Pregnancy

Massage in pregnancy can be a wonderful experience helping you to relax, support your body during a period of change and prepare your body for birth. Pregnancy can put a strain on the body and massage can help to relieve aches, pains and other common health problems often experienced during this period. It offers a number of benefits to both you and your baby.

Towards the end of pregnancy many women find that there is a lot of preparation for their baby's arrival but it is also an important time for you to relax and take care of yourself. Massage can help provide you with some special rest time to help you relax and focus on your body and your baby.

Research has shown that the unborn baby can be affected by the stress levels experienced by its mother and therefore it is important for you to stay as relaxed and stress free as possible. Massage is good for your baby as it has an indirect relaxing effect due to your body releasing increased levels of the 'feel good' hormone, oxytocin, and the milk stimulating hormone, prolactin, as a direct result of skin to skin stimulation.

Generally, the more relaxed you are during pregnancy, the more relaxed your pregnancy and labour can be.

Common Problems suffered by women during pregnancy

Massage is an effective way of helping to relieve or lessen the symptoms of:-

  • Shortness of breath
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Oedema
  • Stiffness in muscles/joins
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Lower back pain
  • Insomnia
  • Sciatica
  • Cramps
  • Sinus Congestion

Benefits of Massage during Pregnancy

In addition to aiding the relaxation of both yourself and your baby, massage offers the following additional benefits for pregnant women:-

  • Strengthens core stability
  • Stabilises hormone levels
  • Reduces swellings due to increased circulation
  • Helps combat fatigue
  • Increases energy levels
  • Can help stabilise blood pressure
  • Increases the amount of oxygen and nutrients being circulated to both mum and baby
  • Helps maintain skin elasticity
  • Alleviates stress on weight bearing joints and in particular hips, lumbar spine and mid back
  • Encourages deeper and easier breathing
  • Can help relieve symptoms of carpel tunnel syndrome

For most healthy women, pregnancy massage can be recieved safetly but there are a number of circumstances where it is not appropriate to recieve a massage. All of these would be discussed with you prior to any treatment taking place, and a GP's consent would be obtained if necessary.

For details of Pregnancy Massages and Post Natal / New Mum treatments available, click here

To book a pregnancy massage or post natal / new mum massage, or to discuss further, call Michelle on 07917-765551 or e-mail michelle@millieandmonty.co.uk

To book a massage for someone else you can call Michelle directly on 07917-765551 or purchase a gift voucher. If you would like to find out more about gift vouchers please click here

For further details call Michelle Southworth on 07917 765551 or e-mail michelle@millieandmonty.co.uk