What Is A Pregnancy Massage?
Pregnancy massages are a relaxing physical treatment tailored to a pregnant mother’s needs and refer to any hands-on massage treatments provided to a woman during her pregnancy.
At Healing Hands Osteopathy, our pregnancy massages in Croydon are customised to the client’s differing needs. As such, pregnancy massages can vary greatly in terms of intensity and technique, but muscular relief of our clients is always the end goal.
Who Can Receive A Pregnancy Massage?
Regardless of the pregnancy stage, anyone who is pregnant can benefit from a pregnancy massage in Croydon. There’s a common misconception that pregnant women should avoid massages during their first trimester, but this is simply because they might feel too nauseous (morning sickness) to lay on the massage table.
However, if you’ve had two or more miscarriages in a row and are in your first trimester again, we will require a referral from your obstetrician advising that pregnancy massage is appropriate.
What Can I Expect From A Pregnancy Massage At Healing Hands Osteopathy?
If you are new to Healing Hands Osteopathy and are looking for a pregnancy massage near you, you must complete a detailed patient intake form. An additional intake form will also be required for current clinic patients who are having their first pregnancy.
At every appointment, your therapist will ask questions regarding your health and your baby’s. You will also be required to provide your most recent blood pressure reading during this time.
From the second trimester on, you will be positioned sideways on the table (rather than face down). This position helps to support your ligaments, and we will use various bolsters and pillows to keep you comfortable.
What Type Of Conditions Are Treated Within A Pregnancy Massage?
A pregnancy massage near you will benefit your wellbeing if you suffer from these conditions.
- Pelvic Girdle Instability (PGI)
- Pubic Symphysis Pubis Instability/diastasis (PSD or PSI)
- Pregnancy ligamentous pain
- Back, shoulder, neck or rib tightness
- Leg cramping
- Carpel tunnel
Benefits Of A Regular Pregnancy Massage
For many women, the benefits of a pregnancy massage include relief from aches and pains, relaxation, and preparation for labour.
Other benefits include:
- Increased relaxation and decreased anxiety
- Improved sleep pattern
- Reducing oedema
- Improved awareness to support body changes
- Back, shoulder and neck pain relief, along with all joint and muscular conditions common in pregnancy
- Stabilising hormonal changes and blood pressure
- Promoting general wellbeing
What Qualifications Does My Therapist Have To Perform A Massage When I Am Pregnant?
At Healing Hands Osteopathy Clinic in Croydon, our therapist Kerrie has a Practitioner of Pregnancy Massage certification, completed with Pregnancy Massage Australia.
How Is This Different From A General Massage Qualification?
While the majority of Remedial Massage courses cover some aspects of pregnancy massage, a Practitioner of Pregnancy Massage qualification involves a more intense education of the changes that occur to both the mother and baby throughout the three stages of pregnancy, as well as how to safely position the mother on the table. The qualification also covers high-risk conditions unique in pregnancy.
Get A Pregnancy Or Post-Pregnancy Massage Near You
- Tuesday: 10:00am – 7:30pm
- Wednesday: 10:00am – 7:30pm
- Thursday: 10:00am – 7:30pm
- Friday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
- Saturday: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Pregnancy Massage Pricing:
60 minute Consult $95
We offer Eftpos and HICAPS facilities, which allows you to claim your private healthcare rebate on the spot.