The Healing Tree (Holistic Therapies) Complementary Therapies in Maidstone, Kent

Pregnancy Massage. Pregnancy massage

Pregnancy Body Massage

Pregnancy can be a magical time for a mum-to-be, whether it's your first ... or fifth!

However, with all the changes happening to your body at this time as your baby develops, it can put pressure on your joints, ligaments and organs, leaving you feeling stressed and in pain and discomfort.

A body massage at this time can be of tremendous benefit - both emotionally and physiologically - not only for you, but for your unborn baby also.

As the massage aims to alleviate aches and pains physically, it can also help reduce any stress and anxiety you may be feeling prior to your baby's arrival.


How Can It Help?

As your body undergoes so many changes, a regular massage can make you more aware of your own body and what you need to do to take care of yourself and your unborn baby at this stage. If you have the ability to relax, this may lead to a shorter and easier birth, with less pain and a lower rate of post-natal complications.

Additional benefits of receiving a body massage whilst pregnant are:

  • Improved circulation: helping nutrients and fluids reach your organs as well as the placenta
  • Lymphatic drainage: aiding the elimination of toxins and reduction of oedema
  • Releasing muscular tension/compression of nerves caused by muscular tension and/or oedema
  • Improved respiratory intake by massaging the intercostal and pectoral muscles
  • Improved bowel movement - aiding relief from a sluggish bowel
  • Relaxation and aiding more peaceful sleep
  • Release of stress (physical and/or emotional) and anxiety
  • Aims to lower high blood pressure
  • Encourages release of oxytocin (a pain reducing hormone)

  • What to Expect During a Pregnancy Massage Session?

    As per a standard Therapeutic Body Massage, sessions are tailored to suit your needs. A massage can be of 30, 60 or 90 minutes' duration - depending on your preference (and ability to lay on the massage couch if opting for a 90 minute full body massage).

    Treatments take place on a massage couch and, for your ease in the stages of pregnancy, the massage is performed with you in a side-lying position for a majority of the massage. A maternity support pillow allows you to lay comfortably on your side and towels are carefully placed to ensure your modesty and keep you warm and comfortable throughout.

    The massage is performed using a nourishing oil. The oil enables me to provide a free-flowing massage and relax areas of tension.


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