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Pregnancy massage is sometimes also called called antenatal or maternity massage. This specialised treatment improves health of expectant mother, but also benefits the baby. Studies show, that it reduces the risk of miscarriage and increases the birth weight. Prenatal massage decreases cortisol levels and, in turn, excessive fetal activity decreases 1. It is helpful to ward off depression, anxiety prenatally and helps with the postpartum mood 2
How pregnancy affects your body
During your pregnancy your body is rapidly changing. The increased weight pushes the pelvis forward. It changes the center of gravity and creates extra pressure on the lower back, thighs, hips. It affects your posture dramatically. Your muscles need to accommodate these changes and they often get stressed, responding with pain and discomfort. Studies show that 50-90% of expectant mothers experience back pain during pregnancy. It’s the most common reason for missed days of work. 3
Maternity massage eases muscular discomforts and cramps. It helps to relieve the tension and stiffness. Massage therapy is proven to elevate low back pain and it’s an effective alternative treatment.4
There are acupuncture points and areas which may be contraindicated prenatally. I carefully avoid these resulting in a very safe and effective treatment.
What to expect from pregnancy massage?
During your session I will install you on a low comfy massage table. We will work out the most ergonomic position for you to feel comfortable so you can get totally relaxed during the treatment.
From the second trimester onwards I don’t recommend to lay on your tummy or on your back. You can lay on your side with a special supporting pillow for your growing baby. This is the best position for your back, hips and legs to feel relaxed during the treatment.
Special prenatal massage techniques and gentle stretches will release the tension from the stiff or sore areas. I will work on your back, neck, arms, shoulders, head, feet. Your body will change with pregnancy and so will the treatment!
Fully clothed during your massage session you will feel at ease. Make sure to wear something loose soft and comfy, so that I can reach all of your aching spots.
If you are considering a qualified pregnancy massage, just email or call me. I’m confident, I can help in most situations, even the ones involving complications like threatened miscarriage and other prenatal conditions.
Pregnancy massage is a great gift for any expectant mother at any time in her pregnancy.
Acupressure for pregnancy and labour workshop
Feeling anxious about your labour? Learn simple, but effective acupressure techniques for pregnancy and labour to reduce the pain during childbirth and make your labour more efficient. We are running popular monthly acupressure for labour workshops. Book your place now. Classes are small and they fill up fast.
If your situation can’t be helped with pregnancy massage or acupressure. If your baby is in a breech position, you have a high blood pressure or you need an induction we recommend to consider maternity acupuncture.