Q- Is massage safe during the first trimester?
Absolutely! The myths surrounding first trimester massage are invalid and the statement ‘no massage in the first trimester’ only applies to massage therapists without specialised pregnancy massage training and skills. If the treatment is performed by a therapist who specialises in pregnancy massage then yes it is very safe. The main focus of first trimester massage is to support the changes which the woman in undergoing, stress reduction, increased relaxation, alleviation of early pregnancy symptoms, encouragement of early pre-natal bonding, encouraging good breathing and promoting wellbeing.
Q- Which position is best. Side-lying or a prone (face down)?
During the first trimester it is safe to lie on your belly as long as you are feeling comfortable. From the second trimester until the end of pregnancy the safest position is side lying. This position enables easy access to all areas of the body and offers a wide range of very positive physical and psychological comforts for mum, baby and the therapist. Some of the benefits to the client in a side lying position include:
- Supports and eases the lumbar spine which has an increased lordosis
- Supports the pelvis which has an increased anterior rotation
- Minimises strain on uterine ligaments and musculoskeletal structures
- Accommodates the increase in joint laxity
- Delivers a sense of nurture and comfort
Q-What problems and discomforts can Pregnancy Massage help with?
Massage during pregnancy can be very helpful in treating:
- Lower back pain
- Hip pain
- Pelvic Girdle pain
- Carpal Tunnel syndrome
- Cramping in legs
- Restless legs
Q- What are the benefits of Post Natal massage?
Post Natal massage is very beneficial to the health and wellbeing of a new mother in the early weeks and months after birth. The focus of this massage is to support recovery with gentler techniques for the body. Some benefits of Post Natal massage include:
- Helps to recover strength and abdominal muscle tone
- Eases muscular tension in the upper shoulders, thoracic and neck due to breastfeeding or carrying a baby
- Recovery from labour- Feelings of exhaustion, Pelvic ligament and joint strain and pain,
- Eases after-effects of Epidural and other pain medication such as headache, backache or fever
- Helps with Emotional adjustments
- Rebalances the pelvis and lumbar spine
Bec is a qualified remedial massage therapist who specialises in Pregnancy and Post Natal Massage. Bec shares her life in Newcastle with her partner Cameron and daughter Ruby. She is very passionate about women’s health and supporting women on their pregnancy journey. Bec delivers a nurturing treatment that focuses on reducing the tension, stress, anxiety and fatigue that many women experience during pregnancy.
For more information about pregnancy massage please feel free to get in touch with Bec.
Rebecca Orchard Remedial Massage
Level 1/16A Bolton Street, Newcastle