What is pregnancy massage?
Pregnancy massage is a thoroughly pampering gentle massage treatment for expectant mums. It can be provided as a full body massage or simply focus on areas of discomfort which are specific to you.
Where did pregnancy massage originate?
Massage in pregnancy and labour is thought to have been used in ancient cultures to support expectant mothers. In places such as India and Africa, women are massaged ante and post natally and often during the birth.
How does pregnancy massage work?
Massage manipulates the soft tissues and muscles of the body, helping to reduce aches and pains from over-worked and tired muscles. Slow, rhythmical massage techniques in pregnancy massage help to soothe the nervous system. Natural oils can help to nourish the skin.
What happens during a session?
During an initial consultation, some personal details such as diet, lifestyle and general health are discussed in confidence. Your therapist will then discuss with you which positioning is likely to be most comfortable for you. In an hour treatment, you may begin seated and then be assisted onto a comfortable massage couch. Here, you may lie on one side for a portion of the treatment and then the other. You may also slightly recline depending upon the areas you request massage to cover.
The therapist will apply an oil suitable for your needs during massage and use slow, relaxing massage movements to soothe aches and pains. A full body massage may include areas such as the back, neck, shoulders, hands, arms, legs, feet, abdomen, head and face (all areas are completely optional and open your preferences) Throughout the treatment, you and your baby will be supported by a number of cushions and pillows positioned as you need them.
What are the benefits of pregnancy massage?
Many people comment that they experience a sense of deep relaxation and well-being during and following treatments. Other benefits may include:
- relief from anxiety/ feelings of stress
- relaxation may result in lower blood pressure
- relief from aches/pains/ minor pregnancy symptoms
- reduction in oedema (swelling)
- nourishing and improving skin condition
- encouraging good circulation
- aids preparation for labour
When should I not have a treatment?
Ideally, all clients should obtain written permission from their midwife / doctor prior to proceeding with treatment.
(Please contact us and we will send you a brief form for completion to bring to your first treatment)
Written consent is essential for clients:
- in remission from cancer
- a heart condition
- uncontrolled high blood pressure
- kidney problems
- any implant/ recent operation
- a dysfunction of the nervous system e.g Parkinson’s disease
No treatment will be given for clients:
- with thrombosis/ embolism
- with a recent head or neck injury
- with contagious conditions eg. measles, mumps
- with skin or scalp infections eg. cold sores, head lice
Why do I need an initial consultation?
There are some occasions when treatment is not advised. The therapist needs to be aware of these for your safety, comfort and if treatment is advised, to tailor the therapy to each individual client.
How long will a treatment last?
Like all treatments at zenmindbody, pregnancy massage treatments are tailored to your needs. They are usually up to one hour in length. Length of treatment can be discussed during your initial consultation (a free 15 minute consultation at your first appointment, prior to the treatment beginning). Please see our website and the section on Treatments and Prices for further information about the full variety of treatments we offer.
How much does the treatment cost?
A one hour pregnancy massage is £35. There are also a number of special offers available, including 20% off the cost of your first ever treatment.
After the treatment:
The effects of massage are unique to each individual. Because the treatment stimulates the body and encourages the release of toxins, you may experience some of the following over the next 24 hours:
- increased energy levels/ feelings of tiredness
- deep sleep
- increased urination/ bowel movements
- increased thirst/hunger
- skin breakouts as toxins are released
- aching muscles as toxins are released and nerve fibres respond to the massage
- tearfulness/ emotional feelings
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
After care advice:
To gain the most from your treatment, over the 24 hours following this you are advised to:
- avoid caffeine, alcohol, smoking and strenuous physical exercise.
- eat a light meal
- drink plenty of water and relax!
- leave oil on the skin overnight (if possible)