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.

  1. It also helps blood circulation and the lymphatic system helping to ensure blood flow is healthy to both mother and baby.
  2. 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.
  3. For the back, sacroiliac pain and sciatic pain the massage can help reduce tension around the affected nerves and muscles.
  4. 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.
  5. 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:

Breastfeeding Relief 

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.

If you would like to try a pre or postnatal massage with one of the physiotherapists under Health2u just send us a whatsapp to +65 8358 2144 or email us at info@health2u.sg.

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    Your Therapists

    Laura O'ByrneSpecialist Senior Physiotherapist
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    Laura owns and runs Health2u with Bex Aldridge. She has worked in various clinical settings in both the United Kingdom and Singapore, where she spent three years at Jurong Health hospitals working in neuro-rehabilitation, geriatric, acute orthopaedic and musculo-skeletal departments. Laura has a very fun and lively manner which helps to motivate clients to exercise and participate in their physiotherapy. She is also a certified dry needling practitioner. Laura is one of our experts in pre and postnatal physiotherapy to relieve low back pain, sacroiliac pain and other pains associated with pregnancy. She also is experienced in correcting a Diastasis Recti and helping restore bladder control with pelvic floor exercises. She specialises in designing and putting programmes of physiotherapy into practice: therapeutic exercise; manipulations; massage; education; the use of electro-therapeutic and other modalities, with a focus on being active. She is also an experienced ergonomics assessor, on which subject she oversees set-ups and delivers talks. In her spare time, Laura enjoys Pilates, going to the gym and exploring South East Asia

    Services

    baby massage
    breastfeeding relief
    pre and post natal massage
    pre and post natal physio
    diastasis recti correction
    women's health physiotherapy
    womens health physiotherapy
    womens health & paediatric
    Pelvic Floor Rehab
    Ezora WongAHPC Registered Physiotherapist
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    Ezora is a Certified physiotherapist since 2012.  She first worked with Jurong Health establishing the rehab protocols and workflow for the critically ill patients of ICU.  Ezora then became a certified clinical educator training students in both (musculokskeletal) pain relief and sports physio over the years at Jurong Health.  She decided to pursue her interest in the musculoskeletal and sports side of physiotherapy by becoming a physio for the student athletes during the Annual University Games from 2015-2019 & Singapore Male and Female football teams whilst working privately for a clinic. Throughout the years of rehabilitating she developed a strong interest in an Womens Health and using her combined skills as a musculoskeletal physio and sports physio to treat pain developed during pregnancy and after birth; and also to help mums effectively maintain strength and pelvic floor function during pregnancy and recover and build strength again after birth.    She has extensive experience in Diastasis Recti healing rehab, relieving painful conditions such as sacroiliac pain, pubic symphysis pain, round ligament pain and back pain and also lactation relief and clearing blocked milk ducts.   Ezora has a great reputation for her prenatal and postnatal massage techniques. Through her experience with sports teams her use of Kinesiology taping, rehab techniques and strengthening has been adapted to help mums.    She is also undertaking regular courses with the Australia Physiotherapy Association (APA) to continuously upgrade her skills in treating women at different life stages. Ezora can speak fluid English and Cantonese and as a person Ezora is well liked being kind, considerate and very dedicated to her clients with advanced skills in manual therapy, massage and exercise programs.

    Services

    breastfeeding relief
    fit mama exercise and nutrition
    pre and post natal massage
    pre and post natal physio
    diastasis recti correction
    Katie FraineRehab Specialist & Massage Specialist
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    Katie qualified as a physiotherapist in the United Kingdom in 2008 with a First Class Bachelors Honour Degree. Working in both the National Health Service and private hospital settings, Katie has specialised as a senior physiotherapist and developed a greater love for Musculoskeletal outpatients, Orthopaedics, Elderly Rehabilitation and Women’s Health. Katie had her first child in 2015, which steered her to focus her career within Women’s Health Physiotherapy. Specifically with helping pre and post natal mothers to participate-in safe and correct physical exercise, massage, correcting Diastasis Recti, baby massage and assessing lifting, carrying, feeding techniques of Mother and baby to prevent injuries. Another love of Katie’s is creating and leading baby sensory and activity classes to stimulate and enhance babies development and bond between Mother and child. In her spare time she loves to spend quality time with her family of four, exploring Asia and participating in CrossFit. Katie has a friendly, warm, welcoming smile and manner. She is committed, hardworking and has a great passion for helping people.

