What is Pregnancy Massage?
A pregnancy massage is a specially adapted gentle and soothing massage tailored specifically for the mother-to-be. As a term, ‘pregnancy massage’ applies to any hands-on massage treatment for a woman during her pregnancy. It can therefore vary enormously in terms of what it consists of. However, for many women, pregnancy massage benefits include easing aches and pains, as well as facilitating relaxation and preparation for labour.
There are many different massage techniques which can be drawn on by the therapist for pregnancy massage. Typically, deeper tissue techniques will be avoided, and more gentle techniques will be used. We do definitely adapt our pressures to suit your individual needs as pregnancy is not a illness it is a journey and we respect and listen to what your body needs on the day you are with us.
During pregnancy, the woman’s body goes through many changes; a pregnancy massage will be mindful of these. For example, blood volume during pregnancy increases by as much as 50%. This causes pressure on the lower legs. The therapist will avoid deep tissue massage here and instead use light, relaxing and long strokes which help circulation.
If you would like your masseuse to massage your pregnant belly, this is possible, but it will again be gentle, using long strokes, designed to make you feel comfortable, womanly and at ease.
Generally it is advised to avoid pregnancy massage in your first trimester, especially if you have a history of miscarriages.
It’s also sensible to avoid pregnancy massage if you’re suffering particularly badly with vomiting or nausea, although some specialist massage therapists may actually be able to help alleviate these symptoms. We do offer pregnancy reflexology or acupuncture if you are too uncomfortable for a massage. You should also avoid pregnancy massage if you are considered at high-risk of placental abruption or premature labour.
If you’re in doubt about whether pregnancy massage is safe for you, speak to your midwife, GP or obstetrician.
Benefits of Pregnancy Massage:
- Mind and body relaxation
- Pregnancy related aches and pains.
- Reduces the feeling of anxiety and stress all mothers to be experience.
- Helps to relive heartburn and indigestion.
- Helps to reduces stress and tension on weight bearing joints.
- Helps with sciatic and pelvic pain.
- Helps with normal swelling and fluid retention.
- Helps to bond with baby.