Have you been considering taking time out of your hectic schedule to put your feet up, relax, and enjoy the benefits of pregnancy massage? Perhaps you are not aware of the benefits pregnancy massage can bring, or maybe you’re unsure of what pregnancy massage is! We’re here to explain the ins and outs of pregnancy massage for you, so read on to find out more!
So, what is pregnancy massage?
Quite simply, a pregnancy massage is a massage for mums-to-be. They differ from a typical massage as they are tailored for pregnant women (this means they will use an oil which is safe to use during pregnancy, they will use extra pillows and bolsters to position you comfortably so they can massage you safely, they will use different massage techniques and typically a much lighter pressure and they are undertaken by massage therapists who are specifically trained and qualified in massaging during pregnancy). Some massage therapists will still use a massage table during the treatment (although you will lay on your side rather than on your back), although many spas offer pregnancy massage on the floor adorned with quilts, pillows and cushions. Your therapist will always ensure you are completely comfortable during each stage of the massage, and many will check that the lighting and room temperature are comfortable for you.
What areas of my body will be massaged?
This varies from spa to spa depending on where your therapist trained and what product brand they are using. However, typically, pregnancy massage will include your back, legs, arms, stomach and sometimes your décolleté. The stomach massage is typically very, very light and the massage therapist will only gently stroke the stomach in slow circles. If this area of the body will be massaged the therapist will usually ask you before the treatment if you feel comfortable with this, and you of course can say no!
Do I have to go to a spa or salon to have a pregnancy massage?
Technically, no. You can ask a partner or friend to give you a massage (this is especially beneficial during labour) using our Nourish & Relieve massage oil. However, you will need to remember to use very light pressure and it may be worth doing some research before doing a DIY pregnancy massage to ensure that you are being completely safe and not massaging any areas which should be avoided.
What are the benefits of pregnancy massage?
Typically, people often think of massage as just being relaxing and more of a pampering treat. However, they are also other benefits of massage (especially during pregnancy). These include:
- Improved sleep. Yes, massage is relaxing. But massage can also help to lower your anxiety and calm your mind and body. In turn, this can also help improve your sleep (which is always a plus during pregnancy!)
- Helping with aches and pains. If you are reading this then you are probably aware that pregnancy comes hand-in-hand with general aches and pains! Although pregnancy massage uses a lighter pressure than a ‘regular’ massage, the muscles are still being worked on and pregnancy massage can therefore help to ease any tension.
- Increased blood flow. Pregnancy massage can help to increase the blood flow which helps to flush toxins from your body.
- Easing swollen hands and/or feet. If you are suffering from swollen hands and/or feet then gentle massage can help to ease this. Although, it is worth noting that not all pregnancy massages will include a foot massage.
- Helping to ease headaches. Massage can help to ease headaches and congestion. This is because headaches can be caused by muscle tension, and releasing this tension through massage can help to ease the pressure on your nerves.
If you have had a pregnancy massage we would love to hear the benefits you experienced, so please leave a comment down below!