    Services

    baby massage
    breastfeeding relief
    fit mama exercise and nutrition
    pre and post natal massage
    diastasis recti correction
    Pelvic Floor Rehab
    Dr Aruna Vijaya RatnamAHPC Registered Physiotherapist
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    Dr Aruna Vijaya Ratnam was awarded the Mid-term scholarship in 2012 and graduated from the University of Queensland in 2013 with her Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She then went on to complete her Clinical Doctorate in Physical therapy with Nova Southeastern University in 2018. She is also a certified lymphodema and wound management therapist by the International Lymphodema and Wound Training Institute. Dr Aruna joined Juronghealth Services in 2014 where she has been specializing in rehabilitation. Having managed the Day Rehabilitation centre at Jurong Community Hospital for 1.5 years she is well versed in managing patients requiring rehabilitation for orthopaedic, neurological, geriatric and women’s health conditions. Moreover while persuing her bachelor’s degree Dr Aruna had the opportunity to work with and learn from the women’s health physiotherapists at the Mater Women’s and children’s hospital where she gained experience and knowledge working with pre-natal and post-natal mums, baby massage and healing of the diastesis recti and developed a love with working with these mums. Dr Aruna is passionate about rehabilitating patients with an orthopaedic condition and has been co-leading the Jurong Community Hospital’s inpatient orthopaedic team. She is a certified Clinical Educator with the Singapore Institute of Technology and provides regular teaching and training sessions for both student physiotherapists and junior physiotherapists. She has given regular continuing medical education (CME) talks on hip fracture and rehabilitation and she was part of the Hip integrated care pathway team that was awarded the NUHS-MOCHTAR RIADY PINNACLE AWARDS in 2019. She has also initiated Total knee replacement classes in both the acute and community settings that patients have enjoyed. Dr Aruna is a passionate, dedicated and personable physiotherapist who always seeks to give her best to helping her patients achieve their desired outcomes.

    Services

    breastfeeding relief
    fit mama exercise and nutrition
    pre and post natal massage
    pre and post natal physio
    diastasis recti correction
    womens health physiotherapy
    womens health & paediatric
    Pelvic Floor Rehab
    Helen Walton Senior Prenatal/Postnatal Rehab, Exercise and Massage Therapist
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    Services

    baby massage
    breastfeeding relief
    fit mama exercise and nutrition
    pre and post natal massage
    diastasis recti correction
    Pelvic Floor Rehab
    Rebecca AldridgeRehab & Exercise Specialist, Bone Conditioning Expert & Massage Therapist
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    Rebecca started Health2u in Singapore following the success of Physiocomestoyou Ltd in London and the UK which is still running strong. Both companies were developed to address the gap in the market for a professional service providing physiotherapy, massage and exercise to people at home and work. Rebecca has over 16 years of physiotherapy experience having qualified in 2002 and spent 7 years within teaching hospitals and at the same time completed a Masters in Advanced Physiotherapy. She is also trained in acupuncture, pilates and exercise rehab particulary of the pre natal and post natal exercise. Having a baby in Singapore Bex set up the Health2Mama branch of Health2u having realised the huge benefits of having a service that comes to you after birth and helps with things such as massage, breast massage to help milk supply, advice on feeding and lifting techniques around the home to help prevent back pain and chest tightness. This led to ‘The Recovery Session’ Being developed. There is also the Exercise programmes Rebecca has developed to help mothers correct any diastasis recti and get back to being fit, toned and their ideal weight again after birth while ensuring good pelvic floor control and protection of the diastasis recti. The sessions can be individual or of small groups of other mothers at your condo or home

    Services

    breastfeeding relief
    fit mama exercise and nutrition
    pre and post natal massage
    diastasis recti correction
    services for pain and injury
    Pelvic Floor Rehab
    Kareen Chua AHPC Registered Physiotherapist
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    Kareen began her career as a Physiotherapist with National University Hospital (NUH) and subsequently went on to work privately. Through her exposure in different sectors, she has gained experience treating patients with musculoskeletal, orthopaedics, prenatal/postnatal and neurological conditions. Kareen has a keen interest in treating spinal conditions,and also adopting Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) techniques to treat chronic pain conditions, lymphedema in post-op cases and swelling in pregnancy, after birth and in lactation relief. She went on to obtain her certification in Manual Lymphatic Drainage from Dr Vodders’ School and she is keen to research further in this area. She has worked with many mums during their pregnancy and after birth and helped them with pain relief, healing the diastasis recti, unblocking of milk ducts, pelvic floor rehab and general exercise training.   Through Health2mama she offers her services to mums at home. Kareen believes in walking her clients through their journey of recovery with pain reduction and techniques to restore ROM, and using evidence-based exercises to promote recovery and return to activities. She believes that patient education plays a huge role in the rehabilitation process. She enjoys providing education to patients so they can gain a better understanding of their condition.

    Services

    baby massage
    breastfeeding relief
    fit mama exercise and nutrition
    pre and post natal massage
    pre and post natal physio
    diastasis recti correction
    Pelvic Floor Rehab
    Mok Ying RongAHPC Registered Physiotherapist
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    Ying Rong graduated from Queen Margaret University with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy, and is a certified physiotherapist with 4 years of experience in acute hospital and clinic setting, specializing in post-surgery, sports injury, elderly and clients in pain. While at Farrer Park Hospital she provided quality care for both inpatient and outpatients of all age groups and diverse conditions including joint trauma, degenerative conditions, spinal infections, nerve injuries, fractures and amputations. Ying Rong is passionate about rehabilitating patients with musculoskeletal and neurological issues back to pain-free status and currently sees a mixture of post-surgery and musculoskeletal patients in the comfort of their own homes. Ying Rong is a National distance runner and holds the record for the Singapore Half Marathon. With a keen interest in running she has spearheaded a running gait analysis program.