There are a few different types of massages performed for pregnancy massages such as Swedish Massage, Lymphatic Drainage Massage and Pregnancy Specialty (Remedial) Massage.
Swedish Massage: – is widely used aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body. Swedish Massage is the recommended massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts for Hormone Regulation.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage (Pregnancy): – aims to reduce swelling (Edema) of the joints during pregnancy, also often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints. This also improves the removal of tissue waste (Bi-products) carried by the body’s lymph system.
Pregnancy Specialty (Remedial) Massage: – covers all aspects of Pregnancy Massage and also could focus to improve of nerve pain. Especially, Sciatic nerve pain which pregnant women experiences in late pregnancy as the uterus rests on muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back. The pressure of the uterus spreads tension to the muscles of the upper and lower leg, causing them to swell and put pressure on nearby nerves.
Massage therapy addresses the inflamed nerves by helping to release the tension on nearby muscles. Many women have experienced a significant reduction in sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy through massage.
Massage position during Pregnancy massage: – Many therapists consider the best position for a pregnant woman during massage is side-lying. Some facilities provide tables that consist of a hole in which the uterus can fit may not be reliable and can still apply pressure to the abdomen, or allow the abdomen to dangle, causing uncomfortable stretching of the uterine ligaments. Massage therapists will always consult with client(s) before their first treatment to verify what position they would be placed during the massage.
Other potential benefits of pregnancy massage:
- Reduced back pain
- Reduced joint pain
- Improved circulation
- Reduced edema
- Reduced muscle tension and headaches
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
- Better sleep
Seek an appropriate massage therapist
It is important to seek care from a certified Pregnancy massage therapist. In Australia, even Certified Remedial Massage therapists must have gone through training under the specialty module as a part of Diploma course or else, required to undergo separate training a short Pregnancy Massage courses address specific pregnancy and massage needs after completion of the main course.
Is Pregnancy massage safe throughout the entire pregnancy?
Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy – during the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd trimester. Many facilities will refuse to offer massage to a woman who is still in her first trimester because of the increased risk for miscarriage associated with the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
It is always safe to consult with therapist in order to receive the 1st Trimester Pregnancy Massage and it requires to sign a consent form prior to the treatment.
Post-Pregnancy Massage (Post natal)
It is equally important for new mum to recover smoothly because her body will be going through some big changes in the first few weeks. Postural changes are beginning to correct themselves but this will take time. Also, they are at more risk of injuring their lower back by lifting and supporting their new baby, which can place additional pressure on her body. In result, due to lengthening and weakening of the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, specific massage therapy must be received to assess pelvic alignment.
Fusion Massage therapists for Pregnancy Massage (Diana, Lydia, Hiroe and Zee).