Your Body, Your Baby…

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Your Body, Your Baby: an event created by a group of like-minded, small local businesses, passionate about informing parents-to-be about holistic approaches that empower them to achieve the positive pregnancy and birth experience that they want and deserve. Our collective ethos is to provide a powerful opportunity to support women in moving towards living the life they want to lead through exploring various alternative approaches.

Join Doula-La, Hand in Hand Therapies, Lime Thistle and Zensory Therapies on Sunday 7th October from 12-4pm at Zensory’s studio in Falkirk (167 High Street, FK1 1DU) to chat in an informal & relaxed environment about the various therapies and services available to you and the deep internal and external benefits they could have in your life.

Throughout the event, each business will showcase how they can help to guide and nurture you through your own unique journey.

12.45-1.05 – Doula-La on supporting women and their families during pregnancy and birth, by providing
women with information and care, tailored to their own circumstances, empowering them to achieve the type of birth they want and deserve.

1.30-1.50 Hand in Hand Therapies on Hypnotherapy and Hypnobirthing classes to promote positive change, as these therapies can help to release negative emotions, beliefs and fears, and enable you to live the life you want to lead.

2.15-2.35 Lime Thistle on relaxing and unwinding your body and mind, allowing you to rediscover that place of calm that you’d forgotten existed within you

3-3.35 Zensory Therapies on harnessing your own energy to raise your vibration through enabling you to tap into the tools that already exist inside of you, allowing you and your partner to have the most positive and empowering pregnancy and birth experience.

This event is not ticketed. You can come & go as you please or just join for certain sections or talks. A first come first serve approach will be used if it’s needed.

We are absolutely delighted to be bringing this event to you. The support and encouragement we receive from new and existing clients is quite simply, breathtaking. We can’t wait to meet you.

If you’ve any questions, here’s the link to our websites for contact information, or give us a shout on Facebook.

Sending you positive vibes, Your Body Your Baby Team ✨

https://doula-la.co.uk

https://handinhandhypnobirthing.co.uk

http://limethistle.co.uk

https://www.zensorytherapies.co.uk

Ch-ch-changes…turn and face the strange! (that’s me!)

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

I’ve spend the last few weeks working out logistics in my head of where I want my business to go. Being a mum of two, I am a logistics expert so this should be a breeze!

The business recently celebrated it’s first birthday. I’m delighted with how far it has come I feel it needs pushed to the next level. Finding a suitable venue to hold all my classes from has been a challenge. Hypnobirthing workshops run over two days and I ideally wanted a place I could base myself from. And so I’m very excited that as from August, I’ll be running all of my classes from Zensory on Falkirk High Street.

As well as continuing to offer hypnobirthing and relaxation in pregnancy, I’ve added a new one-off class called The Positive Birth Workshop. It’s important to me to offer a variety of classes to suit different women. I understand that isn’t always possible to fit a full hypnobirthing workshop in. Whether it’s other children, work or for financial reasons, it doesn’t always work out. The Positive Birth Workshop looks to support these women and introduce them to viewing birth in a positive way. Have a look at the page for more details.

You can now book all of my classes online! I’m really glad to add this feature to the website to make it easy for you book. I have classes running up to December.

Check out all my classes here! Book online

Hypnotherapy – over the coming months I will be introducing hypnotherapy sessions. I’m really excited about this as I know I am going to be able to reach a lot more people by increasing the services I offer. In line with this, I am rebranding to become Hand in Hand Therapies so do keep watching for that being integrated over the coming weeks.

My why for doing all of this?

Becoming a mum has changed me profoundly. My birth experiences inspired me to want to pass on my knowledge to other women. To let them know just how freaking powerful they are, that they have choices and that they have a voice. That birth is worth preparing for and that I can teach valuable skills for life. There is something about supporting women to realise just how powerful they are. It definitely feels like a calling. And I know that that is growing all the time! Exciting stuff!

Finally, one of my goals was to collaborate with other businesses.

Enter Maria Hunter! Maria is an excellent holistic therapist based in Falkirk at Zensory therapies. We met and instantly felt that there was work we could do together. Our businesses compliment each other really well. Maria offers massage services and she has felt a energetic pull towards focusing on pregnant and postnatal women. She is also adding Reiki to her repertoire and she has other fantastic ideas for moving forward which I can’t wait to follow! We’ll also be teaming up to offer bespoke workshops and Maria has plans to host support groups too.

It always leaves me feeling excited and super motivated after I speak with Maria and I’m really grateful to be sharing her treatment room from next month.

