- Pregnancy Massage is safe but get written permission from your GP in the 1st Trimester
- There is no strong evidence that acupressure points can induce labour
- Pregnancy massages are usually given in the side lying position
- Common issues causing pain or discomfort include cramping, swollen ankles, sciatica and pubic symphysis
- You may also enjoy massage on your feet, legs, upper back, neck & shoulders
What is Pregnancy Massage?
Pregnancy Massage is a massage treatment that is customised to ensure the pregnant woman is comfortable during the treatment. This can be achieved by using a combination of different laying positions and special bolsters that allow you to lay safetly on your belly or in a semi-reclining position. Pregnancy massage can be tailored to the specific issues you are having during your pregnancy.
What are Some Common Issues During Pregnancy?
The body goes through specific changes during pregnancy which can cause various types of pain or discomfort such as:
- Swollen Ankles
- Sciatica and
- Pubic Symphysis
Pregnancy massages are tailored to relieve these kinds of symptoms.
Is Massage Safe During Pregnancy?
Yes, massage is usually safe during pregnancy. Many therapists will refuse to treat women in their first trimester purely because there is an increased chance of miscarriage. This isn't because the massage is inherently problematic, it’s just a fact about the first trimester, statistically speaking. Around 80 percent of miscarriages occur in the first trimester, which is between 0 and 13 weeks. After that time, the chance of miscarriage drops significantly. If you really want a massage during your first trimester, we recommend asking your doctor about it and bringing a written letter from your doctor saying that it is ok for you to have a massage.
Will a Pregnancy Massage Induce Labour?
Another reason some therapists won’t treat during the first trimester is the belief that applying pressure on certain points of the body can induce labour. There is no scientific evidence of this fact. Some acupressure therapists believe they can help induce labour at the end of the last trimester by applying pressure to certain locations on the hand, ankle, heel and sacrum however as I have mentioned, there is no strong evidence that this is the case.
What Position Will I Be In?
Pregnancy massage may be performed in many different positions using custom bolsters and pillows to ensure you are well supported and comfortable.
Positions may include:
- Face Down - On your belly with the use of special 'belly pillows'
- Side Lying
- Semi Reclined - Half way between lying on your back and sitting up
There are also techniques that can make it safe for you to lay on your back by tilting your pelvis with a rolled-up towel or bolster and a trained pregnancy massage therapist may use this technique on occasion with your permission.
Why Should You Get a Pregnancy Massage?
Many women experience increased muscular pains during pregnancy. One reason for this is that the body is increasing the production of a hormone called relaxin which loosens the ligaments and joints in preparation for the birthing process. As a result, many women experience lower back pain during pregnancy. You may also notice increased tenderness in your legs and feet due to the increased weight that you are carrying. Larger breasts can also lead to pain in the mid back, neck and shoulders.
And of course, it’s a very special time in your life and you may want to just be pampered and we think you deserve it too...
So, go ahead and book yourself a pregnancy massage today!