Pregnancy is a time of many physical and emotional changes, and a time when women become more aware of their bodies and the amazing process they are performing in creating a new life. However, these changes can also put a lot of strain on the mother. Pregnancy massage can help to relieve problems such as backache, pelvic strains and heavy or tired legs. Treatments are carried out with the client on their side, using a special 'Body Support' cushion system, which allows the mum-to-be to be truly comfortable and fully supported throughout the treatment. Using a combination of Massage and Shiatsu based techniques as well as light lymphatic drainage, the mum not only gets a proper massage treatment, but also exercises and techniques as part of her preparation for birth. The treatment can be focused on relieving specific areas of pain or stiffness and/or a gentle and relaxing massage to nurture the mum to be.
Birth Partners can be involved by attending a couples ‘Birth Partner Workshop’, where basic massage techniques for use at home and during birth are taught. This is a great way for dads to bond with the bump and gain confidence in their role during the birth. During these sessions, we look at techniques and how/when they might be used both before and during labour. Each session would be tailored to the couples’ needs, but could include – general massage techniques, some appropriate shiatsu focus points, deep sacrum release, abdomen massage (great for bonding), and positions for childbirth.