Pregnancy Massage with Alexandra Cunningham
For mums to be, a prenatal routine can be daunting, and pregnancy massage often not thought of. But pregnancy massage can help ease back pain, swollen legs and fatigue. The benefits include:
- A reduction in discomfort through muscle spasm, cramp, tension and back ache.
- Stimulate soft tissue to reduce swelling, often seen as swollen ankles in pregnancy and disperse fluid retention.
- Boost energy levels and relieve fatigue
- Promote relaxation and reduce stress
- Ease digestive problems
- Improve circulation and enhance blood flow to the womb
- Encourage a healthy and strong internal environment for the baby to grow in
- Promote homeostasis or balance when bodily systems are working harmoniously
- Sciatic pain
- Pregnancy massage can also help improve quality of sleep and provide relief from headaches
Pregnancy massage is tailored specifically to the needs of the pregnant woman and their changing bodies.
On your first session, we will do a full consultation where we will take a full history and begin to understand what your preferences and needs at the current stage are. Your comfort is highly taken into consideration throughout your experience and therefore, we only use suitable positions on the treatment couch. It is not advisable for women to lay completely on their back mid-way through pregnancy due to the return of blood flow to the baby. A ‘lift’ under the right buttock is safely placed for this and to prevent any loss of blood flow from your legs to your heart. Also not being able to lay on tummy due to a growing baby bump and tender breasts. Most of the treatment is carried out on your side with a comfy pillow for your comfort.
In pregnancy massage we can work on the abdomen as well as the rest of the body - Arms/hands, legs/feet, whole back/shoulder, abdomen and face and scalp. The Massage helps to prepare the body for the changes that occur during this special time and will help to promote a healthy, happy pregnancy, as well as labour and recovery period.
Why should I have a Pregnancy massage?
Studies show that women who receive regular massages have fewer complications during their pregnancy and labour and that their babies are more settled and content, suffering fewer baby ailments. Although pregnancy is a wonderful time, many changes take place in the mother's body as the baby develops. This can put strain and pressure on the joints, ligaments and organs causing some pain and discomfort which massage can help alleviate.
The stimulating effects of the massage strokes help to increase circulation, which will increase the flow of nutrients delivered to the baby via the placenta. Massage aids the lymphatic system by stimulating the white cells of the immune system, encouraging the elimination of waste and toxins, which will help relieve oedema or swelling.
In addition research also shows that the baby can greatly benefit from massage as endorphins (feel good chemicals) are released by the mother during massage that are passed onto the baby. Quite often the therapist will feel the baby kick and move as it too responds to the massage treatment.
Pregnancy Massage is available at SWEAT Southsea on Thursday's and Saturday's
Please note, pregnancy massage is not advised in the first trimester. Anytime after this period is fine. Please ask your GP or midwife for a note before attending a massage stating it is okay for you to do so.