Workshops and Classes for Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond from Bella Mama

By: Bella Mama  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Massage


A fun, practical workshop for women and their birth partners, teaching them the techniques and benefits of

and in the birth room. 

During this workshop you will learn ..

Why massage is an essential & much appreciated way to care for a pregnant woman & her baby.
The 10 most effective and blissful massage strokes to soothe and relax her during pregnancy and labour. 5 important skills that a birth partner can use to play an active and supportive role in the birth process How different massage techniques, positions and breathing can be used during labour to ease discomfort and increase relaxation.


 What Others Say .. 

"Also a note on the Massage Workshop, I confess I brought a somewhat less than obliging fiancée who balked at giving up his Saturday afternoon to humour me and our unborn child. But drove home with a total convert who has been recommending it to all our mates whether they be pregnant or not!"  Karen O

 " If there is one piece of advice I can give - its that all partners should attend Jo's massage course. Rickie was awesome with his massage and it really, really helped."  Michelle S. "Thanks so much for the course on Saturday… Jared & I found it SO helpful and informative, we learnt so much more than we have at our antenatal classes! We both feel so much more confident going into the birth now. And yesterday Jared gave me a wonderful foot rub, for the first time in our 8 years together! It was worth coming for that alone!!  I’ve been raving about it to pregnant friends & their hubbies so I'm sure you’ll get some more bookings. Thanks again." Sarah & Jared

Dear Jo,

PS. Brian and I had a lovely time with our Bella Mama and Papa massage last Saturday with Becky. :)

Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment!

 Friday January 20th - 6pm to 9pm

The Yoga Tree - Cnr Tennyson and Lake Road, Takapuna

Cost  -  $95 per couple

The ancient and feminine art of belly dance has been used for centuries by women to condition and prepare their bodies for pregnancy and childbirth.

When combined with yoga, the gentle and fluid exercises are an excellent way to improve flexibility and strength, ease tension and learn how to intuitively move and breathe during labour – and most of all its lots of fun!

During this class you will learn simple belly dance techniques including hip circles, figure 8's and undulations - all specifically designed to tone and strengthen the pregnant body as well as gentle yoga stretches to ease tension and increase relaxation.

No previous Belly Dance or Yoga experience necessary.

The belly dance class was fantastic very relaxing, beautiful and yet effective. It's a spiritual mix of yoga, gentle dancing and meditation. Ive absolutely enjoyed every minute of it. The class made me feel so feminine and happy about myself and my body, which is not always easy these days! The beauty of the class is that you don't have to be a dance star, you just let yourself go with a flow and enjoy the music. And I strongly believe that happy Mum makes a happy baby :)  Anastaysia -  28 weeks.


Albany Yoga Room, Unit 3a, 36 William Pickering Ave, Albany




Comfortable exercise clothing.


Colourful hip scarf.   Bare bellies absolutely optional!




Ph Jo on 021 415893

Take time out from your busy week to stretch, savour and undulate. This workshop encompasses all of the good things in life including deeply relaxing yoga poses to wring out tension from the body and mind, simple and fun belly dance techniques to celebrate and strengthen our womanly curves as well as a meditation on that most sacred of substances – dark chocolate.

No previous yoga or belly dance experience necessary, although an appreciation of all things chocolate helpful.

Please bring a friend, a smile, a pretty scarf or belt to wrap around the hips. (bare bellies are entirely optional!

Yoga, Bellydance & Chocolate? I'm neither a yogi nor a dancer but was intrigued by the combination. Being a novice I was a little nervous but Jo is an amazingly welcoming and experienced teacher who creates an environment of warmth, fun and celebration of womanhood. A wonderful, energising, restorative experience!~ I can't wait for the next one!  Liz HS.

Date - TBC

Cost $40

Tutor : Jo Hogan. Jo has been teaching yoga for nine years and more recently enjoying the fusion of her practice with tribal fusion style belly dance. Her love affair with chocolate goes back even further.

Practicing yoga during this exciting time of your life is the ideal way to nurture your body as you care for your growing baby. During these fun, informative classes you will learn ..• Yoga postures and stretches to increase your flexibility, strength and stamina – preparing your body for birth and parenthood.
• Breathing exercises to calm and centre the mind during your labour.
• Relaxation and visualisation techniques that reduce tension and stress.
• The skills necessary to make your pregnancy & birth a fulfilling and empowering experience!No previous yoga experience necessary. For North Shore classes contact
on 4150076 or Jo on 021 415893.For City Classes contact Barbara at phone
“.. our little Mackenzie was born at 7:05pm .. what a FANTASTIC experience!! The breathing techniques practised in yoga were an invaluable tool that I used throughout my labour, and I'm certain they helped me to avoid an epidural and other intervention. THANK YOU Jo .. yoga helped to make my birth experience an incredibly positive one!” Shirley, Mum of baby MacKenzie.

Eight week course starting Thursday October 27th at 12midday to 1.15pm   Cost $140

Stretch, breathe and relax with your baby at this fun  yoga class for mums and babies from 6 weeks to crawling.   You will learn ..*   Specific yoga poses to strengthen and tone your body following birth with lots of focus on the abdomen and pelvic floor.
*  Great stretches to release back and shoulder tension.
*   How to include your baby in your yoga practice including lessons.
*   Effective relaxation and breathing techniques to help you release tension and increase vitality.This is a very relaxed class with all babies welcome whatever their mood.  You and your baby are also welcome to feed, change or sleep at any time!
I loved going to Jo's Mum & baby yoga class - not only was it relaxing and chilled for us Mum's the bubs seemed to enjoy it too! Jo is a fantastic teacher and is always available to take your bubs off your hands if they start to bawl. My daughter had plenty of cuddles with Jo and she loved it! Baby massage was also incorporated into the class and there was always lots of laughs and plenty of parenting advice being offered. Any new Mum's out there whether you are experienced at yoga or not will just LOVE this class! I wouldn't miss it! Jo (Mum to Sophie 5 and a half months)

Spaces are limited so to ensure your place contact   Ph: 4150076 or
The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011

Keywords: Massage

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