What is a Pregnancy Massage?
Pregnancy massage, also known as prenatal massage, is a specialised form of massage therapy intended to address the unique needs and issues of pregnant women. It’s a gentle and therapeutic approach that focuses on promoting relaxation and relieving the physical and emotional stresses associated with pregnancy.
The most important aspects of pregnancy massage are:
Pregnancy massage is a safe treatment option when performed by a trained and experienced massage therapist. However, it’s crucial to consult with your healthcare provider before getting a prenatal massage, especially for women with certain medical conditions or high-risk pregnancies.
Pregnant women often receive massage while lying on their side or with pillows and/or cushions that allow them to be in a comfortable and safe position. This helps to avoid putting pressure on the abdomen and ensures the safety and comfort of both the mother and the baby.
For more information, read our ultimate guide to pregnancy massage.
What techniques are used in a pregnancy massage?
Many of the standard remedial massage techniques are suitable for pregnancy massage with some slight adjustments. Here are some of the most common techniques:
- Swedish Massage
This is a relaxing and gentle option that involves long, gliding strokes, circular movements and kneading. It helps to improve circulation, reduce muscle tension, and promote overall relaxation.
- Deep Tissue Massage
While the pressure is generally lighter than in a regular deep tissue massage, some therapists use gentle deep tissue techniques to address specific areas of tension or discomfort.
- Myofascial Release
Is focused on releasing tension in the fascia. Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds muscles and organs. It can be beneficial in improving flexibility and relieving discomfort.
- Trigger Point Therapy
This involves applying pressure to specific points on the body to release tension and alleviate pain. Therapists use a gentle approach during pregnancy to avoid putting excessive pressure on certain areas.
It’s important to note that the intensity and depth of the massage will depend on the individual’s preferences and comfort level. Additionally, communication between the pregnant woman and the massage therapist is crucial to ensure that the massage is tailored to her specific needs and concerns.
What are the benefits of a pregnancy massage?
- Stress Reduction
Pregnancy is a stressful time, both emotionally and physically. Massage helps to promote relaxation by reducing stress hormones, such as cortisol, and increasing the release of feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine.
- Pain Relief
Many pregnant women experience discomfort, especially in the lower back, hips, and legs. Pregnancy massage can help alleviate muscular tension, reduce pain, and improve overall comfort.
- Improved Sleep
The relaxation induced by massage can contribute to better sleep quality. Many pregnant women find it challenging to get comfortable in bed, and massage can provide relief and help improve sleep patterns.
- Reduced Swelling
Edema, or swelling, is a common issue during pregnancy, particularly in the legs and ankles. Massage techniques, such as gentle strokes and lymphatic drainage, can help reduce swelling by improving circulation.
- Enhanced Mood
Hormonal changes during pregnancy often lead to changes in mood and heightened emotions. Massage promotes the release of endorphins, which can positively impact mood and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.
- Improved Circulation
Pregnancy can sometimes lead to reduced circulation, contributing to issues like edema and varicose veins. Massage can enhance blood and lymphatic circulation, reducing fluid retention and promoting overall cardiovascular health.
- Muscle and Joint Flexibility
As the body undergoes changes to accommodate the growing baby, muscles and joints may become strained. Massage can help improve flexibility and relieve tension in these areas.
- Preparation for Labor
Massage helps the body prepare for labor by improving muscle tone, enhancing flexibility, and promoting relaxation. While more research is needed in this area, many women find it beneficial.
- Self-Care and Body Awareness
Pregnancy massage encourages women to prioritise self-care and become more attuned to their bodies. It provides a dedicated time for relaxation and reflection on the changes occurring during pregnancy.
How much does a pregnancy massage cost?
We offer two lengths of pregnancy massages, 45 minutes and 60 minutes, and our prices align with the average costs of a pregnancy massage in Melbourne.
How long does a pregnancy massage take?
The recommended time for a pregnancy massage is 60 minutes. This allows enough time to alleviate pain and help you to relax. Anything longer could create some discomfort for you and seem like too long. For those struggling and thinking 60 minutes could be too long, we offer a 45-minute option – enough time to help reduce your pain but not have you lying there for too long.
Is massage safe when pregnant?
Many pregnancy massage therapists and Gynecologists suggest waiting until the end of the first trimester before receiving a pregnancy massage. The first twelve weeks are when the fetus goes through many critical developmental stages, and it’s advised to take as much care as possible during this time.
However, there is no solid evidence to suggest pregnancy massage is dangerous during the first trimester. And so, we leave it up to you if it’s something you would like to do. Outside of the first trimester, massage is safe for pregnant women.
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Pregnancy Massage Melbourne | Remedial Massage Melbourne
03 9645 9923
Pregnancy Massage FAQs:
Back massage during any stage of pregnancy is generally regarded as safe, provided it is performed by an experienced and certified massage therapist and is approved by a medical doctor.
There is a general consensus among massage therapists and healthcare practitioners alike that back massage during pregnancy can offer excellent relief from swelling, stress, and tension and can alleviate your back, shoulder, leg and feet pain.
Yes. Foot massages are good for pregnancy. They are safe and help alleviate swelling and discomfort around the feet and ankles. If you’re worried about any massage therapy, please consult your doctor.
In most cases, it’s safe to receive massage therapy throughout your entire pregnancy, and there is no time you have to stop. However, if you are worried about receiving a massage, please consult your doctor.
Massage therapy is a great way to help sciatica to help anybody.
When you’re pregnant, the body starts to prepare for childbirth and relax your ligaments which can pinch the sciatic nerve. Massage therapy will help relieve sciatic pain during pregnancy.