For some, pregnancy is a magical experience: your skin is glowing, you feel better than life, and you can’t wait to bring a miniature version of yourself and your significant other into this world. For others, those 9 months can be scary and difficult. Notwithstanding the realisation that you soon won’t be able to see your toes, the changes your body must undergo can be particularly demanding both physically and emotionally. What once was a fit and healthy body can occasionally become overcome with cramps, back aches, swelling, and an assortment of hormonal fluctuations that would make a teenager seem calm, cool and collected.
One solution to tackle at least some of these problems would be a massage; finally an unquestionable reason to indulge in an hour of pampering.
What is a pregnancy massage and what are common pregnancy massage techniques?
Pregnancy massages come in various forms, but the idea is simple. Specialists trained in the pregnant female’s body tackle the aches and pains familiar to pregnant women to allow a sense of relief, and the ability for you to finally let go of any stress or pressure on your body.
The equipment is specially catered to comfortably accommodate pregnant women, so as to relieve any pressure on your lower back and avoids cutting off blood circulation to the extremities.
It’s an excellent way to recharge your batteries every once in a while, particularly in the last few months of pregnancy. Among the most common techniques used in prenatal massages are Deep Tissue, Swedish and Shiatsu, though there plenty of others to choose from.
Remedial or Deep Tissue massage aims to release tension in the muscles, with deep, firm strokes. This is an excellent option for those suffering from lower back as a result of bearing extra weight.
The Swedish massage pays close attention to muscles and joint mobility. Joint aches are especially common during pregnancy, particularly for those who spend a lot of time on their feet.
The Shiatsu massage focuses on acupressure; in other words, tapping on pressure points to stimulate the release of energy. Shiatsu can be an excellent form of rejuvenation, with fatigue being a common side-effect of pregnancy.
Every massage is different, but each one is sure to tackle any pain, leaving you relaxed, refreshed.
What are the benefits of pregnancy massage?
From releasing the tension in your lower back, to lifting the aches in your knee joints, or to help reduce the swelling caused by poor blood circulation, a mobile pregnancy massage can have an enormous effect on your well-being. Not only is there strong evidence in favour of muscle and joint improvement following a prenatal massage, these can have a significant positive impact on your emotional and psychological well-being. Indeed, massages excite the release of Serotonin, otherwise known as the happy hormone. With a higher rate of release of Serotonin comes pure and unadulterated bliss. Also, they lead to a great night’s sleep, which sounds obvious, but can be harder to come by as pregnancy develops.
So to recap: prenatal massages ease pain, stimulate the release of the “happiness hormone”, improve sleep and lead to relaxation. Oh, and did I mention that it there is empirical evidence suggesting that it might stimulate your immune system, helping you fight off potential viruses and bacteria? Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Myths and FAQ
Is pregnancy massage safe for the baby?
The short answer is yes. There have been no reported risks associated with pregnancy massages, though most medical professionals would agree that they should be avoided during the first trimester. Every Blys massage therapist is trained to the highest standards, and their professionalism means that you are in safe hands, and can experience a guilt free relaxation experience.
Is pregnancy massage safe for me?
Yes. However, just like every medication has side effects, such is the case for massages. As previously mentioned, each technique is adapted such that individual problem areas are tackled with care. For example, a deep tissue or Shiatsu massage will not be completed on women reporting of swelling in the legs. With an increase in blood volume upwards of 50%, come certain problems, such as a paucity of blood flow in the extremities (usually the legs). The firm and deep strokes of a deep tissue massage puts pregnant women at risk of blood clots, the dislodging of which could be dangerous. As long as you remain open and truthful about the side effects of your pregnancy, a prenatal massage remains completely safe for you and your bundle of joy.
What are the contraindications for pregnancy massages?
Every medication or procedure has contraindications. That is, situations during which it would be inadvisable to go through with the treatment. In the same way, caution (and medical guidance) is advised for those women who are currently experiencing nausea or vomiting due to morning sickness, who are at high risk of miscarriage, or who have high-risk pregnancies (as diagnosed by your physician).
I work all day and I don’t have the time to go to a spa. Is there a pregnancy massage near me?
It’s great that you are still up and about, this does wonders for physical and emotional well-being! The good news is, our mobile massage therapists in Sydney can come directly to you.
Seriously. As the 9 months go rolling on passed, it becomes more and more difficult to remain comfortable. Even though your significant other has likely been instrumental in your continued comfort and happiness, the convenience of a mobile pregnancy massage is infallible.
If you’re expecting, or know someone who does, try our Blys Mobile Pregnancy Massage and relax in the comfort of your home.