You may well experience swelling during pregnancy, usually caused by decreased blood circulation. For pregnant mothers, massage is ideal for reducing excess fluids in swollen joints by improving lymphatic and blood circulation and relaxing tension through mild pressure applied to the muscles.
Our practitioners will also help relieve other pains and tensions experienced in pregnancy such as backache, aching legs, and swollen feet.
Massage can also help treat common conditions in expectant mothers such as nausea, constipation and insomnia, and address a host of discomforts associated with the skeletal, lymphatic and circulatory changes brought on by hormone modification during pregnancy. Relaxation helps alter hormone levels significantly, leading to mood management and improved cardiovascular health.
One of the most common areas of discomfort in late pregnancy is Sciatic Nerve pain. This is caused when the uterus, heavy with your baby, rests on the muscles of your pelvic floor and lower back, putting pressure on the lower extremity muscles. Massage helps release the tension on nearby muscles and decreases the pressure on inflamed nerves. It’s safe from 16 weeks onwards.
For further information, please visit The American Pregnancy Association.
Benefits of Prenatal Massage
- Reduces fatigue and inflammation
- Decreases back and joint pain
- Increases blood and lymphatic circulation
- Decreases oedema
- Decreases muscle tension and headaches
- Decreases stress, anxiety and depression
- Improves sleep
Expectant mums can at last experience a perfect full body massage without the need to turn over. Nurturing cushions of warm water support your body fully, relieving pressure on your joints, and allowing the therapist to smoothly slide their hands under, over and around you. Water displacement permits the therapist to work with your own body weight as a source of pressure, enabling a deeper and more holistic massage.
A Hydrotherm massage promotes an immense feeling of calm and wellbeing, and can be enjoyed from 16 weeks to full term. It’s also greatly beneficial in the first few months after birth, when it may be uncomfortable lying on your front.