Maria is so tuned into women’s needs and I highly recommend a visit to her. Visit her awesome website here. www.zensorytherapies.co.uk

If you want to find out what’s coming up do subscribe to our mailing list.

I look forward to sharing more over the coming weeks!

Kirsty x

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Luxury Pregnancy Pampering Experience!

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New event alert!!!

I’m always thinking of new ways to bring hypnobirthing to you… I was fortunate to recently meet the lovely Maria from Zensory Therapies, and we have collaborated on a special event we have created! We’re calling it the Luxury Pregnancy Pampering Experience! Here’s what’s getting me all excited…
“You are invited to join Kirsty and Maria for an evening of pampering on the 17th of July, 7.30pm at the Leaf and Bean Café, Edinburgh!
Pregnancy is a beautiful time of a woman’s life. Our bodies truly are amazing! It’s a time of great excitement as you prepare to meet your wee one, and it’s also a time when you really deserve to be pampered both on the inside and outside.
We believe that you deserve to be treated like the Wonder Woman you are and we’re very excited to present an evening which will leave you feeling positive and uplifted. Let any stresses or anxieties melt away as we share our knowledge of hypnobirthing, and pregnancy and postnatal massage with you.
With a mocktail and nibbles on arrival, we’ll spend the evening delving into why hypnobirthing, and pregnancy and postnatal massage are so beneficial. You’ll leave feeling completely relaxed and looking forward to a calm and confident birth.
You’ll experience a selection of our techniques including massage, relaxation visualisations, a breathing exercise and you are guaranteed to enjoy our fun activities designed to get that oxytocin vibe flowing!
Just to make the evening extra special, we’ll also be including Neal’s Yard Remedies Organics as we value how you feel both on the inside and the outside. You’ll even have the opportunity to make your own product to take home with you!
All the products are ethical, contain no nasties and are safe for use throughout pregnancy.
We’re super excited to be hosting this unique event and it’s sure to be a popular one so do get in touch early to guarantee your place. Booking is essential and the ticket price is only £35.”
To join us for this fantastic evening, email Kirsty at:

enquiries@handinhandhypnobirthing.co.uk
Or Maria at: zensorytherapies@gmail.com
We look forward to welcoming you!
You can find Maria’s business at www.zensorytherapies.co.uk and www.facebook.com/zensorytherapies.

 

 

Welcoming Neal’s Yard Remedies to the business – here’s my why!

When I discovered hypnobirthing, it was the start of my journey of changing my perspective on birth and in fact in many things in life! I’m so much more aware of how I think, why I have certain thoughts and it’s made a huge difference to the thoughts I now have, and how I am as a mum. It’s by far the best discovery I’ve made! It helped me to make sense of a lot of things I wondered about.

I care deeply about how women think about their birth experience. I’ve been so fortunate to meet amazing professionals from hypnobirthng and other businesses, and the fantastic mums who wanted to take control of their birth. I really can’t underestimate the impact this has beyond birth!

I care deeply about how you feel on the inside, how it impacts you before your baby arrives and after.

We are bombarded with messages from all angles every day. It can be overwhelming at times! As well as what messages we tell our internal selves, I also care deeply about what we use on the outside, our bodies. It matters to me that the products I use on my family don’t contain nasty chemicals, it matters that companies are upfront and ethical about their processes and practices. Doing that works in harmony with how I feel in the inside too!

I’ve always been a strong supporter of ethical businesses.
When I was a child, I remember sitting in the bathroom, with my parents telephone and the door locked. I would get out all of our shampoos, shower gels and any other products we had and look up the customer helpline. Then I’d phone them up to see if they tested their products on animals. This was pre-internet so there was no Google to look up! Even now, it can be difficult to find out and with so many companies being part of a chain, us as consumers appreciate clear, easy to find honest info about the products we use.

This is why I’ve decided to offer NYR Organics to my clients as an independent consultant. I understand how important it is to ensure that your family use safe, ethical products. NYRO don’t use any nasties, are organic, and never test on animals.

I initially looked into Neal’s Yard Remedies to use for my family and to add products to my gift bags for my mums. I decided to become an independent consultant so that I have easy access to the products and can offer mums the full range .

I also offer my services in a pampering setting. I’m thinking along the lines of pampering parties, baby showers, and any other way you can think of! I can pop along with the catalogue, do a mini facial to showcase the products, and also provide you with some tips and mindset exercises for pregnancy and childbirth! And if you’re not expecting, I have plenty of mindset exercises which can help you de-stress from any situation! Let me know if this is something you would be interested in.

