This is your invitation to book an appointment with Robert Vicary from Alive Radiant Therapies.
Robert’s treatments combine remedial massage, therapeutic reflexology and other disciplines to help clients achieve total body wellness.
Understanding that a woman’s body undergoes many changes during pregnancy, Robert will customise your treatment according to your body’s needs and work with you to eliminate and relieve your discomfort during your pregnancy. All treatments are designed to be pregnancy safe and accomodate your growing tummy!
So if you’re suffering under the affects of backpain, morning sickness, hormones, loosening ligaments, weight gain, sciatica, RSI or any other of the myriad of uncomfortable pregnancy complaints – give Robert a call now.
Bookings can be made via our website: http://www.AliveTherapies.com.au
*Health Fund Rebates Apply
The MAMA Centre is a private midwifery led practice with holistic health services. Our highly qualified and experienced team are passionate about a holistic approach to pregnancy, birth and beyond. At The MAMA Centre our mission is to fundamentally change the birthing and parenting experience, to one of positivity and empowerment.
Our model of care concentrates not just on the birthing mother and baby, but also on the father, siblings, grandparents and the extended important people who all share this experience of bringing another being into life. We provide individual birthing support throughout South East Queensland with two centres located in East Brisbane and Buderim on the Sunshine Coast.
We believe that with the right support, education and a balanced program of holistic care in place throughout your birthing journey, your birthing experience can and will be an uplifting and happy memory.
Holistic Health Care is a practice in which the whole person is focussed on, physically, emotionally and mentally. At The MAMA Centre, we believe that this approach is key to achieving optimal health and wellbeing for our birthing families and has a deep impact on birthing outcomes.
Our range of holistic health services have been specifically tailored to support the ever changing needs of the birthing mother and baby and are provided by skilled and experienced care providers passionate about life cycle nourishment. Our holistic health services include adult and infant chiropractic care, pregnancy and postnatal massage therapy, naturopathy and nutrition from preconception to post birth, physiotherapy specialising in women’s health, pelvic floor concerns and muscle separation, counselling support services relating to relationships, postnatal depression, anxiety along with other emotional and psychological needs, beauty therapy, lactation consultation and support, pregnancy and mums & bubs yoga and pilates, all available under one roof.
Our clinic is located in the Tallebudgera Valley on the Gold Coast, we love to inspire, nurture and care for families to make positive healthy lifestyle choices through chiropractic wellness care.
We have two Chiropractors – Dr Jana Judd & Dr Elise Flipo
Dr Jana Judd
Jana studied at Macquarie University in Sydney, where she received a Bachelor in Chiropractic Science and a Masters in Chiropractic Science. She continues to further her knowledge for the benefits of her patients and has Advanced Certification in Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT) and Webster Certification. She is also a Table Educator at SOT seminars, teaching other Chiropractors these amazing techniques and sharing her knowledge.
Jana has a holistic attitude towards health and health care, and utilises many techniques to improve your overall health and well being, not just to fix a sore back. There is so much more to Chiropractic!
Jana specialises in the care of women through pregnancy and their newborns, and children of all ages…and of course the dads as well! She will care for anyone that wants to start living a healthier life than they are today.
Because of her strong belief in a healthy lifestyle starting before you are even born, Jana also supports some of her patients, who aim for the best possible start to life for their children, as a Doula during labour.
QUALIFICATIONS and PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
– Bachelor and Masters of Chiropractic Science
– Advanced Certification of SOT
– Member of Sacro-Occipital Technique Organisation Australia (SOTOA)
– Registered with National Chiropractors Registration Board
– Member of International Chiropractic Paediatric Association (ICPA)
– Birth Right Doula
– First Aid Certificate
– Qualified in Webster Technique
– Member of Australian Vaccination Network (AVN)
Dr Elise Flipo
Elise completed 5 years of study of a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Chiropractic) and Masters of Clinical Chiropractic at RMIT in Melbourne and has also worked as a Remedial Massage Therapist for many years and believes that chiropractic and massage therapy work incredibly well together.
To Elise, Chiropractic is about transformation. She believes health comes from within and that chiropractic assists people to function at their best. As a chiropractor Elise is passionate about providing a holistic approach to care and believes having a properly functioning nervous system is essential to achieving wellness.
