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Pregnancy massage has countless benefits for both Mother and Baby throughout the pregnancy.
Reduce stress and anxiety
Massage is a lovely time to for the mother to relax and be looked after herself, to help to connect with her body and baby. So many changes are taking place at this exciting time - both physiology and emotionally - and a pregnancy massage really allows mothers to explore and come to terms with these changes.
Reduced joint pain and muscle ache.
The effects of hormones and the increasing weight of the uterus as pregnancy advances causes stress on the muscles and joints. Massage is a natural, safe and drug- free alternative for pain in joints and muscles. Pregnancy massage can help deal with conditions such as: muscular discomfort of the upper back, lower back, hips, (sciatic nerve pain) headaches, tension and knots.
When a massage is given the chemical neurotransmitter serotonin is released. This is the body's natural production of anti-pain chemicals. Massage is very effective at increasing deep sleep – essential for the health and well being of Mother and Child.
During massage manipulations blood circulation is increased which increases oxygen and nutrients to both the mother and baby and stimulates the lymphatic system. This in term boosts the immune system and promotes the removal of toxins. This process can also reduce edema.
Pregnancy massage may not be appropriate for pregnant women that have been diagnosed with the following:
- Thrombosis or DVT.
- High blood pressure (unless under control and signed off by a midwife or GP.)
- Obstetric cholestasis (unless under control and signed off by a midwife or GP.)
- Thyroid conditions. (unless under control and signed off by a midwife or GP.)
- Pregnancy diabetes (unless under control and signed off by a midwife or GP.)
- Pelvic pain (an appointment with an obstetric physio would be advisable first.)
- Unexplained abdominal pain that is severe.
- Recent head and neck surgery.
- Fever, diarrhoea, vomiting.
If you have any concern’s please check with your midwife.
1 hour slots - £48
Most of the massage will take place with the client lying on her side, some client’s may prefer to be sat, or laid on their back with their back supported and raised, the abdomen can be massaged gently if the client would like and is comfortable with this, this is a gentle way to connect with the baby, it can also help with improving digestion problems that can become a problem as the baby is compressing the intestines.
Gentle stretching and joint mobilizations are often a great way to relive the feeling of heaviness in the weight bearing joints.
All treatments will be tailored to what the client wants or needs on the day, I believe all treatments work best when working together with client.
Massage therapy is safe during the whole pregnancy, even the first trimester.
(some providers do not offer in the first twelve weeks due to the natural increased chance of miscarriage during this period of pregnancy, there is no evidence that massage can cause a miscarriage.)