You can browse on my personalised website here:

https://uk.nyrorganic.com/shop/kirstystrange

If you want to keep up-to-date with the offers, you can like my Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/kirstystrangenyro/

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Keep watching for an upcoming exciting project!….

Motherhood and working-from-home… just how easy is it to combine the two?

This week I’m writing about my experience of working-from-home and being a mum! I’ve found pros and cons of doing both. Here’s what I’ve learned so far…

What led me to Hypnobirthing

This isn’t my first venture into the work of self-employment. It’s something I’ve always had a desire to do but finding the right thing for me was a journey. I tried MLM businesses but I never felt comfortable in my choices. I’m not knocking them, as I know many of them are really decent companies which, make a difference to the people who use their products and those who run successful businesses through them. I decided it wasn’t for me. Next came a business with my husband. We decided on an ethical tea company. We would sell loose leaf tea and we commissioned a vintage-styled trike to be made. Our mission was to go gas and electricity free to heat our water…this was no easy feat! We actually managed it though, using a biofuel burner. But we discovered just how bloody hard it was! Using bellows to stoke the fire – yes bellows, constantly refilling and heating the water, and trying to find a suitable location to trade from was almost impossible! We ended up in front of an Edinburgh Council panel as we tried to agree on a suitable pitch! We also ended up running a small café from a city hostel. This all happened in a relatively short space of time, I quit my full-time job and found out I was pregnant!  I look back on that period of my life and think I was a bit nuts however it showed that we both had the drive and commitment to follow through with our ideas! Looking back on it I see how naïve we were but we learned so much, I’m a huge believer in living life with no regrets so I’m always grateful for the experience.

It is said that to run a successful business, you will probably fail a number of times until you find the right fit for you. So I’ve ticked that box! It was after Penny was born that I looked into Hypnobirthing. Initially I wanted to learn it for my own birthing experience but as I looked into it I realised I would enjoy teaching it and so I took the plunge and booked a course. My previous training of hypnotherapy had sparked an interest in hypnobirthing but life can have a funny way of taking you in a different direction and then bringing you back at the right time. I decided to use my past experiences and to make a real go of it. During my training there was a voice in my head saying YES, THIS IS IT. I knew straight away when I did my nursing training that it wasn’t the right fit for me, this time I was on the right path.

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Self-employed versus employee

There are the obvious benefits of working for a company. You are guaranteed working hours, pay, workplace benefits and that provides security in family life. You also go to a workplace. I’m guaranteed none of these. For many people, that would be too big a risk. However, I faced redundancy when I was a nurse. I always remember that my dad once said “You’ll always be guaranteed work if you’re a nurse” It has always stuck with me that there are no certainties when it comes to work no matter the industry, so I decided to follow my passion so that I could make a positive difference to as many families as I could. And so my hypnobirthing journey began…

It can be difficult to explain to people what it’s like being a work-from-home mum. I don’t get to go out to a workplace every day, chat to colleagues or work face-to-face with clients. It’s something I miss. I’ve been fortunate in my career to have worked with some amazing people, had many a laugh and I have very fond memories of the places where I’ve worked . There are some days where I don’t get to have an adult conversation until Jim gets home and the kids are in bed. My verbal diarrhoea can be quite explosive! Don’t get me wrong, I love being with my kids but it’s a very long day entertaining, teaching, managing their behaviour and also trying to prevent the house from falling into a state of chaos. I mostly give up as I watch them pull out every toy in the room, and throw a tub of crayons or empty an entire bag of cotton wool balls all over the floor! My husband works shifts so I spend a lot of evenings doing the tea-bath-bed routine myself. It’s quite a chunk of the day! I’m pretty good at managing my time with them now and getting them to bed early. Routine is hugely important in our house and I usually have them in their beds sleeping by 7pm. Then it’s time for me to start my working day! Even when my eyes are blood-shot, I’m severely sleep-deprived and all I want to do is sleep, I keep on pushing on. Nothing will happen if I just stop. It’s hard to switch off when you’re doing it yourself.

 

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

I love this quote which motivates me to keep going.

 

I’m writing this with my blood-shot, stinging eyes, severely sleep-deprived, late at night as it’s the first chance I’ve had to work in a few days. Both children have been unwell, I spent last night in bed with one in each arm, in and out of a delirious state of sleep deprivation as each time one settled the other woke! Having two is much harder work when you can’t guarantee peace and serenity while one is in a gentle slumber.

