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  • Emilie Joy Rowell

    Pregnancy and postnatal specialist since 2008.

    Emilie Joy Rowell, yoga teacher in Somerset. Antenatal teacher, postnatal yoga teacher, pregnancy and mothers massage in Frome and beyond

    hello!

    Massive congratulations if you've landed here because you're pregnant or have just had a baby.

     

    I love helping parents like you grow their families. My passion is helping people find the right resources to have their best experience of pregnancy, birth and parenting.

     

    Taking a realistic approach to the rollercoaster ride of emotions and the big physical changes that happen during and after pregnancy, I offer a range of classes, coaching options and doula services online and in Somerset.

     

    Over the past 13 years, I have helped hundreds of women and their partners adapt to becoming new parents, some for the first time and others adding more to their kid crew. Everyone is different and a one-size-fits-all approach just doesn't work. I love that we all have different bodies, priorities, principles and approaches to parenting.

    What a dull world it would be if we were all the same!

    Emilie Joy Rowell, yoga teacher in Somerset. Antenatal teacher, postnatal yoga teacher, pregnancy and mothers massage in Frome and beyond

    pregnancy

    Because I have been doing this for quite a while, the way I work has slowly evolved. I started off teaching Relaxed Birth and Parenting Scaravelli influenced pregnancy yoga classes, active birth workshops and attending births as a doula in 2008 (those little people are heading towards teens now!).

     

    Since then I have trained and read and learnt and tried different things. Particularly in my second pregnancy, when I was keen to feel it all first hand. I did more Scaravelli yoga, danced, completed another Pregnancy Yoga teacher training (this time with Nadia Narain at Triyoga - a more Kundalini approach).

     

    I had a more sensitive pelvis in my second pregnancy, was teaching a demanding schedule of 10+ classes a week in 3 different cities. I got tennis elbow from the repetitive movement of packing for a house move and stuff was at points, well - stressful.

     

    I get it.

     

     

    Emilie Joy Rowell, yoga teacher in Somerset. Antenatal teacher, postnatal yoga teacher, pregnancy and mothers massage in Frome and beyond

    birth & postnatal

    My own birth experiences were different - one postdates home birth, the other a hospital induction (and yes, they were in that order). My postnatal experiences were also very different; for my first I had my family around where for my second baby I was in a new town without the network of friends and family around me and it was a considerably more lonely experience.

     

    Like many mamas I was quite withdrawn, a natural introvert and not really one for singing endless nursery rhymes... I had also burst my ear drum around my due date so was unable to hear in one ear and had carpal tunnel syndrome in those early months so it wasn't a picture of rosy earth-mother perfection. No judgement here!

     

    There are times where you need to be fierce to get through and other moments where you'll need to let go, be nurtured and supported.


     

    Pregnancy and postnatal yoga and movement classes in Somerset.

    my approach

    I aim to work with parents to navigate these big life changes. I now teach a blend of embodiment and biomechanics based movement to really help you through the physical changes of pregnancy, from head to toe. I'm a qualified Hatha, Vinyasa and Embodied Yoga Principles teacher and included elements of these practices to help make my classes fun, sociable and deep. Embodied Yoga Principles is a fantastic, simple way of bringing yoga into everyday life and being able to call on that warrior or child's pose exactly when you need it.

     

    Happy to say I am now based in beautiful Frome and available for in-person sessions here, or to meet you where you're at online.

     

    Hope to meet you soon!

     

    Emilie

  • training & development

    Emilie is a fully qualified doula, yoga and antenatal teacher with over 10 year experience and a DBS certificate.

    Doula

    2008 - Relaxed Birth & Parenting

    2012 - Nurturing Birth

    Pregnancy Yoga Teacher

    2008 - Relaxed Birth & Parenting, Scaravelli inspired training

    2012 - Triyoga, Pregnancy Yoga Teacher training with Nadia Narain

    Postnatal Yoga Teacher

    2013 - Triyoga, Postnatal Yoga Teacher training with Nadia Narain

    Massage

    2015 - MotherMassage® training with Elaine Stillerman.

    2014 - Indian Head Massage

    Study Days

    • Best Practice Recommendations for Supporting Women in Labour - Michel Odent, 2009
    • Looking at The Pelvis, 2010
    • The Postnatal Period, 2010
    • Birth Crisis Workshop - Sheila Kitzinger, 2012
    • Home Birth Conference - Ina May Gaskin & Sheena Byrom, 2016
    • Biomechanics for Birth, Molly O'Brien, 2019
    • Gathering in the Knowledge, Sara Wickham, 2019
    • Advanced Biomechanics for Birth, 2020

    Other Training

    • Franklin Method Pelvic Fascia Trainer, 2021
    • Movement Ecology During Pregnancy with Katy Bowman of Nutritious Movement, 2018
    • Female Pelvic Floor Training for Birth & Wellness Practitioners, 2017
    • Your Pelvic Matters teacher training, 2018
    • Diastasis Recti Specialist training, 2016
    • Dancing for Birth, 2012

