What is Pregnancy Massage?
Taylored Pregnancy Massage Leeds offers the same major benefits of a standard massage but is carried out in a way that is safe for both mother and baby and provides the unique requirements of a mother and baby during pregnancy. Only qualified practitioners should carry out pregnancy massage.
The massage itself can cover the full body and face including the abdomen, however this is specific to the individual. For example, many pregnant ladies do not wish for their baby bump to be touched and we therefore ask prior to any massage what you would and would not be comfortable with and what areas you would like us to concentrate on . A practitioner ensures that throughout the pregnancy that different areas are worked on to provide the best possible experience and alleviate any specific aches and pains.
What are the benefits of Pregnancy Massage?
As with general massage techniques, it can be beneficial for a number of elements including both muscular issues and general ailments, however in pregnancy it can also help to avoid and alleviate some pregnancy related issues. Pregnancy Massage is can also be great for relaxation and general well being which may include:
- Alleviating low-back pain
- Alleviating the symptoms of SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction)
- Helps to stretch out tired and cramped muscles
- Provides improved range of motion and increased flexibility in joints that are carrying more weight
- Helps with anxiety and tension through relaxation
- Keeps the skin supple and healthy and in some cases helps to avoid stretch marks
- Releases ‘happy hormones’ (endorphins) to promote relaxation and alleviate pain
- Helps with issues such as lack of sleep
- Gives you greater energy by reducing aches and pains
- In some instances can help produce a shorter and less painful labour
What should I expect during a Pregnancy Massage?
During the Massage, the client will lie on their side on a massage bed supported by pillows and bolsters to make them as comfortable as possible. Treatments are carried out directly to the skin, however only those areas being worked on are exposed. In pregnancy temperatures can often fluctuate, therefore the therapist will ensure the client has the appropriate coverage at all times.
The therapist will use an oil or wax on the skin which is safe to use in pregnancy and the client may choose the medium themselves.
A client’s whole body (or whichever part you choose) is worked through massage strokes. Clients can choose the amount of pressure used. Areas which may be worked more than others include back, shoulders, neck, and hips. This is often where most people will find they have aches and pains during pregnancy. A practitioner will adjust their techniques to fit your needs during pregnancy. This includes helping to stretch cramped or achy muscles as the body size and shape changes and to provide more relaxation when needed.
A treatment usually take around 50 minutes and during this time the client will become more and more relaxed and will left feeling renewed and revived.