Pregnant and postnatal women in Bristol have experienced the benefits of Pregnancy massage at this special time.
Pregnancy can be a time of deep happiness and joy however; it can also be an emotional and anxious time. Emotions can change on a daily basis from joy and triumph to fear, worry and doubt.
The benefits of pregnancy massage
Your body changes during pregnancy and these changes have an effect on most body systems including: circulatory, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary, musculoskeletal, lymphatic and digestive. The changes may cause some common ailments some of which may be helped by massage and other complementary therapies and include: morning sickness, tiredness, lower/upper back pain, constipation, cramps, heartburn, high blood pressure, insomnia, and oedema (water retention).
What happens during a pregnancy massage
As a fully qualified and practising Midwife I will ask you to fill out a medical and obstetric history, based on this information and your gestation I can plan your Massage.
You will left to undress down to your underwear and make yourself comfortable on the massage couch, covered with a warm and supersoft blanket. From 24 weeks or sooner if you are unable to lie on your abdomen, you will be made comfortable lying on your side with the use of pillows and cushions.
Shiatsu – The shiatsu element of the massage helps to rebalance the energy in your body. A range of techniques are used, from gentle holding, rocking and slow strong stretching. With your agreement from 37 weeks, and if all is well during your pregnancy, I can use the labour focus points, which aids deep releasing pressure to prepare your body for labour.
After care and advice
Massage has a detoxifying effect on the body and you can encourage this by drinking plenty of water and avoiding caffeine for the next 24 hours. Also try to rest and allow your body to heal from within.
You will feel so deeply relaxed after this treatment, make sure you keep the rest of your day free to really enjoy the benefits!
1 hour Pregnancy Massage at my honme 74 Shaftesbury Avnenue, Montpelier, Bristol, BS6 5LY £35