The ability to produce a new life is awe inspiring and the changes that a pregnant woman goes through, both physically and mentally are, in my mind one of the seven wonders of this world. It is because of this that I consider being able to work with a pregnant woman as being a great privilege.
To be able to relieve some of her discomfort, to ease any anxiety she may feel about the impending birth is very satisfying for me. A woman's body goes through many changes during the 40 weeks of pregnancy and massage can be very beneficial in easing many of these discomforts.
A woman's body goes through many changes during the 40 weeks of pregnancy and massage can be very beneficial in easing many of these discomforts.
These include nausea, fatigue, headaches, anxiety, insomnia, muscular cramps and pain in legs, back pain, pelvic pain, oedema or swelling, and even sciatica to name but a few. But whatever the woman is experiencing the joy and sadness, the ups and downs, the good and bad, therapeutic massage is an important positive component of how she deals with the emotional and physical changes associated with pregnancy.
Massage can even help with insomnia and the stress of the impending birth, by relaxing the mother and helping her to feel cared for and nourished.
I perform the massage in a side lying position on a wide and comfortable couch in a dedicated room in my home. I work firmly but slowly & will adjust the pressure to suit you. I use many pillows, bolsters & cushions to support your body while I work.
I only use natural oils and waxes when I work and I use a specially blended natural wax by MoogWax for mothers to be.
If you are pregnant & feeling the stresses & pains that pregnancy can bring you can feel confident that you are in safe hands with me. Besides, I know exactly what you are going through!
Priming the body for Labour
There are various acupressure points that, as a massage therapist treating pregnant clients, we absolutely must not work on, however once the due date has past & your medical team are talking about induction they can sometimes prove to be helpful in getting things 'moving'.
The client must be post 40weeks, be in good general health & should speak to their midwife before going ahead.
The client first receives a good relaxing full body massage before work can commence stimulating certain acupressure points.
I can't guarantee that working these points will bring on the start of labour but there is some evidence that it can help and if your medical team are considering induction through a drip or sweep then it is certainly worth a try.
And this could also be your final bit of 'me time'� before the baby is born.