Pregnancy Massage is a specialist area of massage that has increased in popularity in recent years. With massage therapists now able to gain great knowledge in the care of women during their pregnancy, women can feel comfortable in a qualified pregnancy massage therapist’s hands.
Over the years I have developed my own style of massage that enables me to confidently;
The combination of Pregnancy Massage and Maternity Reflexology is a powerful way to ease many of the discomforts of pregnancy and allow you to feel healthier and more positive about your pregnancy and birth. My clients and their testimonials are backed up by the research that has been undertaken internationally.
*** If at any point you are concerned about an aspect of your health or your babies health it is important to contact your primary health carer i.e. Obstetrician, Midwife, GP
Reduced Stress & Anxiety – massage reduces the stress hormone cortisol, and at the same time it increases the feel good hormones that improve mood, immunity, vitality and also decrease pain levels. (Field, T. & Diego, M., 2008)
Reduced Swelling – swelling of the feet, and to a lesser extent the hands, is quite common during pregnancy. Massage encourages the movement and redistribution of fluid that has pooled in the extremities, reducing associated tightness and pain. (Cobin, A., Sirin, A., 2010)
Lower Stress Hormones in Baby – research shows that mothers suffering with depression that received massage throughout their pregnancy had babies with cortisol levels lower than those that didn’t receive massage throughout their pregnancy. (Field, T., et al, 2005
Relief of Muscular Pain and Cramping – massage relieves muscular tension & reduces motor neuron activity which can help calm leg cramps, for example. Massage also assists with neck & shoulder pain, tension headaches, lower back pain or discomfort. (Weerapong, P., Hume, P.A., Kolt, G.S., 2005
Decreased Likelihood of Premature Birth – mums that received massage regularly were less likely to have a premature birth than those that did not receive massage at all. (Field, T., 2010)