pregnancysportsremedialmassage sydney

Sydney Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage is different from other massages you may have had before. The therapist is effectively massaging two people. Both you and baby will benefit from the increase in circulation, removal of waste products, supply of oxygen and nutrients to the cells and reduction in stress levels.

It is important to choose a therapist who has received training in Pregnancy Massage. Typical training includes pregnancy massage techniques, the anatomy of a pregnant woman, the changes that occur during pregnancy and afterwards, as well as related health conditions. There are a couple of symptoms that if presented, are not recommended for massage. A massage therapist will always obtain a case history of the client before proceeding with the treatment. In the case of pregnancy there are additional questions the therapist will ask to find out how the pregnancy is progressing. These are questions you will be able to answer easily if you are seeing a health care provider.

Will I be comfortable?
At a time when it seems like you can never feel comfortable, I find my pregnant clients are quite comfortable during the massage, particularly when lying on their sides. Lying face down while being massaged can put strain on the lumbar, pelvic and uterine structures, even if supported by pillows or if the table has a cut-out for the belly. Lying on your side allows you to relax, and I ensure that the client is well supported so you will need to have several cushions on hand!

Benefits of Pregnancy Massage
  • During pregnancy the extra weight you find yourself carrying and the shift in the centre of gravity puts extra strain on the weight bearing joints and can affect your posture. This in turn may also exacerbate existing biomechanical imbalances. Massage and gentle stretching relieves musculoskeletal pain, particularly in the neck, upper and lower back, hip and gluteal area.
  • Increased circulation of lymph and venous blood return relieves swelling, increases nutrition at cellular level, improves drainage, reduces chance of varicose veins developing.
  • Relieve carpal tunnel syndrome caused by increased supply of fluid to the extremities.
  • Relaxes leg muscles which helps reduce leg cramps.
  • Reduced stress levels.
  • Enhanced sleep.
  • Alleviate headaches.

During pregnancy there are some simple exercises you can do to help relieve the discomfort and help prepare for labour which your therapist can talk you through. Gentle exercise while pregnant and post partum is important for helping to maintain good posture, increase circulation and help strengthen particular muscles for pregnancy, labour and recovery.

Labour Massage
Some women find massage and acupressure during labour beneficial. You may choose to have a therapist with you during your labour, or your therapist can show your birthing partner or your doula some techniques as you reach your due date.

Post natal health
Massage and exercise will help with recovery from labour and make breastfeeding more comfortable for the new mum. Abdominal massage can assist with uterine involution, reducing gas and constipation, as well as assessing the integrity of the rectus abdominus muscles. As the mum adjusts to breastfeeding and holding the baby, tension can also develop in the neck, shoulder and upper back.

This article was written by Leonie Brown, (Dip Remedial Massage) who has studied Pregnancy Massage at Nature Care College, and is experienced in Pregnancy Massage.

Any information, advice, recommendations, statements or otherwise contained herein, or in any other communication made by or attributed to Inner West Massage and its representatives, whether oral or in writing, is not intended to replace or to be a substitute for medical advice trained by a trained physician or healthcare practitioner.

Phone 0421 410057
Massage for Sydney