What is pregnancy massage?
There are two types of pregnancy massage: prenatal, which you receive during your pregnancy, and postnatal, which you have within the first few weeks after giving birth. Prenatal massage is a great way to get rid of aches, pains, anxiety and discomfort. No sports or deep tissue massage is allowed during pregnancy, because your joints are quite loose.
Benefits of pregnancy massage
There is a wide range of benefits for both pre and postnatal massage. Both are relaxing, relieving you of pain and stress. Prenatal massage can help with migraines and back pain, and even morning sickness. It improves circulation, and gives you relief from sciatica and heartburn. Read more about the benefits of pregnancy massage here. Postnatal massage helps your body to get back into shape, ease sore spots, and reduces tension. Plus, it gives you time to yourself!
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Pregnancy massage at home
Many massage therapists will be happy to come to your home. However, having a massage at a spa means there will be special facilities for pregnant women – such as pillows that make it easier for you to lie on your side. Alternatively, you can ask your partner to do some simple massage techniques on you that can be picked up from books and videos. In the last four to six weeks of pregnancy it is a great idea to start doing perineal massage at home to prepare your body for giving birth.
How to find a pregnancy massage therapist
It is extremely important that your therapist not only is qualified in pregnancy massage, but also has extensive experience in practicing it. Make sure that your chosen masseuse has National Occupational Standard (NOS) training meaning she has basic massage knowledge and skills. Ask if your GP or midwife can recommend qualified therapist.
How much does pregnancy massage cost?
This depends on the type of spa you visit. An hour of pregnancy massage can cost between £45 and £100. Some spas will offer shorter sessions for quick back and shoulder pain relief. Other types of massage available for pregnant women include Indian facial and head massages well as reflexology, both also perfect for postnatal relaxation. An hour of reflexology would cost you around £40, and Indian head massage might be slightly cheaper - around £30.
When should I not go for pregnancy massage?
Do not go for any kind of massage during your first 12 weeks. If you are at high risk of miscarriage, don’t go for a massage. It is also recommended to avoid massage if you suffer from any of the following:
- Morning sickness or extreme nausea
- Heavy vaginal discharge
- High blood pressure
- High temperature/fever
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Unusual or identified pain
- Contagious illness