Monday, 21 July 2014

Review: Pure Massage Deep Tissue Massage

A few weeks ago when Oscar was at school I went over to Beaconsfield to where Denise Paskov MCTha has the loveliest log cabin in her garden and offers different types of massage therapy at great prices. I had a 60 minute deep tissue massage and before hand my back had been aching and I had been told before when having Swedish massages that I had lots of knots and my back was very tense and advised to have a deep tissue massage to sort this out. Since having Oscar over four years ago I hadn't had a deep tissue massage to correct the effects that pregnancy and carrying a child around can have on your back. Throughout the hour Denise eliminated as many of these knots as possible and afterwards I my back felt less tense and my back pain had gone. 

Denise also spoke to me about posture and how sitting and standing correctly can prevent back aches and pains. Denise is full of great tips and information and is such a lovely lady and makes you feel completely comfortable and at home straight away. Below is a really useful guide by Denise on massage and posture for new Mothers. You can contact Denise to make an appointment by calling 07966262409 or emailing If you quote MUMMYSZONE when booking you can get 20% off your chosen treatment. 

A Guide to massage and posture for new mothers
By Denise Ann Paskov MCThA

Having children is one of the most amazing experiences you can have in your life. The unconditional love and joy being a parent brings is truly wonderful. However, it can also wreak havoc with your body; physically, mentally and emotionally, causing postural problems, tiredness and exhaustion and leaving you feeling less than your best.

As a mother and a massage therapist, I have seen both sides of the coin and understand how being a parent can affect you on all levels, but also how massage and postural awareness can be of tremendous benefit. If you feel relaxed and calm, it will help your child to feel the same.

Massage is an excellent way to restore balance to the rollercoaster of feelings and emotions being a new mum brings. Deep tissue techniques can help release restricted and tight muscle improving movement and eliminating pain and discomfort. Circulation and blood flow are also improved which aids repair and nourishment of the cells and speeds up the removal of toxins and waste products helping the body to function more efficiently. The power of touch through the long, more gentle strokes will aid relaxation, releasing stress and bringing a feeling of well-being, reminding you that you are very special and loved.

As well as massage, by incorporating the following advice into your daily routine as often as possible you will be able to help limit and/or prevent the amount of strain you put on your body, making motherhood an even happier experience.

Whether you are breast or bottle feeding, ensure that you sit with your back supported comfortably and have pillows or cushions under your supporting arm so that you are not taking the full weight of baby (make sure your arm is at a level where it is not too low, pulling the shoulder down or too high where the shoulder is unnaturally raised). This will help prevent tightness and discomfort in the neck and shoulder muscles. However tempting it is to plonk on the edge of the bed in the middle of the night to feed, please don’t as you will ultimately pay the price!

Carry car seats are a wonderful invention but some are quite heavy before you even put your baby in! Try to carry them only short distances and alternate your arms so as not to put the same side under constant pressure. 

There are a wonderful array of prams and pushchairs available which vary greatly in size and weight, bear this in mind when lifting in and out of the car to protect your back. Take care not to overload the pram, as pushing a heavy pram can also strain the muscles in your arms and wrists as well as putting strain on your back, neck and shoulders.

Carrying your baby is of course a necessity and there are a range of slings and carriers available which can make this easier and a lot more comfortable. However, there will inevitably be times when your baby is carried cradled in your arms; pacing up and down rocking them to sleep for example -sound familiar?

As your child grows carrying them on your hip seems to be a natural progression (don’t worry we all do it!) To help reduce the amount of strain on the back, hip, side and shoulder muscles aim to alternate the side you carry your child on and try to carry only for short distances/periods. Gentle side bending stretches can help the muscles recover from this abnormal position.

My name is Denise Ann Paskov and I have been a massage therapist since 2001. I am qualified in a range of massage therapies, but a great deal of my work is remedial and deep tissue massage used to rehabilitate injury and release tight muscle tissue caused by stress, overuse and repetitive movement.

Having treated and helped a number of new mothers I found the same issues were presenting each time and I hope by writing this article I can help many more as they embark on this wonderful new stage in their lives.

