Your body goes through profound changes during pregnancy and massage can be of physical and emotional benefit. It can help relax both you and your baby, as well as easing some of the discomforts pregnancy can bring, such as back ache, leg cramps and swollen ankles. It has also been shown to improve mood, lessen anxiety and reduce complications during pregnancy and birth.
Following a detailed consultation and provided there are no contraindications, this one hour massage will be specifically tailored to your needs, whatever your stage of pregnancy. Lying on your side, supported by pillows, a range of massage, stretching and mobilisation techniques can help improve circulation, ease tight muscles and restricted joints, as well as leaving you feeling relaxed and pampered.
Is massage during pregnancy safe?
Awareness of the benefits of complementary therapies during pregnancy and research into their safety and effectiveness is increasing. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists confirms that massage is an effective treatment for back ache during pregnancy and the NHS has issued the following guidance on the safety of complementary therapies during pregnancy:http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/957.aspx?CategoryID=54&SubCategoryID=129
Massage during a healthy, uncomplicated pregnancy is both safe and beneficial when carried out by a therapist with the appropriate level of training and expertise. In 2010, I completed a post graduate diploma specialising in pregnancy, labour and post-natal massage. The course is accredited by the Association of Physical and Natural Therapists, a member of the British Complementary Medicine Association.
If you have any complications with your pregnancy or any previous pregnancy it may still be safe to have a massage. I would be more than happy to discuss any concerns you have before you book a treatment. It is always advisable to check with your midwife before having any complementary therapy treatment during pregnancy. For more information on the effects of massage during pregnancy visit http://www6.miami.edu/touch-research/.
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Post natal massage
Regular massage during the post natal period can be most helpful to new mothers. In the early weeks it can help to restore the uterus to its normal size and help the mum relax, de-stress and regain lost energy, reducing post natal depression. Pregnancy and childbirth put the muscles under great stress and massage helps restore their condition, as well as relieving shoulder and neck pain caused by carrying and nursing your baby, which is especially important as your baby gets heavier.
Treatments are carried out in whichever position is most comfortable for you and can be safely carried out within days of the birth.
A voucher for a post natal massage can be an ideal gift for a new mum, who will no doubt receive lots of gifts for the new baby but may be in most need of some nurturing herself!