Pregnancy Massage uses a combination of Swedish and Remedial Massage techniques, to assist with the tensions and pains experienced during pregnancy.
Expectant mums experience unique physical and emotional changes that occur as a result of increased weight, shifting posture and changing hormone levels. While this is a beautiful time of expectation and joy, mothers-to-be can experience increased physical discomfort, ranging from muscular tension and headaches, to pressure on the knees and ankles.
Massage helps the expectant mother by easing the load on the heart and keeping the blood pressure stable, improving the lymphatic and circulatory systems to help control varicose veins, and relieving depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
This means greater vitality for the mother and better nourishment for the unborn child – not forgetting how relaxing, healing and pampering massage feels at this wonderful but very emotional time!
Care must be taken during the first trimester but Pregnancy Massage is beneficial throughout the whole pregnancy.
Various techniques are used as the client progresses through the pregnancy and massage is performed whilst she is lying on her side. Regular massage throughout the pregnancy is also said to shorten labour time and the return to optimal fitness after birth.
Benefits of Pregnancy Massage include:
- Relief from backaches
- Relief from stiff neck muscles
- Relief from leg cramps
- Relief from headaches
- Reduced oedema
- Relief from sciatica
- Reduced swollen ankles and feet
- Increased blood circulation
- Increased oxygen and nutrients to foetus