Elise enjoys working with people of all ages and has witnessed the benefits of families receiving care. She is passionate about working with women during their pregnancies and loves meeting the little ones when they arrive for their adjustments.
Growing up near the beach Elise found that the water and sunshine is grounding and makes her soul happy. She also has a love for music, playing the piano, singing and finding new artists to listen to. If Elise is not at the beach she will be out having coffee and catching up with friends.
The techniques Elise uses are Sacrol Occiptial Technique (SOT), Neuro emotional Technique (NET), chiropractic and paediatric adjustements.
QUALIFICATIONS and PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
– Bachelor of Health Sciences (Chiropractic)
– Masters of Clinical Chiropractic
– Diploma of Remedial Massage
– Registered with the Chiropractors Association of Australia
– First Aid Certificate
My name is Karen.
I’m a Wife, and Mother of 2 beautiful HynoBirthing babies Koa 4 & Keoni 2.
I love all things health and wellbeing and this is where my journey begin.
As a first time mum at 39 years of age I was told that I would be looking to have a C-section purely because of my age… I was shocked why? I was healthy my baby was healthy why could I not birth my baby naturally?! So as I always would do with anything in my life I went about educating myself about all things birth. This is where I came across HypnoBirthing and my life’s purpose changed. I absolutely believed I could birth my baby naturally. Through learning HypnoBirthing I became so confident about trusting my body and my baby to come gracefully into the world in a calm and relaxed way. I was nothing short of being excited about my birthing day and so was my rock and biggest supporter – My Husband.
After Birthing my gorgeous nearly 10pd baby boy I was so passionate to share my story with anyone who would listen. I was particularly passionate about speaking with first time mums to give them a positive understanding of birth and not a view that was fear based which so many tried to do to me during my pregnancy.
I believe pregnancy is the most magical time of a womens life and should be celebrated that way. If you mind is free of negativity and you learn to nurture yourself from the inside out with healthy foods, gentle exercise and relaxation you will prepare your body and mind for this amazing journey.
I believe that growing a baby is such an important job and know how important it is that we fill our bodies with an abundance of healthy foods to nurture our babies and bodies even avoiding dangerous chemicals around our house and chemical based products on our skins as we know that these pass over to our babies in utero.
The impact we have on our little ones future starts when they are in our belly.
I would love to share with you and your birthing partner all about HypnoBirthing so you to can feel empowered & educated all about Birth so you are free of fear and are able to trust your body, your baby to enjoy this incredible & magical day no matter what turn you birth takes on the day.
Love & Light
I am a qualified classroom teacher, with a Science Degree, and live in the Noosa Hinterland. I offer a range of services for mums and mums-to-be on the Sunshine Coast.
I started my HypnoBirthing journey 9 years ago with the birth of my first child. Since then, I’ve educated and mentored many couples and mums who’ve attended my wide range of classes. All three of my children were HypnoBirthed babies (not so baby now!), who are 8, 6 and 2 years old.
I have also added Birthing from Within- Birth Art Classes to my services, which allows mums to explore their beliefs around birth, cultural influences, inner resources in a supported and creative way.
Hi Beautiful Mummas,
Thanks for taking the time to read my profile.
My name is Kirsty, I’m 35 years young and have a beautiful HypnoBirthing baby boy, River who is 22 months old. I love being a stay at home mum especially living on the Gold Coast because we get to spend our days at the beach. I am a happy, positive, enthusiastic and healthy mama. I love yoga, meditating, nature and using alternative methods to heal and be the healthiest version of myself. I am a school teacher by trade and hold a Masters in Special Education, I’m also a yoga teacher and now a HypnoBirthing teacher as I love sharing knowledge and empowering people. After my own amazing birth using HypnoBirthing along with other natural therapies – yoga, meditation, acupuncture, massage and kinesiology as part of my birth preparation, I just had to share this AMAZING birth education with all women far and wide. I want all women to experience a calm, positive and informed birth no matter what journey their birth takes. I want all women to know that birth is NORMAL, NATURAL and ACHIEVABLE without the use of drugs and interventions. I want all women to meet their BIRTH GOALS whatever that might look like for them. I want all women to come out of birth feeling like GODDESS WARRIORS (like one of my HypnoBirthing mumma said she felt after her birth) even if it doesn’t go to plan. This is why I became a HypnoBirthing practitioner and I want to help you achieve your birth goal. I love that I support women from the moment they begin their HypnoBirthing journey to the moment they meet their baby.
