Produced by: Maha Al Musa
First Released: October 2009
Running time: 45 minutes.
The Gentle Prenatal Stretch Exercises by Maha Al Musa features a series of gentle, easy to follow warm up exercises for pregnant women. Warm up stretches as a part of your prenatal practice ensure that YOUR body, along with YOUR baby is conditioned for childbirth so that your muscles and joints can freely move into the birthing positions.
Maha is of authentic Middle Eastern origin and has been the founder and facilitator of BellydanceBirth® since 1997. Follow along with Maha as she guides you through these gentle stretches, whilst pregnant with her third child at 46 years of age and continue onto the belly dance practices showcased in the Dance of the Womb (BellydanceBirth® Dances) DVD or simply enjoy the stretches as a standalone class.
The beauty of Maha’s style of teaching is that you are not rushed in any way, the tone is sensual in style and as you slowly relax into the stretch programme, you feel warmly held in Maha’s presence.
There are 4 sections to the warm up stretches, with suitable exercises in each section to ensure your whole body is invigorated and activated. The sections are presented as:
1. Seated positions
2. Kneeling and seated positions
3. Moving up positions
4. Standing up positions
Each of these sections continue the peaceful exploration with your breath, gentle music and sound to ease you into a stretch practice that will open your body so that you feel confident, strong and reassured in the inner knowing that will guide your pregnancy journey.
The Gentle Prenatal Stretch Exercises are a part of the full Dance of the Womb: A Gentle Guide to Belly Dance for Pregnancy and Birth DVD, an AWARD WINNING resource and a MUST HAVE for ALL pregnant women worldwide.
PRAISE & PROFESSIONAL ENDORSEMENTS:
“The DVD, Dance of the Womb is an inspiring, informative and gentle journey into belly dancing for birth and beyond which can be enjoyed by pregnant women, midwives, doulas and childbirth educators alike. Maha ‘walks her talk’ when sharing with us the amazing birth of her third child at 46 years young. This DVD will, I’m sure, give women the freedom and confidence to trust their bodies to let go and allow themselves to discover their own rhythm in their labour and birth.”
– Endorsed by the “Australia Doula College” and the “National Association of Childbirth Educators Australia”, 2009.
“Your belly dance book and DVD are simply wonderful. I have mentioned them in the revised edition of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, which will be released in June 2010. You have done the world a huge service with this work. And the production values on the DVD are outstanding!”
– Christiane Northrup, MD
“Dance of the Womb, both book and DVD, would have to be the most captivating work I have seen in a long time. The stretches, the moves bring bellydance to life and will inspire many who participate not only for pregnancy but for life. The National Association of Childbirth Educators Product Endorsement panel were unanimous in our decision to endorse both book and DVD. They are excellent resources. Good luck Maha.”
– Dr. Jane Svensson, Chair of Further Education Committee, NACE
“From a medical perspective, ‘Dance of the Womb DVD’ is a beautiful journey toward our expression of the feminine, which is lovingly expressed by Maha Al Musa as she dances her way through her own pregnancy and birth. Her joyous telling of this process enables women to regain what has been lost of our ancient heritage and find our inner nature and abilities. Watching them performing the gentle rhythmical movements shown by Maha can enhance muscle strength and flexibility, helping a woman to align her baby in her pelvis and encouraging pelvic muscle relaxation and blood flow. The active and passive components of the gentle dances help pelvic floor toning, which assists in the birthing process and reduces injury. As well, the confidence gained using these natural calming movements enhances self esteem and respect and love of our bodies as well as increased joy in birthing, our babies, and our femininity. Thank you again for your enthusiasm and love Maha.”
– Dr Debbie Mortimer, Medical Practitioner, Mullumbimby NSW
Disclaimer: Recommended for 14 weeks and over. The techniques demonstrated in this DVD are those generally recommended for safe practice during pregnancy. Consult with your doctor, midwife or caregiver before commencing these dance techniques and/or exercises. Always exercise at your own pace. Stop immediately if you feel any pain, become breathless or overheat. Stay well hydrated.