PRENATAL MASSAGE FAQ'S
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For your convenience, we’ve put together a list of some of the most common questions asked about Prenatal Massage and their respective answers. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please call the clinic and we will do our best to help you.
IS PRENATAL MASSAGE SAFE?
Pregnancy massage uses light, yet effective pressure. During a healthy pregnancy, and if the Mum-to-be is generally in good health herself, then massage is safe and can also be a wonderful addition to prenatal care.
Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy – during the first, second, or third trimester. And in most cases, it is safe and beneficial to receive massage up to and beyond the due date of the pregnancy.
If you are a low risk pregnancy with no complications, its advised that you obtain verbal consent from your midwife to give you the all-clear. If you have any existing health issues or are experiencing any pregnancy complications, you will need to gain written consent from your midwife or GP and bring this to your massage therapy appointment
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PRENATAL MASSAGE?
Just a few benefits of pregnancy massage include:
A natural, safe, and drug-free way to reduce aches and pains.
An increase in circulation, boosting oxygen and nutrient levels to both mother and baby while helping to stabilise blood pressure and regulate hormone levels.
A release of endorphins – the body’s natural feel good chemicals, which promote relaxation, stress relief and aids more restful sleep.
Enjoyable time to deeply relax and connect with your baby.
WILL THE MASSAGE BE PAINFUL?
Pregnancy massage uses light, yet effective pressure. On tight and irritated areas, massage therapy can be uncomfortable and cause soreness the following day; this is sometimes necessary to release tension. The pressure of the massage can however be as light or as deep as is needed. It is important that you always feel comfortable and enjoy the treatment. If something doesn’t feel right, inform your therapist immediately.
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FIRST CONSULTATION?
In the initial consultation, we will discuss your aims for treatment and devise a treatment tailored to you. There will be longer appointment times for pregnant clients to aid relaxation, enable longer time for dressing and undressing and toilet breaks if necessary. You will need to fill out a health consultation form when you come for your treatment and it is advised you check with your midwife to confirm that they are happy for you to receive massage.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Pregnancy massage can be performed with as much or as little clothing as you’re comfortable wearing – it’s always a personal decision. It is recommended that you keep underwear on, and we use towels for coverage so only the parts that are being massaged are exposed.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING THE TREATMENT?
You will never be asked to lie flat on your back, as this is not advised after the initial weeks of pregnancy. Massage will be performed with you lying on your side with pillows for support, which provides the most stability for the baby and is also most comfortable for you, or sitting upright and leaning over the couch. Depending on which area you would like worked on, the therapist will make the decision on which position will be suitable. If you start to feel uncomfortable at any time during the treatment, please alert the therapist. Non- fragrant massage oils or baby oil will be used.
I AM IN MY FIRST TRIMESTER. CAN I STILL HAVE A MASSAGE?
Some therapists will refuse to offer massage to a woman who is still in her first trimester because they wish to avoid any liability due to the increased risk of miscarriage during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. However, unless it’s a high-risk pregnancy, there is no physiological reason to avoid massage in the first trimester, as your uterus is still the size of a plum and protected by the bony structure of the pelvis.
The decision to have massage when in the first trimester is really a personal choice. If you wish to attend for a massage in the first trimester, the therapist will be happy to continue with treatment, but you will be asked to sign a consent form during the initial consultation.
I AM A HIGH RISK PREGNANCY. CAN I STILL HAVE A MASSAGE?
If you are, or have previously experienced any complications or are a high risk pregnancy, please bring a note from your midwife to confirm that they agree that massage is suitable for you.