What is Pregnancy Massage?
Pregnancy Massage can be of an enormous benefit not only to you, the mother but also to your unborn baby.
The Massage emotionally and physiologically supports you during a time when your body is undergoing
many changes and can help prepare you and your body for birth.
The massage reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation,
helps to relax nervous tension – which aids in better sleep – and can help
relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
What are the benefits of Pregnancy Massage?
Massages during pregnancy are relaxing and help prepare you, your body and your baby for the pregnancy
and the birth. Feel good chemicals (endorphins) are released by your body during the
massage tending to make the baby more settled and content and suffering fewer baby ailments.
Although pregnancy is a wonderful time, it can put strain and pressure on your joints, ligaments
and organs causing some pain and discomfort which massage can help alleviate.
Pregnancy massage can help you with the following:
Muscle spasm & cramping
SPD and PGP
Water retention, oedema
Back, neck and shoulder discomfort caused by hormonal and postural change
Quality of Sleep
Balance mood-swings and help depression
What happens during a Pregnancy Massage?
During the treatment you will be in a safe and comfortable position, to ensure the health of both
you and your baby. If on the couch the head can be raised when lying on your back and the
massage can be given with you lying on your side. Some mothers find it more comfortable
sitting and leaning against the couch with pillows for support.
A 30 minute massage will be suitable for a back massage, neck and shoulders or feet and legs.
There are many essential oils which can be used to enhance your massage, but please be aware
that there are many which are not suitable during pregnancy. Any allergies or dislikes you may have
will also be taken into account.
Any areas of concern in conjunction with your general health and your pregnancy will be taken into
account when giving the massage. If a massage is found to not be suitable for you at the time
an alternative, relaxing and beneficial therapy will be offered. Massages can only be given
in the 2nd and 3rd trimester to ensure your wellbeing.