Pregnancy is a wonderful time for a woman, but sometimes the bodily changes it brings
can create a variety of aches, pains and other common health problems you’d sooner
do without. Pregnancy Massage can help relieve many of these symptoms.
How soon can I receive pregnancy massage?
Pregnancy Massage can be received after the first trimester and after the first scan.
It can continue to be received into the second and third trimester if there are no
Please note:Pregnancy Massage is a complementary therapy, not an alternative treatment
to normal maternity care and I require consent from your doctor or midwife in advance
of treatment. As obtaining consent can sometimes take several weeks it’s a good
idea to contact me early on, so the process of obtaining consent can be started in
good time. This will avoid you having to wait before receiving your first Pregnancy
Benefits of Pregnancy Massage include:
Releasing muscular tension in the upper back and shoulders
Relieving lower back pain
Easing sore hips and sciatica
Managing swollen feet and ankles
Releasing nerve compression caused by muscle tension or swelling
Lowering blood pressure
Reducing swelling in hands, feet and legs
Reducing the pain of Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)
Reducing emotional stress and anxiety
Helping with morning sickness/general nausea
Assisting with breathing difficulties
Improving quality of sleep
Inducing deep relaxation
Receiving a Pregnancy Massage
Correct positioning during a massage is very important when you’re pregnant and most
of the treatment will be given with you lying safely on your side, so no unnecessary
pressure is put on your abdomen. You’ll be made comfortable with pillows and bolsters
supporting your head, tummy and legs and you’ll be securely and warmly covered with
towels. For the last part of the massage you’ll be moved to a semi-seated position,
with your upper body and tummy fully supported, so you can receive a relaxing face
and head massage.
Pressures during a Pregnancy Massage
A Pregnancy Massage will never include pressures that are painfully strong but will
still be firm enough to be beneficial where needed. Pressures for some parts of the
body, such as the legs, are lighter than for other types of massage and any areas
where there is swelling and water retention, such as hands, are massaged lightly
to help with fluid drainage. When no swelling is present, pressure on feet and back
can be firmer if desired, as this helps to release tight painful muscles. Shoulders,
neck muscles and across the hips may also be sore and tense, so these areas can benefit
from slightly firmer pressures to help relax any tightness.
Regular pregnancy massage
Regular Pregnancy Massage treatments can help a woman become more aware of her body.
This can make it easier to relax during the first stage of labour, which in turn
may result in a shorter and easier birth.
Pregnancy Massage can also be of benefit to the unborn baby, as it’s been shown that
the ‘feel good’ endorphins released by the mother during a massage are passed on
to the child in the womb.