Julia Katz holds recognised diplomas in shiatsu (British School of Shiatsu Do) and acupressure (Touch-Pro). She did her postgraduate training with Suzanne Yates of Wellmother, who pioneered the use of shiatsu in pregnancy and childbirth. She has also trained with Francoise Freedman of Birthlight, and offers Yogacise classes to antenatal and postnatal clients.
Shiatsu is a traditional Japanese massage. It is a safe and effective form of bodywork in pregnancy and the postpartum period. Pregnancy is a time of extraordinary change and development for both mother and baby. Regular shiatsu sessions can help the mother to adapt to the changes that are taking place. The deep breathing and stretches encouraged by shiatsu have been described by clients as “passive yoga”. The practitioner uses palm and finger pressure to bring the body to a better state of balance. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience that can benefit the following conditions:
Treatments take place lying on a futon in side position, with cushions for support and comfort. Shiatsu is received through clothes, so it is best to wear loose comfortable clothing. Shiatsu incorporates the power of touch, stretching, breathing techniques and pressure to bring the body to a better state of balance. Following the treatment there will be a feeling of increased vitality and deep relaxation.
Certain pressure points are extremely effective for pain relief and can be used from the onset of labour. They can be learnt by your birth partner and allow for close partner involvement in the labour and birth. Julia is happy to provide birth preparation sessions for interested couples.
A new mother will often feel exhausted in the weeks and months following the birth of her baby. This is an ideal time to experience the restorative power of shiatsu. Feel free to bring your baby with you as shiatsu can be received with your baby lying next to you.
Fee: £75 per treatment of 1 hour.
' Professional and reassuring 'Helen Campbell
The sonographer was ready as soon as I arrived, and she was extremely calming, personable and professional. The scan and blood test where efficient without feeling rushed and all very easy. These appointments can feel uneasy and make you feel anxious but I felt reassured and in professional hands the whole time
I saw Kate throughout my first pregnancy and am now doing so again with my second. She is absolutely amazing, she explains everything really clearly, and has answered all sorts of bizarre questions and worries I have had. On top of being clinically excellent she is also just the loveliest person and always a pleasure to see.Sarah Elliott
We had the harmony test with the Birth Company and had a reassurance scan with sonographer Kirsty McGarry who was absolutely lovely and really put our minds at rest. We had been scared by our NHS dating scan and left feeling like there was something wrong. We explained the situation and was treated very professionally and with good care. Also speedy appointments also as I had phone in the morning and got an appointment by afternoon. So thankful.Ashley and Tom
Really friendly, efficient service. Great experience overall. Had the Panorama. My appointment was with Kate who was absolutely fantastic. The results came really quickly. Have a comparison with private healthcare elsewhere and must say that The Birth Company was just how I would like to be treated when I pay for medical services - attentively, calmly, friendly, in a pleasant environment that doesn't look like hospital. Top marks!Anna
' Efficient, friendly and always on hand to provide last minute appointments 'Anna s
The Birth Company has been excellent, providing timely scans and blood tests during my IVF treatment abroad. Staff are always friendly and extremely efficient. I would highly recommend coming here.
' Professional and friendly 'Lyndsey Dilla
When I first contacted the Birth Company I spoke to Danielle. She was fantastic. She went above & beyond to put me at easy & make the journey from Kent as stress free as possible. Every staff member that myself and my husband have come into contact with have been approachable, professional and friendly. Kate scanned me the first time and put me completely at easy. Lisa on reception is professional and very approachable. Highly recommended
' Highly recommended 'Emelie
Donald was so lovely! I was so nervous as I have a bad history and he was super quick and confirmed my baby's heartbeat as quickly as he could. He spent time showing me the baby and the anatomy and it was the best money I have ever spent! The reception girls were lovely too - considering they deal with babies day in day out they were super excited for me! Thank you so much one and all! If only I lived in London and could have all my scans with you!
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