What is pregnancy massage?
Pregnancy massage shares many of the goals of regular massage – to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good. But it’s also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies, and therapists who are trained in prenatal massage adjust their techniques accordingly.
How do you lie on the table?
Most women find it uncomfortable to lie face down right from the start of pregnancy because of their tender, swollen breasts. And you can’t lie face down on a traditional massage table once your belly has started to grow. On the other hand, it’s not a good idea to lie flat on your back either, particularly once you’re past mid-pregnancy, because the weight of your uterus puts too much pressure on the vein that returns blood from your legs to your heart.
For these reasons, Jonathan will start the massage in a seated position so that he has full access to your back and lumbar region. After this massage Jonathan will get you positioned on your side to work the shoulder area and get in to the trigger points under the scapular region. The treatment will end with you in a 45 degree position laying on your back and a head and face massage will end the treatment. This treatment truly will revitalise you and release all that tension that your body has accumulated over the many months you have been pregnant.
How can pregnancy massage help me?
The therapeutic benefits of massage for pregnant women haven’t been studied very much. There is some evidence that massage may help people who suffer from low back pain, sickness, stress and possibly those with chronic headaches, but the studies weren’t done with pregnant women. In any case, massage may decrease stress and promote relaxation, helping you cope with discomfort even if it doesn’t specifically alleviate or prevent it.
Carrying a baby inside you changes your center of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, so that your pelvic joints are less stable, and changes your posture, pulling your pelvis forward. Add to that the extra weight you’re carrying and you may find you’ve compromised your lumbar region of your spine and this is something that will be worked on a great deal within this treatment.
Jonathan Sarson is a trained massage therapist who knows where a pregnant woman’s sore spots are likely to be and may be able to provide some relief. ( he also knows which areas and techniques to avoid.) Still, it’s important to communicate with him and tell him where you need attention. Let him know right away if anything during the massage – including your positioning – is causing you any discomfort.
This pregnancy massage aims to relive tension along the spine and lumbar region and if you are suffering from swollen wrists and ankles then how Jonathan was trained was to provide this massage with Shaitsu movements combined with Swedish classical massage along with reflexology and lymphatic techniques.
Many of Jonathan’s previous fertility clients have gone on to have pregnancy massage and this is an area that Jonathan has specialised in for some time. At the moment this massage has a discount of £35.00 a treatment rather than the usual price of £45.00 a treatment. Treatment lasts 1 hour 20 minutes.