Pregnancy massage can be of enormous benefit not only to the mother but also to the unborn baby. It can be a magical experience for both the woman and the therapist. It emotionally and physiologically supports a woman during her a time when her body is undergoing many changes and can help prepare her body for birth.
Pregnancy is a wonderful time for a woman, but with the joys of a new baby's development comes many changes to the mothers' body putting pressure on joints, ligaments and organs, often causing discomfort and pain.
There is evidence which supports the tremendous benefits of pregnancy massage. It can help relieve aches and pains, and reduce stress levels due to its calming effect.
Research also shows that the baby can benefit greatly from massage as the 'feel good' endorphins released by the mother during massage are passed to the baby.
Massage during pregnancy can help with:
* Stimulating circulation - which will distribute nutrients to the mother and baby.
* Lymphatic drainage - elimates toxins from cells and blood and help reduce oedema.
* Stimulates the bowel - helping to avoid constipation and haemorrhoids.
* Releases muscle tension - which can occur as baby grows and posture changes.
* Releases compression - caused by muscle tension or oedema.
* Induces deep relaxation - promoting peaceful sleep.
* Helps to reduce emotional stress - creates a sense of wellbeing.
* Enhances the mum-to-be's relationship with her body, her baby and her partner.
During a Pregnancy massage the mum-to-be lies on each side in turn and gentle massage is applied with a blend of norishing and relaxing massage oils. As the pregnancy progresses the abdomen (and baby!) can be included in the gentle massage.
If during the consultation the therapist feels they require the go ahead for the massage by the clients GP or midwife, a letter will be provided for the client to take for authorisation.