Excruciating back pain, a premature baby and an absent husband are the pieces that make up Adelaide massage therapist Holly Hicks’ birth story. But rather than just recount her story to family and friends, Hicks has decided to turn the lessons she learnt into advice for new mums.
Hicks, who has worked in sports therapy and massage for more than 16 years as well as additional training in pregnancy massage, owns Bodyline Health clinics in Adelaide and the Barossa Valley. She has brought together the best allied health pregnancy experts in the state to develop three pregnancy toolkits to provide high quality support and services for pregnant women and new mums.
“There are so many women who think they have to suffer from pain during pregnancy but it doesn’t have to be an unpleasant or uncomfortable time. My own experience has has made me passionate about wanting to empower women to overcome physical barriers such as pain during pregnancy,” Hicks says.
The pregnancy toolkits include products and services from Move Physiotherapy and Pilates who are experts in pregnancy physiotherapy and Pilates; Mindfulness Meditation Practitioner Marelle Wilson who specialises in de-stressing and remaining calm techniques, and raw food guru Urban Rabbit. Bodyline Health have included sumptuous pregnancy massages, a guide to infant massage and pregnancy survival checklists along with other luxurious products.
To celebrate the launch of the packs, Bodyline Health is hosting a retreat day on Sunday May 18, with a stretch class, mini massages, an education session and a Pilates class, as well as a mindfulness meditation class. Urban Rabbit will provide a light lunch with food supplied by Keanes Organics and demonstrate how to incorporate raw food into your lifestyle. If you are interested in attending the retreat day, please register your interest at www.bodylinehealth.com.au.