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What is a Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage is any kind of massage that you get while you’re pregnant to help you cope with the changes of pregnancy (mentally and physically). It should always be administered by a massage therapist, trained and qualified in pregnancy massage. In short, it’s a therapeutic treatment which is customised to your unique needs as a mum-to-be.

The aim is to enhance the function of your joints by loosening your muscles, improve your circulation and general skin and muscle tone as well as relieving mental and physical fatigue while stretching out tensions.

Whichever pressure you choose (type of massage) is down to you. You can have a deep tissue prenatal massage to ease back pain relief while pregnant, or something lighter and more relaxing like a Swedish pregnancy massage. Or, you can mix different pressures depending on the area we’re covering. It’s down to you — the best prenatal massage is the one that you need in that moment.

Charlie Botha ITEC

Your ITEC qualified massage therapist


Questions & Answers


I’m suffering from back pain while pregnant, I’m not sure I’ll be comfortable on my side.

This is something a lot of our pregnancy women are concerned about, but you needn’t worry. Most are so relaxed that they fall asleep pretty much straight away.

The reason they’re so relaxed is because we have specialist pillows and wedges to cushion you and bump so that there is no strain and you are totally relaxed.


Are you certified in pregnancy massage?

Yes. Many women are concerned about whether it is safe to have a massage while pregnant and as long as your therapist is not only experienced, but trained in pregnancy and is also certified in prenatal massage (as your massage therapist at Essential Feeling is licenced in prenatal massage,) then you are fine to have a massage performed during pregnancy as long as your pregnancy is running without complications and you’re not within your first trimester.

If you are, then pregnancy reflexology is a better holistic therapy for you.


I can’t get there during the day as I’m at work, is this okay?

Yes. We work on an appointment basis. You can book online anything up to 24 hours in advance and then you’ll notice that we have appointments available 7 days as well as working as late as 9pm for a 10pm finish on those days. We also start maternity massages at 7am in the morning.

If you’d like to secure a last minute massage therapy appointment, that’s fine, but you’ll need to text us on 07941 668456.


What are the benefits of prenatal massage?

*Dissolves stress and soothes depression by raising endorphins
*Enhanced muscle tone and prepare you for labour by making your pelvis more pliant.
*Stimulates your mind by improving blood flow and aids lymphatic flow which encourages removal of toxins
*Increased circulation, important for mums-to-be who suffer with swelling due to a natural tendency for the blood flow balance to be ‘off’ during the later stages of pregnancy
*It’s a safe and relaxing way to relieve pregnancy’s common discomforts such as backache, leg cramps and shakes, swelling, carpal-tunnel syndrome, nasal congestion, sciatica, heartburn, headaches, shortness of breath and hemorrhoids.
*Eases muscle discomfort such as neck, back and joint pain during pregnancy
*Prenatal massage does more than benefit you, the mother. It also helps your baby. Everything you do, from your diet and fitness to relaxation and contentment also affects baby. There is a ton of research out there that concludes that your calmness leads to a healthier in utero development.

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Why don’t you use the prenatal massage therapy table with the holes in so I can lie on my stomach?

These sound like a great idea, but the problem with these specific maternity massage tables is that it’s really difficult to get a hole that perfectly fits the size of your ever changing bump.

Plus, there is no support for your pump and gravity can make the whole experience more uncomfortable than cleansing.

We find that plumping you with soft cushioning while you lie on your side and turn half way through your prenatal massage therapy is definitely the way forward. You’ll fall back to sleep again after turning.


I don’t know how much time I need, can I reserve 60 minutes and then increase the time if we need it?

Yes, as long as we’re not scheduled to be with another client directly after you. If you think this may be the case, give us some advance warning when you book your prenatal massage so that we can try our best to ensure we give you some flex time. Please ensure that you bring cash along to your session to pay for the extra time. Our prices for prenatal massage are below.

To book an online booking please follow the link below. If you would like to book in for a last minute appointment (within 24 hours) then you can text us on 07941 668456 and we’ll call you back as soon as we become available.

Woman lying on side while having deep tissue massage during pregnancy
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When was prenatal massage first used?

As way back as in the early civilisations which is more than 6000 years ago, women have been using pregnancy massage for back pain relief while pregnant. This was mainly in the Greek and Minoan civilisations, and came to the west 2000 to 3000 years ago.

The history is found in Ayurveda medicine text because they recognised that mums-to-be need mental, spiritual and physical preparation for childbirth.
Today, this research has moved all the way to the US where Dr Tiffany Fields at the University of Miami has validated the use of pregnancy massage.




What massage oil do you use during the pregnancy massage therapy?