If you feel that you would benefit from a massage treatment or would like further advice or information on posture or stretching, please contact me and I will be happy to help. My therapy room is located within a one minute walk of Beaconsfield Children’s Centre in Beacon Close, Holtspur, HP9 1RJ.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Review: Venosa Beach Resort and Spa, First Choice

On Thursday we got home from our two week Summer holiday in Didim, Turkey. At least we landed back into Gatwick with some sunshine instead of the usual rain! It was so hot in Turkey ranging from 30 to 35 degrees but as soon as it got to hot at least we could jump in the pool. I booked our holiday back in March through Thomson/First Choice and made a big saving as Oscar finished school on the 2nd July we could go away out of the state school holidays. We stayed at the Venosa Beach Resort and Spa and the hotel is only over a year old so is really modern and clean. We were upgraded to a duplex room so we had two bathrooms and Oscar had his own room off ours. The rooms were lovely and cleaned well every day. Our holiday was all inclusive which was great as we could drink and eat as much as we wanted. At breakfast, lunch and dinner there was a huge selection of food, something for everyone, you defiantly wouldn't go hungry. There are also four A la carte restaurants within the hotel, Turkish, Italian, Fish and Mexican and you can go to one of these once per week. We went to the Fish and Italian restaurants.

There are four pools and a private beach that you can use and on the beach there are various water sports you can do. We went on a Pedalo and Greg and Oscar went on a Jet Ski. The hotel location wasn't great and most excursions were between 1 and 3.5 hours away. We booked the First Choice dolphin show and it was cancelled due to not enough interest. Personally I think this should of been stated to me when I booked it with the rep that there could be a possibility of cancellation if not enough people booked it as then we wouldn't of told Oscar that we were going as he was so disappointed when we told him we couldn't go anymore. The is also an amazing spa in the hotel I had an aromatherapy massage and Greg had two traditional Bali massages and they were out of this world and really cheap too.

The Venosa hotel despite being advertised as one of First Choice family hotels isn't really geared towards children. There is one small children's pool and 3 large water slides that are only open 4 hours a day. Luckily Oscar is confident in the water so he played in the large pool. If you wanted to put your child into the mini club available there are no English reps and the children's reps didn't speak great English either. There is a mini disco at 9pm for twenty minutes and then the evening shows were straight after that. The evening shows were awful and there sense of humour is a bit warped. In the comedy show the sketches were very odd, one had a man being killed and another one was a woman being beaten by her husband. The Turkish guests found this hilarious, needless to say we did not and we left. The evening shows are defiantly not for children! So other than the above that is all there is for children to do.

You can jump on a little bus outside of the hotel and go into the town where there is lots of shops and caf├ęs which were nice and a large beach with beautiful clear water. We also got a cab to the Didim yacht club which was lovely and the only place Greg managed to get a nice cappuccino! The shops are full of toys and replica clothes and handbags. We went to an evening market and Oscar got four superhero toys for only £8! Everything is so cheap to buy.

The one thing I would recommend if staying in this hotel with children is do not stay in a room on a high floor as the balcony doors are so easy to open and not secure enough at all. Luckily we were on the ground floor but last Sunday evening we were sitting on the terrace and there was a loud bang and a little six year old girl had fallen off the balcony on the 11th floor and landed on the 3rd floor. She was taken to hospital with injuries but it was a miracle that she survived. We noticed a lot of children on their balconies pushing the plastic tables up to the glass and standing on them to look over when their parents weren't watching them, madness!!

Overall we had a lovely holiday together but felt there wasn't enough to do and two weeks at this hotel was a few days to long. Also if you are looking for somewhere for children to go into the mini club and have loads to do, this hotel isn't for you. I think it's more for couples and families with teenagers.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Our Holiday At The Venosa Beach Hotel And Spa, Didim ☀️

As I am writing this I am sitting by the pool in Turkey and it's very hot, 37 degrees today! Oscar is loving it and has been playing in the pool all day long and eating his body weight in Ice cream! (so have I).

We booked our holiday back in March through Thompson/First Choice as we used them to book our holiday to Crete last year and were really pleased with it. We also got a great deal as Oscar finishes school earlier than the state schools we manage to save a whopping £1200!! 

We are staying at the Venosa beach hotel and spa in Didim and it's beautiful. Right on the beach and has several pools for Oscar to play in. We are on a all inclusive deal which is great as you can drink and eat as much as you like. This deal is especially great round the pool during the day as you can have unlimited bottles of water and in this heat you will need a lot.

