Pregnancy is a beautiful and natural condition – nine transformative months full of excitement and joy. But, there’s no doubt about it, the physical and emotional changes of pregnancy can be hard to bear! Pregnancy massage is specially tailored to effectively ease these discomforts, bringing peace and tranquility to both mother and baby.
Just like regular massage, it employs a range of therapeutic techniques that loosen the muscles and joints, reducing pain and discomfort, improves the circulation and relieves fatigue helping the physical body. The opportunity to take some time out of a busy life and receive a nurturing touch also benefits the mind and spirit. Pregnancy massage is performed by a trained specialist and is targeted to the unique needs of mothers-to-be, supporting you through the transitions of your pregnancy. All massages are usually an hour in duration though this is flexible. You will be given great care on a cushioned table in a “side-lying” position with your body fully supported with pillows. It almost feels like you are in bed! The massage therapist then employs a combination of styles such as Swedish massage, acupressure and mild stretching to relax and soothe the body, treat and ease tensions. At the end of the session you are left feeling restored, relaxed and comfortable in your new body, ultimately promoting the well being of yourself and your baby.
The Benefits Of Prenatal Massage
First and foremost, prenatal massage makes you feel good! It nurtures and pampers the body at a time when it needs it the most. In addition to soothing the body and dissolving stress, a trained touch delivers a wide range of psychological and emotional benefits.
It’s a safe and relaxing way to relieve pregnancy’s common discomforts like backache, headaches, heartburn, fatigue, carpal-tunnel syndrome, leg cramps, oedema, nasal congestion, sciatica and shortness of breath.
Prenatal massage not only benefits the mother, but also your baby too. Everything a pregnant woman does, from her diet and fitness, to her relaxation and relative state of contentment – also directly affects the child she is carrying. Study after study has proven that calmness in the mother leads to healthier in-utero development.
Regular prenatal massage can help prepare you for labour by making the pelvis more supple and creates more awareness within your body for relaxation.
Just like a regular massage, prenatal massage:
• improves circulation
• eases neck, back and joint pain
• relieves muscle spasms and cramps
• promotes relaxation
• raises endorphin levels
Prenatal massage also helps to:
• remove toxins
• improve quality of sleep
• reduce swelling/oedema in joints
• regulate stress hormones
• aid lymphatic drainage
Frequently Asked Questions
Is prenatal massage beneficial for the baby?
Absolutely! What’s good for mum is good for baby. When you receive a relaxing prenatal massage, the body naturally secretes endorphins. These “feel good” hormones cross the placenta and ultimately soothe and relax your baby. It is quite common to feel your baby move in response to the massage!
When should you start?
The best time to start is after the first trimester, when the greatest hormonal and physical changes have taken place and morning sickness is reducing. The frequency is up to the individual – typically anywhere between once a week and once a month. Many women especially enjoy the massage in the 3rd trimester when more strain is placed on their bodies.
Aren't there points in the body which shouldn't be worked on in pregnancy?
Yes, there are areas around the shoulder and heels where care needs to be taken. The prenatal massage takes these into consideration and the skilled therapist has been trained to deliver a safe and effective massage keeping your safety as paramount.
Can I receive a massage lying on a special table with a hole for my bump?
These specific tables may actually cause undue stress to your lower back. It may seem a great idea but it really isn’t. You will lie in a side lying position and throughout the treatment you will be fully supported with pillows to ensure your ultimate comfort. Most ladies don’t want to get up they find it so comfortable!