Director of KIH Products and Founder of the Single Mums Business Network. Multi-Award-Winning Business Woman and Visionary. Also co-organiser of Find Your Power Event 2021 and Author of Finding Happiness and Freeing Your Spirit. Wellbeing Practitioner.
Normally when I share news of practitioners using the KIH bed, my default is to use the image of the spa or salon, or the pregnancy cushion itself, but Annette’s warmth comes across in such a way that it is clear she is her brand, and her warmth is only complemented by the luxurious wooden cabin that is her purpose-built treatment room.
Annette’s treatment room boasts a warm welcoming fire in winter and an open stable door in summer. Her comfortable chair is there for talking therapy and a luxurious couch is where she does most of her treatments. Subdued lighting, fluffy blankets, fresh towels and a bank of aromatherapy oils add to the relaxing atmosphere of the room, and of course now the luxurious, 100% soft brushed cotton covered KIH Bed pregnancy cushion to enable her to treat her pregnant clients prone (face down) in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. It used to be the case that you had to treat a pregnant client on her left side to ensure that baby does not put pressure on the inferior vena cava vein, but now that we have a specially designed cushion to add the option to lay prone, it is such a comfortable and safe position to treat mums-to-be.
This firm cushion supports the skeletal structure allowing bump and breasts to comfortably sit inside whilst the cover has been specially designed to support the round ligaments. Designed to encourage correct spinal alignment to relieve pressure on the back whilst firmness of cushion eliminates risk of pressure on the bump whilst being flexible enough to adjust to fit your body.
Annette also offers fertility treatments, hypnobirthing, hypnotherapy and many other wonderful treatments to ensure your optimal wellbeing and you can learn more by visiting her website below:
The KIH Bed is fully compliant with British Standards BS7177, BS5852 and BSEN713. These tests relate to furniture & fire regulations and also to breathability testing as carried out on cot mattresses. The KIH Bed was also awarded Excellence in Innovation Accolade Award by the Federation of Holistic Therapists in 2015, and Most Innovative Pregnancy Cushion by Lux Life Hotel and Spa Awards in 2019.
The KIH Bed is used by Spa Hotels, Massage Therapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists throughout the UK and worldwide. To find a therapist near you use visit our Find a Therapist page here
Cradled in the very heart of a breath-taking alpine mountainscape is the Rehlegg Hotel. To rehleggs is to slow down, take time for yourself, become one with the stunning mountain nature of Berchtesgaden’s National Park – to nurture the good in you.
All the comforts of 4-star superior retreat
Naturally when I checked the address before despatching the latest KIH Bed I was very tempted to ‘deliver in person’! as customs is a little more arduous and expensive now I did spend at least an hour contemplating if I could justify this level of customer service, but alas, it was shipped via my usual trusted international courier! I may visit at some stage though, for a little undercover market research!
The marketing for the KIH Bed has always been very organic and sales are mostly ‘word of mouth’, as I have shipped a number of KIH Beds to Germany of late it is quite heart-warming to know that conversations are happening there that I know nothing of and these conversations have lead to this stunning luxury mountain retreat spa and hotel realising that they needed to offer their pregnant clients the option to lay prone with this luxury product; and the KIH Bed is a luxury product, with 100% soft brushed cotton covered and ironed with mountain spring or mineral water to infuse goodness in each one before shipment, we understand energy at KIH Products and we work with it to ensure mum and baby are in the best possible position they can be in.
KIH Beds can be found with leading Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Spa Chains and individual professional practitioners throughout the UK and overseas – many therapists are listed on our map here, for you to book a treatment near you.
Made in the UK and supporting several UK businesses we are proud to manufacture and export this product to support our own economy.
KIH Bed Pregnancy Cushion, Awarded Excellence in Innovation Highly Commended Accolade Award by the Federation of Holistic Therapists in 2015 and Lux Life Most Innovative Pregnancy Cushion 2019.
Are you listed on our find a therapist page? if you have a KIH Bed to treat pregnant clients you should be. Pregnant clients use this map to find a therapist near them who can offer a prone pregnancy massage.
Just email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to be added
Sometimes salon owners are a little too busy to give feedback, but who needs feedback when ACTIONS speak louder than WORDS…The Sleeping Beauty Salon Spa Chain in Scotland purchased their third KIH Bed for their Salon chain after successful trials in two other salons. They bought the first one for their Margaret Street Salon in #Inverness. Their second for the Radisson Blu Hotel on the Royal Mile in #Edinburgh six months later. and their third one for the STUNNING Loch Lochy a year after that.
