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Meet Helena Barker – Acupuncture and Naturopathy, Specialising in Fertility and Pregnancy

Helena Barker

Tel: 086 8163130

http://helenabarker.com

 
My interest in Complementary Medicine stems from my childhood years and my mother’s influence as a practising Reflexologist, Acupuncturist and Reiki Healer. I have seen first-hand the power of complementary medicine and have used Natural therapies throughout my life to maintain wellness and vitality.

I graduated from The College of Naturopathic Medicine with a Diploma in Acupuncture and Naturopathy and received the prestigious Clinical Excellence Award for my outstanding Acupuncture work. I am a member of the Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association of Ireland (AFPA) and as such I fully comply with Association’s Code of Ethics and Best Practice.

I firmly believe in treating the ‘whole person’ by using a combination of natural healing techniques including nutrition/diet, lifestyle advice, flower remedies and tissue salts in conjunction with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

I strongly feel that ‘wellness’ is not an endpoint, but is an ongoing relationship with your own body, ‘self’ and your environment – a natural balance.
I plan continuous development of my skills and knowledge through further training in Acupuncture and Natural Health. In particular I wish to travel to China to complete the Advanced Acupuncture Training at the International Acupuncture Centre in Beijing, a World Health Organisation collaborating centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine.

I specialize in women’s health, gynaecological problems, female and male fertility issues, IVF and pregnancy support.

Find out how I can help you.

Massage Therapy can help reduce depression in Pregnant Women

New research shows massage therapy reduced depression in pregnant women, and also reduced the incidence of massaged women’s babies being born prematurely.

The study was conducted by researchers at the Touch Research Institutes, where pioneering research about massage has been conducted since 1992.

Pregnant women diagnosed with major depression were given 12 weeks of massage, twice per week. A control group did not receive massage, according to an abstract published on http://www.pubmed.gov.

The massage-therapy group versus the control group not only had reduced depression by the end of the massage-therapy period, they also had reduced depression and cortisol levels during the postpartum period.

The massaged women’s new-borns were also less likely to be born prematurely and low birth weight, pubmed noted, and they had lower cortisol levels and performed better on the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioural Assessment habituation, orientation and motor scales.

Brenda has been working with Pregnancy Massage for 7 years. She received her training from the Well Mother, training with founder Suzanne Yates (Body-worker and Birth Educator).
Well Mother (wellmother.org) trains therapists in Pregnancy and Post Pregnancy Massage, Shiatsu and exercise for maternity care and support: supporting the wisdom of parents and babies.
Below is a guided visualisation that Suzanne has done to help with connection between you and baby. Enjoy!