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Pregnancy Massage

This is a massage therapy specifically tailored to the expectant mother’s needs. It is also called a pre-natal massage.

Pregnancy massage has been found to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms and legs and relieve aches and pain in muscles and joints. It is a popular complementary therapy during pregnancy for back pain, when choices for pain relief, such as medication, are often limited. Not only can massage be physically beneficial, but the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy.

To have a comfortable pregnancy massage, the mother’s body must be properly positioned and supported, using pillows and padding. Proper positioning ensures comfort and safety for the mother and baby.

Benefits

  • Reduces stress on weight-bearing joints
  • Enhances the pliability of skin and underlying tissues
  • Provides support for the new mother with the physical and emotional strains of mothering
  • Can improve the outcome of labour and ease labour pain
  • Provides relief from muscle cramps, spasms, and myofascial pain, especially in the lower and upper back, neck, shoulders, hips, pelvis and legs
  • Increases blood flow and circulation which can reduce swelling on the body

Precautions

  • Avoid in the first trimester of pregnancy
  • Certain health conditions prevent this kind of massage
  • Avoid if you are at risk of pre-term labour
  • Avoid if you suffer with blood clots / clotting disorder
  • It’s best to consult doctor or midwife before booking a massage
  • Make sure you have a massage from a qualified pregnancy massage therapist