Pregnancy massage is a wonderfully relaxing for the expectant mother and encourages the mother to have a connection with her unborn infant during this exciting time.
Pregnancy massage involves a rhythmic flow of gentle massage and shiatsu techniques. Gentle lymphatic massage is performed on the legs which helps to relieve oedema if this occurs. During the massage we will go through visualisation exercises and breathing awareness. We will also discuss some beneficial exercises to do.
Pregnancy massage is a wonderful way to relieve the pain common in pregnancy, such as lower back pain, pelvic pain, and more. It is proven to be beneficial to have massage during pregnancy every 4 weeks up until the birth.
During late stage pregnancy we can invite the birth partner to come in and show them some very simple massage moves which may help the mother in labour. This helps them to feel that they are playing a more active role and to feel part of the process.
The various positions for labour can be discussed at this stage. Being active during labour encourages promotion of the birth. These sessions promote an active birth.
We also offer a postnatal massage session after the 6 week check period. This is a time when mother can be very tired and often stressed which has an effect on baby. The postnatal session will help to relax mother at a time when her energy may be low and will release tension from the body. The more relaxed the mother is, the calmer the baby will be in the long term.
Massage in pregnancy is given on the floor on a shiatsu mat or a comfortable mat. It is a lovely hour long session. On the first appointment we will need some time to take a case history.
We do not provide pregnancy massage during the 1st trimester.