A pregnancy massage is a specially adapted massage which uses gentle, soothing techniques to help ease aches and pains, helping the Mother-to-be to relax and enjoy their pregnancy.
What are the benefits of massage during pregnancy?
During pregnancy, the body changes considerably which can lead you to experience aches and pains, swelling, tiredness, anxiety and an inability to switch off and relax.
A massage during pregnancy can help to achieve deep relaxation. Gently relieving sore areas, encouraging movement in sore areas and stimulating the circulation can help your body let go of tension and reduce discomfort. Sleep may come easier and this can help you to feel calmer about the changes that are happeinging to you.
What happens during a pregnancy massage? How is it different to a regular massage?
A pregnancy massage must always be carried out by a fully qualified massage therapist who has been specially trained and is qualified to work on pregnant ladies.
The massage may be carried out either in my treatment room, or many ladies prefer to have the massage in their own homes. This is particularly nice as it eliminates any stress and measn that you can totally relax afterwards without worrying about going home – remember you may be feeling quite sleepy after the massage.
As with a regular massage, you lie on a massage bed, but either on your left side with a long body cushion or or your back but with plenty of cushions to keep you more upright. A huge focus is placed on your comfort throughtout the massage. The style of massage is much more gentle than for a regular massage; deeper tissue techniques are avoided, in favour of light, long, relaxing strokes.
Is it safe to have a massage during pregnancy?
The NHS states that massage is a safe complimentary therapy which can be used during pregnancy. However, I would not recommend a massage during your first trimester.
it is recommended that you make your midwife aware that you are wishing to have a massage. There are some instances where massage is not adviseable:
- High risk pregnancy
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting
- Threatened miscarriage
- History of early labour
- Placental dysfunction
- Gestational diabetes
As with any massage, this hour of relaxation is all about YOU and I will always tailor the massage to meet your needs.