Jacqueline specializes in massage therapy for pregnant women. She is a skilled and sympathetic therapist who will design a massage that is exactly suited to your personal needs. As a mother of three children, she can identify with and understand your pregnancy experience.
So you're expecting...
An exciting but likely very demanding time for you.
Did you know that there is a simple way to help to alleviate stress and labour pain, and improve your soon-to-be-born baby's health while also reducing the risk of complications?
The centuries-old practice of massage therapy can help to provide these benefits and many more to you and your unborn baby.
Massage during pregnancy...
With extensive body changes and extra tension in the muscular skeletal system, caused by hormone and a shift in your centre of gravity, having a massage can be a real life saver.
Pregnant women may lie on their sides to be massaged, after the first 22 weeks of pregnancy, lying flat on your back could cause pressure on deep blood vessels, due to the growing baby, thereby reducing circulation to you and your baby.
To avoid this problem, pillows can be used to ensure that you are lying in a comfortable side-lying position, there by the use of body pillows is especially effective for the side-lying position.
Regular massages during pregnancy can also shorten labour time and make the return of your optimal fitness easier. During labour, massage is an effective pain relief too! Ask about how your partner can massage you during labour, and what other beneficial natural techniques you can use to have a rewarding birth experience....
Massage can be performed anywhere from 10 minutes to one hour, depending on how much time you have and how much discomfort you are experiencing. Once a week during the second trimester is great, and twice a week or more during the third trimester is wonderful.
Benefits of prenatal massage...
- Helps you to prepare for an easier delivery by preparing the muscles used during childbirth.
- Relieve lower back pain and lessens sciatic pain.
- Leg massage will help control varicose veins and fewer calf cramps.
- Abdominal massage will help minimize stretch marks.
- Reduce swelling and oedema in hands, legs and feet.
- Increase circulation, including to the placenta.
- Brings greater nutrition to body tissues and removes waste products.
- Improves lymphatic circulation, giving you energy and less congestion and fatigue.
- Relieve the strain on your shoulders, abdomen, hips, lower back and ankles.
- Helps muscle tone and improves flexibility in your muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints.
- Help to relieve headache and sinus congestion.
- Introduce you to beneficial sleeping, sitting and stretching positions.
- Soothe the nervous system, creating a sense of well - being.
- Massage promotes emotional support and nurturing touch.
- Neck and back pain relief caused by muscle imbalance and weakness.
- Helps you sleep more soundly.
Is prenatal massage for you?
Massage during pregnancy is usually safe for most mothers. Your massage therapist will want to know if you are having any problems or complications with your pregnancy before you begin. If you are, then your therapist will require approval from your primary health care provider before proceeding with any bodywork.
"The following are circumstances in which massage should not be performed"
- Heavy discharge (watery or bloody)
- contagious illness
- unusual pain
- high blood pressure
- abdominal pain
- any malignant condition
- skin rashes, open sores or bruises
- raised or distended varicose veins
- local infection sites