By Anna Rayner, Feb 20 2018 03:59PM
I am often asked if it is safe to have a massage whilst you are pregnant and the answer is yes, as long as you are past the first trimester, don't have any placental dysfunctions, pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, toxaemia or threatened miscarriage. If you are in any doubt at all, have a chat with your doctor before booking an appointment.
As I am not an aromatherapist I always stick to a super safe grapeseed oil for my pregnant clients as some essential oils can have strong effects on the body's physiology which may involve risks when used during pregnancy. However, that doesn't mean you should avoid essential oils altogether during pregnancy as there are many benefits in having an aromatherapy massage at this time. Instead, seek advice and treatment from an appropriately quaified aromatherapist who will be able to blend safe oils for you if this is something you would like to try.
I have treated many pregnant ladies over the years and my clients have found that regular massage during pregnancy helps to reduce stress and promote relaxation; provides emotional support; relieves muscle spasms, cramps and general aches and pains and increases circulation thus reducing the possibility of varicose veins and swelling in the feet and legs. My pregnant clients tell me that their massage sessions leave them feeling relaxed and comfortable, and with increased self-confidence and an enhanced body image.
Back massage is a particularly popular treatment during pregnancy as clients often find that this is a time in their lives when they suffer a lot of lower back pain, so I always adapt treatment for pregnancy by ensuring that the client has no pressure on her abdomen during a back massage, either by using bolsters to elevate her hips whilst her bump is still fairly small or by using a massage chair later in pregnancy (this supports the whole body in the same way as a massage couch but allows the abdomen to be completely unrestricted). Another option is to lie the client on their side and work on their problem areas whilst they relax with their bump comfortably supported sideways on the massage couch with cushions to support the arms and legs.There are lots of treatments that can be carried out with the client safely lying face up on a normal massage couch such as feet and leg massage; arm and hand massage; shoulder and neck massage and face and head massage. Seated treatments during pregnancy are also a frequent choice such as shoulder massage, hand massage or indian head massage.
So if you're expecting at the moment and are wondering whether to have a treatment just get in touch with me to discuss this further