What is pregnancy massage?
Having pregnancy massage therapy is a great way to enhance your prenatal time and research also shows that it is helpful for the success of a natural pregnancy, healthy birth and baby. It is one of the most special times in a woman’s life but it can take its toll on your changing body; your hormones are all over the place, you’re feeling tired and then on top of that you have water retention and your muscles ache like you never believed. Plus, you’re not as mobile as you once were so you can’t stretch tension out as you used to.
Essential Feelings specialist prenatal therapist deals with the prenatal effects on your body whilst you lie comfortably on your side and certified pregnancy techniques are skilfully applied to ensure you get all the benefits of a massage in pregnancy that is tailored to your individual needs.
If I have a massage in pregnancy will this be tailored to my needs?
Yes. Our fully trained therapist will adapt your massage for your pregnancy. We will connect mother and baby through the amazing power of touch.
We will relieve tension and back pain as well as alleviating swelling in your hands and feet by tailoring your massage to the stage and needs of your pregnancy.
Conditions that may respond well to a massage and pregnancy
*Muscle cramps, spasms, and myofascial pain particularly in the lower back, neck, hips, and legs
*Relieves stress on your weight-bearing joints reducing aches and pains
*Muscle imbalance and weakness due to postural changes can be aided by prenatal massage encouraging the lumbar area of your spine to regain balance
*Water retention/ swollen limbs and joints by stimulating blood and lymph circulation – this also benefits your unborn baby
*Enhances the pliability of skin and underlying tissues
*Constipation - regular prenatal massage stimulates regular movement
*Pregnancy sciatica (sciatic nerve pain) can be reduced with regular pregnancy massage
*Tranquil ‘me time’ promotes relaxation and stress reduction for you and your baby
*Relieves tension without medication that may harm your developing baby
*Headaches and sinus congestion can be eased without medication
*Childbirth can be helped with regular massage during your pregnancy. Release of chronic tension from your lower back, abdomen, and inner thighs promote minimal resistance during your delivery
More information on back pain
Are you certified to give massage during pregnancy?
Yes. Our massage therapist is fully accredited and certified in pregnancy and postpartum massage. This means that we have undergone special training and know what is safe practice for you as a mother to be and also your baby. We will adapt the pressure and style of massage so that you get the best out of it.
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Is there a consultation process?
Yes. If you have a computer, to save your treatment time, we’ll send you a consultation form to complete before you come along for your pregnancy massage. This will allow you to detail any conditions you have such as aches and pains, allergies etc. This will remain confidential between you and your therapist. You will need to sign the form to say that you are happy to go ahead with the treatment.
When you arrive we’ll chat through this to fully understand what you would like to get out of your prenatal massage treatment and establish any areas that will require additional treatment. We will then decide on a treatment plan.
I am having twins (or more) is massage for pregnancy still OK?
Yes, prenatal massage is beneficial for almost everyone.
Where will my pregnancy massage take place?
Your pregnancy massage will be in a comfortable, calm treatment room with soft lighting and will be just as relaxing as it is for a standard holistic massage with the added benefit of extra padding for your utmost comfort at all times.
After your consultation, your therapist will show you to your treatment room where you will undress to your lower underwear whilst the therapist is out of the room. You will then lie on the massage couch on your side, cover yourself with 2 luxury towels & only then will your therapist re-enter the treatment room. You will then arrange your additional padding to your personal requirements.
Who will treat me?
Charlton will be your prenatal massage therapist, please read our reviews page to find out what great things our clients have said about him. He's not only ITEC qualified in massage, but is also one of the few therapists near me that are specially trained in giving you a quality massage while you are pregnant.
What will happen during the treatment?
During your pregnancy massage therapy, your body will be covered at all times with soft towels, with the exception of the area you are having your pregnancy massage on of course! Your modesty will be maintained at all times throughout your prenatal massage treatment. You will lie on your side, supported by soft cushions. Many of our expecting ladies drift off to sleep straight away such is their feeling of relief and wellness as soon as they relax.
What do I do during my pregnancy massage session?
You'll be asked to lie on your side and then make yourself comfortable -- your therapist will take care of the rest. If they want you to adjust your position, they'll either move you or will ask you to move as necessary. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It's up to you. It is your prenatal massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
During a prenatal massage your body releases toxins. This process can mean that your body temperature can change at any time, so please do say if you become cold. Likewise, if the pressure is too light or hard, then please feel free to say as everyone is different.
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How will I feel after my prenatal massage therapy?
You may feel tired or wonderful and relaxed after your pregnancy massage as it has a huge effect on releasing anxiety; however, most people will then feel rejuvenated and full of energy. You may experience some aches and pains for around 24 hours after your treatment as the body flushes the toxins that have been released out. In order to speed this process along, drink lots of water after your prenatal massage.
I would like to bring on my labour – can pregnancy massage help?
Pregnancy massage can often help bring on a labour, but it is still down to your body to decide when you are ready to give birth. You can also combine your prenatal massages with pregnancy reflexology for a multi-tiered approach.
Why would I not be able to have a pregnancy massage?
There are a few conditions which mean a pregnancy massage would not be the best holistic therapy for somem expectant mums. In this instance, we wouldn’t be able to treat you with a pregnancy massage, but there are plenty of other therapies including reflexology that would be more suitable and we can help and advise you in making the best choice.
Is there anything that means massage during pregnancy is not advisable?
* Women at risk for preterm labour would not be advised to have pregnancy massage
*Women with blood clots or clotting disorders, and other associated ailments
*Within the first trimester pregnancy massage is generally not recommended but if your doctor is happy, then we will work on you with a letter to that effect.
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