We’d like to welcome Krysta McNeil to the Yoga Mamas team! Krysta is a Registered Massage Therapist with more than 15 years of clinical experience and a proud mom of 3 little ones. Her practice is centred on working directly with her clients on their individual needs and loves making them feel better than they did when they walked in.
Krysta has worked mainly with MVA’s and athletes over the years. On her journey to becoming a mom, she found her passion in pre- and post-natal health. She is a lifelong learner and values continuing her education to better support her clients.
Krysta knows firsthand that mothering is a unique experience for everyone. She feels that having a safe community to be nurtured, encouraged and recharged is essential. That is why she is very excited after years of being a guest at Yoga Mamas to now becoming part of the team.
Osteopathy during pregnancy can be incredibly beneficial for a mama-to-be and provide immediate relief to many prenatal aches and pains. In Canada, osteopathic care is provided by Osteopathic Manual Practitioners.
Throughout pregnancy the body undergoes many changes as it adjusts and grows to accommodate a growing baby. As baby grows, mama's body adapts. The body’s mechanics change, shifting the posture and changing where stress is placed upon the body. Hormone changes in pregnancy soften connective tissue which can exacerbate these stressors. Imbalances can become irritated or painful and restrictions in the tissues and joints can affect fluid flow causing swelling. These changing mechanics also means breathing can become more difficult. Here is where an osteopathic manual practitioners can help in pregnancy.
The common ailments that pregnant women seek osteopathic treatment for during pregnancy are:
Toronto Prenatal and Postnatal Osteopathy Services
Come into our clinic to be treated by one of our experienced Osteopathic Manual Practitioners focusing their practice on prenatal and postnatal care.
Osteopathy in pregnancy is a very gentle non-invasive manual therapy that restores balance to the body.
The goal of osteopathic treatment during pregnancy is to find relief from discomfort and reduce tension and strain by gently allowing for mobility. An Osteopathic Manual Therapist finds and frees up restrictions within the body, helping to improve body mechanics, so mama and baby can be more comfortable. Prenatal osteopathic treatment involves massage and stretches as well as other gentle techniques used on specifically targeted areas to help improve mobility and find relief. Treatments can also improve baby positioning and prepare for labour.
Written by Taya Griffin, Yoga Mamas Lactation Consultant
As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a mother
who breastfed two little ones, I know first-hand that breastfeeding can be
Accessing breastfeeding help when there are no skilled lactation
consultants in one’s area, when one is too unwell to leave her bed, and of course
during global pandemic is even more challenging. While an in-person visit may be the ideal scenario when experiencing a breastfeeding challenge, there are many benefits to why a virtual lactation consult visit may be an excellent option.
For online lactation consulting appointments, nothing more is required than a computer, tablet or phone with a good camera. Good lighting and having a second set of hands can help but isn’t always necessary. The only true need is to have a baby ready to show off their skills (or their challenges) and sometimes virtual visits can be booked right around feeding time to ensure a feed will happen.
Online Lactation Consult appointments allow you to meet from the comfort of your home aligning with your baby's feeding schedule.
A skilled IBCLC can help you assess and find solutions to the following issues:
Pre-COVID and during this pandemic I have had the pleasure of helping families latch babies who previously had not been latching, direct clients in using a lactation aid (fancy name for a straw attached to the breast to give baby some flow) and I’ve also helped families by purchasing some of the things they need for their breastfeeding journey.
Additional benefits of online lactation consulting include:
Online lactation appointments are available 7 days a week. If you are unable to find a time that aligns with your schedule please contact us.
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