Pregnancy Massage – a further explanation

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The pregnancy massage service I offer is proving very popular. You’ll notice that I only offer a 90 minute appointment, I’m aware that other therapists offer different length times but I thought I’d explain why I don’t.

The massage is a full 90 minutes of massage, there is also a consultation that can last up to 30 minutes so the appointment is often around 2 hours, plus time for set up and take down of the couch and other equipment. This is much longer than the normal consultation because there are so much more information that needs to be discussed with a pregnant client.

I’ve never experienced another therapists pregnancy routine but I understand that it is often just performed with the client lying on their side. The side massage is only part of my massage.

I start with the the client sat on a chair or stool leaning against pillows on the couch, this allows me full access to the back, I find it much easier to access the upper back and shoulders in this position.

After the back has been massaged I will ask the client to lie on their side on the couch and I will work the back and side, it also gives me good access to the hips and pelvis that are often areas of discomfort, particularly with clients suffering with pelvic girdle pain (PGP). I will ask the client to lie on their other side so that both sides are massaged equally.

After the side massage I will ask the client to sit up and lean back onto a foam wedge I place on the couch. This allows me to massage the arms, hands, legs, knees and feet. I also go through some stretching exercises that can help with PGP, and if the client isn’t suffering it can help prevent it.

I can also massage the bump, not everyone wants this, some people love it, some people hate it, it’s entirely up to the client.

A pregnant women needs massage for a number of reasons, it can help with pain relief, stress, anxiety and it helps to nourish the skin which often dries out during pregnancy.

The reason I only offer 90 minutes is because I don’t think I can offer a complete massage in any less time.

If you, or someone you know would benefit from a pregnancy massage, please get in touch to arrange an appointment.

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