- Published: Thursday, 30 July 2015 16:25
Prenatal massage gently and caringly responds to a mother’s needs as her body changes during pregnancy. She either lies on her side or semi-reclines, depending on the stage of pregnancy.
Organic waxes (lavender or neutral) are used to compliment prenatal massages.
Benefits of prenatal massage
Prenatal massage is a deeply relaxing, physically nurturing therapy. It develops sensory awareness and provides a model of loving, nurturing touch that a mother can use with her own baby.
It also enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue. It is particularly effective for:
- Muscle spasms
- Night leg cramps
- Pain, especially back, neck and hip pain
- Strain on weight-bearing joints e.g. pelvis, ankles and lower back
- Stress and depression
Is prenatal massage for you?
Massage during pregnancy is completely safe for most mothers. However, if you are having any problems or complications with your pregnancy, approval from your doctor is required before beginning prenatal massage.
During massage the mother is unclothed beneath a towel. Only the area of the body being worked on is uncovered.
Contact me to arrange a prenatal massage consultation
Other pregnancy massage therapies:
Induction Reflexology to aid the birthing process
The aim of this therapy, which is focussed on the feet, is "priming for labour"
It is not about forcing anything but about dissolving blockages and creating deep relaxation
The pleasure experienced via the feet will relax you totally and the baby will also enjoy the session via the placenta
The treatment will reduce the adrenal hormone (flight or fight) and will increase oxytocin hormone necessary in labour
Here are the goals of Induction Reflexology:
- To relax
- To ground the woman
- To stimulate hormones
- To tonify the uterine muscles in a safe manner
The treatment includes effleurage with BeeBalm (Olive oil, beeswax, propolis and vitamin E), endocrine (hormonal) balancing and stimulation, as well as classical reflexology to both feet, ankles, and lower calves
I also incorporate Chinese Acupressure Points in the treatment to stimulate labour, targeting Spleen 6, Liver 3 and Hoku points on the hand
Pregnant women are advised to have a series of these treatments leading up to the due date
See my pages on reflexology to discover more about this useful and relaxing procedure
I practice from my relaxed and comfortable consulting room in the leafy Hermitage area of Morningside, Edinburgh.