About Me

Pregnancy Massage Bucks is run by experienced massage therapist Julie Hart. I am able to give you the very best care and support as you experience the journey of becoming a parent.

I am registered with the CNHC (Complimentary & Natural Healthcare Council), the UK’s voluntary regulator for complimentary health practitioners, set up with government funding and support to help people find a therapist that they can trust. I also belong to the Complimentary Therapists Association, a leading professional association representing complimentary therapists in the UK and Ireland.

I am available during the week Monday to Friday. Please see below for the specific times I can offer treatments.

About Julie

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I have been privileged to experience first-hand the incredible and powerful benefits of a listening, caring touch during massage therapy. My desire is to give to you some of what I have been so fortunate to receive.

Being a part of the journey into parenthood is truly an honour and a joy! Incorporating aspects of my training and experience, along with a listening touch, my aim is to bring to your body just what it needs and to leave your mind and body in an ultimate state of relaxation.

Appointments

Julie practices from her peaceful treatment room in Radnage, equiped with all the professoinal Hydrotherm warm water cushions.

The village of Radnage is located near Stokenchurch, within easy reach of High Wycombe, Aylesbury and Oxford. You can plan your journey with this postcode: HP14 4DN.

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Qualifications

  • Hydrotherm Pregnancy Massage
  • Hydrotherm Advanced Massage
  • Holistic Massage (ITEC level 3)
  • Professional Diploma in Advanced Clinical Massage (The Jing Institute of Advanced Massage Training, Brighton)

While You Are Pregnant

Right from the moment of conception, your body surges into action to make the changes necessary to nurture the new life within you. Pregnancy massage is a natural way to support your emotional and physical well-being throughout all trimesters, complimenting the medical care that you will receive from your chosen health practitioners.

First Trimester

During the first trimester you experience huge hormonal changes. It is a time of physical and emotional adaption. You may be wondering whether it is advisable to have a massage during the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy. There are many benefits to exploring this type of treatment to support the multitude of changes that you are undergoing, particularly in relation to reducing stress levels. There is no research to show that bodywork is harmful and the approach to your treatment will be determined by a full health consultation and discussion about your needs at this important time.

You may find massage during the first trimester to be beneficial to:

  • allow total relaxation and reduce stress levels, which is good for both you and your baby
  • promote overall well-being
  • alleviate early pregnancy symptoms
  • encourage bonding at a time when it can be hard to connect with the idea of being pregnant
  • encourage good breathing, which will help you throughout your pregnancy
  • offer you the space to talk about your feelings surrounding your pregnancy at a time when you may not have told others about it

Second Trimester

The second trimester is generally, although not always, an easier time. Your energy is usually more stable and you may feel less tired. At this time you may enjoy a slightly deeper massage that can focus on the areas that are taking increasing amounts of strain.

Having bodywork during the second trimester may help to:

  • encourage good postural awareness, which can ease the transition into the third trimester
  • support you to bond with your baby
  • look after your changing body to prepare it for the increased physical demands ahead
  • help you adapt to the proprioceptive changes occurring in your body

Third Trimester

The third trimester is often the most physically demanding phase of pregnancy. Your baby’s weight is increasing and you may find that your posture is less balanced and that your energy levels vary. You may be focusing increasingly on the birth and motherhood.

Bodywork during this trimester may be beneficial to:

  • treat the postural imbalances that are typical of this trimester
  • ease physical discomforts, commonly in the hips and shoulders
  • encourage optimal foetal positioning
  • support you in careful stretching to ease pressure and improve the flow of blood and lymph
  • offer time and space for you to focus on yourself and your baby, away from the stresses of your day to day life

You & Baby

Whilst medically the post-natal (also referred to as postpartum) period is defined as the six weeks following the delivery of the placenta, in reality the rate of recovery varies considerably from mother to mother. The changes to your musculo-skeletal system are the slowest to recover and caring for yourself now can help to prevent long term patterns of weakness.

There is commonly a feeling that you must achieve the best of everything – balancing family, social pressures, home and work – allowing little time to rest and look after yourself. I will support you post-natally from the birth of your baby to the end of the first year.

Having treatment with me during your postnatal period may bring you the following benefits:

  • time and space for you to relax deeply, explore your feelings and get back in touch with your body
  • support in bonding with your baby
  • relief of backache through massage and awareness of abdominal and pelvic floor muscles
  • treatment of neck and shoulder pain – commonly resulting from feeding posture
  • treatment of your scar tissue to release restriction and optimise long term healing
  • mobilisation during the treatment and with through simple exercises
  • postural awareness when lifting, feeding, carrying and caring for other children
  • reassurance and recommendations of appropriate resources for further support if appropriate

Prices

Every treatment is different and unique to you. If you are unsure what to book, just give me a call and I will guide you.

Individual Sessions


1 hour
Pregnancy or post natal treatment

1½ hours
Pregnancy or post natal treatment

Gift vouchers are available for individual treatments. Please allow 24 hours for me to personalize your gift for you. The treatments can be taken at any stage – before you are pregnant, during pregnancy and post-natally.

Please note:

  • The full fee for the gift voucher is payable in advance, thank you.
  • If you need to alter or cancel your appointment I require a minimum of 24 hours notice, otherwise the full appointment fee may be payable.
  • Non-attendance at an appointment will be charged at the full fee.

What to Expect During Your Treatment

Your treatment time will be focused entirely upon your needs – there is no massage ‘formula’ to follow.

General information:

  • On your first visit, you will be asked to complete a confidential health questionnaire. This allows me to find out how I can work with you most effectively and safely.
  • Unfortunately I am unable to accept credit cards. However, I can organise online payment for gift vouchers via BACS transfer.
  • Parking is available directly outside my location.
  • Toilet facilities are available.