A lot of the work I do is in the background from developing my website, to networking, writing and preparing for courses, classes and events. It’s hard to explain to people when they ask what you’ve been up to and you say working. Other people talk of their days and share a story or two but a lot of what I say is summed up in a sentence. “I was working on my website” The end. “Just been promoting my classes, trying to get the word out”. Sometimes I wonder if I’m seen as a fraud when I say I’ve been working. Is it really working? I’ve come to realise that it’s a common theme amongst home-workers. We seem to have similar thoughts surrounding this, but I’ve gained confidence in myself to be able to say it with conviction!  It’s trying to do all of that and look after the kids that I find is my biggest challenge. There is always the threat of being taken away from any job I get engrossed in at any moment. But, again, I do it! It just might be later than when I planned. I can’t afford to make excuses so I drag myself to the computer and start typing. I could say I don’t have time, but actually I need to think whether that is the case or if it isn’t a priority. I find thinking like that really useful as it makes me focus on my priorities and not allow excuses to come into play.

My favourite aspect of my job is the I time I spend teaching. That’s my protected time, the time when I can fully focus with the certainty that I know the kids are with daddy or my family. It’s the face-to-face contact that I enjoy, the reason for doing this job. I absolutely love my job, I love meeting couples, I love talking about hypnobirthing and pregnancy, I love running my relaxation classes. I love that my daughter knows I work with ladies with babies in their tummies. I love that I’m using my skills, my brain and that I’m always looking to find out more about it to broaden my knowledge. It’s not only my chosen career but it’s also my interest so I spend time reading and learning which I guess you could classify as work but to me it doesn’t really feel like work! I’ve found my passion in life!

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Talking at a recent expectant parents event

My number one priority is and always will be being the best mum I can be to Penny and Louis. My family are amazing and I want to give us all the best experiences that I can. I’m by no means perfect. There are days I feel like an epic failure. I lose my patience, or I just want to run away from the overwhelming responsibility of it all. I can get frustrated when I don’t get a break if there’s something on my mind that I want to do. But I’m learning all the time how to manage it all better. How to manage my time, how to manage the stresses of being responsible and present for two young children. I know that the skills and knowledge I’ve gained from hypnobirthing is helping me develop all the time. Learning is a life-long path. Since starting this journey, I felt it was important to look at my personal development too so I have been focusing on that so that I can give my best to my family and to my career. It’s bringing up some pretty interesting stuff which I’m sure I’ll be talking about in future blog posts…bet you can hardly contain yourself!

Back in mum-world, my daughter recently dropped her afternoon nap, it was quite a sad moment for me as I lost a precious hour of “me” time! But it’s also an exciting time as we watch our baby blossom into a beautiful, smart wee girl who never fails to amaze us with her dazzling personality. Louis is also becoming a fabulous character, his renditions of “Twinkle, twinkle” and “Walking in the air” are most impressive for a 13 month-old baby! And he has quite a rhythm as he rocks back in forth in his high chair! He rubs my hand over his head (I am also a fan of a head-rub!) and he head-butts me for kisses! I’m so grateful that I get to witness watching these precious moments with my babies. Taking them to classes and going on fun adventures together is brilliant!

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There’s that tub of crayons…

So yes some days are hard going, and some days I don’t achieve very much. But I always make sure I achieve something, no matter how small. It all adds up to helping me realise my goals. It feels like an exciting time to be a female entrepreneur, I’m inspired on a daily basis by other women I see who are working hard to reach their potential. They’ve taught me so much too. There’s a fantastic support network out there, so sometimes if I’m feeling a bit lonely or lost with it all I reach out to the others. It always makes a difference. Running your own business is really like running a number of businesses. You have the actual core of what you do, and you can be great at it but without being able to do the other aspects of running a business well, you will fail. No doubt about it. Marketing is a massive part of it, I need my business to look appealing to my potential clients. It needs to look aesthetically pleasing, you need to really know what your talking about and how to talk to people. No one wants to see sales talk all the time. It’s not interesting and totally off-putting. Hopefully you find some of my posts interesting, I’ve actually been surprised by how easy it’s been to write! I have a load of ideas for taking my business forward which will include improving my website and social media presence, and doing some additional hypnotherapy training using an alternative method (I just didn’t feel busy enough!).

I’m so excited about 2018 and what’s in store! It feels like there is a shift going on in attitudes towards our birth experiences and I’m so happy to be part of that positive movement. Being part of helping to change the social attitude is amazing.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post, it means a lot to me! Christmas is nearly upon us so I’ll be looking forward to planning for the new year! You can check out what I’ve got coming up here.

With love, Kirsty x