Below is my own birth story and have attached some birthing images (taken during the last 45mins of labour). I hope you enjoy reading and can see in the photos can see just how calm. in control and relaxed I was using the HypnoBirthing techniques and tools.
It’s hard to believe that River, my beautiful ‘baby’ boy is nearly 18 months old already. I will always remember the day he was born as being both intense and blissful, just how nature intended. Although I had an amazing birth that went exactly how I visualised, I was reluctant to share my story as I felt guilty, I knew other women have had contrasting experiences. But when I do open up and share I have to roll my eyes when people say ‘oh you just lucky with your birth’.
I want to reassure all mums-to-be that you don’t have to get lucky to enjoy your birth experience as much as I did. I’m not lucky, I just worked hard during pregnancy to prepare my mind, body and soul for my birth. I believe most women can have a blissful birth like me. My advice; be prepared to do all that you can to reach your desired outcome. The two biggest things are to educate yourself on the journey ahead and use HypnoBirthing to prepare your mind and body to be ready for birth.
Throughout my pregnancy not only did I religiously practice HypnoBirthing from 20 weeks until I went into labour at 41 weeks and 2 days but I also meditated and practiced yoga daily. I made this as routine as brushing my teeth twice a day. I also visited the acupuncturist, chiropractor, kinesiologist, massage therapist regularly, invested in a private midwife, read heaps of books and nourished my body by consuming a plant-based diet. I was guided to do everything in my power to be ready for my birth day. It wasn’t a chore for me, I loved it. My motto was that if I could do everything in my power to be ready and it still doesn’t go to plan then so be it. That is okay. I would accept that my baby decided to take a different path into this world. But it was in my power to do what I could and not leave it to luck or chance.
The only time I felt some anxiety was when I went past the expected due date. I was adamant I didn’t want to be induced so I had acupuncturist sessions, massages with clary sage, made love, bounced on the fit ball, walked, practiced nipple stimulation, ate dates and watched heaps of HypnoBirthing births on Youtube while crying my eyes out (I think the last one did the trick!).
Nine days after the expected due date I woke up at 2am with period like pains, I didn’t share this with my partner but listened to rainbow relaxation and went back to sleep. At 4am I woke and they had intensified so I called Steph my midwife. She told me to sleep and rest, it would be a long day. I took a hot water bottle and went back to sleep until 5.30am at which point the surges intensified. I woke my partner up and we began practicing our HypnoBirthing techniques, I listened to my rainbow relaxation visualisation track while breathing and smelling clary sage. The surges seemed very close together and although I was connected to my breath I just couldn’t get comfortable using the fit ball, on all fours or even in the bath. I wanted to constantly empty my bowels and was beginning to feel a little anxious. I thought I would have time to lie around watching movies, relaxing, eating, showering or going for walks! I had organised homeopathic supplements prior to labour and started taking the supplement for rapid labour. Around 6.30am I ended up on the toilet with my drink bottle and listening to the rainbow relaxation while Guy, my partner stood at the door timing my surges.
Alone on the toilet I totally let go, riding the waves of labour, totally surrendering and getting lost in my breathing. Every minute or so my entire body was overcome by a surge, they were incredibly powerful but I can honestly say I felt no pain, they were intense but only mildly uncomfortable. They felt so natural.
I felt like I was on an amazing carpet ride, eyes closed, knees wide apart, circling my hips, circling my head, doing light touches on my belly and back, moaning and went totally within. My partner had contacted the midwife again, she said that the surges were too far apart and inconsistent but to contact her if I felt pressure in my bum. At about 10.30am my membranes released while I was on the toilet, my breathing changed and my surges forced me to begin bearing down so that I could now feel pressure in my bum. I started to get a little concerned because I didn’t want to have the baby in the toilet. After a phone call from Guy, my midwife came straight away. After checking me externally she advised that the birth was very close! She knew we wanted a water birth and reckoned we had just enough time to get to GCUH where we had booked a birthing suite. The most difficult part of the experience was walking down our 71 stairs, stopping midway to breathe through a surge. It was surreal to be lying down in the car, trying to moderate my surges as all my body wanted to do was bear down. I didn’t want a car birth! In the car, I listened to rainbow relaxation using head phones and wore an eye mask so I could focus on my breathing and block out external stimuli.
