Pregnancy Massage works like any other classic massage therapy, however the techniques and methods used are tailored specifically for a mum-to-be. The Mum’s shape and size are taken in consideration, together with the pressure of the massage itself. Tailored especially for pregnant women past their first trimester, this gentle and deeply relaxing massage works on the whole body. Massage can play an essential role in maintaining your health and well being during pregnancy as changes may produce discomfort and emotional problems. Massage can ease these discomforts and help provide a feeling of relaxation and well being.
It is ideal for general relaxation, reducing stress, anxiety and insomnia and helps relieve muscle tension and ease aches in the lower back, hips and legs caused by the change in your body as the baby grows. Many people stop regular treatments during pregnancy for fear of harming their baby. During this amazing time of physical and emotional change, pregnancy massage can be an enormous benefit for mother and baby. Regular treatments – monthly or even weekly – will contribute to a comfortable pregnancy and help you prepare both mentally and physically for the birth, especially during the last trimester.
Amongst many benefits, massage during pregnancy has been found to help alleviate the following complaints and enhance:
- The health of the baby is enhanced by the pregnancy massage through increasing blood circulation, lymph circulation , reducing fluid retention (oedema), swelling, and increasing cellular respiration
- Pregnancy Massage assists in reducing tension in the weight bearing joints and other bones and muscle structures
- Relieves from muscle tension, spasms and cramping
- Relieves from lower back strain (sciatic pain) common in pregnancy
- Relieves heartburn, reduces headaches and improves quality of sleep
- Releases endorphins, the body’s feel good hormones (which also provide pain relief)
- It reduces stress and allows the mother to relax, both important during pregnancy and labour
- Balance mood-swings, ease depression and achieve a feeling of deep relaxation and contentment
- Stimulate the immune system and helps maximize breathing capacity which is needed during labour and delivery
- Massage helps the mother to feel nurtured and pampered and this can then be passed onto the baby.
“Massage the mum, massage the baby” Childbirth E –2008
A full body pregnancy massage lasts for approximately 60 minutes and is performed on a treatment couch ( or chair if more comfortable) with you laying on your side supported by pillows so you are comfortable throughout the treatment. Towels are used during the treatment to ensure modesty. A back, neck and shoulder massage is also available and last approximately 30 minutes. This massage is available from your second trimester until your due date. A full consultation is taken at your first treatment and we’ll check in at subsequent treatments to make sure that there are no potential contraindications, however should you have any specific symptoms during your pregnancy that you are concerned about, you should speak with your doctor or midwife or obtain the consent from your GP/Healthcare provider, prior to the treatment, as explained below:
Abdominal PainAs well as the general Massage Contraindications, Massage for a Pregnant Woman is not appropriate in these additional circumstances:
- Contagious Illness
- Malignant Conditions
- Unusual Pain
Please obtain the consent of your GP/Healthcare Provider in the following circumstances to ensure that it is safe for you to receive Massage:
- History of Problem Pregnancies
- Abnormal fetal movement or heartbeat
- Heavy Vaginal discharge
- Pre-pregnancy diabetes mellitus
- Have a risk of family history of pre-eclampsia
- Convulsive Disorders
- Chronic Hypertension
- RH negative factor or maternal genetic problems
- Multiple Pregnancy
- If you are under the age of 18 or over 35
Worldwide, pregnant and postnatal women are massaged regularly to promote health and well-being. Pregnancy Massage is a natural approach to better health, drug free, non – invasive therapy that can be used throughout pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period. Many studies show that women who receive regular massage throughout their pregnancies tend to have shorter labour with fewer complications. Studies have also shown that women who received massage as least twice a week before delivery had lower levels of stress hormones which reduced their risk of premature delivery and postnatal depression.