Introduction to Pregnancy Massage : Most pregnant women feel discomfort and added stress on their bodies at various times in their pregnancies. This may be why more and more pregnant women are discovering and benefiting from prenatal massage. Pregnancy is a time of major structural, physiological, psychological, spiritual, and social changes. Some of these changes produce discomfort which can be addressed with appropriate massage therapy and body use guidance. Pregnancy massage therapy is beneficial throughout the nine months of a low-risk pregnancy. Massage therapy in pregnancy can include specific light and deep pressure massage, myofascial techniques, circulatory work, acupressure, reflexology, and other techniques.
Pregnancy massage is the prenatal use of massage therapy to support the physiologic, structural, and emotional well-being of both mother and fetus. Various forms of massage therapy, including swedish and deep tissue movements and oriental-based therapies, may be applied throughout pregnancy as well as during labor and the postpartum period.
Massage during pregnancy focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of the childbirth experience. Massage therapy enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves ·circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue. By having regular prenatal massage therapy, mothers are more relaxed; thus allowing the new life inside to be nourished. Helping to relieve sciatic nerve pain and multiple other conditions experienced during pregnancy, including heart burn and cramps, prenatal massage is an effective therapy for helping to calm, and promote overall well being.
Pregnancy massage can be delivered in different ways. Pregnant women may lie on their sides or be propped semi-sitting at a 45-70 degree angle or, alternatively, they can actually lie on their bellies with a specifically designed Body Contour mattress. After the first 22 weeks of pregnancy, lying flat on your back can cause pressure on deep blood vessels, due to the growing baby, thereby reducing circulation to you and your baby. To avoid this problem, pillows can be used to ensure that you are lying at a 45 degree angle and looking at the wall rather than the ceiling. Body pillows are especially effective for the side-lying position. Massage during pregnancy is usually safe for most mothers. Your massage therapist-will want to know if you are having any problems or complications with your pregnancy before you begin. If you are, then your therapist will require. approval from your primary health care provider before proceeding with any bodywork .
Advance Massage specialises in pregnancy massage with a safe, comfortable environment where the mother to be can relax with peace of mind and receive a massage to relieve the tensions that build up during this time. Safe gentle techniques are applied with care aiding relief of pressure to the diaphragm, allowing better respiration and breathing, promoting good circulation of blood and lymph, keeping the muscles relaxed, preventing injury, relieving and preventing oedema, maintaining good posture, preventing structural dysfunction and relaxing both mother and baby.
Special Note: It is imperative that the client’s comfort is considered at all times.
The use of aromatherapy oils may be contra-indicatory during the first two trimesters – seek professional advice.