Date: Thursday, March 23
Time: 10.00 – 12.00
Presenter: Biljana Kennaway & Thea Vernon-Jones
Childbirth can be a wonderful experience for mothers but it can take a heavy toll on your body. Childbirth weakens, and can damage, the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles leaving the body in need of re-alignment and core training. And with the new baby at home, there is precious little time to heal and rehabilitate properly. Furthermore, for first-time mums, advice from friends and relatives on baby care and development can be plentiful, but is sometimes confusing and often conflicting. Biljana Kennaway and Thea Vernon-Jones are qualified physiotherapists with extensive experience in women’s health and paediatric physiotherapy respectively. During this session, Biljana and Thea will combine their physiotherapy specialities to assess and provide treatment advice for new mums and their babies. Biljana will assess mum’s physical problems arising from childbearing years, abdominal separation (called Diastasis Rectus Abdominis), pelvic floor (bladder and bowel) function and the stresses handling a baby can put on your body (low back pain, tennis elbow etc.) Thea will assess every move and muscle strength and length of your baby and discuss the overall development with you. After this joint assessment, you and your baby will be given specific feedback and the treatment advice and provided with exercises designed for each individual. This is a practical workshop for mums and babies up to age of 2.
Biljana Kennaway is a recognised physiotherapist in the UK and Switzerland. A Master Trainer in Women’s Health at the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute, she’s been teaching medical professionals on the use of Pilates to address women’s health issues since 2005. Biljana has also worked in the musculoskeletal teams of Chelsea and Westminster, Queen Mary’s and Imperial College Hospitals in London. Apart from her physio and Pilates caseload, Biljana teaches postgraduate physiotherapy and Pilates courses internationally and at the Haute Ecole de Santé, Geneva. Biljana is the mum of two boisterous children and practices what she preaches in pelvic floor health! Thea Vernon-Jones is a physiotherapist who recently moved from London to Zurich. She graduated from the University of the West of England in 2002 and gained specialist clinical skills and experience in paediatrics. She has worked within the areas of developmental delay, talipes clinic, hip dysplasia, paediatric intensive care unit which included treating children who had sustained severe brain injuries and major trauma including spinal injuries. Within the area of developmental delay Thea has worked with children with both physical and cognitive disabilities promoting their overall function and development and working with all different professional involved in their care.
Who can attend: Adults
Workshop Fee: Members CHF 20, Non-members CHF 30
Cancellation Deadline*: March 21
*If you cancel your registration at any time you will be charged a processing fee of CHF 5.00.