Support during pregnancy

If you’re looking for a supportive, holistic approach to pregnancy, you’ve come to the right place. I hold a Well Mother Massage for Pregnancy Diploma. This is one of the most rigorous pregnancy massage qualifications in the world. Well Mother was established by Suzanne Yates in Bristol in 1990. It uses bodywork to aid the wellbeing of parents and babies. The technique offers a holistic approach to supportive touch with proven benefits. It can help women, babies, and families preparing for pregnancy during the maternity period and beyond. Well Mother trains health professionals, as well as working with parents.

» Well Mother Massage for Pregnancy
» Partner Massage
» Preparation for Birth

Opening hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 9.30am – 2.30pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 4pm
  • Appointments out with these times upon request

Massage for pregnancy: antenatal & postnatal massage

Due to the intensive nature of Well Mother training, you can enjoy this massage throughout your pregnancy, the immediate postnatal period and beyond. It can be especially beneficial in easing complications during pregnancy. Techniques used in the massage can help with overdue labour and postnatal recovery. Or you can simply enjoy the massage for relaxation.

We tailor each treatment to meet your needs for the stage of pregnancy or post-natal period you are at. The massage is a combination of Swedish, Thai, and Shiatsu techniques. It is performed on a massage table or at floor level on a futon. I use lots of cushions and blankets for your comfort.

A Well Mother treatment is much more than just a massage. It includes special guided breathing and visualisation techniques. These can be used as preparation for labour and birth. Plus, I share antenatal exercises appropriate for you.

A first treatment usually lasts for 90 minutes which allows me to ensure the massage is tailored for you. Subsequent treatments may be 60 or 90 minutes in duration.

Promotes relaxation
Reduces anxiety
Helps with management of common pregnancy related ailments including: pelvic girdle pain & instability, back pain, headache, nausea, heartburn & reflux, constipation, oedema, restless legs...

I recently saw Lesley for pregnancy massage. Lesley’s clear explanation and manner put me at complete ease. Afterwards, I felt relaxed, tired muscles stretched and slept much better. The breathwork was so helpful and it was lovely to focus on and feel connected with my baby.

K Oliver

Prices

  • 90 mins – £55
  • 60 mins – £40

Partner Massage

Would your partner like to learn some simple massage techniques to support your pregnancy and labour? I provide a tailored 1-1 session for you and your partner where we cover just that.

This session lasts for 1 hour and can be combined with a massage treatment for extra relaxation. This session will normally take place in your home, so that you can both feel truly at ease.

Involves your partner in the pregnancy experience
Improves confidence for both partners
Great bonding experience

I highly recommend Lesley at Heart plus Hara for pregnancy message. My husband and I had a joint session where Lesley demonstrated supportive massage techniques that he could use throughout the pregnancy and during labour. We both found this extremely beneficial and it gave my husband confidence to be more involved. Enjoy!

S Harrison

Prices

  • 60 mins – £40
  • Combined with massage – £65 (2hrs)

Preparation for Birth

If you’re feeling any anxiety around your pregnancy, a preparation for birth visit could help. Together with your partner, we spend 2 hours covering techniques tailored to you. The Well Mother approach includes helpful breath work and visualisation techniques. I will guide you through positions for the 1st & 2nd stages of labour. We’ll also practice simple massage techniques for your partner to provide during labour. I’ll show how to work labour Shiatsu points to help the labour progress.

This session is a 1-1 session and normally takes place in your home. This session is most useful when it takes place during your third trimester. It can be booked as part of a Well Mother package of treatments and sessions. Please contact me to discuss your preference.

Increases confidence around the birthing experience
Great bonding experience
Takes place in comfort of own home

I had a series of pregnancy massage treatments from Lesley. Each was lovely and relaxing and so helpful for my pelvic pain. I really enjoyed the mixture of Swedish and Thai massage and Shiatsu that you don’t experience in other pregnancy massages.

K Keenan

Prices

  • 2 hours – £65

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! We offer gift certificates with a lovely design which are available for all treatments. They are valid for 12 months from date of purchase and free UK postage or hand delivery within the Clarkston area is available. Please contact me to purchase.

  • At your first appointment, I will complete a consultation record for you which covers your medical history, goal for your treatment and a few other questions so that I can tailor your treatment to your specific requirements.

  • I offer therapies:
    Monday - Friday 9.30am - 2.30pm
    Saturday 10am - 4pm
    Appointments out with these times upon request.

  • As with all complementary therapies, there are some health conditions which may mean massage is not suitable for you (contraindicated). If you are uncertain if a treatment is suitable for you, just ask. The style of massage I offer is safe and suitable for almost everyone. Please note, if you have a medical condition, massage may still be suitable for you, especially if controlled with medication/treatment. The following is a summary of the main contraindications for Thai Massage, Onsite Seated Acupressure, and Massage for Pregnancy:

    • Recent surgery (past 3 months)
    • Infection, fever, anything contagious, diarrhoea and/or vomiting in the last 48 hours
    • Recent fractures (past 3 months) or whiplash
    • I offer Well Mother Massage that can be received during ALL trimesters and throughout the postnatal year (including the immediate postnatal period).
    • Under the influence of alcohol or non-prescriptive drugs
    • Recent spinal health issues e.g. herniated, prolapsed disc
    • Any undiagnosed medical concern where test results are awaited
  • Thai Yoga Massage: 60 mins/90 mins/ 2 hrs
    Thai Foot: 60 mins (plus hands: 75 mins)
    Combined Thai Yoga and Foot: 90 mins/2 hrs
    Massage for pregnancy: 60mins/ 90 mins
    Onsite Seated Acupressure: 10 – 30 mins

  • Thai Massage is performed through clothing. Leggings and a T-shirt are ideal.
    On-site Seated Acupressure can be performed through any clothing including your usual workwear.
    Massage for Pregnancy can be received either undressed and draped, or, through clothing as per Thai Massage.

  • Relaxed and refreshed! You will be able to return to usual activities straight after your treatment.

  • No oils are used in Thai Yoga Massage or Onsite Seated Acupressure – it’s convenient and mess free!
    Unscented carrier oil or reflexology balm is used in Thai Foot Massage.
    Unscented carrier oil is used in Massage for Pregnancy.

  • You can book using the 'Book now' button on my Facebook page. You can also call or text me on 07887484843, email me at heartplushara@gmail.com or simply complete the form on the 'Booking and Contact' page. I look forward to hearing from you!

  • You can pay for your treatment by cash, bank transfer or valid Heart+Hara Gift Certificate.

  • I work mobile – I bring massage to your home, workplace or event. Mobile appointments are offered at no extra cost on Monday, Wednesday-Thursday & Saturday within, approximately, 10 mile radius of G76. All I require is enough floor space for a mat and futon (about the size of a double duvet cover) or space for a massage table/chair.

    I am based each Tuesday at Shiatsu & Thai Massage Training, 5th Floor, Standard Buildings, Hope Street, Glasgow G2 6PH and each Friday at Studio 70 yoga, 70 Victoria Road, Glasgow, G42 7AA.

    Appointments may be available on Monday, Thursday and Saturday from Standard Buildings or The Yoga Extension, Newton Terrace Lane, Glasgow Charing Cross.