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 the woman emotionally and physically.
Pregnancy massage can be used as a treatment to reduce muscle tension built up during pregnancy, relieve sore backs and hips, 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:
– Muscular discomforts such as leg cramps, muscle tension and trigger points. Massage improves circulation and can therefore stimulate blood flow to these areas, easing discomfort.
– The muscular imbalance caused by postural changes. Massage can help the lumbar region regain balance and relieve discomfort.
– Swelling/oedema. Extra pressure on legs can lead to swelling in feet and ankles. Massage can improve circulation and lymph flow to the affected areas, helping to reduce swelling.
– Sciatic pain during pregnancy can be caused by a tight buttock muscle. Massage can help relax this muscle and relieve the pain caused by the pinched nerve.
– Headaches and sinus pain – massage of the face, neck and shoulders can help to alleviate sinus pressure and headaches caused by tension.
Every pregnancy is different, so our Massage Therapists work closely with their clients to accommodate their individual needs.
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.
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.
Pregnancy massage treatments are conducted in a cautious way by our Massage Therapist, Emilie, who is 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.
We offer 30, 60 or 90 pregnancy massages. You can book in with one of our brilliant specialist Massage Therapist Emilie.
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 “Best Well-Being Clinic Of The Year” for 2020, Comfort Health gained this award due to our therapist’s ability to “go over and above for your clients” and our “personal nature”.