bland brick wall.

NOW THAT OUR HEALTH IS SORTED, IT’S NITTY GRITTY TIME

Now Ladies, we need a serious talk!  We all know, use and understand the happy-go-lucky phrase:

“Oh, but it has been so cold, and I have been in hibernation.  I haven’t shaved my legs because I wanted the hair long enough to wax, and I didn’t bother about blades for underarms because I wear long sleeves in Winter, blah blah blah”!

It’s time. No more excuses. Let’s get down to it.

HAIR – THE ‘WANTED’ KIND

It goes without saying that your hair should always be clean and well-conditioned. Hairstyles should always suit the shape of your face and you should always use a decent brush which does not break your hair.

Go on! Be bold and make a change. We dare you!

HAIR – THE ‘UNWANTED’ KIND

Unwanted hair on hands, legs, underarms and other body parts should be regularly removed.  Remember the ‘hibernation’ season is over now.

Remember those eyebrows that also need shaping and facial hair which may need a wax or thread.

This may sound like a bit of a mission, but Mommy Wellness has it under wraps!

Have a look at the options that we offer!

SKIN

There is nothing better than a healthy, glowing skin.  Layers of makeup is just not going to cut it!

Besides drinking lots of water and having a regular intake of fruit and veggies, your skin needs good care.

Gentle cleansing, good moisturising and a strong sunscreen with a minimum 25 SPF is just not negotiable.

Do not rule out a good facial.

It does wonders and Mommy Wellness will advise the facial that will suit your skin type.

HANDS AND FEET

Very important and highly visible!

Hands and nails should always be immaculately clean and nails well-manicured.

Feet for some strange reason are often overlooked.  A good pedicure every two to four weeks will keep your feet healthy, clean and pretty!

Cracked heels are an absolute no-no and a real turnoff.  A good foot cream should be applied after a relaxing foot massage.

Have a look at the Mommy Wellness mani and pedi packages!

AND JUST WHEN THE GUYS THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE TO GO INTO THE WATER

There is no escaping

It maybe by popular belief, but it is not necessarily true that rough, rugged and ready males are real men.  Times have changed and men have started taking personal grooming very seriously, and for good reason.

That charming car mechanic no longer has any excuse to have greasy hands, dirty finger- nails and a rough skin, just because he is a mechanic!  Those days have hopefully come and gone forever!

Mommy Wellness has amazing packages for guys!  There is nothing sexier than a well-groomed man!

Call us and choose your pamper package!

IT’S SEPTEMBER! DON’T FORGET SECRETARY’S DAY!

This year we celebrate Secretary’s Day on 5th September.

Although never on the same date every year, it always takes place during the first week of September.

Instead of the usual flowers or choccies, why not do something different this year?

Spoil that lady who manages your diary, reminds you of your Wedding Anniversary and of those special Birthday occasions (keeping you out of lots of trouble, just saying).  She is totally worth it!

Mommy Wellness will suggest the perfect pamper package to relieve her aching computer neck and back pain, or even suggest a luxurious manicure or pedicure.

We promise to return her as good as the day she started!

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Ahh Tissue Salts

“A-TISSUE-A-TISSUE” - LET'S TALK TISSUE SALTS

WITH MOMMY WELLNESS YOU WON’T “FALL DOWN”!

Yes, it’s one of those rhymes which sticks in your head, doesn’t it?  You are welcome!

As most of us remember it, it was a happy rhyme when we all joined hands in a circle at school and eventually, we all fell down!

So, when Mommy Wellness found out the true story, we thought just for fun we would share it with you, as sad as it was way back then.

Dating back to the Great Plague in 1665, the song apparently originated when a red circular rash presented itself on the skin and people kept posies of herbs and flowers in their pockets to ward off the disease.

Thousands of people were affected, and sneezing was apparently a main symptom.  That is how ‘a-tishoo’ came about, when mimicking a sneeze.

So in keeping it light-hearted, we will leave the “all fall down” part to your imagination.

Now after being totally side-tracked from the real reason for this article, Mommy Wellness is also sharing information about the importance of Tissue Salts, which is what actually triggered off the irritating ‘sneezing’ in the first place!

WHAT ARE TISSUE SALTS?

Unlike the nursery rhyme, Tissue Salts should be present in the body for optimal functionality.  They are a group of minerals, which due often to unhealthy lifestyles, our reserves are depleted and like the nursery rhyme, this leads to illness.

