Fertility  Prenatal  Postnatal

When a woman gives birth, she not only births a baby but also herself as a mother. In this journey, a deep transformation occurs that requires acknowledgement, celebration and honoring. Across time and still in many cultures, it required the support and wisdom of other women who would assist the mother to be, to find her inner power in her transformation from maiden to mother. 

 

At Mana we specialise in supporting women through all of the transitions of becoming a mother, from fertility and conception, to pregnancy, birth and post birth. We believe that supporting a woman through all of these phases enhances the wellbeing of the pregnancy, the birth, the baby and the mother. It is our intention that by providing this wholesome service, that women feel confident and empowered in their body and informed in their options and choices in order to enhance their possibility of a natural birth. We hope to instill within you the resources to take your journey into motherhood with courage, trust and confidence. 

The experienced and passionate practitioners at Mana offer a variety of modalities that grow with you on your journey. A therapeutic approach that combines supporting the physical body together with emotional and psychological preparation. Using natural health modalities such as Homeopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine, bodywork therapies such as Massage and Mizan Abdominal Therapy, specialised techniques such as Spinning Babies and post birth Wrapping the Bones, birth support through our Doula service, as well as group and one on one Prenatal Yoga and Birth Classes. Whatever stage of this magnificent transformation you may be on, we are here to support and nourish you through it and warmly welcome you into our Health Practice and Yoga Studio space. 

  • Prenatal Massage

    During pregnancy, a woman undergoes many physical and emotional changes. Some of these changes can cause discomfort in the physical body, while others may effect sleep, increase stress or disturb emotional balance. A prenatal massage is a wonderful way to relieve many of the physical discomforts experienced during pregnancy such as backache, leg cramps, oedema, circulation, general muscle tension, headaches, as well as reducing stress, promoting sleep, emotional balance and general wellbeing. A prenatal massage uses techniques that are  effective for each stage, specific positioning of the body, the assistance of body pillows and extra padding, all aimed at keeping the safety and wellbeing of the mother and baby. A massage during pregnancy can help to relax the physical body and increase the good hormones that will help to support labor. This is a beautiful way to nurture and nourish yourself and your baby during this important time. The practitioners at Mana have taken specialised training in prenatal massage and offer a unique treatment that encompasses their extensive experience in bodywork. Induction massage available 

  • Mizan Therapy

    Mizan uses traditional healing techniques to address conditions involving reproductive organs, the digestive system and emotional health. It is a gentle, external massage that brings healing to the womb space and optimum health and wellbeing to women on both physical and emotional levels. Mizan helps to realign the womb, which will increase blood flow, nourishing and restoring your reproductive organs to health, improving detoxification, relieving congestion and removing emotional blockages. This will give your body the best chance to conceive and nurture a growing baby. Since it takes 12 weeks for an egg to achieve maturity, it is best to undertake treatment for three months before trying to conceive. 

  • Homeopathy

    Homeopathy is a gentle yet effective natural form of medicine that can be used to support all stages of fertility, pregnancy, birth and post birth. The holistic nature of homeopathy means each person is treated as a unique individual and their body, mind, spirit and emotions are all considered in the management and prevention of certain conditions. Taking all these factors into account, the practitioner will select the most appropriate homeopathic medicine based on the individuals’ specific symptoms and personal level of health to stimulate their own healing ability. During and post pregnancy, homeopathy can assist with the management of symptoms such as nausea, physical body discomforts, emotional balance, sleep, hormonal changes as well as working along side your medical professional to assist with more complex conditions. Homeopathy can also assist during labor and our practitioner can support you with an individualised homeopathic birthing kit to use during labor and birth. Postnatal, homeopathy can also be beneficial for the restoration of the physical body, breastfeeding and hormonal rebalancing. This is a versatile modality that can support you from conception to birthing and beyond.   

  • Chinese Medicine

    Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used for fertility and pregnancy support for centuries. It is based on the notion that the body’s vital energy (Qi) circulates through channels, called meridians that have branches connected to various parts and functions of the body. With that in mind, the practitioner tailors a treatment program specific to each woman’s needs that may include herbs, acupuncture, cupping, and nutrition. TCM can assist with the reduction of specific symptoms during pregnancy as well as increasing circulation and strengthening the immune system. It can also help with the emotional fluctuations that can be experienced during this time, working on relaxing and restoring any of these imbalances through acupuncture and herbs. Induction acupuncture can also assist if your birth is late or needing to come early due to medical reasons. By using specific points, acupuncture can encourage natural labor by ripening the cervix and supporting the hormonal process to release oxytocin. Our TCM practitioner at Mana can help support you through your journey, from conception to birthing and beyond.    

  • Prenatal Yoga

    In the Mana studio space we offer weekly Prenatal Yoga classes specifically designed for the journey of pregnancy. Curated to be a therapeutic blend of bodywork, breath and meditation, interweaving childbirth education, Prenatal Yoga will physically and mentally prepare you for birth.There is a focus on active birth techniques, relaxation as well as wisdom and knowledge that will support you through each stage of your pregnancy and birthing journey. Linking yoga postures with the breath will lead you to new discoveries, bringing awareness to the mind, body and spirit.The intention is to instill you with the courage, confidence and trust to combine comprehensive understanding together with your instinct and intuition when birthing your baby. Our teacher, Sue Lee brings in over 20 years of experience in specialized bodywork therapies, natural health modalities and a passion for working with expectant mothers. She has trained with many renowned experts in the field of pre and postnatal therapy, bodywork and yoga. Our classes can be joined anytime after the first trimester. For the current class listing head over to the Prenatal Yoga section.   

