Designed specifically for those with child, pre-natal or ante-natal pregnancy massage incorporates various styles and techniques depending on the needs and wants of the client, and each process boasts a different emotional or physical benefit: deep tissue massage relieves tension and improves movement relaxation massage helps to increase the metabolic rate and breaks down food lymphatic drainage massage maintains circulation and decreases swelling therapeutic massage eases stress and anxiety as well as increasing muscular strength It’s not uncommon for all to be used.
When you have your first massage you will be told how to lie, but if you’re more than 13 weeks pregnant, you’ll probably be positioned on your side as this is the most comfortable and strain-free pose. You’ll also be supported with pillows, cushions and towels so you can completely relax and not panic about holding yourself up. Sometimes massage tables will have ‘belly holes’ similar to where you rest your head, but these can increase the amount of pressure on the lower back, so you’ll need to discuss this with your therapist beforehand.
During the treatment your back, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, legs and feet will all be massaged, but apart from the area being treated, you’ll be covered with towels to keep you comfortable, warm and relaxed, so there’s no risk of over exposure here. And, to help you unwind, a blend of baby-friendly oils will be applied.
Generally most therapists recommend you wait until your second trimester before you book in for a treatment, but depending on how often you normally have massages, you shouldn’t be turned away in your first trimester. It’s suggested that its advantageous to maintain regular treatments throughout the pregnancy continuing right up until the birth. Each session lasts between an hour and an hour and a half.