The best third trimester massage

When you’re looking for the best third trimester massage in Romford, then it’s important to find someone who is not only highly qualified, but also experienced. This isn’t just about keeping your mind and body fresh, it’s also about caring for your baby.

What are the main reasons for a third trimester massage?

A prenatal massage in your third trimester helps as your body adjusts to the extra weight and changes to your posture that needs to happen to carry your baby full term. These stir up new aches and pains, in places you never even knew were there!

What you, as a new mum-to-be need to know about having a third trimester pregnancy massage.

Firstly, let’s address what is a prenatal massage.

We adapt prenatal massages to the anatomical changes that your body goes through during pregnancy. So if you’re in your third trimester, you won’t be able to lie comfortably on your front, so we’ll adapt with you laying on your side and your therapist working you from behind. You’ll be propped up by comfortable pillows, cushioning and pregnancy bolsters and many of our ladies surprise themselves by falling asleep as they relax.

It may also surprise you to know that there’s another reason we don’t do your prenatal massage in the standard face up and face down positions that isn’t to do with your baby belly. When you’re laying face up you can put pressure on a major blood vessel. This disrupts the flow of blood to your baby, and result in you being nauseous. This is why it’s always important to have a pregnancy massage, particularly when you’re in your third trimester from someone who is qualified and experienced, as we are at Essential Feeling, Gidea Park.

Can pregnant women get massages?

Yes. Especially in your second and third trimester. There are some questions about whether pregnancy massage is safe within your first trimester and this is why during this critical period of your baby’s growth, we only offer pregnancy reflexology. To be fair, we find this more effective at helping with the changes that your body goes through during the first three months of pregnancy anyway.

If you’re dead set on getting a first trimester massage then just go ahead and get a green light (letter) from your medical practitioner or GP and let us know at the time of booking.

On the note of whether massage is safe for mums-to-be, it’s worth pointing out that there is no magic eject button that will accidentally cause you to go into labour. There are specific pressure points that are thought to be best avoided but your pregnancy massage therapist knows these and adjusts your massage accordingly. When you’re due to go into labour we use these pressure points around your ankle and heel to help let your body know it’s time. But this takes work over a period of time, and even then there are no guarantees. Everyone’s body is different. Whilst we have been attributed with kickstarting labour in many clients, in all our years, so far we’ve only ever had one lady where her contractions were triggered whilst she was mid-treatment.

A few points about safety during third trimester massage and prenatal massage in general to help you choose a safe practitioner.


You may really feel like you’d like your tummy massaged as your skin stretches and it feels tight. But extra pressure on there can be surprisingly uncomfortable, so stick to a light pressure.

Second half of pregnancy

After the fourth month of pregnancy in the second half, it’s best not to lie flat on your back. This can be during your massage or at any time. We’ve mentioned this briefly above, but it comes down to the weight compressing blood vessels. This in turn reduces the circulation that reaches your placenta. And this creates more problems than any massage can cure. A good therapist will never ask you to do this.

Deep tissue massage during pregnancy

Many pregnant ladies are craving deep tissue work during their prenatal massage due to all the aches and pains. But, whilst gentle pressure is safe on your legs, it’s not a great idea to have deep tissue massage on your legs whilst you’re pregnant. This is because you’re more susceptible to blood clots which deep massage therapy may dislodge. It can therefore be risky, but the rest of your body is fine. So if you’d like a prenatal deep tissue massage on your back, then that is completely fine. A quick note, always communicate with your therapist. Let them know what feels good, or if you’re not enjoying a certain level of pressure. It helps us to tailor your session to your exact needs. Like we’ve said before, everyone’s body is different.


You can see there’s a lot involved in the training our therapist has done, over and above additional and adapted massage techniques for maternal massage. This is why a qualification is so important. But over and above that, there’s also no substitute for years of experience in adapting, padding, understanding the changing anatomy nuances a pregnant lady needs during her pregnancy and third trimester massage in particular.

Your practitioner, if credible, should run through a detailed consultation form before your treatment. This will cover off any health issues that they may need to be aware of including diabetes, high blood pressure, and any contagious diseases/ viruses. Essentially they’re looking for any complications that may make massage during pregnancy risky, so if you are at risk of preeclampsia or have suffered some abdominal pain or bleeding then be specific on your form. It won’t necessarily mean your treatment can’t go ahead, but your therapist will adapt their work accordingly.

What are the benefits of prenatal massage?