Interestingly they are the same minerals found in rocks and soil and occur naturally in the human body.  Once there is an imbalance or lack of these minerals, our systems become vulnerable and this can lead to sickness and disease.

WHAT NOW?

The key is therefore to keep a balance in the body, but this is not as easy as it sounds.  Eva Schoenfeld of the Academy of Tissue Salts and Facial Analysis explained that after much research in the past, it was easy to replace lost minerals in the human body through normal daily nutrition.

However, the soils in South Africa are according to her, completely depleted of minerals.  She believes that this is one of the main reasons for so many immune diseases in our country.

DOES YOUR BODY NEED THEM?

Yes, it certainly does!

Even the most health conscious of us all is drained by modern lifestyles.

The list of reasons for mineral loss is longer than an arm, believe us!

As a heads up, we are listing a few, just so you will realise the importance of Tissue Salts replacements, and how dangerous it can be for your body, once depleted.

Just look at these:

  • Stress and worry
  • bad nutrition
  • industrially tainted foodstuffs
  • electro-pollution (from cell phones, microwaves, computers)
  • environmental toxins (insecticides, pesticides, preservatives etc)
  • exposure to heavy metals such as amalgam dental fillings
  • lead and aluminium
  • contaminated drinking water.

These are just a few of the more common ones.  Tell us this is not alarming!!

WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES?

Medically, it is believed that due to missing minerals not being replaced, generation to generation is becoming weaker and more prone to disease.

There is concern about more and more babies being born with allergies and other deficiencies, where it apparent that mineral deficiencies have been passed on by the Mother.  Whatever minerals are lacking in the Mother during pregnancy, the baby unfortunately lacks at birth.

Until people start realising the importance of regular mineral replacement, there will be an on-going and increasing generational deficiency in minerals.

The correct choice of mineral replacements taken correctly enables the body to heal and restore itself from within.

CAN ANYONE USE THEM?

Tissue Salts are inexpensive and generally safe for everyone, including babies, preggy Moms, diabetics and even animals.

As always, we do suggest checking with your Doctor beforehand.

And there we have it!  NO NEED TO ‘ALL FALL DOWN’ LIKE RING ‘O RING ‘O ROSES! 

MOMMY WELLNESS IS HERE TO CATCH YOU!

Awesome Tissue Salt products are available at affordable prices to replace deficient minerals.  Please remember to have a word with your GP or Health Practitioner first, and then consult with your Mommy Wellness Therapist or Consultant.

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Baby Massages

IT'S ALL IN THE TOUCH!

MOMMY WELLNESS JUST LOVES BABY MASSAGE

Gentle rhythmic stroking of baby’s soft body using special oils or moisturisers, helps hands glide smoothly over baby’s skin.

A special time indeed for bonding, whilst gently rubbing those tiny ankles, wrists, tummies, backs and fingers.  And a great time too, for exercising a soothing voice, whilst humming your favourite lullabies or softly talking to your new baby.

Before baby learns to speak, their only communication with the outside world is through touch.  It is instinctive for Moms to try and soothe their baby when they cry and the first reaction that we usually experience, is to pick them up to cuddle them.  Impulsively and often without even realising, we rub their backs.

Baby massage is therefore a natural extension to our Motherly instincts and MOMMY WELLNESS has perfected its art and offering to share our expertise.

MOMMY WELLNESS understands the level of anxiousness that Moms experience when arriving home with your new little bundle.

Whether a first, second or fifth baby, they are all such different little humans and they all require some ‘getting to know you time’.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS?

We emphasise the word ‘SOME’ in the heading, as it is near impossible to list every benefit.

  • CONFIDENCE BOOSTER
    Every bit of confidence helps when handling your baby and results in being able to recognise its needs.Those early months are tough and quiet massage time will provide the space you need to learn more about your baby.Being more confident will help you and baby to relax too!
  • AFFORDS BONDING TIME
    Spending one-on-one time with baby and enjoying eye contact helps tremendously when getting to know your new human.
  • IT’S HEALTHY!
    Amongst other things, Baby massage promotes better breathing and improves blood and lymph circulation.
  • AND ITS CALMING
    Excellent for colic and sleep, massage is also calming on the nervous system and even releases oxytocin, that ‘feel good’ hormone, which helps you both to relax.
  • PROMOTES RELAXATION
    Massage helps with the relaxation of baby’s muscles, deeper breathing and at the same time, massage oils nourish the skin.
  • PROVIDES RELIEF
    A light and gentle massage can help relieve constipation, wind and ease colic.

