Bringing a new life into the world is a joyous, challenging and miraculous experience! As a mother-to-be, you can feel worried, anxious or stressed. Your body undergoes many changes, which can cause discomfort. Massage is a perfect way to reduce stress and promote wellbeing.
Massage during pregnancy is not intended to replace the care provided by your doctor or midwife. However, I can work in collaboration with them to provide additional physical and emotional support.
Pregnancy massage benefits
- reduces stress and promotes relaxation, helping mothers-to-be to get a better night’s sleep
- reduces oedema (fluid build-up), blood pressure, relieves varicose veins and increases lymph and blood flow
- reduces muscle and joint pain, including backache, cramps, carpal tunnel syndrome and pelvic girdle pain (PGP)
- facilitates hormonal, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary and other physiological processes, which occur in pregnancy.
Data also suggests that depressed pregnant women and their offspring can benefit from massage therapy and that it decreases anxious behaviour in postnatal mothers, which in turn helps with bonding and general wellbeing.
What happens during a pregnancy massage?
Pregnancy massage uses a mixture of Swedish body massage, Shiatsu techniques, and any other sports massage techniques I feel you may benefit from on that day to help you.
It is performed whilst lying on your side on a massage table, which is padded for comfort. Cushions are placed under your ‘bump’ and in between your ankle and knees, to support your bump and balance the pelvis.
I use 100% organic wax and oil which is safe for you and your baby. The wax I use is unperfumed which some mums prefer if they are finding different smells cause them an issue. The massage oil I use is from Neal’s Yard and made specifically for Pregnant and Postnatal Mothers. It is beautifully aromatic, infused with relaxing Neroli, uplifting Mandarin and sweet almond essential oils as well as vitamin E rich Wheatgerm oil.
Depending on why you would like this treatment, I will either treat your whole body or target a particular area, such as your lower back and pelvis. We will discuss this during our initial consultation, where I will also ask you about your history and assess your posture. I may do some special orthopaedic tests to ascertain what might be causing you discomfort.
I use a large sheet and towel to cover you, and various smaller towels for certain areas. Only the area being massaged at the time is uncovered.
I do include the bump within the full body massage, which Mothers enjoy as do the babies who often have a little move around whilst its being performed.
Massage in late pregnancy
In late pregnancy, or to treat specific back pain, the back can be massaged whilst the mother leans over a Pilates ball. Also, from around 38 weeks, specific pressure points can be stimulated to prepare the mother for labour.
I can also make up a specific blend of dōTERRA oils for you which can be used during the massage, but also to carry on using at home to either massage with or just to apply onto the skin (wrist, soles of feet, neck and spine) or smell to carry on getting the benefits. I am able to make up a blend which can be extremely useful at the end of pregnancy and in labour itself to encourage and support the body to birth.
Rollerball blends are made up specifically for your requirements, and sold in 10ml bottles starting at £20. Cost is dependant on which oils are used in the blend.
Pelvic girdle pain and other musculoskeletal problems
I work with many ladies with pelvic girdle pain, or PGP (formally known as SPD or symphysis pubis dysfunction) and other musculoskeletal problems. I have an extensive knowledge of PGP in particular having written my dissertation on this subject. I am also able to help with Carpal Tunnel syndrome and can use techniques such as Lymphatic drainage to help with swelling in the hands and feet which can come with oedema.
After checking your posture, and discussing alignment or possible causes of the pain, I will use advanced massage techniques to work the muscle groups or areas requiring treatment.
For details about my pregnancy exercise & lifestyle class please click here.
Once you have paid you will be asked to contact Tanya to arrange your massage dates/time.
60 minutes £55
90 minutes £80
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As mentioned throughout the therapy and treatment information sections, I have the option of mixing and using specific dōTERRA essential oils to compliment your therapy and suit your specific needs for that session. If you would like to learn more about the oils that I use, please click the button below.