Pregnancy or Antenatal Massage
We all agree that pregnancy is a wonderful and exciting time in a family’s life. And yet it can also be unsettling and stressful for the future parents. This is normal – you are dealing not only with your own emotional rollercoaster and physical metamorphosis, but also with the feelings of those around you, practicalities at work and an array of do’s and don’ts that make this a particularly challenging time with a myriad of physical and emotional transitions!
Modern studies and research indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labour outcomes and newborn health. Prenatal massage therapy can be an instrumental ingredient in women’s prenatal care and should be given careful consideration. It is a safe, effective way to:
- Reduce back pain, sciatic nerve pain and joint pain
- Relieve muscular tension in the shoulders, neck, hips, & legs
- Induce relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety
- Reduce headaches
- Improve sleep
- Increase local blood flow and lymph circulation, reduce oedema
- Improve oxygenation of soft tissue
- Receive support, practical guidance and self-help advice
When can you receive Pregnancy Massage?
We have treated mums-to-be before they even knew they were expecting… And we have received that last minute text message sent from a cab heading to the hospital!
In an ideal world, we would prefer to see you towards the end of the first trimester, when the pregnancy has reached a safer stage. Women who have recently experienced bleeding, pre-term contractions, or have any of the following conditions should speak with their healthcare provider prior to receiving a massage:
- High risk pregnancy
- Pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH)
- Previous pre-term labor
- Experiencing severe swelling, high blood pressure, or sudden, severe headaches
Body position during Pre-natal massage
We consider that the best and safest position for a pregnant woman during massage is side-lying. We make sure you are comfortably supported and propped up by strategically positioned pillows and blankets. Tables that provide a hole in which the uterus can fit may still apply pressure to the abdomen, or allow the abdomen to weigh down, causing uncomfortable stretching of the uterine ligaments.
Our post-partum treatments are tailored to help restore your body to its pre-pregnancy condition. Residual body aches from pregnancy are normal, but not without remedy. Adding breast / bottle-feeding and childcare can intensify arm, shoulder and back pain for both mums and dads! Massage is an effective holistic approach that relaxes muscles and relieves pain without medication. Our skilled therapists can help resolve even associated numbness and tingling.
Most new moms feel exhausted after labour and delivery, compounded by around-the-clock baby and toddler care. Massage eases the fatigue, promotes relaxation and assists with sleep. Studies have shown an increase in delta brain waves (those that accompany deep sleep) with massage therapy.
We will help you identify and avoid the pitfalls of early stage parenthood by giving you sound postural and self-care advice as well as emotional and educational support as you navigate though the early stages of motherhood.
While we do have magic hands, be aware that chronic or severe pain may require multiple sessions for resolution. If we cannot help, we will refer you to the appropriate and trusted bodywork specialist (physiotherapist, osteopath, nutritionist etc).
When can you receive Postpartum Massage?
You may start receiving postpartum massages as soon as you feel ready, or after 5-6 weeks if you have delivered by caesarean section.
Your therapists will position you comfortably if your abdomen or breasts are sore.
If you have maternal complications, always first consult with your healthcare provider.
What Positions Are Safe In Postpartum Massage?
Any position is safe, but may be adjusted for your comfort or specific treatment. Some moms crave being able to lie face down again after lying on their sides for almost nine months. Others may be uncomfortable face down because of breast discomfort or the distraction of leaking milk. The side-lying position is very comfortable and effective to treat specific issues of the shoulders, pelvis or legs.
May I Bring Baby To My Appointment?
Many mothers want to leave their baby in good hands and take a break. However, if you prefer to bring baby along, you are most welcome. Just remember – we are on the second floor, but you can leave your buggy on the ground floor and we will give you a hand!