Is Pregnancy Massage for You?
As Kate Middleton is preparing for royal baby number 2 we’re getting a bit broody at RTG HQ so thought we would share some of our Pregnancy Pampering Tips with all you mums-to-be out there…
What is pre-natal or pregnancy massage?
Pre-natal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage – to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and generally make you feel good. But what’s important to point out is that it’s also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies. Our expertly trained therapists adjust their techniques accordingly to your individual needs.
How do you lie on the table?
Fact – most women find it uncomfortable to lie facedown from the start of their pregnancy because of their tender breasts. Also, you shouldn’t (or can’t) lie facedown on a traditional massage table once your tummy has started to grow and it’s not recommended to lie flat on your back either, particularly once you’re past mid-pregnancy because the weight of your uterus puts too much pressure on the rest of your body.
So what do we do? We work with you to find a position that is comfortable usually lying on your side with pillows and wedges for support.
Our therapists do not use a massage table with a hole for our pregnancy massage treatments. Our team only work using a regular massage table with support or seated post 6 months of pregnancy.
How can prenatal massage help me?
Everybody has a different experience when they are pregnant – however the general benefits to pre-natal massage are generally agreed in that they help women who suffer from low back pain as well as decreasing stress and promoting relaxation.
Being pregnant puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, so that your pelvic joints are less stable, and changes your posture, pulling your pelvis forward. Add to that the extra weight you’re carrying and it’s quite normal to feel some back discomfort!
Our trained pregnancy massage therapists know where a pregnant woman’s sore spots are likely to be and may be able to provide some relief. More importantly perhaps, she’ll also know which areas and techniques to avoid.
Should I consider pregnancy reflexology?
Reflexology is wonderful in pregnancy helping to bring about balance and harmony in the body – through relaxation and increasing energy levels. And for all the sceptics out there all we can do it urge you to try it so you can reap the benefits.
What is Reflexology: a therapy based on the notion that areas on the feet and hands are linked to other areas and organs of the body. Reflexology is used to treat symptoms in many parts of your body by using fingertip pressure on specific areas on your feet primarily, and sometimes on your hands as well. The idea is that this pressure allows blocked energy to flow freely, which increases blood flow to the corresponding part of your body.
Why Pregnancy Reflexology: benefits may include help with symptoms such as morning sickness, heartburn, swelling in your legs (if not due to preeclampsia), constipation, high blood pressure (again, if not related to preeclampsia), insomnia, bladder problems, mild cramping, and even hemorrhoids. In addition, reflexology can help reduce emotional stresses such as anxiety.
RTG initially grew through our pre and post-natal treatments as women find having expert home services invaluable as they progress through pregnancy. This really is where the notion of having the salon come to you is at it’s most convenient! Give our team a call today and discuss your pregnancy needs in more detail…is it time to pamper the bump?
Thoughts from RTG:
Make sure you are passed 15 weeks before you have a massage
Make sure you drink lots of water before and after your massage
Talk to your therapist openly about any discomfort or niggles that you may have
Make sure you only have a massage with a therapist that is trained on pre-natal massage
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