Massage is safe to perform after the 1st trimester (12 Weeks), providing there are no complications and that permission has be sought from either your GP or Midwife. Post delivery it is advised that you have your 6 week checkup before having a massage.
Massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labour outcomes and newborn health. Receiving regular massage during massage provides some quiet time for the mum-to-be, time to contemplate and time to connect with the new life within. This has a positve effect on all, not only physically, but emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
This can be a seated or lying down massage. The areas worked on are the upper back, shoulders, arms, neck, scalp and face. The aim is to release tension held in these areas that can cause many ailments such as headaches and migraines. This is done through a series of moves and the stimulation of acupressure points.
Swedish massage is probably the most common and widespread massage technique in the West. It is the foundational technique on which many Western styles of massage are based. Light to medium pressure is used.
It is my firm belief that each and every person can benefit from receiving a massage treatment. The list of benefits is endless, here's just a few.........
- Helps to detoxify the body
Deep tissue is a form of massage that focuses on releasing the deeper myofascial restrictions of the deeper muscles, tendons and ligaments of the body. I use techniques to release chronic muscle tension through slow deep pressure applied across the grain of the muscle and also trigger point release, which often alleviates referred pain. Deep tissue helps to free trapped nerves, oxygenate poorly circulated areas and allows the spine and joints to relax into alignment.