    Current Studies

    • Yoga for Kids
    • Nutritional Therapy
    • Foundations of Embodiment Course

    Yoga

    • 200-hour Teacher Training
    • REPS Level 3 Recognised
    • Yoga Alliance registered
    • PRESS Yoga for Pelvic Dysfunction and Lower Back Pain, 2017
    • Embodied Yoga Principles Teacher Training, 2016
    • Trauma Sensitive Yoga CPD, with Sara Holmes De Castro, 2015
    • Scaravelli Immersion Course with Catherine Annis, Triyoga, 2012

    Experience

    • Zoom Host - The Embodiment Conference 2020
    • Mum & Baby Yoga teacher at Camp Bestival, 2015
    • Positive Birth Movement Facilitator, 2015-2020
    • Organised 'Birth Reborn' CPD with Michel Odent, 2009 - DVD available here
    • Teaching since 2008
  • Training and associations

    Embodied Yoga Principles teacher

    Franklin Method

    Pelvic Fascia Trainer, 2021

    Relaxed Birth and Parenting Logo

    Relaxed Birth & Parenting

    Trained with Relaxed Birth & Parenting in 2008.

    Yoga Alliance

    Registered yoga teacher.

    Nurturing Birth doula logo

    Nurturing Birth Doula

    Trained with Nurturing Birth Doulas in 2012.

    NOMinee

    Happy to partner with NOMinee organic skincare.

    Embodied Yoga Principles teacher

    Embodied Yoga Principles

    Qualified EYP teacher, 2016

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  • My values

    One of the reasons I am self employed is so that I can work in ways that feel right.

    environment

    living on a small planet

    The micro studio is powered by ecotricity and I travel on public transport to teach classes, serve clients and lead workshops.

    giving and welcoming

    Mothering is a verb.

     

    Everyone is welcome here ♡

     

    Families come in all shapes and sizes.

     

    In order to support as many growing families as possible I offer reduced rates for anyone in financial difficulties. I work with local charity Frome Birth Talk and The Positive Birth Movement, as well as running regular low & no cost groups.

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    Classes and Workshops

    1. Block Bookings (i.e. a course of classes) may be cancelled in certain medical circumstances by arrangement. If there is a waiting list for your course I will try and fill your place if a cancellation is made more than 2 weeks in advance of the course start date. No refunds will be made for cancellations within 2 weeks of the course start date or after a course has begun.

    2. Private Classes will be refunded or rescheduled if 7 full days notice is given, a 30% refund or alternative booking will be offered if more than 48 hours notice is given.

    3. Concessionary Discounts are available - please discuss with Emilie to get a discount code.

    4. A booking is confirmed once I and the client have both agreed a date, time, duration and location fo the session.

    5. I reserve the right to refuse admission.     

    6. I reserves the right to alter the programme delivery or teaching staff if circumstances are beyond my control.

    7. If a class or workshop has to end or is interrupted for reasons beyond my control sessions will not be refunded.

    8. Latecomers may be admitted at the discretion of management and teacher/workshop leader.

    9. Timetable may be subject to change during the school holidays.

    10. Refunds will be issues or an alternative offered is sessions are cancelled by us.

    11. Refunds may take up to 30 days to process.

PRIVACY POLICY

I am committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should you be asked to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

This policy may change from time to time - please check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes.

    
Information I collect
I may collect the following information:

    name 
    basic information about your baby (e.g. name / age)
    contact information including email address
    emergency contact including GP/midwife details
    demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests
    other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers

What I do with the information:

I require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

    Internal record keeping & in case of medical emergency.

    • I may use the information to improve products and services.
    • I are obliged to keep records secure and confidentially held for 7 years.
    • I may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information that I think you may find interesting, using the email address which you have provided. 
    • From time to time, I might contact you for market research purposes. I sometimes use the information to customise the website according to your interests.
    

We will NOT allow this information to be used by third parties.

Security
I am committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, I have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. 

I have recently moved to a more sure email system and will continue to do my best to keep your information safe.
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Privacy matters 

When you signup for a course, workshop or massage with me I take down some personal details in order to understand your needs and to help us communicate well.

Your privacy matters to me, so this information is kept under lock and key if it’s on paper or password protected if digital. It’s a condition of my insurance that I keep records for 7 years. This website is connected to Google Analytics, Mailchimp, Acuity and Facebook. 

I do my best to ensure that services I use (e.g. Acuity) also uphold your privacy. I cannot be responsible for data breaches elsewhere, if you prefer records to be kept on paper please let me know and we can make that happen.

You are entitled to request copies of data held on you by any organisation. Simply ask and they are obliged to let you know.