Massage during your pregnancy – from conception to postpartum – is safe when performed by a therapist with the appropriate qualification and skill set. Our Pregnancy Massage Australia graduate can assist you through your pregnancy with massage, correct and comfortable positioning and draping, education, acupressure points, preparation for your labour, manual lymphatic drainage for oedema, compression garment fitting if required for swelling and varicose veins and liaison with your obstetric team.
WHAT CAN PRENATAL MASSAGE THERAPY OFFER YOU?
- Individualized massage tailored to your specific requirements
- Emotional support, particularly for mums-to-be who find themselves on their own or lacking significant family support
- Education and encouragement in stress-reducing activities
- Appropriate referrals to other specialists if required
- Reduction in stress, aches and pains
- Time out
WHAT MAKES PREGNANCY MASSAGE DIFFERENT TO REMEDIAL MASSAGE?
- Positioning on the massage table will be modified according to which trimester you are in and your comfort
- Pressure will be adjusted
- All deep tissue work will be avoided on your legs
- At each massage you will be monitored for your risk of DVT and oedema and you may be referred back to your doctor if there is evidence of this
LETTING YOUR MEDICAL TEAM KNOW YOU ARE RECEIVING MASSAGE?
Whether you are experiencing problems or not in this pregnancy, it is always a good idea to let your medical team know that you are receiving massage. In some cases, a medical clearance will be required.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
At your initial (first) consultation you will complete a health history taking into account any medical conditions, previous pregnancies and where you are presently at. You need to allow 90 minutes for this initial consultation and we will try and get through the paperwork and assessment quickly allowing 60 – 70 minutes of massage time.
At each subsequent appointment:
- 60 minutes – paperwork update, discussions and massage
- Pre-treatment evaluation and any changes
- Correct and comfortable positioning for your massage
- Check for DVT risk
- Check for pitting oedema
- Education and/or a discussion will be provided covering techniques you can use at home, risk factors
IS IT SAFE TO HAVE A MASSAGE DURING PREGNANCY?
If you choose a massage therapist with an appropriate qualification (specialised training) and skill set then:
- massage is generally safe during the first trimester and indeed throughout your pregnancy
- you are required to have a full health history and assessment prior to your first massage
- it is safe to have your abdomen massaged
- it is best to avoid deep tissue work to your legs, instead have a lymphatic drainage which lessens your chance of dislodging an emboli
WHEN SHOULD I AVOID MASSAGE?
- If you are suffering severe morning sickness
- Evidence of DVT requires an immediate referral to your medical team
- Evidence of pitting oedema requires an immediate referral to your medical team
- Usual massage contraindications like diarrhoea, fever, acute illness, contagious conditions, open wounds, etc
HOW WILL I LIE COMFORTABLY AND SAFELY FOR MY MASSAGE?
Don't worry, there are specific positions during each trimester that we should adhere to to offer you and your baby the safest and most comfortable massage. These include side-lying, sitting, semi-recumbent and others depending on which trimester you are in and any health problems you may be experiencing.
Key Benefits of Pregnancy Massage
The benefits of Massage during and after your pregnancy for you and your baby include:
Reduces stress, tension and anxiety
Supports a healthy in-utero environment
Decreases muscle tension
Normalizes joint range of motion
Speeds up venous and lymph circulation – ie by bringing nutrients to tissues and eliminating waste products, reducing swelling, easing varicose veins and normalizing blood pressure
Fosters deeper breathing thus enhancing internal respiration
Helps reduce nausea
Elevates mood thus encouraging loving maternal care
Treats the common discomforts of pregnancy
Prepares the new mum physically, emotionally and mentally for labour
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