The History of Massage?
Massage involves a sequence of movements working superficial and deep tissue layers. The therapist uses firm but relaxing strokes to relieve tension in muscles and leave the body feeled relaxed and stress free.
Pregnancy massage works like any other classic massage therapy. However the techniques used are tailored specifically for a mum- to- be, ensuring the woman’s shape and size are catered for with the addition of pillows for support as well as the massage pressure itself.
Pregnancy massage is suitable from 14 weeks/ start of 2nd trimester.
Benefits of Pregnancy Massage
- Reduce tension in neck, shoulders and lower back
- Stimulates the lymphatic system to help ease fluid retention, particularly in the lower legs, feet and ankles
- Relief of general aches and pains which are often caused by ligaments around the body stretching as the pregnancy progresses
- Nourishment to skin to help minimise stretch marks and improve any pigmentation/ uneven skin tone
- General relaxation and stress relief
What To Expect
You must give details of your midwife at the time of booking. This is so the therapist can speak to your midwife prior to your appointment to ensure you are fit for the massage. On the day of the massage the therapist will start by taking a full medical history. You will then be given time to undress privately, lie down on the massage couch. You will be covered in towels and supported by pillows to ensure you and your bump are comfortable. You will be positioned on your side(s) and reclined sitting throughout stages of the massage.
The therapist will use a blend of grapeseed rosehip and mandarin oils which are safe in pregnancy and great for nourishing the skin.
Side effects of massage:
As with all massages you may experience a reaction when your body begins the process of healing itself and eliminating toxins. These reactions are a positive sign that the body has responded well to the treatment and is beginning to heal itself. These side effects should subside in 12-24 hours. The following reactions may occur after treatment:
- Tiredness due to the release of toxins
- More visits to the toilet to get rid of waste and toxins
- Headaches or nausea
- Spots may occur due to released toxins
- Flare up of previously suppressed conditions
- Perspiration/Runny nose – the body excreting waste
- Drink plenty of water or herbal teas
- Avoid excess tea, coffee and alcohol for the next 12 hours
- Avoid heavy meals for the next few hours
- Avoid driving immediately after treatment if you feel excessively drowsy
- Make time to relax
- As oils have been used your skin is more sensitive to the sun so try to cover up for 24 hours