Prenatal massage is a wonderfully nurturing whole body massage which will allow mums- to-be some incredibly special relaxing time. Suitable from 12 weeks, this gorgeous treat helps to combat the stresses and strains pregnancy can have on your body. Supporting a woman both emotionally and physiologically during a time when her body is undergoing many changes. It enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue. The gentle, non-invasive approach of prenatal massage can ease discomfort associated with pregnancy, helping the mother-to-be prepare for labour.
Receiving regular massage whilst pregnant can make the mother more aware of her own body. This can help with the ability to relax during the first stage of labour often resulting in shorter and easier births, less pain and a lower rate of postnatal complications.
Benefits of Pregnancy massage
The benefits of prenatal massage include a wide range of physiological, emotional and psychological benefits.
Stimulation of the circulation – This will distribute essential nutrients and fluid to all the vital organs of the body, especially the placenta which will feed and aid the development of the baby.
Lymphatic drainage will eliminate toxins from the cells and blood and help reduce oedema, which can be a contributory factor in carpal tunnel and tarsal tunnel syndrome.
Assists in remedying many of the common discomforts experienced during pregnancy: muscular discomforts, lower-back pain, upper-back pain, headaches, leg cramps, sciatica, stiffness, tension and knots, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, heartburn and acid reflux, fatigue, varicose veins, nasal congestion, shortness of breath, Oedema of the lower extremities, neck pain, interscapulum pain, sacroiliac and hip joint pain and constipation
Sluggish bowel movement is aided helping to avoid constipation and haemorrhoids.
Releases muscular tension of the upper back, shoulders, lower back and hips. Easing the discomfort of sciatica, prolapsed discs and Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD), often caused by postural changes and hormone release. Alleviates stress on weight-bearing joints.
Releases compression on the nerves caused by muscular tension or oedema.
Helps to avoid varicose veins from developing.
Massaging the intercostal and pectoral muscles will help the respiratory system and aid breathing during the pregnancy and birth
Induces sleep relaxation – Soothes and relaxes the nervous system by releasing endorphins into the mother’s body. As a result, the expectant mother feels more relaxed and at ease, and will also sleep more easily and more deeply.
Helps to reduce emotional stress and anxiety and creates a sense of well-being. Stabilizes hormonal levels and helps relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
Helps to lower or keep blood pressure balanced.
Enhances the pliability of skin and underlying tissues, can help prevent stretch marks from occurring.
In addition to the physical benefits, prenatal massage provides expecting women with the emotional support and nurturing touch provided by nonsexual human touch and energy.
Assists in maintaining good posture and adjusting to a changing alignment caused by the baby’s increasing weight. Massage increases muscle tone and flexibility, enhancing the ability to carry this extra weight while also relieving aches and pains, leg cramps and muscle spasms.
Offers a natural, safe, drug-free alternative choice for pain relief, since taking medications are often limited during a pregnancy for the sake of the unborn child. Massage encourages the release of oxytocin, a pain reducing hormone which provides vital relief of pain during labour and birth.
A stress- free environment is created in combination with the mother’s healthy diet and lifestyle, in which the baby can peacefully and lovingly grow. Prepares the mother-to-be for an easier delivery with its sedating effect on the nervous system, promoting relaxation and stress relief.
What to expect during a pregnancy massage
Before we begin, I’ll do a thorough consultation to understand any medical conditions or history that might have an impact on your massage. If you have high blood pressure, preterm contractions, varicose veins, any recent surgeries, injuries etc. If there is anything in particular bothering you, such as back or neck pain, sciatica, numb hands, or anything else, let me know so we can focus on alleviating those discomforts. Your health information is always confidential, and the more complete picture I have of your situation, the better care I can provide for you. The consultation takes about 15 minutes, which does not come out of your appointment time.
A prenatal massage is best in a side-lying or semi-reclining position. Past the first trimester, lying on the pregnant belly (prone) isn’t recommended. Some pregnant women may lie on their belly at home within their own comfort level but, when there is pressure applied to the back while in this position during a prenatal massage, there is increased strain on pelvic joints and the ligaments supporting the uterus.
The time starts after you get on the table. I will work down one side of your body, then I’ll help you turn over and readjust the pillows, and work down the other side of your body. Depending on your preferences, I tend to use firm, slow pressure for prenatal massage, and deep compression to the hip muscles to help relieve spasm and chronic tension.Particular attention is paid to tense and tight shoulders, the back and legs to help ease the swelling. It takes a holistic approach, mixing deep breathing and rhythmic massage, a mini facial and scalp massage will finish this top to toe treatment. I will be very mindful of your privacy and will keep you covered at all time except for the area being worked on and if anything isn’t right for you during the massage, please let me know.
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