Pregnancy Massage, can be incorporated into routine prenatal care as an emotional and physical health supplement. Studies have shown massage to help reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains and improve labour outcomes and newborn health.
Carrying a baby inside you changes your centre of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, shoulder and abdominal muscles. It also relaxes your ligaments, so that your pelvic joints are less stable and changes your posture, and as a result, pulling your pelvis forward.
Sciatic nerve pain is regularly experienced by numerous ladies in late pregnancy as the uterus lays on muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back. The weight of the uterus spreads strain to the muscles of the upper and lower leg, making them swell and puts weight on close-by nerves. Massage addresses the aggravated nerves by discharging the tension on close-by muscles.
During your pregnancy, ligaments and joints are being softened by the over production of the hormone, relaxin. This can lead to symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) or pelvic girdle pain (PGP), which can be very debilitating. Massage helps release oxytocin and endorphins, which in turn, can help relieve the discomfort and pain.
By having regular massages all through your pregnancy, hormones, for example, norepinephrine and cortisol, related with stress, are diminished, and your dopamine and serotonin levels are increased, related with depression, leading to fewer complications during birth and less occurrences of of newborn complications.
Among some of the myths and old wives’ tales encompassing prenatal massage, is the misguided belief that massage should be avoided during the first trimester. Under the skilled hands of a certified prenatal practitioner, massage during the first trimester is not only safe, but can be especially supportive during the transitional first months.
Numerous ladies leave their pregnancy massage until the last weeks of pregnancy. Most customers that have done this say “They wished they’d come to me sooner”. Make your pregnancy a pleasurable affair, free from any pregnancy related symptoms benefiting both you and your baby.
Please note that as maternity reflexology and pregnancy massage complements the skilled work of the midwife, it is advisable that you inform your GP/midwife’s before booking a treatment.
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- Reduced physical discomforts, e.g. muscle spasm, cramp, tired legs, tension, back ache, etc.
- Stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints (oedema), which also improves the removal of tissue waste, carried by the body’s lymph system.
- Address emotional problems, e.g. anxiety, depression, fear, restless, insomnia
- Promote relaxation and reduce stress
- Ease digestive problems
- Be beneficial in labour and post-natal care
Pregnancy massage may help with
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- High blood pressure (not suitable for pre eclampsia or eclampsia)
- Tiredness, Insomnia
- Morning sickness
- Backache, Sciatica
- SPD or PGP
- Blocked sinuses
A full consultation will take place on your first treatment. Your needs and preferences will be taken into consideration, as well as taking a full medical case history. You will be supported in a side lying position on the couch, and draped with a sheet. Only the body part that is being worked will be exposed.
It is best to avoid eating a large meal before your massage or drinking large amounts of liquids.
Most women find it uncomfortable to lie face down right from the start of pregnancy because of their tender, swollen breast, you also cannot lay face down on a traditional massage table once your belly has started to grow. It is inadvisable for you to lay flat on your back either, particularly once you are past mid-pregnancy, because of the weight of your uterus puts too much pressure on the veins that return blood from your legs to your heart. As a trained prenatal therapist, great care is taken with comfort and positioning when offering a pregnancy massage
Reduce the stress in your life –
Many prospective studies have shown that, if a mother is depressed, anxious, or stressed while pregnant, this increases the risk for her child having a wide range of adverse outcomes, including emotional problems, symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or impaired cognitive development.
“What happens in the womb can last a lifetime” Prof. Robert Winston,
Lovely warm relaxing therapy room, lighting just right not too bright, smelt lovely, music was chilled when massage was being done. I went to Tania through recommendation from someone else. Tania is always most welcoming and helps you feel relaxed from start to finish. I have past Tania’s name on to others. Never had a massage before but was very comfortable with Tania’s service.
Would always have a chat whilst being massaged because otherwise I think I could have happily gone to sleep. Price is fair and a loyalty card is nice for the customer Thank you for the service you provided.
Natalie Evans, Fareham
An incredible environment. From the moment you enter the cabin you are immediately calmed, relaxed and distanced from everything outside. Being so close to nature in the cabin style room, makes you feel very earthy and spiritual – from the patter of rain to the tweet of birds in spring. The decor is beautiful and feels very exotic. Every element the treatment room from the scent of calming oils and dimmed yet natural lighting really sets you up for a great experience. My treatments were incredible. I used Zenses for massages and reflexology throughout of pregnancies and have found it helped relieve all tensions in my back, hips and legs as I progress through to full term. Couldn’t recommend more highly!
Stephanie Williamson, Portsmouth
I heard about Tania through my midwife. The treatment room was beautiful, very tranquil. I would highly recommend pregnancy massage. My sessions were lovely and Tania is a lovely person, thank you
Amy Mitchell, Havant
Just been and had a zen mama massage and it was amazing feel so relaxed and baby defo loved it as won’t stop wriggling, will defiantly recommend, looking forward to my next appointment
Had an amazing pregnancy massage, left feeling completely relaxed! Thank you x
I started coming to Tania because of back pain and continued with treatment for relaxation throughout my pregnancy. I always feel relaxed after my treatment. Tania is very professional and knowledgeable about pregnancy and the treatments she offers, she satisfies any doubts I may have at the time.
C Hayes, Southbourne
I had Pregnancy Massage to help get rid of shoulder pain and to relax during my pregnancy. The treatment was very relaxing and helped. Tania I would recommend to other’s, she is lovely, warm welcoming and very friendly.
I had the most amazing pregnancy massage with Tania this morning! I’m 39 weeks pregnant and I have a 3.5 year old at home, so I was desperate for a bit of relaxation. Tania’s zen garden is the most wonderful place and the massage itself was heavenly! I left feeling totally physically relaxed and in a really positive head space. I can’t wait to go back, and hopefully take a couple of friends with me. Thank you, Tania!
Was treated for my birthday to a pregnancy massage, at almost 39 weeks pregnant, it was much appreciated. So relaxing and felt wonderful afterwards, thankyou
Nikki Nutman, Waterlooville
I started getting regular massages from Tania when I was about 6 months pregnant, my baby is now nearly 8 months and I still get a treatment from Tania once a month, in my opinion she gives the best massages in the surrounding area, and I’ve tried quite a few places.
I recently also got the facial massage, which is the most calming experience. Tanias knowledge of healing and pressure point relief is outstanding. I feel that I am really able to stop my brain from churning while I’m there, and find peace and quiet, which is incredibly valuable when you have an 8 month old!
I also consider the treatments to be good value compared to beauty salons, and the loyalty card for a half price treatment once you’ve received 6 treatments is an added bonus. I would recommend Tania to anyone.
Lucy Lawrence, Emsworth
I am really grateful for the services Tania provided, the pregnancy massage and reflexology helped sooth my aches, pains and digestive problems. I had 2 reflexology treatments which helped prepare me for the birth, I used hypno-birthing, the reflexology really helped compliment the hypno-birthing for a smooth, natural birth with just gas and air. I really enjoyed the treatments as they were so relaxing and could feel the baby responding as Tania worked her magic on my feet. I will be back for some post natal treatments, many thanks Tania.
Had my second pregnancy massage today and loved it! Came away feeling totally relaxed and refreshed. I had been feeling very stressed earlier in my pregnancy and these treatments have made such a difference. Thanks so much!
Had such a relaxing pregnancy back massage today, can not recommend it enough, being 35 weeks pregnant I didn’t actually think I could feel that relaxed, thank u xx