Massage for Maternity
Calm; Massage for Pregnancy
Massage in pregnancy can ease many classic pregnancy symptoms, including
backache, hip tension, achey legs, anxiety, poor sleep and general stress, carpal tunnel syndrome and more.
Evidence suggests that receiving (and giving) massage stimulates oxytocin and endorphins within the body, with the benefit of improving a sense of wellbeing; reducing stress and lowering blood pressure in both the short and long-term (Kimber et al, 2008; McNabb et al, 2006; Uvnas Moberg, 2011). Oxytocin is the hormone strongly linked to the bodys physiological processes throughout labour, birth and for breastfeeding. The use of massage regularly may promote the physical, psychological, emotional and psychosocial adaptations needed throughout this precious time.
Pregnancy massage is always tailoured to suit your individual needs with regard to your stage of pregnancy. Often massage is given in the side lying position, and maybe on a massage couch or futon on the floor.
Comfort; Massage for Labour and Birth
When something hurts, it is instinctive to rub it better. As a soothing extension of touch, massage is frequently reported as one of the non-pharmacological tools to cope with labour (NICE, 2007; RCM, 2010; Smith et al, 2012; Yates, 2010). Using massage as a way of preparing for birth can help you and your partner to relax more easily, supporting you both to cope with labour at home and in your birth setting, therefore encouraging positive experiences of birth.
The use of complementary therapies like massage is viewed as facilitating greater satisfaction with labour and birth. Using massage techniques effectively may improve a sense of control of childbirth experiences, supporting relationships and bonding between women, partners and their newborns (Gaffney & Smith, 2004; Hall, et al, 2011).
This appointment will be for you and your birth partner, supporting you both to work together using massage, shiatsu & acupressure techniques during pregnancy and to prepare for labour & birth. I would advise 2 hours for this session, however this can be adapted. Group workshops will also be available in 2016.
Connection; Massage workshops for you and your partner
This award has provided me with funding to support my project offering heavily subsidised massage to women who are struggling in pregnancy, perhaps due to a previous loss or bereavement, traumatic labour or birth, mental health difficulties or any other reason.
Please email me if you think massage could help support you to achieve a more positive experience of pregnancy, labour & birth.