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Pregnancy is an exciting time for expecting mothers, but it comes with its share of discomfort, including aches and pains to joints and muscles. Pregnancy can put a lot of stress on your back, shoulders, neck and abdominal muscles. Pre-Natal massage can help to reduce pain and make your pregnancy journey more comfortable. While pregnancy massage was once perceived as an alternative therapy, recent research has shown a range of benefits to the health and wellbeing of mums-to-be.
How does Pre-Natal massage differ to general massage?
Qualified therapists understand which areas of the body need to be avoided on expecting mothers, and which areas to target. They also use a gentler technique, which factors in the baby as well.
Body position during Pre-Natal massage is important to maximise the effectiveness of the massage, and also to ensure safety during the treatment. When receiving a Pre-Natal massage, you will lie on a specially designed massage table with a hole cut out to accommodate your bump. Therapists will assist you to find a comfortable position and may gently move you throughout the treatment to ensure your continued comfort until the end of the massage.
Pre-Natal massage avoids any strong aromatherapy or scents that may be dangerous to the expecting mother and baby. Therapists use natural, unscented oils that won’t cause any irritation during or following the treatment.
What are the benefits of a Pre-Natal massage?
Research has shown that benefits of Pre-Natal massage may include:
What should I consider before booking in for a Pre-Natal massage?
Always talk to your doctor before booking in for a Pre-Natal massage, especially if:
When making a Pre-Natal massage booking, you must advise your massage therapist of how far along you are in your pregnancy. Massage during the first trimester is generally not considered safe, as it may trigger dizziness and add to morning sickness. Most massage therapists will not book you in for treatments during your first trimester.
If you’re looking to book in for a Pre-Natal massage, call your massage therapist ahead of time to discuss their technique, and to address and questions or concerns you might have.