The OBWC Presents Wellness Day

Join us on Saturday, September 14, for a day of FREE classes and events, to increase your wellness during pregnancy and after birth. From meditation, to nutrition, to Indigenous birth teachings, to salsa dancing, there's something for everyone!

Tours of the Birth Centre will be available between classes.

Space is limited. All classes are free but pre-registration is required. Please visit our sign-up page to register for any classes you would like to attend!

FULL SCHEDULE


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

8:45am-9:30am - Reflexology for Labour & Birth

Presenter: Paulette Hébert, Reflexology Therapist (RCRT), Ottawa Integrative Health Centre

Reflexology is a holistic natural non-evasive therapeutic method derived based on the principle that there are reflexes in the body that map out to other parts, glands, and organs of the body. Through the application of pressure on these reflexes of your feet or hands, the benefits of reflexology are particularly significant in enhancing relaxation, improving circulation, encouraging lymphatic action and reducing pain.

This hands-on presentation will seek to teach partners some key pressure points to help their partner when they’re in labour! For post-delivery, some self-help exercises can also be valuable on those sleepless nights!

Throughout the day, Paulette will also be on site and will welcome one-on-one mini consults.

9:45am-10:45am - Taking Care of You

Presenter: Natasha Grey, Younion Studio

Natasha Grey is the founder and owner of Younion Meditation and Wellness Centre. She is a former Family Psychotherapist and the author of the acclaimed children’s book, Everyday Superheroes. She is also the host of iTunes New and Noteworthy podcast, The Conscious Living Podcast where she interviewed and learned from the best in the industry, everyone from NY Times bestselling authors to CEO's of large organizations who incorporate meditation into their business’ as well as powerful women raising a family at home. Natasha's experience as a Family Psychotherapist combined with her immersive work in meditation practices gives her an incredible advantage of cultivating a unique, transformative environment and experience for all human beings from all walks of life.

Natasha will offer a free, one-hour session focusing on the importance of taking care of yourself as a parent. She will lead a few meditation exercises as well as introduce reflective journaling practices to take away in your everyday life.

Leave this session feeling refreshed and ready to take on the everyday parenting challenges! Great for those who are pregnant and in the post-natal period!

11:00am-12:00pm - Salsa Bellies & Salsa Babies

Presenter: Salsa Babies Ottawa

Salsa Babies Ottawa will be offering a Salsa Bellies / Salsa Babies demo class during the OBWC Wellness day. Join us for a full hour where you will learn about the importance of staying active before and after your pregnancy, the benefits of babywearing and how to safely move (or dance!) while carrying your baby. The session includes a demo class of our Salsa Bellies and Salsa Babies programs, where you will put all the information learned into practice!

Please wear comfortable clothes, running or dance shoes and bring a water bottle. Birthing parents and babies need to be at least 6 weeks postpartum and the use of a baby carrier is mandatory to join the dance. We look forward to meeting you and dancing with you!

12:30pm-1:30pm - Nutrition for You & Your Baby

Presenter: Olivia Farrow, Nourished Nest Nutrition

Nourishing yourself and your baby with nutritious foods can set the stage for a lifetime of healthy eating. It can feel overwhelming to know which foods to choose for optimal nutrition. Join Olivia Farrow, Registered Dietitian and owner of Nourished Nest Nutrition for an informative discussion on nutrition for pregnancy, postpartum and when starting baby on solid foods.

1:45pm-2:45pm - Yoga for Parents-to-Be, New Parents & Babies

Presenter: Little Lotus Yoga

Join Little Lotus Yoga for a special class for pregnant people and new parents! This class is both prenatal and postnatal friendly (babes are welcome to attend as well!). This gentle yoga class will ease tension throughout your body, soothe fatigued muscles and give you time to connect within, while taking time for YOU!

3:00pm-4:00pm - Fitness After Birth

Presenter: Andrea Morissette, Personal Trainer, FluidFIT

Learn where to start post-baby! This one-hour workshop will cover how to safely introduce exercise post-delivery.

This exciting, free workshop will be facilitated by Andrea Morissette, an Ottawa-based personal trainer and yoga instructor with over ten years of experience working with pre- and post-natal clients.

You will learn:

  • Workout ideas that can be done at home and on your own time with minimal equipment
  • How to safely progress your workouts with proper frequency and intensity
  • How to integrate proper core work to rebuild core strength

4:15pm-5:15pm - Indigenous Knowledge of Placentas

Presenter: Aunties on the Road

Join Aunties on the Road for a teaching circle on Indigenous knowledge of placentas and how Aunties can help honor the transition from growing internal organ to baby's home earthside.

ALL DAY

Tours of the Birth Centre will be available, as well as information on classes and services offered in our Wellness Centre!

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