Massage can be of enormous benefit to you but I do also appreciate that you may wonder whether it is safe to have a massage during your pregnancy.
On the whole, massage is safe if you are having a straightforward pregnancy and are generally well and free from health problems (please see the list of contraindications below for more information). I have nearly 10 years of experience working with pregnant and postnatal women and am fully trained and qualified to provide massage in pregnancy and my priority is ensuring the comfort and safety of you and your baby throughout your treatment.
Please do let me know of any health issues when you book your appointment - even if they don't seem that important. That way, I can advise you appropriately at an early stage rather than possibly disappointing you at your appointment. In many cases I may just need confirmation that your GP, midwife or other healthcare provider gives their consent for you to have massage therapy prior to any treatments.
You’ll have a full and detailed consultation either before or at your first appointment when you’ll be asked to fill in a health questionnaire with me. We’ll discuss any problems you may be having and confirm that massage is suitable for you.
For those of you who haven’t had a massage while pregnant before, the treatment is a little different from a standard massage. The massage couch is 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 support your bump and knees with as many pillows, cushions and bolsters as it takes in order to make you as comfortable as possible. You'll be covered in towels throughout the treatment with only the area being massage being exposed.
I’ll massage one side of your body and then help you sit up and lie back down at the other end of the couch, reposition your support pillows and massage the other side of your body. I can then also prop you up at the end to give you a short facial massage. You won’t be lying on your back or front at all during the treatment.
There are some instances when it isn’t advisable to have a massage and these are described in the contraindications to massage section below. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you'd like to have a chat about anything mentioned here or to find out if massage would be suitable for you.
Please follow the link below for frequently asked questions about the treatments.