Pre-natal & Post-natal Massage
BY EXPERIENCED PHYSIOS
PREGNANCY AND POSTNATAL MASSAGE
How Is Pre and Post Natal Massage Different to Normal Massage?
The mother undergoes a number of physical, physiological and emotional changes during and after pregnancy.
The massage therapists at Health2u are physios and are knowledgeable of these changes and the safe and comfortable positions to put the mother in when carrying out the massage. In pregnancy massage, the massage is softer and more gentle to help protect the developing baby and different methods and techniques are used. There are also certain pressure points that need to be avoided in the massage while the mother is pregnant to ensure the massage is fully safe to mother and child which a qualified pre/postnatal massage physiotherapist under Health2u will be aware of.
What Are The Benefits Of A Prenatal Massage?
Pregnancy massage is a therapy treatment which like other massages can help relieve stress from body’s muscles, remove sore areas including nerves and help with relaxation. The constant strain on the muscles and joints in the body can cause excessive pain and the areas that hurt are normally the areas under the most stress. Prenatal massage can help relieve this strain and our physiotherapists have specific experience in the pressure points that can be massaged to help with morning sickness, reducing anxiety and sleep.
- It also helps blood circulation and the lymphatic system helping to ensure blood flow is healthy to both mother and baby.
- The pregnancy massage helps to stabilise hormone secretion which helps calmness and leads to fewer mood swings. Anxiety is also lowered and sleep improved and changes of prenatal depression significantly reduced.
- For the back, sacroiliac pain and sciatic pain the massage can help reduce tension around the affected nerves and muscles.
- Hormonal pigmentation on the body can be lightened. stretch marks can be prevented and less fluid retention and cramping in the legs. Toxins can be flushed out from the body and constipation lessened.
- Regular massage during pregnancy has been showed to help the labour go smoothly.
What Are The Benefits Of A Postnatal Massage with Health2u?
Postnatal Massage can be just as important and of benefit as massage during pregnancy. When carried out by a physio the benefits can include:
The massages can include lymphatic massage to help improve milk flow when breastfeeding and reduce any soreness from excess fluid accumulation (engorgement) in the breasts.
Massaging & Release Around the Stomach
By working on the stomach itself recovery can be speeded up resolving any post op tenderness and help with slimming and firming of the stomach at a much quicker pace.
Body & Joint Aches
Body Aches that started during pregnancy can continue after birth with also the additional aches and pains that can happen in the lower back, upper back, chest and shoulders/arms that arise from breastfeeding and carrying/lifting of the baby. Normal massages can help superficially but massages by a physio can include manual therapy and help cure the cause of your pain rather than just make it feel better temporarily.
C Section Scar Massage
By being addressed early on with massage then scar tissue adhesions and sensitivity can be helped and other internal issues down the line that can occur with an immobile scar can be prevented. Cosmetically a mobile scar will also heal and therefore look better.
When Can I Have Pre or Postnatal Massage?
Some prefer to avoid massages in the first trimester due to the fragility of the rapidly growing embryo in this stage. As soon as the 2nd trimester starts the massages can be started and postnatal massages can happen any time after birth.
How Often Should I Have Massages?
For optimum results, we recommend twice weekly massages in the 2nd trimester and once weekly massages in the 3rd trimester. After birth, the massages can be as often as required to give the benefits you are looking for such as pain relief, general wellbeing and slimming/firming of the stomach.
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