Massage and Pregnancy

Massage during pregnancy differs from a regular massage.

The biggest differentiation is that the person receiving the massage is pregnant. Therefore knowledge of pregnancy and the anatomy of a pregnant woman is very important. This means that positioning during a massage is critical to the safety and well-being of both the mother and also the baby she is carrying.

There are also parts of the body that should not be massaged.

Pregnancy Massage

There are many benefits of continual massage during pregnancy. This will not only help relieve common ailments which can occur during pregnancy but will also promote a sense of wellbeing in the mother to be.

Holistic massage treats the individual as a whole on all levels and promotes physical and emotional health. During pregnancy, you are able to safely start having massages from around your 14th week.

The Benefits of Pregnancy massage can include:

  • Prevention of back, neck and muscle cramps
  • Improves circulation which in turn delivers more oxygen and nutrients to the mother and baby.
  • Reduces swelling in hands, feet and ankles
  • Lessens sciatic pain
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Helps relieve anxiety and decrease insomnia
  • Relief from headaches & migraines

Postnatal Massage

Post Pregnancy massage will not only help strengthen the new mother but will aid her recovery from childbirth and adapt to life as a mother. Massage after delivery will help restore muscle tone and skin elasticity this in turn can also relieve muscle tension caused by breastfeeding.

This massage technique reduces oedema (swelling) and helps the skin to heal, leaving you with minimal scaring following a caesarean. C-section reduction massage also increases the circulation and neurological function in your belly which is beneficial for the healing process.

The Benefits of Postnatal massage can include:

  • Reduces aches, cramps and spasm post-delivery
  • Help tone and tighten stretched areas like the tummy
  • Aids the release of Endorphins, your body’s natural pain killer
  • Scar reduction following a C-section
  • Increase joint mobility
  • Improve blood circulation which aids lactation

Cesarean Massage ( C-section Massage )

This massage technique encourages tissue regeneration. The massage around the C-section scar reduces scar tissue formation and leads to a soft C-section scar.

Its benefits are directly associated with the Post Natal Massage.

Also Increases circulation and the neurological function in a particular area, which is beneficial for the healing process and to prevent keloids.

Our Holistic Practitioner at The Women’s Wellness Centre offers a range of treatments from pregnancy to Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage. If you wish to know more about whether Therapeutic Massages can be helpful to you, please contact us on 020 7751 4488 or book an appointment here.

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Priscilla Ferreira

Holistic Practitioner and Doula

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