The ultimate relief for mothers-to-be
There’s nothing like a deeply relaxing massage to ease the aches and pains of pregnancy.
What is prenatal massage?
If you have ever had a professional massage you’ll understand what an incredible experience it is for both mind and body. The same goes for a massage whilst you’re pregnant.
Growing a baby comes with some pretty drastic physiological changes. There’s no denying that it can be quite uncomfortable and even painful at times. All the more reason to get some support and relief – prenatal massage will do wonders for that.
Prenatal massages are adapted for the changes your body experiences during pregnancy. In a traditional massage you might spend half the time lying face-down on your stomach – but that’s no longer possible with a baby belly. Your trained massage therapist will make accommodations with a special cushioning or massage table that allows you to lie face down safely whilst providing room for your growing belly and breasts. Or you might lie on your side, well supported by pillows and cushions. Talk to our massage therapist about your particular stage of pregnancy.
Is it safe to get a massage during pregnancy?
It is generally safe for pregnant women to get a massage after the first trimester. To be safe, please check with your doctor and let your massage therapist know that you are pregnant.
It is generally advised to avoid massage during the first three months of pregnancy as it may trigger dizziness or add to morning sickness. Talk to your health practitioner about your particular health needs before booking a session.
If you are beyond your fourth month of pregnancy – in the second half of the term, it’s best not to lie on your back during the massage. The weight of your baby and uterus can compress blood vessels and reduce circulation to your placenta which should be avoided.
Deep tissue work on your legs should also be avoided during a prenatal massage. Gentle pressure is safe but during pregnancy, you are more susceptible to blood clots which deep tissue work can dislodge which could be risky.
Before your massage, speak to your health practitioner about your specific situation and communicate with your therapist. You will need to advise your masseur should you have any of the following conditions.
- Morning sickness
- High blood pressure
- Abdominal pain or bleeding
These are complications that could make massage during pregnancy risky.
Benefits of Prenatal Massage
1. Stress Relief
Plenty of studies have shown that massage stimulates the nervous system encouraging the release of happy hormones, such as endorphins, serotonin and dopamine. Coupled with an increase in blood flow, these happy hormones flood the body replacing any stressful feelings with relaxation and a deep sense of peace and contentment.
2. Pain Relief
Massage helps to relieve muscle tightness and tension. It also stimulates blood flow which, in turn, helps to ease the aches and pains associated with pregnancy.
3. Better Sleep
An added benefit of increased serotonin production during a massage is that this increases melatonin production as serotonin is a precursor to the body producing melatonin. Melatonin helps us get to sleep and stay asleep for longer. This is why you’ll feel the benefits long after you’ve had the massage – who doesn’t welcome a better night’s sleep. It is naturally healing and restorative.
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