Even the most straight forward pregnancy puts a woman’s body through an unparalleled series of changes. Massage can
- Ease back pain
- Ease muscular tension
- Ease water retention (oedema)
- Provide the opportunity for deep relaxation
- Help you to find comfortable positions for pregnancy and labour
- Help you to connect with the pregnancy and the baby
For many, pregnancy is a very straightforward process and for some it presents more challenges and complications. Everyone can benefit from massage as an opportunity to have this experience witnessed and supported.
Many women find that they continue to have active and often very busy lives during their pregnancy, many women will continue to work until the late stages of their pregnancy or are caring for other children or both. The appointments they have with their health care team or midwives will provide them with opportunities to discuss any pressing concerns but rarely do women find these sessions emotionally supportive or provide them with a chance to really connect with the pregnancy.
Most women will attend some ante-natal classes in groups and this is a wonderfully supportive environment where they will often develop a peer support network as well as benefiting from the advice of the class facilitator.
Receiving massage however, is a unique way of really taking time out to be with the pregnancy and to deeply relax, for many this is a really special time.