The KIH Bed Pregnancy Cushion is used worldwide by massage therapists, chiropractors. osteopaths and other professional practitioners, including Caroline Penn who purchased two KIH Beds for her clinics in Herefordshire and Hertfordshire. Caroline Penn D.O., M.Sc., F.S.C.C., P.H.I. is a qualified teacher, involved in teaching osteopathy internationally at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. She established an accredited teacher training programme specifically for osteopaths in 1993. She is a co-founder of The Sutherland Cranial College and a founder Osteopath with the ‘Osteopathic Centre for Children’ (now the ‘Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy’).
As well as being used to treat clients in a luxury spa setting, and being used by Osteopaths, the KIH Bed is popular with Chiropractors, such as Melissa Folly who purchased her first KIH Bed for her Symonds Yat practice, and then a year or two later expanded to Cheltenham and purchased her second KIH Bed to treat her pregnant clients there.
If you are pregnant and looking for a message or therapy that enables you to lay prone (on your front) full term – go to our find a practitioner map here – and if you are a therapist and not on the map please contact me and I will make sure you are added!
The KIH Bed has won a couple of awards in its own right including the FHT Highly Commended Excellence in Innovation in 2015 and the Lux Life Hotel and Spa Awards Most Innovative Pregnancy Cushion in 2019.
I designed the KIH Bed in 2011 during my own pregnancy and need to lay on my front & launched in July 2013 following two years of extensive research, professional consultation and health and safety testing to ensure that the KIH Bed Pregnancy Cushion was a safe, saleable product. The KIH Bed is fully compliant with British Standards BS7177, BS5852 and BSEN713. These tests relate to furniture & fire regulations and also to breathability testing as carried out on cot mattresses.
I am also very proud to offer ACP on KIH Beds – this is for small business owners who need to manage cashflow. ACP is still advance payment, so it does not offer credit, nor does the fee increase for spreading the cost, but, you can start a four week or ten week plan and look forward to receiving your goods once the final payment has been received. I do this because I needed it when I set up, and I would never have had my first ‘professional corporate photo’ had the photographer not allowed me to pay £15 per week instead of finding £150 in one go! There is no risk and no discount helping people build business this way.
It’s 9 years since I designed the KIH Bed Pregnancy Cushion, when I was pregnant with my daughter in 2011, and it took me two years of background work to finally bring it to market and launch KIH Products Ltd in 2013. It has been such a great journey and despite the challenges along the way, I am so proud that I didn’t give up and that thousands of pregnant ladies have benefitted via treatments with professional practioners both in the UK and Worldwide.
Dozens of ups and downs and a few awards later I can hand on heart say I would do it all over again, and if you have something to share, do it. It may be tough, but if you needed it others will too! You may not get rich in money, but you will be rich in achievement.
A few years ago I set-up a little Facebook page for something called ACP – Accumulated Credit Payment – I wanted to encourage others to give a lifeline that had been given to me when I needed to start a business, without having a single penny disposable income. I’m raising awareness of it again now – as it may be just what you, and your customers need, to help your business not only survive, but thrive during Covid-19.
It is very simple, and very easy to administer.
I see a lot of posts where people are offering either discounts, or vouchers, in the hope that this will help to generate some income in difficult times, and whilst that holds great intention, it does not solve the issue of uncertainty about timescales or finances. Many people will naturally be vary wary about spending £40-£100 on a voucher, when they may be worried about how long their finances have to stretch. Equally, offering discounts still requires an outlay, and devalues your product or service.
That is where ACP comes in - it is something that I desperately needed when I formed the company 7 years ago. I needed a professional corporate photo, so that I could confidently communicate as 'a business woman', and have a press ready pic etc, but the £150 charge for this was unmanageable. In the early days of business I was very quiet about my own personal finances as I did not want to raise concern over my products or services, but I had not long suffered house repossession and my credit file was in tatters, I was working part-time as a newly single mum and £30 or £40 was all I could stretch to food and household each week, and so the only way I could progress, was to open myself up and ask for help.. and this is what is so crucial about ACP..
