Joanna The Massaging Midwife
What I do
I'm Joanna, the massaging midwife. I did my midwifery training with the wonderful Nissa and we now work together in the lovely birth centre at St Thomas' Hospital. I changed jobs last year, having spent some years cycling like mad across London to support homebirthing mothers. We have always been on the same wavelength midwife-wise and life-wise and we absolutely love catching babies together! I work part-time in corporate massage, treating many office-workers to an hour of calm in their busy days at a multinational company.
What I love about massage
I love giving nurturing massages to women through their pregnancies, getting to know how their body is adjusting to pregnancy and designing a treatment that will fit their physical and emotional needs.
I've seen enormous benefit from teaching birth partners massage techniques and useful positions to use in late pregnancy and labour.
I also love giving new mothers nourishing and peaceful treatments after birth, as well as teaching parents how to massage their beautiful babies.
I graduated with a first class Bsc degree from Kings College London in midwifery.
I have been a massage therapist for well over a decade and have specialised in maternity massage for eight years.
I originally trained with the Quantum Metta School of Massage, then trained with the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) in Edinburgh. I did my original diploma in pregnancy bodywork in Bristol with WellMother and have an APNT in pregnancy bodywork. I am fully insured and affiliated with the Federation of Holistic Therapies (FHT).
There's always more to learn with bodywork and I like to continually update my skills. I recently qualified in deep tissue massage and this year I am travelling to India to train in Ayurvedic yoga massage, elements of which will work beautifully with pregnancy and labour massage. I have been practising yoga for twenty years and would eventually like to teach pregnancy yoga.