We haven’t even touched on digestion, teething relief or weight-gain, which is especially good for prems.

WE ALSO HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN DAD!

Working Dads often miss out when it comes to hands-on care with their new babies, especially if Mom is breast-feeding.

Although this may prove somewhat difficult in the early days, try eventually to schedule a regular massage time for Dad and baby which will eventually become routine, helping them both with bonding time. (Maybe at bedtime)?  It is quite amazing how this special quiet time can help ease your partner’s stress levels too.

After a long hard day at work, you will be surprised how a Baby massage will help lift your moods and offer a sense of being more empowered as parents.

IS IT SAFE FOR ALL BABIES TO HAVE A BABY MASSAGE?

Knowing your baby will help you decide whether you suspect any possible underlying health issues. As a precaution, please speak to your Doctor before booking a baby massage with us.

THE NEXT STEP – WE WILL TEACH YOU HOW!

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH MOMMY WELLNESS

Once you are comfortable about going ahead with a massage for baby, please give your closest Mommy Wellness branch a call and make an appointment for baby’s first massage.

We offer comprehensive DIY Baby Massage courses for Moms and Dads and we will teach you HOW TO MASSAGE your baby over a period of five weeks.  Alternatively, we will schedule five massage sessions and massage your little one for you, concentrating on specific needs as identified by you.

http://mommywellness.co.za/babe-tot-tween-wellness/

Touch is the first sense out of five that is most developed at birth, and research suggests that Baby Massage is enormously beneficial when it comes to helping babies grow and thrive.

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Pregnancy Massages

Pregnancy Massages

Pregnancy Massages

BEING PREGNANT AND IN MUCH NEED OF A PAMPER

Mommy Wellness is all too familiar with that preggie seesaw feeling of glowing one minute and then the next, not really being sure of whether your toes are still where they belong.

Mommy Wellness Day Spas have highly qualified pre-natal Therapists who are professionally trained in dealing with special treatments required by your body during pregnancy.

At Mommy Wellness our Therapists are very aware of the importance of correct positioning during such treatment, at the same time, keeping a vigilant check on the possible development of varicose veins.  This is an essential aspect of pre-natal massage and protects both Mom-To-Be and baby.

It goes without saying that there will naturally be those general aches and pains and then the sudden discovery of muscles that you never knew even existed.

Often constipation, nausea and swollen ankles, coupled with a zillion trips to the loo every 10 minutes add to the stress of a Mom-To-Be, and of course, the added dismay of those favourite blouses that somehow seem to shrink a little more every time they are washed.

Is massage safe during pregnancy?

As long as your pregnancy is considered as ‘low risk’, we do not foresee any problems at all.  However, if you have suffered from any Hypertension or have perhaps experienced any signs of premature labour, you need to have a chat with your Doctor or Gynae and get the ‘go ahead’ first. Many Therapists do not suggest massage during the first trimester.  Sometimes, Moms-To-Be are not even aware that they are pregnant in this early stage. If you suspect that you may be pregnant and after consultation with your Doctor or Gynae, massage therapy may commence at any stage during pregnancy.

A professional massage has some amazing benefits for pregnant Moms. 

From the relief of pain to reducing stress levels, a therapeutic massage also provides emotional support.

Moms-To-Be are often understandably nervous about pre-natal massages.  But then again, they are pretty nervous about most things during this time.

What are the benefits of pre-natal massage?

Mommy Wellness has done extensive research into the documented benefits of pre-natal massage.  These are the most important, which should help you decide once you have checked in with your Doctor or Gynae:

  • Much to the delight of your partner, there is no doubt that pre-natal massage improves your mood
  • It definitely reduces joint aches and pains, headaches and tension. Backache can become a huge irritation and we take good care of this for you too
  • Even though you won’t be seeing them for a while, massage helps reduce the swelling in legs and ankles
  • Even the best emotional support will not replace a nurturing touch. Remember when you wanted to punch the cashier at the shop?  Those were your hormones getting a bit jittery and begging for some attention
  • Stress levels and anxiety often shoot through the roof. After all, you are choosing names (and at the same time, checking that their meanings are not rude in a foreign language), working out finances and even thinking about schooling.  A soothing massage will help tremendously!
  • A Bella Roze Pregnancy Massage will also help get you out of bed on your own, without expecting a helping hand. Wouldn’t that be great?
  • YOU NEED ALL THE SLEEP YOU CAN GET! Parenting can be hard work, especially in the beginning. (Yes, difficulties change along the way).  A gentle massage will get those sleeping patterns under control in readiness for the pajama drill!

