As her pregnancy progresses, the Mother’s posture changes considerably. Her pelvis widens and tilts, her spine curves, her ribs and upper back stiffen and her shoulders may round. These musculoskeletal changes place stress on the affected joints and muscles which may lead to the development of pain and tension, particularly in the back, pelvis and shoulders.
An increase in circulatory effort may lead to fluid retention which can lead to puffiness or swelling, and this in turn may also lead to increased pressure around the joints, causing problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
The Mother may also feel anxious about her impending labour, particularly if it is her first pregnancy. This awareness of the unknown may lead to stress and increased tension, which may lead to problems with relaxation and sleep.
Pregnancy massage, when delivered by a suitably qualified practitioner, may offer a variety of physical, physiological and emotional benefits to the expectant mother and her unborn baby. Research has shown that pregnancy massage may have a useful place in the maintenance of Women’s wellness during the antenatal period. ‘Feel good’ Hormones have been shown to be released in women who have regular massages during pregnancy, which assist in mood regulation and cardiovascular health. These hormones also help to de-stress the expectant mother, improving sleep and relaxation. Hormones such as Cortisol which are associated with stress and depression are reduced. These effects are also very beneficial for the unborn baby, which is affected by any stress experienced by the mother. These hormonal effects may have resultant beneficial outcomes on fetal health and labour, with reduced pain and likelihood of complications. Massage has been shown to be useful in reducing the aches and pains experienced during pregnancy, relieving the tension from muscles. This may also assist in the reduction of nerve pain, including Sciatica. It has been shown to boost circulation and lymphatic drainage, which may assist in reducing puffiness and pressure around the joints.
Enliven Health offers pregnancy massage from 12 weeks of pregnancy, and for new mums. These treatments will leave you and your bump feeling both relaxed and revived. We will always ensure that you are well-supported and comfortable before undertaking your treatment, and will check your pressure preference and that you are happy with the oil used. You will always be asked to complete a health questionnaire prior to your treatment. If you have any questions regarding your medical status and pregnancy massage please do check the contraindication list below, or contact us directly for further advice.
As with all treatments there are certain circumstances whereby pregnancy massage must not be performed. The following list includes absolute contraindications to pregnancy massage. This list may not be completely exhaustive and so if you are in any doubt as to whether pregnancy massage is suitable for you please do contact us directly.
If you have been diagnosed with a high risk pregnancy, you may not be suitable for pregnancy massage and you may require a letter from your GP. This list includes;
Please do contact us if you are in any doubt, or if you suffer with any other conditions that are not included on this list.