Pregnancy Massage

What is a pregnancy massage?

A pregnancy massage – also known as pre-natal massage – is a more gentle and soothing massage that has been customised for expectant mothers.

Every woman experiences pregnancy differently, so the main focus of our work is supporting women in the unfolding emotional and physical journey.

This massage offers complementary support to medical care for the physical changes experienced through the pregnancy; relaxation helps support women emotionally and physically.

Pregnancy massage benefits

Pregnancy massage can be used as a treatment to reduce muscle tension built up during pregnancy, relieve back and hip pain, help reduce stress and improve overall well-being during this special time of physical and emotional change.

Massage therapy during pregnancy has been shown to offer many benefits:

  • Massage improves circulation and therefore stimulates blood flow to areas with muscular discomfort.
  • It helps to relieve discomfort and pain in the back caused by muscular imbalances due to postural changes.
  • Research shows it reduces anxiety and increases levels of the “feel-good” hormones serotonin and dopamine.
  • Massage can improve circulation and lymph flow to areas affected by Edema, helping to reduce swelling.
  • It helps to relax the muscles in your legs, buttocks, and hips to decrease pressure on the sciatic nerve.
  • Massage of the face, neck and shoulders can help to alleviate sinus pressure and headaches caused by tension.

What do they do in a pregnancy massage?

Every pregnancy is different, so our Massage Therapists work closely with their clients to accommodate their individual needs.

Selecting the optimal positioning for pregnancy massage

The position a woman is comfortable in can vary from week to week. In the first trimester (up to 13 weeks’ gestational age), the majority of pregnant women can lie in prone or supine with comfort and safety.

As the pregnancy progresses into the second trimester (14-26 weeks gestational age), side-lying is the most appropriate positioning. A side-lying offers both physical comfort and safety.

Is pregnancy massage safe?

During a normal pregnancy – and if the mum-to-be is generally in good health – then massage is usually safe.

Pregnancy massage can offer physical and emotionally support and can also help expectant mothers prepare their bodies for birth.

Safe pregnancy massage techniques

Pregnancy massage treatments are conducted in a cautious way by our Massage Therapists Ellen, Alice and Katharine who are trained in pre-natal massage, to ensure they have the appropriate knowledge and skills.

Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy – during the first, second, or third trimester. If you’d like to ask any questions about the techniques used, then please get in touch.

Pregnancy massage Bristol

We offer 30, 60, 75 or 90 minute pregnancy massages. You can book in with one of our brilliant specialist Massage Therapists Ellen, Alice and Katharine.

Why choose us?

Pregnancy massage is conducted in a safe and comfortable way by Therapists who are specifically trained in pregnancy massage, who will be able to tailor your massage and treatment specifically to you and your needs. Awarded “Physio & Wellbeing Clinic of the Year” for 2023, Comfort Health gained this award due to our therapist’s ability to “go over and above for your clients” and our “personal nature”.

Get in touch to book or if you would like more information.