For children there is also a mini club for ages 4-12 if you wanted to put your little ones in for a bit (I haven't used it myself, I personally wouldn't leave Oscar). There is also a childrens play ground put we have had more fun together in the pool. Oscar wears his Zoggs float discs that he uses at his swimming lessons and has so much confidence in the water, jumping in and out. Lot's of people have commented on how great he is in the water. I am so glad I took him to lessons from such an early age!

In the evening there is a mini disco that Oscar loves except he keeps saying he doesn't understand the songs as they are in Turkish, bless him so he trys to copy the other children as best as he can.

There will be more on our holiday and plenty of photos to follow when we get back! Hope the weather back home is good! Xxx

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Letting your children play like children should!

Our children have been brought up in the Ipad, DVD's and computer gaming generation and I hate it! What happened to having an imagination and building a den or playing with playdough and just simply doing what a child should be doing! Oscar is 4 now and from day one I knew I did not want him to be a child that sits in front of the TV or play on an Ipad. My opinion is there is plenty of time for all of that in the future but right now it is important for him to learn through play. 

Being the only grandchild on both sides of our family he gets inundated with toys at Christmas and Birthdays, yet he treasures them all and takes great care of them. Oscar has a play table in the dining room that at the moment is covered in Playmobil where his little imagination can run wild and he can play with it for hours, like I did as a child. Playmobil was a massive part of my childhood and I still have the original dolls house in the loft at my parents house. When he fancies a change I put it away and we set up his wooden Thomas railway on there. The play table is without a doubt the best thing we brought, as leaving his toys out in one area at all times encourages Oscar to play whenever he likes.

Oscar also loves playing outside where he has a trampoline, playhouse, water table and a sandpit. We try to play outside everyday if the weather is good and he loves it! Toys are a massive part of Oscar's life and a huge part of his development and I am positive he never would have learnt what he has from playing if he had been stuck in front of a TV or playing computer games. Oscar loves Dinosaurs and whenever we go away we have to pack them and his animals in his Trunki to take with us. We can't leave the house without him taking something to play with.

Oscar also plays with Greg and my old toys that our parents have saved over the years and its great to watch him reusing something that we had so much fun playing with as a child. It also brings back lot's of fun memories too.

Children should be left to be children, not rushed into the technology engulfed world that we live in today. Let them play with toys and encourage them to use their imagination as you will see greater rewards in the future. I have also found that playing with your children and giving them your time makes your relationship as parent and child so much stronger, instead of missing out on spending quality time together and plopping them in front of the TV. I love being a big kid again and playing with Oscar and his toys and will continue to do it until he get's older and get's bored of playing with me! :(

This post was written for the Toy News Website you can see the full article HERE.


Monday, 30 June 2014

Sudocrem are getting the Daddy's Involved!

I have always been really lucky that from day one when Oscar was born Greg has always been such a hands on Daddy. In fact because of me having an emergency caesarean Greg was the first one to hold Oscar and also had to change all the nappies for the first few days. Greg and Oscar share a bath every night and Greg always reads Oscar his bedtime story and puts him to bed. I have never had to ask Greg to do any of these things, he just loves being involved and enjoys spending every minute he can with Oscar.

I have always noticed that anything to do with babies is always aimed at the Mummy's, from brands to health care Daddy's don't often get the mention they deserve. That is why I absolutely love the new campaign from Sudocrem who aimed this one right at the wonderful men in our lives. Sudocrem are trying to get Simon Cowell to star in their latest advertising campaign, which would fit in perfectly as the new Dad has confessed he loves changing little Eric's nappies and getting involved in the parental duties. He has even been pictured with a tube of Sudocrem! If Simon does agree to take part I think it would really change the perception that other brands have of modern day parenting and if he needs any hints and tips he can head over to youtube and watch other celebrities taking part in a great video created by parenting website Up All Hours.

I will be watching out to see if Simon Cowell does get involved and with an estimated 80% of babies suffering from nappy rash don't forget to pack your tube of Sudocrem in your changing bag!

Sudocrem Care & Protect 40G

Disclaimer: This post is written in collaboration with Sudocrem.