Massage provides many benefits for pregnant woman.With the amazing body
changes extra stress and tension is placed within the muscular skeletal system
due to hormonal changes and a shift in your centre of gravity. Having regular
massage can assist you.
Experiecing massage is a wonderful way to go throughout your pregnancy. You
nurture yourself, your baby, honouring the amazing changes taking place. You can
have massage as often as you like. Yes we are aware some treat it is an illness
and will not book you in. (I was lucky I had a terrific therapist in Sydney for
my preganacies from a few weeks pregnant to two weeks over with my second.... he
was born midwife only no problems, a little over cooked!) And yes some of us do
feel a little of colour and stressed at times however this doesn't mean you
cannot have a massage.
Pregnancy massage can be done in many different ways. Pregnant women may lie
on their sides to be massaged, and they can actually lie on their bellies. We
use a specially designed cushion system that makes it possible for our expectant
mums to lie on their stomachs and feel relaxed and comfortable.
After the first 25 weeks of pregnancy, lying flat on your back may cause
pressure on deep blood vessels due to the growing baby; thereby reducing some
circulation. To avoid this a small soft wedge or pillow can be used to ensure
that you are lying in either a comfortable side-lying position or with your hip
cushioned and slightly elevated. Body pillows are especially effective for the
side-lying position. (you may like to invest in a long pillow for sleeping
sideways - I found them invaluable). Pregnant women can also be massage for
short periods of time in a semi-sitting position using pillows for
Massage during pregnancy can reduce peripheral swelling, helps to prevent
insomnia, reduces muscle cramps and back pain, and soothes the nervous
Keeping a good level of fitness and receiving regular massages during
pregnancy may shorten labour time and make the return of your optimal fitness
easier. During labour, massage is an effective pain relief tool. Ask about how
your partner or birth buddy/girlfriend can massage you during labour. We are
happy to show you beneficial natural techniques that can be used to have a
rewarding birth experience.
Massage can be performed anywhere from 40 minutes to 90 minutes, depending on
how much discomfort you are experiencing. Once a week during the second
trimester is great, and twice a week or more, during the third trimester is
wonderful. Massage helps ease recurring problems during pregnancy, such as
sciatica, leg cramps, and back and shoulder pain. It is up to you.
Massage during pregnancy is a terrific way to honour and enjoy this magical
time in your life..