Pre & Post Pregnancy Massage
What is Pregnancy Massage?
Pregnancy or Prenatal Massage is used to reduce stress, reduce swelling in the arms and legs and relieve muscle and joint pain in pregnant women.
Massage in pregnancy can involve many different massage techniques. It is usually a gentle massage.
What does the treatment involve?
Pregnancy can put a lot of stress on your back, shoulders, neck and abdominal muscles. Pregnancy Massage is designed to relieve some of the aches and pains that are common during pregnancy. A qualified therapist will understand the areas to target and which to avoid.
Before the massage begins, your therapist will talk to you about your health and lifestyle. They will ask you to lie on a specially-designed massage table and will cover you with towels to protect your privacy and to keep you warm. They will probably use creams or oils to help them to massage your skin smoothly.
They will help you to get comfortable with pillows. Remember it is not a good idea to lie flat on your back while you are in the second half of your pregnancy since this puts too much pressure on the vein that runs from your legs to your heart.
What are the health benefits?
There hasn’t been much research into the health benefits of pregnancy massage, but it does seem to reduce stress, relax and loosen your muscles, increase blood flow and improve the lymphatic system. It can also improve mood, lower anxiety and help you sleep better.
Pregnancy Massage has also been shown to be very effective during labor to help manage pain and improve your emotional experience of labour.