ACP is not credit, nor is it discount, it is simply enabling your customers and clients to pay an affordable amount each week. I have always been proud to offer this for the KIH Bed, and with every product or service that I offer, as once you have experienced financial stress, you do not want others to be locked out, essentially in ‘relative’ poverty. I paid that photographer £10 per week, I was very happy in the knowledge that 3 quick months later I could have my pictures and share my biz with the world, and it inspired me to keep going. I needed to commit in this way, and I need the money to leave my bank, if I had put aside £10 per week I would not have spent the money on photos. I would have used £150 on filling the fridge and freezer! I had to force myself to take care of both home, and professional development. I did the same with my massage therapist a couple of years later, I told her that I could not justify spending £30 every six weeks on myself (despite knowing how important it is as a qualified therapist), and so she agreed that I would pay £5 per week by standing order, never in arrears – I paid a manageable weekly amount, and every six weeks I enjoyed a massage without needing to dip into my weekly budget.
As it stands, I think that come September, when the children are in school and we can get back to much needed maintenance, business, in the beauty and holistic industries, will thrive once more, so why not let your customer base know that they can start an account with you now, so that they have credit with you and all they need to do is book in when you are open again? It saves them the embarrassment of worrying about outlay, and you benefit from immediate, and crucially consistent income. It is easy to set-up a standing order, and of course you have options such as regular FB payments now, and if you are a limited company you can let GoCardless do all the admin for you – the customer sets up the DD with them, they pay you, and they let you know if the customer cancels the DD – they take a small fee, but it’s not much, and well worth it for the convenience for you and your customers.
Here’s the FB page with some SO templates – you are in a very powerful position right now, to not only help your own business, but to offer a lifeline to your clients in times of uncertainty. Even your more affluent customers are likely to appreciate and enjoy having consistent credit with their favourite practitioners, so that they can enjoy regular treatments without even thinking about the money.
We are all able to help each other. Let your customers help you now, so that you can help them in the future. This can be applied to any business in any industry. Car servicing, MOT’s, restaurants, therapies, DIY, electronics, Legal, Support roles; whatever it is you offer, let people start paying you now, so that they can reap the rewards in 16 or so weeks when the children are in school and they are ready to push forward with business whilst taking good care of themselves.
And of course if you are pregnant, take a look at the KIH Products website – on the find a therapist page you can have a look on the map for a chiropractor, osteopath, spa, hotel, or massage therapist near you, offering treatments using the KIH Bed Pregnancy Cushion – which enables you to lay prone (on your belly) in both your second and third trimester of pregnancy.
‘I bought a KIH Bed from Julie earlier this year and have been very impressed with the quality and comfort of the product. As a Chiropractor I often treat ladies in variable stages of pregnancy and the double layer to the pillow allows a fantastic transition between stages. The removable covers are great and easy to remove and wash. I would highly recommend Julie and her KIH pregnancy products. From
Thank you for this amazing product and excellent delivery service. I have a very happy pre natal client who received her treatment using this product and had great positive feedback on how comfortable and supported she felt using it.
As a therapist allowed me to offer a more comfortable treatment to my client and allow me a better position to treat back and shoulders.
#Pregnant? in #Dursley? Have you had a #pregnancymassage yet with ABBEY Holistic Therapies.? Abbey purchased a KIH Bed Pregnancy Cushion after she tried it (she is pregnant too) at the NEC last month – and she already has great client feedback!
Whether you are 2nd or 3rd Trimester you can lay on your belly as you are fully supported by the firm cushion – you do not have pressure on the lumbar region of your spine and your ligaments are supported by the sling style 100% soft brushed cotton cover. Your therapist will have been taught not to lay a pregnant client on her right or back due to pressure on vena cava but now you can lay on your belly as well as your left due to this brilliant award winning product.
Designed 2011, Established 2013. The KIH Bed is loved by professional practitioners, osteopaths, chiropractors and top spa’s not only in the UK but worldwide. #madeintheUK
We exhibited at the Holistic Health Show at the NEC last weekend and it was so great to finally be able to showcase the KIH Bed to practitioners from all over the UK. We did a live demo on the stage on Monday and the purpose of this blog is to share that VT. – It’s a raw copy, no editing out umms and arrs and no photoshopping or personal styling so forgive the random presentation style – but it served its purpose – to enable therapists to try it out! and to share my own story and the H&S of the KIH Bed.
Such a great position to finally be in after all these years!
So, please see the VT below by following this link