During Pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes many changes, some of them stressful and uncomfortable. Massage is a great way to reduce stress and promote general well-being for the mum to be.
Benefits of Pregnancy Massage
Massage during pregnancy can:
- reduces swollen painful legs and feet
- help to prevent insomnia
- reduce muscle cramps and back pain
- soothe the nervous system
- ease sciatica, leg cramps and shoulder pain.
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During the early stages of pregnancy, the massage can be performed with the woman lying face down. When it becomes too uncomfortable, a customised Belly Pillow still allows a pregnant woman to lie on her front. Easing the pressure on her lower back and giving her a chance to really enjoy her massage. This may not sound comfortable but it truly is, and allows the Massage Therapist to work properly. Another option is for the woman to be in the side-lying position with the support of pillows. The comfort of the pregnant woman is always a priority.
Regular massages during pregnancy can also shorten labour time and make the return of your optimal fitness easier. Even receiving Massage once a week after the first trimester is a great way to help ease recurring problems and maintain general well-being.
If you are 13+ weeks gestation and experiencing a normal pregnancy, go ahead and secure an appointment now.
The birth of a new baby brings joy, exhilaration and profound changes and challenges to your life. Postnatal massage helps to restore your body, correct postural problems and tight muscles, help improve circulation and reduce fluid retention, boost energy levels and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.
As you make your transition into motherhood not only do you have to adapt to your non-pregnant state, but also to changes within your family, not to mention caring for your dependent baby 24/7. The stress from childbirth and time spent caring for your newborn is taxing on your body. A new mother’s needs at this time often go ‘under the radar’. Therefore it is vitally important, that new mums receive care and nurturing to support them through this time.
For mothers who delivered naturally, they can start their post-natal massage as soon as they are comfortable and ready. However, for caesarean section delivery, mothers are encouraged to wait for at least 2 weeks after delivery or when the incision is properly healed before they can start their massage. It’s important that new mothers take time to care for themselves so she can be at her best for baby.
Benefits of Post Natal Massage
Restores your body
Following your pregnancy and birth your body has undergone many changes and you may even feel that it is unfamiliar to you. Post natal massage helps you to re-adjust and return to your non-pregnant state. It can also help correct and manage difficult labour outcomes such as pelvic misalignment, sciatica and carpel tunnel syndrome which can continue past your baby’s birth. A Massage Therapist can help a new mother with proper stretching of tight, sore muscles, easing muscular tension and prolonging the massage’s benefits.
Eases aches and pains
New tasks like breast feeding, carrying, lifting or holding your baby for a long time, positioning your baby in cradles, cots and baby capsules can bring about soreness and pain in most areas of your body. Having a massage helps to relieves muscle tension due to these new repetitive movements giving your body time to adjust to its new routine.
Nurtures and relaxes you
Taking time out to have a massage gives you time to yourself to be cared for, allowing you to deeply relax in-between your baby care activities, boosting energy levels and reducing feelings of stress and anxiety.
Helps improve circulation
Fluid retention after birth is quite common, massage can help move this excess fluid through the lymph nodes back into blood circulation, in turn allowing the elimination organs ie liver, kidneys bowel to filter and process toxins and wastes.