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.
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.
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.
Throughout pregnancy the following changes occur:
The most common symptoms during pregnancy include:
Specialised pregnancy massages can be very beneficial as they can:
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!
You will need to be over the first trimester.
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