The nine months of pregnancy is a very special time for the mother-to-be and it is a time of great physiological and emotional change. Unfortunately some changes mean the discomfort of backache, aching hips, sciatica, cramp, insomnia and swelling to name but a few. This is where massage can be of great comfort and alleviate some of the more uncomfortable effects of pregnancy.
For women in their second and third trimester, I offer a nurturing full body massage, customised to your personal needs. The treatment can be soothing or deep depending on your preference, focusing on all the areas which need attention. Pregnancy massage is entirely safe and a full medical consultation will be done prior to treatment.
In my experience of massaging pregnant clients, and as a mother myself, the overwhelming response to treatment is of positive joy. Once lying in a comfortable position (during the massage, you will be supported in a side-lying position and draped with towels for your comfort) your breathing will slow down and a deeply relaxed state is induced. This increases natural pain relief in the form of endorphins and reduces stress to the baby. Many emotional changes take place during pregnancy and massage can help with grounding and restoring balance to the mind body spirit system. No matter how far along you are, a massage during pregnancy is sure to keep you and your baby healthy and happy.
If your pregnancy is classed as ‘high risk’, written consent should be obtained from your GP or Midwife. If there is any history of miscarriage or any spotting, massage should be avoided until after the 4th week of the second trimester.
It is best to avoid a large meal prior to your treatment.
Pregnancy can be stressful and when delivery is overdue, the body can become more tense and essentially delay labour further. Massage can help by allowing you to relax and deepen your breath. As your muscles relax and release, the body will find itself in a place where labour can feel safe and begin naturally.
Yes, massage can be used during labour. In the early stages, persistent lower backache is quite common and massage can help to alleviate pain allowing you to cope more comfortably.
Postnatal Massage is similar to Pregnancy Massage and is tailored to your individual needs to help you adjust to being a mother. Each session will involve a full consultation and therapeutic massage. Also includes abdominal massage (if appropriate) and rebozo wrapping (Closing the Bones ceremony) and a womb blessing.
During the postnatal period, your body is going through big changes and you need to be careful not to overstimulate it. The time it takes for your body to return to normal differs for different women and depends on factors such as your general health, the type of pregnancy you experienced, the type of birth, how well you are bonding with your child, the kind of baby you have and how easy you are finding breastfeeding. It is important that you take care of yourself as well as your baby in the months following childbirth.
Emotionally and physically the postnatal period can put a great deal of strain on mothers and massage during this time can help to:
Give nurturing and emotional support
Alleviate the muscle strain of pregnancy and childbirth
Promote pelvic floor healing and rebalance the spine and pelvis
Restore and normalise abdominal structures
Facilitate healing after a Caesarian section
Restore normal walking patterns
Prevent and reduce back and neck pain caused by newborn care
Can aid breastfeeding