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Pregnancy can bring up so many feelings and having massage therapy can be of great comfort and help you integrate your body with your emotions. I also deal with some of the common muscular complaints such as sleep problems, headaches and back aches.
You will have a thorough consultation via phone before we book you in to ensure it is safe and appropriate to carry out maternity massage therapy.
Pregnancy massage is suitable for:
If there are any complications then I will ask you to discuss this with your midwives or obstetric team before. Most of the time massage is suitable to go ahead but I may need to adapt your care accordingly.
I also offer nurturing massage for pregnancy loss, something I have experienced myself.
Important for pre and postnatal care
Reduce stress hormones and anxiety levels
Improve emotional health
Enhance deep relaxation Move more easily
Relieve overtired and strained muscles
Manage musculoskeletal and soft tissue pain
Increase energy levels Improve skin tone
Alleviate muscular aches, spasm and tension including back, arms and legs
Relieve tension and tightness Ease postural problems
Increase energy levels
Feel more connected to your bump and baby
Important for pre and postnatal care
Improve surgical scarring e.g. caeserian sections
Improve sleep quality
What happens in a session?
During the massage I will do my utmost to make you comfortable. For the second and third trimester this is done sidelying with lots of pillows and bolsters. Comfort is important and usually this is at a slower pace in order to really help you relax. It is important for me to receive feedback during the treatment such as if an area feels tender or if you are warm enough. If at any point you wish me to stop during the treatment or my pressure is uncomfortable please tell me. Massage of your belly area is optional.
You will be fully draped - please make sure your undergarments are comfy
Ensure your over clothes are easy to take off and put back on
Please have a thorough wash in the morning as a minimum before you attend
Please bring your own mask or face covering if you wish to wear one so that you feel comfy
You will be appropriately draped with towels or sheets to protect your modesty whilst on the couch
I will wait outside the room while you undress to your underwear, get onto the couch, and cover yourself with a clean sheet
You may wish to bring a hair comb or brush to neaten your hair afterwards. Also as I use a massage wax, although I will do my utmost to keep it off, it may end up in your hair.
At the end of the treatment you will be informed of general aftercare which may also include:
Postural awareness exercises
Ergonomic advice to change postural habits at work or in the home
Recommendations to seek treatment or advice from other therapists including allied healthcare professionals like osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors or from your GP or midwives.
Is Pregnancy Massage suitable for the first trimester?
Yes, my training focused on all three trimesters. Massage therapy is considered safe for a normal pregnancy and there is no scientific evidence to show that it may be harmful. However, as the first trimester can often be the stage where miscarriage is most likely to occur this will be discussed at the initial consultation.
Do I need permission from my midwives?
No, you do not need to seek permission for massage therapy. However, it is adviseable to inform your midwives or care team to check if they have any concerns, although they do not "give permission" per se. I will ask you to sign that you have done this.
I have a high risk pregnancy. May I still have massage therapy?
If you have a high risk pregnancy and have any of the conditions listed in cautions and contraindications or a history of recurrent miscarriage/pregnancy loss then it may be better to not go ahead. If you have any unexplained concerns or symptoms then please get a check up with your healthcare team first. For some issues you can be referred to an allied healthcare professional instead such as a physiotherapist or an osteopath and then you can always come back for a massage when your health is more settled.
Pregnancy massage therapy is not intended to replace medical care. I reserve the right to refuse to treat someone if I feel it may not be in their best interests. Certain issues may mean it is not adviseable to go ahead either at all (contraindications) or without seeking further advice (cautions). Please see my Consultation page.
For further information please read about your maternity rights.