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
- ease some of the discomforts pregnancy can bring, such as back ache, leg cramps and swollen ankles
- improve mood, lessen anxiety and reduce complications during pregnancy and birth
Having completed a post graduate diploma specialising in ante-natal, labour and post-natal massage with Katie Whitehouse of Really Useful Massage, I have 9 years experience of supporting women through their pregnancy.
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 techniques can help ease tight muscles and restricted joints, as well as leaving you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
"I am so glad that I found Lisa during my pregnancy. I started suffering from back and hip ache at around 20 weeks, but my regular massages with Lisa alleviated this, almost completely. She is professional, knowledgable and friendly, and I just knew I was in 'good hands'. Without Lisa I would have suffered and been in constant pain and discomfort throughout my pregnancy. I would highly recommend her 5 * service!" Lacey Dorliac
Is massage during pregnancy safe?
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. Both the NHS and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommend massage for managing back pain during pregnancy.
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.
Although there is no evidence to suggest that massage during the first trimester of pregnancy can harm your baby in any way, I generally prefer to wait until the second trimester before commencing massage treatments. However, if there is a specific issue that you would like treatment for before that stage please do contact me to discuss it.
There is no stage of late pregnancy where massage is inadvisable - the latest I have treated a client was when she was 41 + 5!
Post natal massage
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.
I also work with women who have had a Caesarian section to help improve the health and feel of the surgical scar and the underlying tissues. I have attended an introductory course on the ScarWork techniques devised by Sharon Wheeler and use a combination of those techniques and myofascial release which clients find beneficial.
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!