We use a pregnancy safe massage oil that is also one of the most gentle available and without any kind of smell or essential oils.


How often should I have a prenatal massage sessions?

It depends on your needs. A lot of our ladies will come for a pregnancy massage services once a week and then a few times after their birth for a postpartum massage or two. After that, it’s as and when they require it once they get into the swing of things. But there’s no pressure. You come when it suits you.


Should I check with my doctor before coming for a pregnancy massage?

Yes, we always say that if in any doubt you should always check with your doctor or health professional before coming along for a prenatal massage, particularly if you have a high risk pregnancy. If you have a low risk pregnancy but have any concerns, there’s also no harm in checking first.

The reason is that there are some conditions where prenatal massage is concerned. This is often where a prestress test is required, such as preeclampsia which mean that pregnancy massage may not be the best therapy for you. Don’t worry though, if this is the case, give us a call on 07941 668456 and tell us and we’ll recommend another, more suitable therapy such as pregnancy reflexology.

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Christine Langan
Christine Langan
17:08 15 Nov 21
I was very apprehensive as had a mastectomy 4 years ago. Charlton was very understanding and instantly put me at ease.... He took the time to explain to me what he was doing and why. The rooms are spotlessly clean. Always respond quickly and will try to accommodate the day/time you more
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Matthew Hassell
13:38 27 Oct 21
Superb sports massage and service. Would highly recommend to everyone. My mum gets massages done regularly here and... they’re always well priced and definitely do the job!read more
Maria Martinez
Maria Martinez
18:03 26 Oct 21
Been visiting Essential Feeling for a few years now. Charlton helped to rehab my shoulder post rotater cuff surgery but... in general I have deep tissue massages. I always leave feeling light and brand new. Highly more
Daniel Berkoh-Gyamfi
Daniel Berkoh-Gyamfi
09:14 26 Oct 21
I cancelled my appointment due to illness and I was expecting to receive a refund almost four weeks ago and no refund... issued. Don't waste time calling they don't answer their phone. I understand their services are good. However, very poor customer more
Ellis Evans
Ellis Evans
18:35 28 Aug 21
I came to see Karen after booking in for a double massage for myself and my partner (he's had massages before, I... haven't) and am amazed at how much of difference one session has made already. Karen and Charlton made us feel comfortable immediately and were both so friendly and warm. They were professional throughout and dealt with both our needs separately. We're both keen to visit again.Both obviously very skilled at what they do.Highly more
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Adebimpe Bodunrin
17:27 16 Jul 21
Following my liposuction and tummy tuck surgery, I had lymphatic drainage and deep tissue massages at Essential... Feelings. Charlie was very professional, made me feel relaxed and knowledgeable about what I need to help with healing after surgery. He was very helpful, flexible and a good communicator. I would recommend them for anyone requiring post surgery massages and will go back for other types of massages. Thank you Charlie and more
Dana Caushi
Dana Caushi
19:09 12 Jul 21
I've had a few reflexology sessions with Karen so far this year, and a few sessions in my previous pregnancy. Also a... few massages. Both Karen and Charlton are very friendly and professional. Karen is very knowledgeable and give lots of helpful advice. The place is very cozy/clean and in current situation they are able to meet Covid restrictions. Even my husband went to get a massage. Highly more
Emma Hancock
Emma Hancock
08:29 07 Jul 21
I have always wanted to try reflexology but usually opted for massage instead. However, now I've experienced two... reflexology sessions with Karen, I think I'm a convert! Both sessions have left me feeling calm, restored and well rested. I also had to change the time of my first session and Karen reponded really quickly and was happy to adjust it. I'm really happy with the service and am definitely going to be a new regular more
Manpreet Kaur
Manpreet Kaur
15:23 14 Jun 21
I’ve always been skeptical of massages and whether I’m receiving one that’s beneficial for my body as well as worth the... money. I have to say I wish I could give more than 5 stars because Essential Feeling is hands down one of the best massage treatments I have received as well as worth the money. Being currently pregnant too, I was worried that I would be in more pain after the massage however Charlton ensured that my deep tissue massage was tailored to my needs as well as helped with any stiffness and back pain I was experiencing. Karen was also super helpful during my reflexology massage, ensuring that I was relaxed and bought a lot of the swelling in my feet down. My mother also had a deep tissue massage from Charlton who again tailored it to her needs as she has a bad lower back as well as a lovely reflexology massage from Karen. Me and my mum felt that both massage therapists are very professional and solely cater to the needs of the client. They are both also very knowledgeable in the massages they deliver as well as any issues a person has individually with their body. Absolutely wonderful service and wonderful massages! Will definitely be making a return!read more
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