Pregnancy Massage

It is a great honor to massage and give nourishment to a pregnant woman.  This time in her life is sacred, special, and a time when she is more open, vulnerable and sensitive.  A woman goes through great emotional and physiological changes throughout each trimester, and it is important to allow for all these changes during your massage treatment. This means that from the point of conception, all the way through to delivery, there are ways that we can tailor the massage specifically for you and your needs regardless of where you are in your pregnancy and what is going on for you.

pregnancyphotoBenefits of pregnancy massage:

  • Reduces stress by increasing serotonin levels and reducing adrenalin
  • Increases oxygen to the baby and removes cellular wastes
  • Increases lymphatic flow and reduces edema
  • Reduces blood pressure and headaches
  • Increases circulation reducing varicose veins, muscle cramps and numbness of feet
  • Improves posture
  • Enhances the placenta function and increases prolactin production
  • Increases energy and endorphins helping you to relax
  • Improves our sense of wellbeing, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually helping you connect to your baby.
  • Increases the bonding between mother and child – research shows that increased touch during pregnancy encourages touch between mother and baby once it is born.

 

When you are receiving your massage, the position varies according to the trimester you are in.

  1. During the first trimester, it is usually comfortable for the mother to remain lying face down.  This is adjusted according to the womans’ needs with the use of towels to bolster her body to reduce pressure on tender breasts, and a growing belly.
  2. During the second trimester and third trimester we recommend the side lying position.  This way we can ensure that both you and your baby are kept safe and will be most relaxed and comfortable.

“While stomach lying may be a safe, comfortable resting position, once sufficient pressure is applied for an effective massage this is no longer a reliably comfortable and safe position. Lying face down on a flat therapy table can exert strain on the lumbar, pelvic, and uterine structures. Face down positioning shortens back muscles; compresses and displaces the lower back vertebra and lumbo-sacral junction; rotates the sacroiliac joints; and increases strain on the sacrouterine ligaments. Face down positioning, particularly in later pregnancy, often aggravates the causes of many women’s back discomfort.

pregnancymassagesideThe use pillows or specialised equipment that is marketed for pregnant clients can mitigate these problems, but neither pillow props, body cushions, pregnancy pillows, most on-site massage chairs, nor tables with cut-out ovals completely solve the problematic aspects of prone positioning. These alternatives can either (1) further strain posterior structures and the taxed uterine ligaments, or (2) create increased intrauterine pressure, particularly when you apply sufficient pressure to address the posterior structures therapeutically.

For all of the reasons above, side-lying position offers maximum safety and comfort throughout all pregnancies. When sufficiently supported by pillows, bolsters, and/or cushions, most women can relax in this position. Side-lying minimises strain on any of the uterine ligaments or on the musculoskeletal structures. It prevents increased intrauterine pressure, increased sinus pressure, and it tends to encourage somato-emotional integration.

The safest position for prenatal massage thereapy is the sidelying position.
(Adapted from Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy by Carole Osborne)

 

NOTE- please read before booking your appointment-

High Risk Pregnancies

There are some instances where we need a doctor’s release to ok you for your massage.  If you are suffering from any other following please check in with your GP first and bring along a written letter of consent.

Hypertensive disorders including:

  • Pre-eclampsia
  • HELLP (advanced pre-eclampsia)
  • Severe Chronic Hypertension
  • Moderate to Severe gestational hypertension

Placental Dysfunctions including:

  • Placenta previa
  • History of partial placenta abruption during pregnancy or in former pregnancy
  • Symptoms of Bleeding

History of miscarriages including:

  • Premature labor
  • History of more then one preterm baby
  • High risk of repeat miscarriage prior to this pregnancy

 

Polyhydramnios (excess amniotic fluid)

Blood clots

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