In most cases, as soon as you like. Massage soon after delivery can aid recovery by increasing your circulation and cleansing toxins like lactic acid from your muscles (after all, you’ve just run the marathon of all marathons!). Women who have had a Caesarean-section usually need to wait a few weeks and bring written approval from their physician. If you have lumbar-pelvic pain post-natal, massage can often help. At times during a long pregnancy or one where you have not been active, your joints can tighten up, by targeting the soft tissues around the area of restriction/pain as soon as possible; a resolution is generally achieved very quickly.
Not true. Now more than ever your feet need relief from joint pressure and swelling. But there are acupressure points around the ankles and feet that, when actively and aggressively worked, can bring on contractions. This is handy during labour, but those specific places and techniques are carefully avoided until then.
If any of the complications or conditions listed below applies to you we would advise you to give your GP or midwife a quick call before you come in for a massage. This is just to make sure that massage is safe for you and your baby.
- Complications with previous pregnancies
- Chronic hypertension
- Placental dysfunction
- Gestational diabetes
- Abnormal foetal heartbeat or movement
- Severe asthma
- Blood clots
- Convulsive disorders
- Kidney and bladder disease
- Kidney & bladder disease
- Aged under 18 or over 35 years of age
- Cardiac, pulmonary or liver disorders
Massage is safe and very beneficial during pregnancy. Although getting a massage will increase your blood flow and lymph circulation, which makes your heart work faster. So we advise you to contact your GP before a massage, in order to get the all clear. If you arrive to your appointment and you are showing signs of a medical condition which needs attention, and feeling very unwell, we recommend giving it a miss and see your GP. This way, we can ensure that the massage will be safe for you and your baby. The 1st trimester is contra-indicated, we will not work on you as it is deemed a risk for some ladies. Although some women don’t find out the lucky news till later in the pregnancy!
Our cushions are state of art, you will be able to lie face down with minimal discomfort. Ladies at 9 months to the day have been happy with the cushions, although wanting bubs out as enough time had passed. Face down or side lying, you will be comfortable. Our only negative thoughts to our cushions are that you cannot take them home. Sorry girls.
If you have had a massage before, then you know how great it feels. But pregnancy massage is a little different. For example, the positioning during the massage is critical to the safety and well-being of both the mother and the baby. The therapist will also have to adjust their strokes and techniques to accommodate the pregnancy. The massage is always tailored to meet individual requirements. As your body changes and grows, your posture and alignment change. As your belly shows your Bottom has to go backwards a little to stop you from falling forwards. This often results in a tight back and glutes. We can work specific to your needs or work generally. Often the massage may be different each time as you are changing, so do you needs.
Pregnancy massage can be performed with as much or as little clothing as you’re comfortable wearing – it’s always a personal decision. Usually we recommend that you keep underwear on, and we use sheets for coverage so only the parts that are being massaged are exposed.
Deep abdominal massage will not be done at all during your pregnancy. The only abdominal massage that would be done is light effleurage and then only if you requested it.