We care about you!

Remember that too much heat is not good during pregnancy. Please be wary of hot stone massages during this time.

Certain acupuncture points in legs and feet can trigger uterine spasms and sometimes even premature labour. Our qualified Therapists know how to avoid them, so you are in safe hands.

During a pre-natal massage, you should never be asked to lie on your back. Pregnant Moms-To-Be should always be positioned on their sides. Our Therapists will always ensure you are in the right position.


Mommy Wellness Day Spas want only the best for our special Moms-To-Be!

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I Love My Bum!

“I LOVE MY BUM” ~ Marciel Hopkins

(Former Miss SA finalist)

 Yes! And that’s the way it should be!

Mommy Wellness couldn’t agree more with this statement made by former Miss SA Finalist Marciel Hopkins, in a recent Cosmopolitan article.

Marciel singled out her derrière as being her favourite body part, adding that “it gives a unique shape to my body and it makes me feel confident and sexy”.

Just like Mommy Wellness, Marciel is all about being body positive and it stands to good reason that she has a huge following on Instagram, spreading her ‘body positive’ message, whilst also working as a Life Coach.

Besides how we love her hashtag #healthnotsize, we love her confident attitude, and that is precisely why we have invited her to be the guest speaker at our Mommy Wellness High Tea in September.

Importantly, Marciel will also be discussing the effects that the various media platforms have on our children, particularly amongst teenagers and adolescents.

Young girls often experience a decline in self-esteem when entering adolescence, which often is associated with comparisons of media models and icons.  This preconceived idea is often created by media hype and gauged by society on so-called ‘acceptable’ levels of thinness. This can be a contributing factor of depression and the onset of eating disorders.

As informative and positive that media can be, it does not only single out the girls.  Boys are often also affected by feeling that they do not measure up to the idea of perfection as dictated by media.  In search of the ‘perfect’ body, they strive for six-packs, acne-free faces and toned arms, etc. often leading to excessive exercise, the use of steroids or strenuous, harmful dieting.

(Please follow our Website www.mommywellness.co.za  and Facebook page for more details regarding booking for this occasion, which as a Mom, you cannot afford to miss)!  A Mom and Daughter outing maybe a nice idea?

 Inner Beauty
Although Mommy Wellness is not in the business of singling out ‘bums’ as being a priority when looking in the mirror, we certainly are in the business of enhancing both inner and outer beauty!

Sadly, society often seems to dictate as to what defines beautiful people and somehow, many fall for the myth of needing to conform to an acceptable body shape, weight, height and the like.

It truly is not necessary to be brain-washed into this so-called ‘acceptable’ opinion of society, which in most cases, sets unrealistic benchmarks as to what looks good and what doesn’t.   No one need ever conform to societal ‘norm’ expectations.

True inner beauty in a woman is reflected by her good qualities.  Whether it is confidence, wisdom, compassion or just standing by her values.  Remember, a lovely smile, a glowing skin or shiny eyes are not available over the counter. (Although as you will see a little further on, Mommy Wellness is also able to assist with some fabulous services and products too).

A good start is identifying and eradicating anything negative in your personal space.  Remove the critics and judges and inner beauty will shine through, allowing you to feel good about yourself and accepting that you are beautiful and more importantly, unique.

Mommy Wellness is all about the well-being of families. From preggie Moms-To-Be, Dads, Tweens, Tots, Toddlers and Babies - All unique in their own way, all requiring different nurturing.

Outter Beauty
Believing and acknowledging that ‘inner’ health and beauty is the first priority and the real foundation of a happy you, which once established, a new confidence takes over and ‘outer’ beauty suddenly becomes an added and an attractive factor. The two seem to somehow go hand in hand.

Our awesome services are also complemented with a large choice of reputable cosmetic brands and other products in-store, all of which have been selected with the utmost care to enhance and meet your needs and those of your precious family.

Whether you prefer your treatments in the comfort of your own home, or even unexpectedly finding yourself in hospital due to early labour, we will come to you. We offer Massages, Facials, Manis, Pedis, Eyelash Extensions and will even arrange a hairdresser for you.

And just in case you are wondering, we haven’t forgotten the rest of your family whilst you might be missing in action. Dads, Teens and Tweens are spoiled for choice when visiting us, with an array of pamper packages making them feel really special.

Once happily at home again with your new addition, we also offer amazing baby and toddler packages too.   For more information, have a look at our Menu on www.mommywellnes.co.za

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