Pregnancy massage helps mums:
- Relax and improve their mood
- Increase blood flow
- Get a better sleep
- Experience less pain in their legs and back
- Better manage pain during labour
In other words, pregnancy massage helps mums feel good and better cope with this huge transition in their lives.
What happens during a pregnancy massage?
At the start, you will be in a side lying position on the massage table where you’re comfortably supported with pillows and bolsters. At the end, you’ll be in a semi-reclined position for the massage of your neck and scalp (during massage, no lying flat on your back if you’re already in the second half of your pregnancy).
During pregnancy, pain is common because this period puts a lot of stress on your abdominal muscles, neck, shoulders and back. A one-hour or 90-minute massage can bring some comfort and help you get a better sleep later. During and after massage, you’ll also feel good because your body will release positive hormones.
A qualified therapist will avoid pressing certain pressure points and only apply gentle movements on and around the tummy. Overall, pregnancy massage is like a normal massage but done with extreme care and with specific knowledge about the physiology of pregnancy.
Is pregnancy massage safe?
Before you have a pregnancy massage, consult your doctor first to ensure safety. It’s especially the case when:
- You’re in your first trimester
- You experience vomiting, nausea or morning sickness
- You have high blood pressure
- You experience bleeding and pain on your tummy
- One or both of your legs are swelling
- You’re at high risk of miscarriage
Safety first before comfort. And once you’re sure that pregnancy massage is safe for you, you have to choose an experienced specialist so gentle and proper techniques and movements will only be applied. This will help you better focus and enjoy the comfort and relaxation during the massage.
If you want to learn more about prenatal massage, you can visit this page and send an enquiry.