"Hypnobirthing is as much a philosophy as it is a technique. It is a rewarding, relaxing, stress-free method of birthing that is based on the belief that all babies should come into the world in an atmosphere of gentility, calm and joy. When a mother is properly prepared for birthing physically, mentally, and spiritually, she can experience that sort of joy, birthing her baby in an easier, more comfortable, and often even pain-free manner. Through a well thought out program of deep relaxation, self-hypnosis, special breathing techniques, visualisation, affirmations, and education, Hypnobirthing returns to a woman the art of birthing in a way that allows her to summon her natural birthing ins

Everyone has 'their thing'

The idea for this post came to me recently when I was at AquaGym in Christchurch swimming lengths. I'm not one of these people who has been swimming for years and is super fit and can swim lengths of freestyle for an hour. The truth is that I haven't been swimming for long at all and I do spend an hour in the water but I take rests, and I swim a variety of freestyle, breathstroke and backstroke. And I love it. I go at my own pace. I can swim anytime, regardless of weather. The water feels gentle and forgiving. I can create my own rhythm and go with the flow, so to speak. I like how your whole body gets a workout when swimming and you can throw some cardio into the mix too. But the best thing

Who am I?

I am a 41-year-old mother, counsellor, hypnobirthing practitioner and linguist. My gorgeous son Felix was born in 2013. We live by the sea in sunny South New Brighton, Christchurch. The community here is warm and diverse and we love nothing more than playing at the beach, biking down the estuary or drinking hot chocolates at the local cafes! My background is in language teaching, tour guiding and recruitment. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Linguistics and have previously worked as a foreign language teacher (English, Italian and Spanish), tour guide, and an overseas recruiter of International volunteers. However, over the years I have become more attracted to social work, commun

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