During both the pregnancy and postnatal period your body undergoes huge changes, and finding time to relax is essential to both mother and baby’s wellbeing.
Pregnancy can bring postural changes, and aches and pains such as backache, neck and shoulder pain, pelvic pain, swelling in legs and ankles, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Massage can help alleviate these symptoms.
Staying mobile and relaxed is a vital part of preparing for your birth experience, and massage along with appropriate exercise, can assist in this.
Massage plays a vital role in the postnatal period too- in many cultures a period of confinement is followed, which includes regular massage! But here new mums are often so busy they forget their body is still undergoing huge changes, and many of the pregnancy aches and postural changes linger on, as well the tiredness and emotional highs and lows that motherhood brings!
It’s easy to forget yourself with a new baby, and massage plays a crucial role in effective postnatal recovery,
As well as assisting in relaxation by reducing stress hormones, releasing tight and painful areas allows muscles to better re-align, meaning issues like abdominal separation (diastasis recti) can better heal.
While you enjoy your massage, your baby can be with you, but in order for you to get the most from your massage, it is better that there is someone that can look after your little one away from the treatment area.
Before we meet there is an in depth online health questionnaire, so that in the session we can spend as much time on the treatment as possible.
When we meet, we will discuss your needs in more depth, and I will do an assessment of your alignment. From this we can decide what kind of massage will be most beneficial.
Techniques I use include assisted stretches, soft tissue release, gentle stroking, deeper muscular work, and Instrument Assisted Massage (IAM).
I use the IAM tool to work on the soft tissue of the body during massage. It quickly releases fascia, which is a connective tissue that encompasses every muscle, ligament, tendon and organ in the body. Adhesions and tight spots can easily build up in this tissue, and IAM can help break these down. The goal is to stimulate the production of new collagen and less painful healing.
If you have had a c-section, if the scar is sufficiently healed then I can also do some scar massage. For more on this please see the scar massage section, but be aware this takes at least 30 minutes and often an hour, so a longer session will be needed if you want time for more massage work. Please get in touch to discuss options and see what would work for you.
I work as a mobile therapist and will come to you so please bear in mind I will need to be able to park reasonably close as I have the massage table to carry.