Caroline Madden, Bowen Technique & Clinical Massage Therapist
To book an appointment contact Caroline on 07816 888 847 or click here to send a message.
Pregnancy Massage is a deeply relaxing and restorative treatment tailored to changing needs throughout your pregnancy. It uses a combination of techniques such as Swedish Massage, Acupressure, Deep Tissue and Indian Head Massage, Shiatsu and Lymphatic Drainage whilst you relax safely supported by specially designed Body Support Cushions.
As well as relieving aches and pains of pregnancy, it gives the pregnant mother time to relax. During pregnancy, the body changes to prepare itself for the birth. In particular the joints become looser and may ache. The lower back can often be painful because of this, along with the extra weight and strain being applied to it.
Pregnancy Massage slows down stress hormones (Adrenaline & Cortisol) and encourages the flow of the body’s feel good hormones (Endorphins, Opamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin). These hormones not only make you feel relaxed, calm, balanced and recharged, but the same effect is also passed on to your growing baby while he or she is in Utreo (Womb). These hormones also play a vital role during labour and the birthing process, and work at optimum levels when the body is as relaxed as possible. Practicing to relax during your massage treatment is really beneficial as it also prepares your body for your baby’s birth at the same time.
Research indicates that regular pregnancy massage significantly reduced depression and back pain for mothers-to-be experiencing depression.
Benefits of Pregnancy Massage:
- Reduce stress and promotes relaxation.
- Reduce nausea.
- Reduce breathlessness.
- Boost energy levels.
- Relieve headaches.
- Relieve muscular aches and pains.
- Prevent oedema or swelling of joints and limbs.
- Reduce varicose veins.
- Prevent stretch marks.
- Ensure postural awareness and correct poor posture.
- Relieve restless limbs.
- Emotionally and physically prepare you for birth.
- Reduce tiredness and promote better sleep.
How will I be positioned?
Clients are normally positioned in a side lying position using the Body Support Cushion specifically designed for pregnancy to support your changing shape; you can also lay in the semi-reclined position.