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Pregnancy massage can increase your wellbeing during all stages of pregnancy* help induce labour and promote a more relaxed and comfortable birth.

*(after the first trimester)

Pregnancy is a wonderful experience. During pregnancy, a woman’s body experiences many physiological changes in order to prepare for birth. These changes put stress and strain on the body and might cause certain aches and pains that specialised pregnancy massage can relieve. Stress also increases levels of certain hormones in the body such as Cortisol which is then transferred to the baby. Keeping stress hormones under control is important in maintaining a healthy pregnancy and also during labour. Increased relaxation in mum and baby helps promote a calm and comfortable pregnancy and birthing experience.

Past your Due Date?

When you first become pregnant and see your midwife they give you a due date. Although this is essentially an estimate the medical establishment are not keen if you go past it for too long! They will then begin to discuss methods of inducing you with intravenous hormones, membrane sweeps etc. Many women want to avoid this process and try a more natural  way of encouraging labour.

One approach to this is by using Acupressure which can be incorporated into a pregnancy massage to help stimulate the onset of labour.

Acupressure is an age-old practice that comes from traditional Chinese Medicine and is based on the practice of acupuncture. Instead of needles, pressure from the fingers and hands stimulates different points on the body to change the flow of energy through the body.

There are several points on the body ranging from on the feet to the neck and shoulders that affect pregnancy and labour. According to Chinese Medicine stimulating these points can increase uterine contractions and encourage the ‘downward flow’ or ‘pulling down’ of energy. This will help stimulate the onset of labour.

It is because of the proposed effects that stimulation of these points can have that massage or stimulation of any of them in the earlier stages of pregnancy MUST be avoided and why it is so important to always be seen by a specialist therapist during your pregnancy.

Why is it so important to have a “Specialised” pregnancy massage rather than a regular massage?

The key answer is safety for you and your baby. During pregnancy there are many additional contraindications to massage as well as certain points in your body, which you should not have prolonged contact on. Your therapist should be aware of these in order to prevent or aggravate any problem further. Prior to starting the massage, the therapist should also do special tests to ensure they can proceed with the massage.

At Physio-Answers, specialised pregnancy massage is done by a qualified Chartered Physiotherapist. They will determine whether there are any circumstances why you should not proceed with massage and advise you further if necessary. So you can completely relax knowing you are in expert hands.

Physiological changes during pregnancy

Pregnancy Massage diagramThroughout pregnancy the following changes occur:

  • Increased weight to the front of the body due to breast and uterus growth and also due to baby’s growth
  • Stretching of abdominal muscles
  • Increased curvature in the lower back
  • Loosening of pelvic ligaments and joints
  • Pressure on lower back nerves

Common symptoms during pregnancy

The most common symptoms during pregnancy include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Muscular stiffness
  • Muscle cramps especially in calves
  • Swelling of hands and feet
  • Headaches/Insomnia/Fatigue
  • Leg pain due to sciatic nerve compression

How will a specialised pregnancy massage aid my body?

Pregnancy MassageSpecialised pregnancy massages can be very beneficial as they can:

  • relieve aches and pains
  • relieve stress and increase relaxation
  • improve circulation and lymphatic drainage
  • support body during change
  • release vital “feel good” hormones
  • prepare body for birth

Other reasons to see a qualified Chartered Physiotherapist during pregnancy:

Our physiotherapist can provide massages during your pregnancy and post-partum. They can provide further advice for appropriate massages that your partner can help you with to relieve pain during active labour. They can also provide advice on active labour positions and positions to help turn the baby and the best position for labour.

So for a wonderful, relaxing and rejuvenating experience book your pregnancy massage appointment today.

Call Physio-Answers Leyton on 020 3538 3808 to book your appointment and enjoy an hour of bliss!

Please note:

You will need to be over the first trimester.


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