Pregnancy massage can reduce stress and promotes a greater sense of relaxation, facilitate transitions through emotional support and physical nurturing. It is recommended from 12 weeks right through to labour. Pregnancy massage can reduce oedema (swelling) and blood pressure, relieve pain from varicose veins, relief from sciatica and increase blood and lymph circulation. It relieves stress on weight-bearing joints (ankles, lower back, pelvis), reduces musculoskeletal strain and assists with cramps.
In most cases, pregnancy massage is safe and beneficial for both the mother and baby. We have a special pregnancy mat that allows the woman to lay face down (which is safe for a short period of time), or in side lying position if that is more comfortable. If you have any questions or concerns as to whether massage would be safe and appropriate for you, please mention this when you are making your appointment and speak to your massage therapist. Some contraindications to pregnancy massage include existing blood clots, flu-like symptoms, hypertension, placenta previa, severe abdominal pain, migraine headaches, gestational diabetes, vaginal bleeding or history of miscarriage. If you have a high risk pregnancy or one of the above contraindications the therapists will need a medical certificate from your obstetrician to go ahead with your treatment.
Pregnancy massage is a wonderful treatment and there are so many benefits. Every woman should savour the few moments she can have just to herself before welcoming her baby into the world.