Pregnancy Massage – We are qualified and insured to deliver massage to pregnant ladies, read the following for more information.
If you are pregnant and would like a massage please talk to our therapists about the areas of tension you have, a session will cost either £25 or £30 depending on the time taken.
Be confident! Your therapist has had a completely separate qualification and level of training in pregnancy massage so you are in safe hands.
Massage and blood circulation The health circulation of blood is essential to the health and vitality of all the body systems. When circulation is sluggish energy levels drop, muscles may feel stiff, tired and sore, we then may experience lapses in concentration and memory, and the hair looks dull. Massage can boost the flow of blood through the body which helps to alleviate tension in the muscles, keeps the mind alert and the body active promoting a healthier sense of self.
Massage and the Lymphatic System
Massage can help to alleviate the build-up of toxic matter in the body by boosting the efficiency of the lymphatic system. The massage can help to squeeze out excess lymph from the tissue spaces and direct it to the nearest group of lymph nodes. This improved lymph flow flushes out toxins and drains excess fluid from tissues. It also helps to stimulate the body’s defence mechanisms to resist infection.
Massage and the Muscular System
If muscles are held in an abnormal state of contraction for long periods of time i.e – hunched over a steering wheel, or a computer, the flow of blood and lymph through the fibres is restricted. Under these conditions the muscles can be starved of oxygen and nutrients and toxic waste products begin to build up, causing stiffness and discomfort. The massages can help to relax tense muscles and to increase blood and lymph flow through the tissues. Increased blood flow brings oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and speeds the elimination of waste product.
Massage and the Skin
The massage has many beneficial effects on the condition of the skin and hair. As the circulation of blood and lymph is stimulated, fresh supplies of oxygen and nutrients are delivered to the cells and toxic waste is removed. This provides a healthy environment for cell regeneration and will improve the appearance of both skin and hair over a period of time.
Massage and Stress
Massage works on a physical and psychological level simultaneously. On a physical level the massage relaxes tense muscles, eases aches and pains, mobilises joints and regulates blood and lymph circulation. On a psychological level the massage gives you time to relax and unwind, allowing problems and worries to be viewed in a new light.
After a pregnancy massage you may experience:
- Improved postural balance
- Improved range of movement
- Reduction is swelling
- Regulation of blood pressure
- Relaxes breathing
- Improves Mood
- A reduction in the common stresses of pregnancy
- Reduction in stress which will aid in the preparation of the birth
Unfortunately we are not able to massage every single pregnant mum, there are some situations were we cannot. A few of these are listed below, if you are at all in doubt please contact us and we can advise you further.
If your are struggling throughout your pregnancy, or you have struggled during a previous pregnancy then please let us know when you call us, below are a few contraindications that are an absolute NO to performing the massage.
- NO MASSAGE within the first 3 months of pregnancy (14weeks)
- NO MASSAGE if any alterations in blood pressure for mum or baby
- NO MASSAGE if the mother has developed gestational diabetes
- NO MASSAGE if the mother has become anaemic
- NO MASSAGE if the mother has severe varicose veins
- NO MASSAGE if there is any problems with the placenta
- NO MASSAGE if there is a risk of preeclampsia or you have suffered preeclampsia in a previous pregnancy
- NO MASSAGE if the baby is not in the correct position for the weeks developed
- NO MASSAGE if mother is spotting or bleeding
- NO MASSAGE if the mum has a history of miscarriage or troubled pregnancy / births.
If you are undergoing treatment by a medically qualified person, get their permission prior to any treatments. It is always adviseable to get the consent of a midwife or health visitor/GP prior to undergoing a massage and bring the consent form/letter with you to your treatment.