The Nurture Hub

The Nurture Hub

Mental health and wellbeing support through pregnancy and beyond

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Why I am on media as a counsellor

Why I am on media as a counsellor

I have struggled to reconcile the public nature of social media with my work as a counsellor. The people I admire on social media are open, interactive and – above all – real. On the other hand, throughout our training it is drilled into us […]

August Active Birth Workshop at retreat Yoga Studio in New Cross

August Active Birth Workshop at retreat Yoga Studio in New Cross

Join us for Nurture Hub’s Active Birth workshop, a comprehensive two hour session combining antenatal education with the principles and practices of hypnobirthing and yoga. Suitable for first and second timers alike, the workshop will help to reframe perceptions about giving birth and leave you […]

New Crystal Palace venue for our popular Active Birth Workshop

New Crystal Palace venue for our popular Active Birth Workshop

Exciting news! From Monday 11 June, we will be holding our Active Birth Workshop every Monday of the month at the fabulous Dream Catcher on Westow Hill in Crystal Palace.

Nurture Hub’s Active Birth workshop incorporates antenatal education with the principles and practises of hypnobirthing and yoga.

Suitable for first and second timers alike, the workshop will help to reframe perceptions about giving birth and leave you feeling empowered and positive.

The workshop will combine:
• An overview of the meaning and benefits of active birth
• Energy conservation in labour
• Active birth positions conducive to a calm and comfortable birth
• Yoga poses and moves for early labour
• Instruction on massage for labour
• Breathing and relaxation techniques

The workshop costs £40 per person or couple, meaning you can bring along your partner for free!

Book now or make an enquiry at info@nurturehub.co.uk

And make sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page for special offers and further workshop dates

Welcome to the Nurture Hub

Welcome to the Nurture Hub

We founded the Nurture Hub with the aim of offering support to families in our local community, helping them to live well at every life-stage, from pregnancy onwards. We were inspired to create an organisation that made it easy for busy people to access all […]

Best YouTube Channels for Holistic Health

Best YouTube Channels for Holistic Health

Time or cash poor doesn’t mean you have to neglect self-care, thanks to the array of marvellous resources on YouTube. Yes, it can be a maze and, yes, for every video gem you run the risk of stumbling across a turd. But, whatever your wellbeing […]

7 STEPS TO SELF CARE

7 STEPS TO SELF CARE

Three years ago the term ‘self care’ was alien to me. It sounded like hospital euphemism for politely sending your patients home to die.

Giving yourself a break just wasn’t the done thing in my circles, particularly in the workplace. Stress knocked at the door constantly but I resolutely refused to answer. So – in an environment where crying seemed weak and admitting to stress was more a badge of honour than an explanation accompanying a sick note – stress found its escape routes in the form of unshakable colds, irritability, sleeplessness and an impromptu breakdown in the dairy isle of Sainsbury’s (I still day-dream about going back to explain that their lack of pineapple cottage cheese really wasn’t that much of a biggie).

Back then I would have confused ‘self-care’ with the sort of dogma you hear on American TV shows that tell you to ‘look out for number one’. It would have seemed somehow selfish. And that’s certainly one thing women are not supposed to be.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve discovered that in reality looking after yourself is far from a selfish act. It’s not about spa days, big holidays or pulling a sickie from work – although there is definitely a role for all of these things. It’s about slowing down, listening to what your body is telling you and trusting it to steer you right. It might sound easy, but, when your default reaction is to shut out your body’s cries for attention, believe me it can be a challenge.

Meeting my needs – and in fact taking some time out to actually explore what they were – has helped me to be a better friend, partner, sister, daughter, colleague, student, Sainsbury’s-shopper… you get the picture. So it’s a pleasure and a mini victory to be able to share with you some of my self care saviours.

What this isn’t is a definitive ‘top ten’ list that everyone should follow. Everybody finds solace in different things. If meditation feels more like a ‘should’ than a joy, that’s okay. You don’t have to (and can’t) win at relaxing! These are just a few things that work for me. What works for you will be different, and I’d encourage you to take some time this week to create your own go-to self care practice.

Let us know what you think and share what works for you in the blog comments underneath.

  1. Practising Yoga – Fast paced, or slow and meditative depending on my mood. Yoga challenges me, brings focus and calm, and helps my mind to make better friends with my body.
  2. Getting a massage – There’s a reason massage is often referred to as physical therapy. For me, it’s a way to express care for my whole self. It helps me to be mindful of aches and pains, and being given the space to say nothing for an hour is utter heaven.
  3. Going for a walk – Being outside, especially in nature, blows the cobwebs away and helps me to get the day’s challenges in perspective.
  4. Talking to friends and family – Talking to someone who knows me warts and all, whether it’s to have a laugh, vent or cry, never fails to comfort me and lift my spirits.
  5. Trash TV – New Girl, Great British Bake Off, The Good Wife, Ru Paul’s Drag Race. Okay, I may have said too much already…
  6. Reading fiction – Now that I’ve gone back to study to retrain as a counsellor I sometimes find myself feeling guilty if I pick up a book that isn’t on the reading list, but reading for pleasure is something that both relaxes and renews me so is well worth making time for.
  7. Jogging – Slowly, badly and listening to 90s dance music.