There’s research which shows that massage regardless of pregnancy reduces stress hormones as well as relaxing and loosening your muscles. But, importantly for pre-natal massages, it also increases your blood flow as well as keeping your lymphatic system working at peak efficiency. This is important because when you’re pregnant you’re not as mobile as normal so these are things your body struggles to maintain without some help, and are needed to ensure you’re not swimming in unwanted toxins whilst not delivering enough oxygen via your blood around your system.

During pregnancy, regular prenatal massages may not only help you relax, but may also relieve:

– Insomnia

– Joint pain, neck and back pain and sciatica

– Leg cramping

– Swelling in your hands and feet (as long as that swelling isn’t a result of preeclampsia)

– Carpal tunnel pain

– Headaches and sinus congestion

How much do prenatal massages cost?

Your prenatal massage including third trimester massage is the same price as a standard massage. We don’t charge you extra for your passenger and our additional training and expertise like some places. We love helping our mums-to-be get through their pregnancy with upmost ease.

You can book online.

How to give a prenatal massage at home

Ask your partner/ friend for an at-home, maternal massage with these tips:

Gentle foot rub.

Use lotion for smoother strokes, and start by rubbing the top of your foot with gentle pressure, working from the toes towards the ankle and making small circles, light around the ankle. They can then use both thumbs to make small light circles on the sole of the foot right beneath the toes.

On your heel, move one thumb down as the other thumb moves up, and continue to alternate. They can also gently tug on each toe and use the index finger or thumb to rub between them. It’s a good idea to avoid the pressure point between the anklebone and heel.

Back rub. Sit up or lie on your side then have your partner stroke up and down your back using both hands. Lotion helps their hands glide. They should focus on the muscles on either side of your spine and not go over your shoulders.

Head massage including your scalp. Moving from the base of the skull to the hairline, use both hands and spread fingers to apply gentle pressure to the scalp, circling hands together or apart. Add gentle stroking of your face, which can be amazingly relaxing.

Tummy. Don’t massage it! Instead, gently rub it with vitamin E oil for a soothing effect that can also help prevent stretch marks.

Massage therapies v’s beauty school massage.

It's amazing how often people visit us for the first time who have had a massage before and leave with a parting comment like 'I didn't realise this is what proper massage therapies were.'

The issue is that these clients have been to therapists who have received different training from ITEC qualified massage therapists.

Let's be clear, we're not knocking they type of massage that they learn at beauty college, we're just saying there is a difference that's all. And the difference is because all we, as professional massage therapists specialise in is healing your body through physical touch, whereas the focus for beauticians is more varied.

So if you go to a salon for a massage, your therapist will often use the same strokes in the same pattern. Your massage is purely for relaxation and so the format will usually be the same from one client to the next. In this instance there is no need for practitioners to mix up techniques during your treatment. They're not there to deal with muscle pain or sports therapy in treatments. As a result they'll usually use Swedish massages with a light pressure which don't work deep tissue or focus on health beyond relaxation.

There is a lot to be said for that to be fair and linked to releasing mental tension and even a little anxiety, beauticians are more likely to add aromatherapy/ essential oils or hot stone work on your muscles.

The cost of these massage therapies is usually less, often considerably less, than we would charge for a massage at Essential Feeling. This isn't because we are ripping you off, it's simply because we have a much greater level of expertise in how the body will respond to the different types and styles of pressure to achieve your desired treatment outcome.

Similarities between the two styles of massage therapies

Both can be relaxing, although deep tissue massage isn't always so until after the treatment ends. However, generally, both are done on a massage couch or table.

General benefits of massage

Increases blood flow (circulation) and thus oxygen around your body

Reduces mental stress by giving you some much needed you time to relax

Can improve muscular discomfort

May improve or give relief from pregnancy associated aches and conditions

A traditional complementary therapy based on rhythmic movements

Great gifts for friends and relatives including couples

Can promote improved sleep and reduce symptoms of insomnia

What is the point of your advanced massage techniques if I can get all the above for less money?

We've broken down some of our most popular massage therapies below so you can see the effects each can have on various ailments.

Deep tissue/ sports massage

Deep pressure often including kneading of tight muscles breaks down injury sights and promotes self healing. It's often useful where you have physical injuries that clinical physio just can't touch. You may experience some soreness after your session but this is only minor and temporary compared to the longer term results.

Swedish massage

Sure, we've said that beauticians learn this, but on top of their knowledge we have expertise in how the muscles lie under the surface of the skin. This means we can elevate the service we provide by using specific strokes and patterns in an active and firm way to ease pain in muscles and joints. We go over and above using effleurage to gently add healing outcomes to your unique massage.

