What is a Pregnancy Massage?
It is a treatment suitable after the 1st trimester, purposely designed to treat all the “Mum to Be”
Who is it for?
It is for any pregnant client (not experiencing any serious complications)
Massage during pregnancy 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.
Be sure to tell me if any of the aromas etc are disturbing your senses. Sometimes there might be music or smells that don’t quite agree with you and they are easily changed.As far as clothing is really up to you, many mums choose to remove all of their clothing, though they are never uncovered, as they are always covered by the towels and blankets. Some choose to wear their underwear or their bra and underwear. Whatever you choose to wear or remove is completely up to you and your comfort level.
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 labour, women with blood clots or clotting disorders, and other ailments. Many therapists recommend that you have a written notice from your doctor or midwife before receiving massage during pregnancy.
Massage can also be useful for labour, techniques can be done by your partner or a doula. The time to learn the techniques is while you’re pregnant before you go into labour. It is a great idea to take your partner or friend with you when you get your massage as this can show your partner many comfort measures he or she can use at home and will also explain why some techniques are unsafe