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Which Yoga Mat Is Right For You?

Which Yoga Mat Is Right For You?

Reviewebee has kindly put together for us this super helpful infographic to help you figure out what you need from your yoga mat. They have also done all the hard work so we don’t have to and come up with this top ten list of the […]

FOUR STEPS TO ALL-ROUND HEALTH AND WELLBEING

FOUR STEPS TO ALL-ROUND HEALTH AND WELLBEING

This article was written by our guest blogger, Alycia Gordan, a freelance writer loves to read and write articles related to health and lifestyle and sometime on health-tech as well. Alycia is a contributor at BookYogaRetreats.com. If you would like to submit a guest blog to […]

Yoga at the Nurture Hub

Yoga at the Nurture Hub

We specialise in making the benefit of yoga accessible to everyone. Yoga is the perfect practice for developing healthy bodies and healthy minds and can be adapted to benefit your specific needs and life-stage, accompanying you through pregnancy, post-natal, through injuries or disabilities.

Pregnancy yoga
We offer classes and one to one sessions, tailored to your trimester and specific needs. Pregnancy yoga maintains fitness, flexibility and strength with particular focus on breathwork for birth, preparing hips, abdominals and pelvic floor, yogic birthing positions and relaxation.

Postnatal yoga
We offer classes and one to one postnatal yoga sessions, which can be tailored to your specific needs. Yoga after pregnancy has many benefits, regaining fitness, realigning and building spinal strength, restoring core strength, restoring hormonal balance and reducing anxiety and depression.

Parent and child yoga
We know it can be difficult for parents to find the time to exercise once their children are past baby stage. So, we provide yoga sessions where children are welcome. Whether they choose to play or join in with mum or dad, we aim to provide a safe, fun and welcoming space for you to practice some much-needed self-care.

One to one yoga
At one to one yoga sessions we will tailor and develop a practice that suits your specific needs and fits around your lifestyle.

Hypnobirthing at the Nurture Hub

Hypnobirthing at the Nurture Hub

Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal education, equipping parents with the empowering knowledge that birth is a natural process which the body is designed for. Parents are also equipped with the tools to take control of their journey and be responsible for their birth experience. Hypnobirthing […]


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Welcome to the Nurture Hub

Welcome to the Nurture Hub

We founded the Nurture Hub with the aim of offering support to families in our local community, helping them to live well at every life-stage, from pregnancy onwards.

We were inspired to create an organisation that made it easy for busy people to access all of the activities and support they’re looking for in once place.

Through our own experiences and those of our friends, we realised that, although organisations like NCT provide invaluable support during pregnancy, families want to feel nurtured and engaged in a supportive network of peers long-term. Our team is small and dedicated to creating long term relationships with our clients.

We aim to develop fitness, health and wellbeing services that grow with you, developing in-depth knowledge of your individual needs with the wrap around support of a familiar community network. From helping you enjoy an empowering birth experience right through to helping your family live a healthy lifestyle, we will be there to support you.

The Nurture Hub offers holistic, value for money packages and one-to-ne sessions and we will be developing courses and retreats on well-being topics, from yoga to hypnobirthing to coaching and more. So, watch this space and follow us on our budding Facebook page where we’ll share information about new events and special offers.

We aim to grow as our families grow and will develop further courses and classes in response to your changing needs and milestones. Weare based in South Norwood in South East London and were happy to come to you for one to one sessions or if you would like to host a small group with friends.

Chanelle Thornton
Chanelle is a KGH qualified hypnobirthing teacher (registered by the Royal College of Midwives) and an associate hypnobirthing instructor with ZenBirth. She is passionate about helping families experience positive births that are as unique as they are. Chanelle is also an ITEC Level 3 diploma trained massage therapist with a specialism in baby, post & prenatal massage.

Chanelle has a post graduate certificate in childhood psychology from IOE and is currently completing a certificate in Humanistic Counselling. She is also a mother to three very busy children, a mentor for a national health charity and previously worked in youth services as a business development specialist.

Miriam Christie
Miriam is a certified yoga, pilates and fitness instructor teaching group and one-to-one sessions, with a specialist interest in ante- and post-natal fitness. Miriam takes a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to fitness, which enables her to tailor sessions that meet your goals and individual needs. Miriam holds QCF Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga, OCR Level 2 Pilates, OCR Level 2 Exercise to Music, Level 3 Award in Adapting Exercise for Ante- and Post-Natal Clients, Certificate in Humanistic Counselling, and a Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling.

Miriam is currently completing a career-change coaching accreditation and an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling. Miriam spent a decade working in journalism, PR and Communications before making a big decision to change paths, which led to the Nurture Hub.

Contact us if you’re interested in any of our classes or have any questions – we would love to hear from you. Visit our Contact Us page to get in touch.