Pregnancy massage

Prenatal care is important for both mother and baby. An easy and happy pregnancy means a much happier new born. During this massage you will lay on your side and your qualified pregnancy massage therapist will work you from behind whilst you're comfortably propped up on pillows and cushions.

Fertility massage

We've seen how massage can improve blood flow, lymph flow and oxygen distribution above. Here we take this one step further to provide maximum nutrients to the all important area of your abdomen and ultimately uterus. We may also add in some myofascial release as described below to ease away any scar tissue which may impede fertility.

Lymphatic drainage

Manual lymphatic drainage, or MLD as it is often known is designed to treat swelling. Often this is post-operative, including liposuction and we are affiliated with London's Harley Body Clinic to improve their patient's conditions post surgery. This is one of the lightest massage therapies practised as it is used to work the lymphatic system (vessels nodes and ducts) to drain fluid, rather than break down muscle fibres.

Myofascial release

Effective on scar tissue, your practitioner will use controlled pressure applied in a slow stretching motion to soften and ease the sticky layers of fascia. This is particularly effective when you have had surgery and want to avoid the raised bump associated with scarring.


Often known as a foot massage, reflexology is so much more. We use acupressure on your feet to restore homeostasis, or balance in your system and organs. It's a great way to have a general once over. It's also possible to work with specific chronic conditions such as anxiety, depression or fertility to trigger your body's natural healing response.

Indian head massage

Working your head, neck and shoulders, this is a fully clothed massage technique that eases emotional strain whilst dealing with the associated physical responses. This can be great if you suffer from regular migraines, osteoarthritis of your jaw or psychological strains. The practice goes beyond what you see being given upright on a chair in a shopping centre.


Whilst not strictly bodywork, reiki is something we offer at Essential Feeling and so we though we should include it here under massage therapies. You may book a session alone, but to be honest, whichever one of our massage therapies you choose, you'll more than likely get a bit of energy healing thrown in for free. It's just what we do.

Mobilisation techniques

Essentially this is Thai massage which seeks to improve mobility performance through a number of assisted stretches. However, we don't advertise this because we get way too many calls from people expecting mobilisation of a different part of their body to the joints we're used to working whilst you remain fully clothed! The massage technique should not be undervalued though as a result of its bad rep. It can be an amazing way to see improvements in knots. The flowing movements complement a traditional massage helping you to have a fully rounded end result.

Essential Feeling are based in Gidea Park, Romford, Essex. We are open 7 days a week for appointments which you can book online and attend between the hours of 7am and 10pm. You'll enjoy free off street parking right outside our professional treatment rooms

Looking for Lymphatic drainage Essex? Stop.

If you're looking for lymphatic drainage Essex, whether this be for post surgery healing or general localised swelling, then look no further. You have found your place. Not only are Essential Feeling affiliated with Harley Body Clinic on London's prestigious Harley Street, but we have gained such notoriety because we have been using MLD to help reduce swelling for more years than we care to remember.

Why are Essential Feeling Essex considered one of the leading manual lymphatic drainage centres in Essex and the London area?

Whilst there are many therapy centres in our vicinity that claim to be specialists in the gentle MLD treatments, few of these will work with your doctors and surgeons to develop a treatment plan specific to you. And your needs.

We work with Harley Street clinics because we truly understand that every surgery is different. And so is every patient. The elasticity in your skin, the rate at which your vessels remove waste and your immune response will all vary. You're an individual, and so you deserve a unique treatment.

Most clinics will recommend lymphatic drainage massage to remove excess water/ fluid products and toxins from your system post surgery. But the amount of these you require and the timeline following surgery, how long they continue for and how far we space each session out will vary. You may also find that your body requires some deep tissue massage techniques after a period, or that your fascia becomes tight and needs to be released.

We understand this and will work with your clinic to ensure that your overall experience of treatment combines to give you the best possible results and outcome.

Where in Essex can I get my manual lymphatic drainage?

We're in Gidea Park, Romford. We have great access from both central London and Essex. If you're coming by car, your trip couldn't be more simple. And being just off Gallows Corner, right by where the A127 and A12 meet, we're easy to find. Plus, this is only approximately 2 miles from both junctions 28 and 29 of the M25.

What's even better is that we have free, off street parking right outside the treatment rooms, so when you're feeling tender, all you need to do is roll out of your car, take about ten steps and you're just where you need to be.