Newcastle Pregnancy Massage
Available from 12 weeks until birth – £40 per treatment with your fifth Treatment FREE with our loyalty card
Benefits of Pregnancy Massage
Studies have indicated that massage performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labour outcomes and newborn health.
Massage aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body. Swedish Massage is the recommended massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts.
Studies done in the past 10 years have shown that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered when massage therapy is introduced to women’s prenatal care. This leads to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health.
In women who received bi-weekly massages for only five weeks, hormones such as nor-epinephrine and cortisol (hormones associated with stress) were reduced, and dopamine and serotonin levels were increased (low levels of these hormones are associated with depression).
These changes in hormone levels may lead to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications. The evidence strongly suggests there are maternal and newborn health benefits when therapeutic massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care.
Reduction of swelling
Oedema, or swelling of the joints during pregnancy, is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints. This also improves the removal of tissue waste carried by the body’s lymph system.
Improvement of nerve pain
Sciatic nerve pain is experienced by many women in late pregnancy as the uterus rests on muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back. The pressure of the uterus spreads tension to the muscles of the upper and lower leg, causing them to swell and put pressure on nearby nerves.
Massage therapy addresses the inflamed nerves by helping to release the tension on nearby muscles. Many women have experienced a significant reduction in sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy through massage.
Other potential benefits of prenatal massage:
- Reduced back pain
- Reduced joint pain
- Improved circulation
- Reduced edema
- Reduced muscle tension and headaches
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
- Better sleep
Body position during prenatal massage
I find the best position for a pregnant woman during massage is side-lying. There is other therapists who use tables that provide a hole in which the uterus can fit but they may not be reliable and can still apply pressure to the abdomen, or allow the abdomen to dangle, causing uncomfortable stretching of the uterine ligaments.
I am aware of how to position you safely and prevent strain to the uterine ligaments and will watch for symptoms of blood clots and varicose veins.
Precautions For Prenatal Massage
As with any therapeutic approach to pregnancy wellness is important and you need to keep me well informed and work with me in your consultation on every appointment you attend.
Women who have recently experienced bleeding, pre-term contractions, low placenta’s or have any of the following conditions should email me and I may ask you to check with your midwife or obstetrician prior to receiving a massage:
- High risk pregnancy
- Pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH)
- Previous pre-term labor
- Experiencing severe swelling, high blood pressure, or sudden, severe headaches
- Recently gave birth
Is Prenatal Massage Safe Throughout The Entire Pregnancy?
Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy – after the first 12 weeks up to giving birth
“….my pre-natal massage with Alanna at Heaven Therapy. I always look forward to this as I come away feeling heaps better. Alanna is fully qualified in pre-natal massage and reflexology and has really helped me with my sickness and my aches and pains. Afterwards my body definitely felt a lot better and all the tension had gone.” Kelly
“I have been going quite regularly to heaven therapy since November 2012 from when I was 4 months pregnant to receive pregnancy massages in Newcastle. I suffered really badly with SPD in my 1st pregnancy that I had to walk with crutches the last few months. I had been informed that subsequent pregnancies can make the SPD worse! I had read that massage could help so I booked in with Alanna.”
My husband got me a set of pregnancy treatments with Alanna to ease lower back and hip pain in late pregnancy. The treatments were wonderful and really helped with pain and relaxation. So much so, I had more treatments before and after our little one arrived. I couldn’t recommend Alanna highly enough. She is a wonderful therapist and a great friend now too.
“Massages helped ease labour and to give birth naturally to a 10lb 6oz baby!”
Alanna is very professional and friendly, she carefully listens every session of where the aches and pains are and is excellent at getting those tough knots out. Throughout my pregnancy I did get pelvic pain but I did not need crutches to walk about!! It was not as bad as my 1st pregnancy. In my opinion I owe the fact that I could still get around with minimum pain to the pregnancy massages which made me walk out there feeling weightless. The fact that I was relaxed and de-stressed from having the massages I feel it helped me have a relatively easy labour and to give birth naturally to a 10lbs 6oz baby! The atmosphere at heaven therapy is very welcoming and friendly I recommend that all pregnant ladies even just try 1 massage I guarantee they’ll be back for more! I can’t wait to go back now for some relaxing me-time massage.” Donxdon1980, on Tripadvisor, June 18th, 2013
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