  • Doula

    Mana is pleased to offer a Doula service to prenatal women. A doula is a trained professional that accompanies a woman in labor and stays with her for the duration of birth, right up until the first breastfeed is established. She will meet with you on several occasions before the birth as well as after to ensure all is going well. The intention of a doula is to bring back the timeless tradition of women being supported by women during birth, taking fear away from birthing, instilling the wisdom of the laboring mothers body, whilst maintaining the safety of mother and baby. Whether you are birthing at home or in a hospital, whatever your birthing plan is, a doula can help improve the birthing experience of mother and baby. Whilst a doula is not a doctor or midwife and has no clinical role in your birth, studies such as the Cochranes Review show that the support of a trained doula is more effective than just hospital staff, friends and family alone. The same studies demonstrate that the support of a doula significantly reduces the rate of Cesarean Section, use of forceps, request for epidural, use of synthetic oxytocin, the use of drugs for pain management and the length of labor. The use of a Doula in your birthing journey is a calming, strong, beautiful and nurturing support for you and your baby. 

  • Postnatal Care

    Once a mother has given birth, however she birthed her child, now is the time to honor her, to nourish, nurture and cradle both her body and mind. Closing of the Bones is an ancient massage that honors a mothers belly and hips. During this treatment, warm oil is used to gently massage the mothers’ body and then a shawl is used to wrap her pelvis. This massage not only closes the pelvis that opens during pregnancy and birth but also closes the circle of pregnancy and childbirth. It is not only a beautiful and important bodywork, but also a sacred ceremony and ritual to honor this transition of the mother. This massage is ideally performed soon after childbirth but has also been healing at a later time. 

  • Mums & Bubs

    Mums and bubs yoga is a weekly space to fill your own well and re-centre. The practice supports mother and baby bonding and is a way to spend time with other mums in your area. The practice focuses on strengthening and stabilising the core and pelvic floor, and opening the shoulders and upper back.

    Each session is held with the babies on the mothers mat. There are opportunities to playfully interact with your baby during the yoga positions. We may massage the babies, tickle them, chant, sing or rock them.
    At any time you are welcome to attend to your baby by rocking, feeding or changing them in the studio. Each class completes with a guided relaxation and short, seated meditation. 

    The class is suitable to attend anytime from 6 weeks after a vaginal birth and 8 to 10 weeks after a Caesarean birth. After a Caesarean, please confirm with your midwife or your GP/OB to make sure that your body has began to heal enough that you can safely practice yoga. You are welcome to continue until your baby is eagerly mobile.

What People Say

- Cindy Lee -

"A very special lady with healing hands. Homeopathy, massage and hot stone therapy. Pre natal yoga classes are very special."

-Jane Alford -

"Sue's classes incorporate a wonderful balance of practical skills for active birthing and relaxation.

This is my second pregnancy and I'm pleased to be learning new tips and postures to assist with making my next birth as successful as possible.

 

Sue has a gentle and open approach, while providing key information to ensure that participants are informed about birth choices and processes.

 

I certainly feel as though I've benefited from Sue's classes and have an even deeper understanding of how to be an active participant in my upcoming birthing experience.”

- Kirstie -

"I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful Pre-natal Yoga classes that I attended before the birth of our son! I got so much out of my time spent with you and much of your  words and wisdom filtered through when I was labouring and giving birth. I used many of the positions that I learnt from you during all the stages of labour and gave birth to my baby "on all fours" with no pain relief an no tearing or anything! Yay! He is almost 5 weeks now. He weighed 3.24kg and we are all doing well.

Thanks again - and I will tell any pregnant friends or family that your classes made the pregnancy and birth quite enjoyable!"

- Meg -

I was so thrilled when my partner suggested we get a doula to help us out during birth and immediately thought to ask my prenatal yoga teacher Sue Lee if she knew of anyone that would be good. Amazingly, she suggested herself!
I’d been attending her prenatal classes as often as I could and loved the way she wove lots of little titbits of birthing wisdom in amongst the stretches and meditations. I also felt her strong, calm presence, and wasn’t surprised when the three of us met for a coffee my partner felt it too.
Sue came and visited us in our home a couple of weeks before I was due and talked to us about our wishes for the birth. She was a font of knowledge and gave us lots to think about that we hadn’t even considered, as well as helped us set up a ‘nest’ where I could labour at home, and taught Josh some easy techniques he could use with me to help support our baby into the best position leading up to birth.
When some issues were picked up at my 39 week appointment Sue was instrumental. I think we rang her half a dozen times over the few days we were in and out of hospital and sent umpteen texts. Sue always responded by providing us knowledge on a composed and steady manner, empowering us to make decisions. We came home one night resigned to the fact that we would head back into hospital the following day for an induction. When I awoke the next day I noticed that Sue had sent me a message saying ‘is it ok if I come over at 9:30?’ She gave me a delicious massage on my bed and Josh and I set out for hospital feeling ready to meet our baby.  

When it was time, Sue arrived quickly and helped to maintain a relaxed yet confident tone for the birth space. The way she was able to combine her multitude of skills related to birthing wisdom was incredibly helpful. While my partner and I worked as a team, Sue assisted from the side, switching between gently rubbing my lower back, suggesting a new position that would support our baby’s descent, offering me calming homeopathic remedies and reminding me to ‘drop in’ and remember my breath. Despite being induced, this extra support allowed me to engage fully with the labour process without pain medication, and a mere six hours later our beautiful baby boy, Jack, came rollicking into the world. 

A couple of weeks later, fragile with hormones and emotions and a lack of sleep I made my first venture out into the world without Jack, and straight to Mana. It felt truly nourishing to be held by Sue as she lead a ‘closing the bones’ ceremony, completing our powerful birth work. 

We are so grateful for all Sue has given us. She will always have a special place in our son’s life, and our family home. 

What People Say

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