We instinctively use touch to connect with each other, to nurture and to express compassion and love. Holistic massage can be richly comforting, and positive gentle touch can also have a profoundly beneficial effect on you and your baby’s health.
Pregnancy is a period of time, more than any other, when health and happiness should be considered as a priority. We are now in an age whereby pregnant ladies are taking a more active healthy role during this special stage in their life, being additionally aware of the changes in their body, the development of their baby; making the most of their pregnancy and that of their unborn child.
From the second trimester onwards, Holistic Massage is especially beneficial. The primary aim to relax the mind, body and spirit, relieving the stresses and strains, enabling you to better deal with the emotional highs and lows that are commonly experienced by most pregnant women, new mothers (and also fathers).
Lower back pain is probably the most common complaint of pregnancy, but a gentle massage can do a lot to relieve the discomfort. Pregnancy massage benefits both mother and unborn baby; soothing back pain, alleviating emotional fatigue and other pregnancy related ailments.
Depending on where you are in your pregnancy and your general comfort and needs, specific attention to the following areas can also aid in your general wellbeing.
Feet - Professional massage of the feet and ankles can relieve stiffness and tension within the body. The extra weight being carried during pregnancy can cause the feet to swell and to get hot and puffy. A tender foot massage conditions the feet and helps to alleviate minor swelling/puffiness.
Abdomen - Gentle effleurage of the Abdomen (from the second trimester onwards) can enhance the chi in both mother and baby and is reputed to assist in the overall body energy, alleviating water retention, indigestion and heartburn. Soothing strokes have also been reported to calm active, kicking babies (Option A).
Scalp & Face - A gentle scalp massage is particularly helpful for relieving tension and soothing jangled nerves, incorporating a relaxing face massage helps to relax and smooth the stresses from the features (Option B).
Hand & Arm – A deeply relaxing massage can provide relief from stiff and tense muscles. Conditioning the hands and nails and helping to reduce minor swelling/puffiness (Option C).
During the latter stages of pregnancy Reiki and other forms of appropriate massage can soothe and relax, helping to relieve general discomfort, anxiety, stress and worry.
Reiki – A versatile therapy, Reiki can be received fully clothed and in any comfortable position. It is a deeply relaxing, soothing and non invasive therapy, said to help alleviate minor ailments such as backache, constipation, stress, anxiety and depression, beneficial both during and after pregnancy.
Indian Head - A gentle Indian head massage is particularly helpful for relieving tension commonly found in the upper back, shoulders and neck area, during pregnancy, clearing and enabling clarity, soothing tension away.
Some of the more specific benefits include:-
- Improved blood circulation
- Can soften and nourish the skin (*minimising stretch marks)
- Improve the skins texture and condition*
- Improve the skins tone and elasticity*
- Soothe the sensory nerve endings
- Deeply relaxing giving expectant mums a general feeling of wellbeing
- Relieving stress and tension
- Promoting relaxation
- Benefiting those suffering from mental and physical fatigue
- Relieving muscle stiffness, pain and soreness
- Combating minor fluid retention, swelling/puffiness (Oedema)
- Providing relief from ailments such as morning sickness/nausea, indigestion/heartburn, constipation, back pain and tension headaches
Pregnancy is a time of great physical and emotional change, and it is important to take good care of yourself and your body.
Pregnancy massage is a soothing and beneficial therapy during this prenatal period, but because of certain complications and conditions, it is important that permission is sought if any of the following contra indications are evident from you GP.
The following contra indications would prevent or restrict certain treatments from being carried out:-
- Within the first trimester (3 months)
- High blood pressure
- Suffer from Heart problems
- Have Anaemia, Toxaemia
- Severe Water Retention
- Have Varicose Veins
- Any current Fractures
- Skin Infections/broken skin
- Baby not in correct position
- Previous miscarriage(s)
YOUR TREATMENT WILL INCLUDE:-
- Initial Grounding
- Relaxation and Energy Balancing
- Gentle Relaxing Effleurage of the Back
- Massaging Shoulders & Lumbar Region
- Soothing Foot Massage
*Option ‘A’ Gentle Abdomen Massage
*Option ‘B’ Gentle Scalp & Face Massage
*Option ‘C’ Gentle Hand and Arm Massage
- Grapeseed (other oils available - please click on OILS USED)
- Music and incense (Complimentary/Optional)
*Depending on where you are in your pregnancy and your general comfort and wellbeing, there is a treatment which can be tailored to your specific needs:-
30 min - Back Massage (inc Neck, Shoulder, Scalp) = £15
(*please note 30mins sessions are only available as part of a Package or in conjunction with another treatment)
60 min – Treatment (inc one of the three Options) = £30
75 min – Treatment (inc two of the three Options) = £35
90 min – Full Treatment (inc all three Options) = £40
60 min – Reiki Only (non invasive ‘hands on’ healing therapy) = £25
60 min – Indian Head (with a choice of three treatment positions to suit you) = £30
Duration will include an extended Consultation/Aftercare period,
providing you with a quiet time to rest and rebalance before leaving.
Notes = Please ensure skin is clean (free from make-up), depending on your
massage; you may be asked to disrobe (leaving just underwear or bra and comfortable bottoms), this will be advised upon booking your appointment.
PLEASE NOTE : Personal Packages tailored to you can be arranged and discounts on teaching Baby massage (for your and/or your partner) can also be agreed. Also discounts for expectant Fathers and/or new Dad’s. Beautiful, thoughtful gifts for any new family..
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