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Pregnancy massage

Pregnancy Massage can help to alleviate many of the symptoms and conditions associated with pregnancy. During this amazing time of physical and emotional change, massage can be of enormous benefit to both the mother and baby.

 

WHEN

When you need to

• Improve Quality of Sleep

• Reduce headaches

• Relieve heartburn

• Balance mood-swings and help depression

 

BENEFIT

The Massage helps to prepare the body for the changes that occur during this special time and will help to promote a healthy, happy pregnancy, as well as labour and recovery period. 

It has been found to help alleviate

• Muscle tension

• Muscle spasm & cramping

• Sciatic Pain

• Swelling Oedema

• Back, neck and shoulder discomfort caused by hormonal and postural changes

 

HISTORY

For thousands of years, massage has been applied as an effective, valuable therapy during pregnancy and childbirth in nearly all traditional cultures.  The origins of pregnancy massage really date back to the beginning of the recorded use of massage.  The 3000 year old discipline of Ayurvedic Medicine has ancient texts with instructions about massaging pregnant women with oils during and after pregnancy. Massage was used to reposition the baby if necessary during labor, tone and comfort the mother’s body during pregnancy, and speed postpartum healing after birth.

 

In the last 30 years or so, great advances have been made in terms of research, teaching and practice of prenatal massage through the efforts of pioneers in the field like massage therapist Carole Osborne-Sheets and Dr Tiffany Fields, of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami.