Pregnancy massage is a specially adapted massage technique designed to be used safely during pregnancy. It’s application can vary a lot depending on the expectant mother’s specific needs.
Whether it’s a firmer technique to release tight knots and discomfort or a softer application to help reduce anxiety and facilitate deep relaxation, it will certainly help to rejuvenate you during your pregnancy. Treatment is normally administered in a side lying position with the addition of some cushions and towels to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
During pregnancy the women’s body goes through significant changes. Blood volume alone can increase by up to 50% which can cause pressure to build up particularly in the legs. This is why deep tissue techniques are often avoided with lighter and more relaxing, ‘long stroking’ techniques used instead to help improve circulation.
What are the benefits of pregnancy massage?
- Reduces anxiety stress and tension
- Helps promote mind and bod relaxation
- Reduces swelling in the arms and legs
- Helps to alleviate low back pain, pelvic girdle pain and sciatica
- Relieves aches and pains in muscles and joints
- Improves circulation
- Promotes relaxation and good sleep
Is Pregnancy massage safe?
The NHS guidelines state that pregnancy massage is one of the safest forms of complimentary therapies you can use during pregnancy. It is however not usually recommended in the first trimester (1 to 12 weeks) unless specifically recommended by your doctor. Women with certain health conditions may not be suitable for this type of treatment but your therapist will always take you through a thorough screening process first.
Any complications such as pre-eclampsia, low lying placenta and gestational diabetes will be assessed on an individual basis and in consultation with your doctor if necessary.
Pregnancy massage with Yoshiko Beer
Yoshiko is an extremely gifted massage therapist who has over twenty years of clinical experience. She has been with Richmond Physiotherapy for for over twelve years now and is well known in the local community for her gentle yet effective technique as well as her attention to detail. She originally trained as a physiotherapist in her native Japan but now specialises in soft tissue massage and release techniques.
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