There are many benefits for both you and the baby in having a prenatal massage and it is a safe and relaxing way to relieve and minimise the common discomforts experienced during pregnancy. The side lying position is considered the safest and most comfortable for pregnancy massage along with the use of pillows for extra support and comfort. Although a very small part or the massage can include some abdominal work this will only be part of the treatment if the recipient agrees and will be included in the initial consultation.
Regular Prenatal Massage has many benefits including:
- Helps to alleviate stress on weight bearing joints and musculo-fascial structures.
- Helps alleviate muscular tension, stiffness and pain especially in the upper back, neck, and shoulders and in the lower back, hips and sacroiliac joint including sciatica
- Helpful for reducing swelling in the legs and feet and reducing muscle spasms and cramps and improves circulation.
- Aids relaxation and stress reduction and relieves mental and physical fatigue
If you feel that you would like to try a massage treatment then it is important that you inform the midwife or obstetrician looking after you in pregnancy and they can advise if they think it will be suitable for you or any reasons you should not have a treatment.
Postnatal massage can be just as important as a prenatal massage helping the body to recover from childbirth. As well as targeting areas of physical tension in the body it can also help you relax and rejuvenate mentally and emotionally.
A typical pregnancy treatment lasts 1 hour.