What is Pregnancy Massage?
New to Angel Wood Therapies
If you are in your 2nd or 3rd trimester of pregnancy and are in need of some relaxation, stress relief or ease from muscular tension then why not try a Pregnancy Massage?
The techniques are specifically tailored to benefit both your baby and yourself allowing you to receive some well needed rest and relaxation.
Important booking information
UK Law states that only Midwives or Doctors are allowed to take in the ‘sole responsibility’ of a pregnant woman, except in an emergency.
This basically means that I can only provide Pregnancy Massage on a client who is under a Midwife of Doctor. I would require that you bring your pregnancy notes with you to your appointments. As always information remains completely confidential this is just to ensure that you the treatment is best for your baby and your yourself and that we work alongside your medical care givers and not against them. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this then I would be more than happy to have a chat or we could arrange for you to come in for a free consultation.
Upon booking your appointment I would also need for you to inform your midwife or doctor so that they are aware of your intentions to receive a massage treatment, this is so they can provide any relevant advice regarding your treatment.
This may sound quite unnecessary but the government guidelines have been set in order to protect your baby and yourself. By working together with your medical care givers this ensures that you are getting the quality of care you deserve and can also ensure that the treatment you will receive can be tailored to your needs and is carried out safely and professionally.
Also if you are pregnant and are looking for a massage please ensure that you receive a treatment from a therapist who is specifically qualified in ‘Pregnancy Massage’. Regulations have changed recently relating to pregnancy massage, therapists who do not have a specific qualification in Pregnancy massage are no longer insured or advised to treat. This is due to their lack of knowledge on safe techniques so please ensure that if you do not book a treatment with myself, you book your treatment with another therapist who also has a Pregnancy Massage qualification!
If you have received massage prior to Pregnancy Massage and like a firm deep pressure please be aware that the movements and techniques are tailored to be safe and beneficial to your baby and yourself, as you body goes through many changes whilst you are pregnant. This means that the amount of pressure used during the treatment will be quite different to other massages such as Swedish, Sports and Deep Tissue. The massage is still very beneficial and can relieve a lot of muscular tension and help with the conditions mentioned above, but don’t expect the treatment to be very deep as women as much more prone to bruising whilst pregnant and also if you are massaged with pressure on your legs during pregnancy it can cause conditions such as Deep Vein Thrombosis. This is another reason why you must ensure you see a therapist who is qualified in Pregnancy Massage.
Benefits of Pregnancy Massage:
Aids stress relief: It has been proven that Pregnancy massage helps reduce stress relief for yourself but also for your baby, by encouraging the release of endorphins (your happy hormone!!)
Helps you become more body aware: Mothers who have received pregnancy massage were more easily able to identify more accurately labour symptoms and much more able to cope with the early stages of labour.
Stimulates circulation: By stimulating blood circulation you are increasing the flow of oxygen, nutrients and white blood cells to the placenta and your vital organs.
Relieves sluggish bowel movement: As you may be finding whilst you are pregnant that you are becoming less regular and maybe even suffering from constipation, massage can help relieve these symptoms.
Releases Muscular tension: It has been proven that unfortunately 75% of pregnant women will suffer some form of severe back pain during their pregnancy. Where the pain and is felt and for how long will vary person to person, but the amount of strain that is caused by your changing shape throws your posture out and puts your muscles, joints and ligaments under a lot of extra pressure, massage can help relieve tension, aches, pains and even help ease conditions such as Sciatica, Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction and prolapsed discs.
Releases compression: Nerves can become compressed due to muscular tension and the build up of fluid retention massage helps to ease the muscular tension and fluid build up, therefore helping to ease the compression on the nerves.
Aids breathing: During the treatment we massage the intercostal and pectoral muscles and also use stretching techniques that help expand the lungs and give some much needed relief to the respiratory system.
Helps Prevent Varicose Veins: It can be common for women to develop varicose veins during pregnancy as the amount of the blood in the bloodstream increases by at least 50%. With this and the decreased mobility you can get in the later stages of pregnancy it puts extra pressure on the veins in your legs and becomes increasingly difficult for the blood to return to the heart. Gentle massage will help stimulate the circulatory system giving your veins a helping hand to keep your circulation flowing well.
Aids deep relaxation: Massage can be a very relaxing and comforting experience. At times we all need a little TLC, especially when you are pregnant. Pregnancy is a wonderful time but it is hard work and very physically and emotionally draining for most. Massage helps your body rebalance and have a little time for yourself.
Encourages Natural Pain Relief: massage stimulates the production of oxytocin, which is the hormone that give pain relief.
- Back Massage: 30 minutes
- Full Massage: 60 minutes
- £30 Back Massage
- £45 Full Massage