Pregnancy Massage

Massage during pregnancy has gained a lot in popularity within recent years. Originally, it tended to be limited to groups of women who favoured alternative therapies. But now it is seen as a valid and useful means of reducing general pregnancy discomfort. Recently research and evidence have shown a scientific basis for its benefits, though pregnant women seemed to have known this for a very long time.

What does it involve?

One of the most popular forms of pregnancy massage uses the principles based on Swedish massage techniques. This is because of its particular benefits in reducing muscle tension and improving blood flow and lymphatic drainage. Some massage therapists use aromatherapy oils and burn incense to heighten the sensory experience. There is however, a range of oils which need to be avoided as they can prompt uterine contractions. These include oregano, peppermint, thyme, basil, sage and rosemary. You may prefer the massage therapist uses non-scented or very low scented oils.

How much skin you expose during your massage is entirely up to you. Some women are comfortable wearing very little clothing; others want to feel more covered. It is worth bearing in mind though, for you to get the most benefit from your massage, the therapist needs to be able to access as much of your skin surface area as possible.

What makes pregnancy massage different?

Ante-Natal massage differs from general massage because there can be some risks if particular pressure points are stimulated. These are located within your wrists and ankles and massaging them can stimulate the uterus to start contracting. There also needs to be a level of sensitivity and gentleness extended by the therapist, which factors in the baby as well. Some expectant couples book a massage therapist to give them both a massage and they find this is a good way of connecting and enhancing their emotional connectedness. You may find that your massage therapist is willing to show your partner some massage techniques you could try for yourselves.

Benefits of ante-natal massage:

  • When done effectively, has been proven to reduce stress hormones within a pregnant womanís body. It also increases the levels of hormones which tend to be low in women who are depressed.
  • It leads to a reduction in anxiety and free floating concerns. There is often an improvement in general mood following a massage.
  • Pregnant women often find a massage rejuvenates their energy because it gives them an opportunity to rest and completely relax.
  • For some pregnant women, massage can relieve nausea and heartburn. In others, it can make these worse though.
  • Relieves the everyday discomforts of pregnancy such as an aching neck, sore back, and heaviness in the pelvic bones, leg cramps, swelling of the ankles and feet and oedema (fluid retention).
  • Leads to muscle relaxation and relief of joint pain. Pregnancy massage can be particularly helpful for women who experience sciatic nerve pain.
  • Builds a feeling a sense of connectedness with another person as well as building a rapport. Many pregnant women experience a change in their intimate relationship with their partner and suffer from being ďtouch deprivedĒ.
  • Pregnancy massage may improve the progression of labour with better health outcomes for both the mother and her baby. More relaxed mothers tend to have a lower risk of interventions during labour and birth.
  • Pregnancy massage can provide an opportunity for women to completely stop what they are doing and focus on the pleasure of having someone else do something just for them.
  • Improved sleep due to feeling less muscle tension and generally less uncomfortable.

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When to avoid having a pregnancy massage:

  • If your midwife or doctor have advised you against it.
  • Some massage therapists have a policy of not doing pregnancy massages within the first trimester of a womanís pregnancy. This is because of the increased risk for miscarriage in the first 12 weeks of gestation.
  • If you are in a high risk pregnancy category or have previously had a premature labour.
  • If you have Pregnancy Induced Hypertension e.g. high blood pressure.
  • If you have pre-eclampsia, or sudden swelling with retention of fluid. If you experience severe headaches.
  • If having a pregnancy massage causes you to feel sick, lightheaded, gives you a headache or you donít enjoy the experience. Donít feel as if you have to do it just because others feel itís a good idea. Some women genuinely donít like being touched and find massages an intrusion of their privacy.
  • If you feel the massage therapist is being too vigorous you need to say so. Ask them to be a little gentler and keep the lines of communication open between you both. This is what is termed a therapeutic relationship and it needs to be working for you both in order to gain maximum benefit.

Essential Oils During Pregnancy

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Here is my list over 13 wonder Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils that you can use during your pregnancy. Use my recommended Essential Oils to relieving and/or treating:

  • Morning Sickness
  • Heartburn
  • Balancing Hormones
  • Sleep issues or Restlessness
  • Stretch marks
  • Itching
The information provided is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.





Pregnancy Massage

Cost: $95.00 per one hour and thirty minutes (1½ hr).
Including Essential oils


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