Pregnancy Massage also known as Pre-natal massage provide emotional support , provides relaxation by relieving joints pain, eases neck and back pain, helps to keep good posture help keep blood flowing to both the mother and the baby
Why get a Pregnancy Massage?
During pregnancy, the weight has shifted drastically in a woman's body. Weight has been added to the belly, which puts a large strain on the back. Pregnancy can also be a very stressful time emotionally. Massage, both before and after birth, can help relieve these strains in an extremely comfortable way.
Pre-natal massage therapy focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be. While providing emotional support and nurturing touches, it provides relaxation by relieving stress on joints, eases neck and back pain, helps to keep good posture and relaxes and provides flexibility to birthing muscles. Pregnancy Massage can aid the circulatory and lymphatic systems, which can keep blood flowing to both the mother and the baby, and reduce fatigue. It stimulates different glands in the body, which help to stabilize hormone levels, and relieves nervous tension throughout the body. The fetus can also receive warm, loving touches before he or she is born. Massage oils and creams with vitamin E included may help with possible stretching of the skin around the belly. Pre-natal Massage also help strengthen the pelvic muscle to help ease the delivery. Doctors agree that a relaxed mother will be more likely to have a happier and healthier pregnancy, and perhaps an easier delivery.
Benefits of Pregnancy Massage include:
Tranquil relaxation and reduce stress.
Relief from muscle cramps, spasms, and myofascial pain, especially in the lower back, neck, hips, and legs.
Increase in blood and lymph circulation, which can reduce swelling.
Reduces stress on weight-bearing joints.
Improves outcome of labor and eases labor pain.
Enhances the pliability of skin and underlying tissues.
Provides support for the new mother with physical and emotional strains of mothering.
Pregnancy Massage differs from a regular massage in a couple of ways. The biggest way it differs is that the person receiving the massage is pregnant, and therefore knowledge of pregnancy and the anatomy of a pregnant woman are very important. This means that positioning during a massage is critical to the safety and well-being of both the mother and the baby she is carrying. There are also parts of the body that should not be massaged.
The massage table will be set up so you will lie in a semi-reclining position. This is not only really comfortable, but safe for baby. Also you will turn from side to side to do your back and hips, there are body pillows, wedge pillows and extra padding to make you comfortable. Never use the tables with the whole cut out for your belly, these cause undue stress to your lower back, it may seem like a great idea, but it isn't.
The room setting for a pregnancy massage is much like a typical massage, the room will have low lightening, you will lie on a warm extra padded table. Soft music will be in the background to help you relax and drift off. I don’t use any candles due to health and safety issue. Be sure to tell me if any of these disturb your senses. Sometimes there might be music or smells that don't quite agree with you and they are easily changed.
Massage is beneficial for almost everyone. Even women carrying multiples babies can benefit greatly from massage. There may be certain conditions that may or may not be related to the pregnancy that would preclude massage or certain types of massage. This may include women at risk for preterm labor, women with blood clots or clotting disorders, and other ailments. I recommend that you have a written notice from your doctor or midwife before receiving massage therapy during pregnancy.
Massage has never been associated with an increased risk of miscarriage.
Note the following cautions:
1) Don't begin Pregnancy Massage therapy before the 12 weeks of the pregnancy. The increased circulation flow with massage may cause dizziness, and add to existing morning sickness.
2) Pressure points on both sides of the ankle, the interior side of the thigh, and interior side of the shin and the webbing between the thumb and index finger are to be avoided. These areas are known as "Meridian Points in Traditional Chinese Medicine" and are believed that if sustained pressure is held on those points, they could activate labor too early.
Pregnancy Massage is not only good before childbirth, but also afterwards. Post-natal massage focuses on helping to restore the woman's body to its pre-pregnancy condition. Post-natal Massage therapy plays an important part in the restoration of the abdominal muscle wall and the uterus to its normal state. It helps to realign the body weight to its original distribution, and tones the over-stretched areas of skin over the belly. As with all massages, it relieves muscle tension and stress from everyday activities, especially new mothering duties. It not only helps restore the physical body to the new mom, but also helps to revive her emotional state. The loving touch of hands can provide a time to relax and reflect for the new mother, and helps to get her through the Post-natal blues. When the mother feels good about herself, it is easier to meet the needs of her newborn.
In Malaysia and Indonesia, herb are use to wrap the woman who has just gave birth. She will receive daily massage and body wrap for the next 30 days. This practice is believed to help the woman gain her pre-pregnancy figure and condition. It also believe to help remove stretch scars.
There are so many more benefits of Pregnancy Massage and if you've never had a massage before, now is definitely the time to get one.
Remember prevention is better than cure.
Once you show signs of improvement we will continue to work with you to keep harmony and balance already achieved.
A regular Pregnancy Massage session, depending on your timetable, will help to a stress free pregnancy.
We encourage you to have regular treatments before and after the pregnancy to maintain a state of well being.
I'm passionate and committed to the highest ethical standard within our profession and will do our best to ensure your satisfaction.
See what my clients say about my massage:
For anyone who knows someone who is pregnant, send them to Lei. He does the most amazing pregnancy massage. Totally different to his normal massage but just as good - highly recommended as a pamper for 'mum to be'!
Pregnancy massage can't get any better! Thank you.
Wonderful pregnancy massage.
with only a week to go it was much appreciated!
Fabulous pregnancy massage!
My broken body feels invigorated!
Harriet Nelson 13/1/2013
It is so wonderful to have found a proper, powerful Asian style massage that has untangled my poor pregnant body!
This is the best I've felt since getting pregnant....
Alice Dumas 5/1/2013
Well worth the 1hr 30mins drive.... Natalie 23/10/12
I'm so relaxed!
Looking forward to my next massage already.
The best treatment I have ever had, every time I come!
Thank you so much,
How can not live without your massage!
Could feel the tension melting away....
I come in with muscles all tight and knotted and leave with felling relaxed and ready to face the rest of the day.
Book a pregnancy massage today to relax those tight muscle for a feel great pregnancy...
A perfect gift for the beautiful mother to be...