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Massage in pregnancy is a very gentle type of body work therapy designed specifically for the requirements of a pregnant woman. It is safe prenatally and also effective. By employing specifically developed techniques discomfort related to pregnancy can be helped and eased. Massage during pregnancy can help contribute towards the emotional & physiological well being of both mother & foetus
Pregnancy massage derives from traditional massage therapy first used by ancient Egyptian, Greek and Far Eastern civilisations. Hippocrates, said to be the father of medicine, noted the benefits of "rubbing" on the human body in 460BC. Pregnancy massage uses the Swedish massage techniques developed in the late 1700s by former gymnast and physician Per Henrik Ling.
The Swedish massage technique has become the most commonly used massage during pregnancy due to its success in treating muscle and joint discomfort and the circulation problems associated with pregnant women.
Pregnancy massage has been popularised over the last two decades and other than the physical benefits of the therapy, recent studies have shown that hormone regulation is also improved. Balancing hormone regulation has led to fewer complications during birth and modern therapeutic massage is now a popular aid to pre-natal and post-natal care.
Pre-natal pregnancy massage aims to reduce the discomfort and pain caused by the constant growth of the baby and resultant changes in weight distribution around the mother's body. This can lead to problems with the neuromuscular system causing muscle aches, joint stiffness and cramps as well as stress and insomnia.
The pregnancy massage therapist aims to stimulate muscle and circulatory function using medium pressure stroking movements. This method reduces swelling (known as oedema) caused by poor circulation and pressure on blood vessels from the heavy uterus. By increasing blood circulation, the oxygen and nutrients present in blood cells also benefit both mother and foetus.
Pressure on the sciatic nerve from the uterus resting on the pelvic floor and lower back causes tension in the muscles resulting in back pain. Pregnancy massage releases this tension and lower back pain is greatly reduced. Hormonal changes benefit from pregnancy massage as the relaxation process relieves any anxiety or depression.
Post-natal massage aims to restore the elasticity of stretched skin and muscles to their pre-pregnancy state while also helping to aid relaxation and increase energy levels.
Be prepared - It is advisable to choose a pregnancy massage practitioner who is a member of, or is accredited by, an association or professional body. This ensures your therapy session is carried out in a suitable environment and by someone who has received formal training and ongoing development. Members are also bound to a code of ethics and practice. The main pregnancy massage organisations are listed at the foot of this article.
Be aware that pregnancy massage requires the practitioner to be hands-on and you will need to be fully or partially undressed during the treatment. Your pregnancy massage therapist will provide you with towels, a robe or blanket.
Your pregnancy massage therapist will spend time during your first appointment questioning you about your medical history, general health and any specific symptoms you may be suffering with. They will then examine your body looking at your posture and any muscle imbalances. From this, your pregnancy massage therapist will be able to recommend a course of massage treatment.
Pregnancy massage can take place with the mother in a sitting or lying position. In the second trimester, massage usually takes place lying on your side to prevent pressure on your abdomen and stretching of the ligaments surrounding the uterus. Pillows or cushions will also be used for support. Many practitioners use a special couch that can recline to 45 degree angle enabling massage to the legs and feet. Consult your local practitioner to see what methods they use.
The therapist will use various massage techniques on any areas they feel need treating and will apply gentle pressure and stroking movements (called 'effleurage') using their fingers and palms. They may also use natural oils or waxes to aid movement across the skin and the aromas can often help relax you.
Massage can dehydrate the body so drink plenty of water after your session. Your therapist will discuss the treatment with you and then make recommendations for any further sessions. They may also suggest exercises and breathing practises for you to do at home and any massage techniques for your partner to apply on you.
Your first session with a pregnancy massage therapist may take longer than subsequent sessions as your practitioner questions you about your medical history and general health and then recommends a course of treatment. Expect this session to last 60 - 90 minutes and follow-up sessions 30 - 60 minutes.
The cost for pregnancy massage varies so check with your local practitioner before making an appointment. Expect to pay £30 - £50 for your first session with subsequent sessions costing £15 - £30. Home visits are often available but be aware that these may incur additional costs.
Pregnancy massage can begin from the first trimester through to birth. Post-natal massage is also recommended. Should you choose to have pregnancy massage expect to attend sessions on a weekly basis to achieve its full benefits.
Pregnancy massage is a safe therapy with proven results and can be incorporated to benefit overall pre-natal and post-natal health. Certain sensitive pressure points on the ankles and wrists can affect the pelvic muscles of the uterus and trained pregnancy massage practitioners will avoid these.
If you have pre-term contractions or Braxton-Hicks contractions you should alert your therapist. Women who are at a high risk with pregnancy should consult with their GP and midwife before making an appointment.
We always advise with any conditions, ailment or health problem you take independent medical advice from your GP before considering a complementrary therapy, alternative medicine or alternative treatment.