Pregnancy can be an exciting time, but as your body is changing and adjusting it can also result in aches and pains as well as some stress and tiredness. Massage during pregnancy is important because it promotes relaxation, which in turn helps release 'feel good' endorphins which can benefit both mother and unborn baby. After your twelve week scan and with the agreement of your midwife and / or doctor, massage can be beneficial in many ways. Some of which are:
Releases muscular tension in affected areas and eases discomfort of conditions such as sciatica and other common conditions, associated with postural change and hormone release.
Induces deep relaxation and those 'feel good' endorphins.
Encourages the release of oxytocin to reduce pain during labour and birth.
Stimulates circulation to aid distribution of essential nutrients.
Lymphatic drainage to eliminate toxins and help reduce oedema.
Helps the respiratory system and aids breathing.
Helps to reduce emotional stress and anxiety.
What is involved?
Following an initial discussion, you will be shown how to prepare and be asked to do so whilst the therapist leaves the room. I am a fully qualified pregnancy massage therapist and will tailor the treatment to suit your needs. The routine is completely relaxing, targeting back, arms and legs, etc with the addition of the tummy. If it is your preference not to have your tummy massaged, let me know and I will leave out this part of the treatment.
If there are specific problem areas (often the lower back!!) the treatment will be tailored to focus more on these areas to relieve muscular tension.
You will generally be in a side lying position using pillows at your neck, tummy and knees for your comfort. Special draping techniques are used whilst you are in this position to maintain modesty and ensure you always feel safe, covered and comfortable.