We arrived at the hospital at 12.15pm, I walked to the birthing suite, refusing the wheel chair as I didn’t want to slow the surges down. I got into the warm bath straight away, the water was very soothing. I continued listening to the rainbow relaxation and focusing on my breathing, surrendering to my body’s surges and allowing them to guide me. After parking the car my partner finally arrived, the midwife has just sent him a text to hurry up as River was well on his way. Guy was straight in the pool with me and we began working together on breathing and visualising just like we had practiced all those times before. Guy gently reminded me to relax my face, relax my jaw, relax my shoulders, to focus on my breathing, he talked me through a visualisation of lotus flower opening, just like my vagina was doing with River. In my mind I could see the petals unfolding and River’s head emerging, just as I had practised during my pregnancy.
The only time the midwife interacted with us was when she checked River’s heart beat and wiped my face with a rose water cloth. Within the pool my body instinctively knew what position to get into, I was up on my toes, knees apart in a squat holding onto the side of the pool, bearing down while my partner continued to remind me to relax my face, jaw, mouth and shoulders. I birthed River in one go, catching him in the water and pulling him up to my chest, which the midwife and my partner missed as they didn’t realise it would be so quick! He was born at 1pm, a day baby which I didn’t expect at all. I naturally birthed the placenta as I had arranged to encapsulate it for later consumption. I patiently watched River to the crawl to my breast and attach on his own without interruption.
We thought it was totally normal when our new family left the hospital at 6pm that night, 4 hours after giving birth. On the way home we even stopped to get vegan take-out to refuel my body and were sitting eating dinner with our new baby shortly after. What joy to be home as a family that evening.
Everyone’s birth is a unique journey and I believe we have the power to choose our experience, even though it may not go to plan. HypnoBirthing is one of the most powerful ways to take ownership and create the birth outcome you desire. My sister who also used HypnoBirthing and had a natural water birth three weeks prior to me said this about birth, I totally agree “Failing to plan is planning to fail”.
Specialising in Body Therapy treatments for Pregnancy,
Birth, Post-Partum & Women’s Health
Bellies & Bubs offers a variety of body therapy treatments for your pregnancy, birth and beyond. Safe, beneficial and individually tailored treatments for women of all life’s stages and ages.
Sunday and Monday Closed
Tuesday: 9:00AM – 4:30PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Thursday: 11.30 – 6:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Massage & Reflexology
The benefits of massage are many and varied; particularly during pregnancy and post-natally and can assist with back, pelvic girdle, groin pain, sciatica, SPD (symphasis pubis diastasis), abdominal separation, headaches associated with muscular tension, RLS (restless leg syndrome),
leg cramps, carpal tunnel and oedema.
At no other time, will a woman experience such vast physical, emotional and hormonal changes; in such a short space of time.
Bellies & Bubs
Pregnancy Yoga Classes
Yoga is both safe and beneficial during the 2nd and 3rd Trimesters of pregnancy.
As the meaning of yoga (Union, Yoke) suggests, it is the unity of body, mind and spirit. In pregnancy, this ‘joining’ or union’, the intertwining of mother and baby and the intricate bond and connection that lasts a lifetime; is never more apparent.
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Jen is a birth photographer, videographer and doula servicing the Lockyer Valley, Ipswich and Toowoomba regions. She has been involved in birth work since 2011, and has attended over 50 births at homes, birth centres and hospitals in central and south east Queensland. Jen is a storyteller, and her work aims to show every facet of birth – the intensity, the determination, the support and love, the ectasy and everything in between – in a raw, real and powerful way.
She cares deeply about women, and babies, and sees birth as a life-changing and sacred process.
Follow Jen on Instagram: @heartofmotherhood