In many ways pregnancy massage is similar to regular massage in that it aims to relax tense muscles, ease aches and pains, improve your circulation and mobility, while also helping you to feel good.
However, the treatment is also tailored to your needs as a pregnant woman. I use a wide and comfortable massage couch, fixed at a lower height than usual, so that it is easy for you to get on and off. I’ll help you lie on your side with your head resting on a pillow and will use as many pillows and cushions as necessary to support you and your bump and make you as comfortable as possible. I’ll then cover you with towels (or a cotton sheet if you are feeling hot) and only expose the parts of your body that are being massaged.
During your consultation we’ll discuss what you hope to get out of your massage and any particular problems you may be experiencing and I’ll then work out a treatment plan to address these.
Each treatment may therefore be different from the next, but in general I start by massaging one side of your back, your arm and leg, and with some very gentle stroking of your bump if you’re happy with that. I’ll then help you sit up and lie back down at the other end of the couch and massage the other side of your body.
I’ve been trained to address specific pregnancy related issues and so if your ankles are puffy, I’ll ensure that your treatment incorporates lymph-drainage techniques to reduce water retention. Or, if you are particularly bothered by lower back pain, I’ll make sure I spend time working in this area too.
I will only use techniques that are appropriate for your stage of pregnancy and will always work within your comfort levels. I welcome your feedback during the treatment to ensure you aren’t in any discomfort.