What are the benefits of Pregnancy Massage?
- Increase lymph and blood circulation
- Release myofascial tension
- Decrease stress and anxiety
- Improve quality of sleep
Can I have Pregnancy Massage in my first trimester?
Massage during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy has been controversial. Many massage therapists won’t do it because of liability issues since the risk of miscarriage is higher in the first trimester.
In reality, there is no scientific evidence that massage can directly cause miscarriage. Unless advised by your doctor against it, Pregnancy Massage can be safely performed during all trimesters of pregnancy and it’s wonderful to ease legs and back pain, improve your mood and sleep quality.
Can I get a foot massage while pregnant?
Yes, it is safe to have your feet massaged during your session and it is usually included in a full body treatment to enhance relaxation. There are points around your ankles that is best to avoid because they are believed to stimulate labour.
Similarly, other acupressure points of your body are not to be stimulated vigorously during pregnancy but a gentle massage is not only harmless but extremely beneficial.
Is it comfortable to lay face down on a massage table?
Positioning is very important during Pregnancy Massage. With the specially designed pregnancy mat it is possible to snuggly accommodate your precious growing belly and breasts when laying face down. In the last weeks of your pregnancy though, it may become uneasy and a side-laying position would be advised.
Also a face up position may present its problems after the 26th week. The increased pressure of your uterus on your vena cava, a major blood vessel, could decrease blood flow to your baby and leave you nauseous, breathless and dizzy. To avoid that possibility, a pillow can be placed under your right hip to put you in a semi-side-laying position or you can be prompted to lay on your side.
How long does the treatment take?
You can decide the length of your massage or discuss with the therapist if unsure.
Usually a relaxing Pregnancy Massage is a full body treatment from head to toe and it takes a minimum of 60 minutes.
If you need a remedial treatment because you are sore in a specific area, a targeted massage can take 30, 45 or 60 minutes depending on what needs attention.
How often should I receive Pregnancy Massage?
It depends on your body and your pregnancy. During the first trimester you can have a monthly treatment, a fortnightly or weekly massage is recommended in the second and third trimester.
How much does the treatment cost?
The price is based on treatment’s length. Check our prices here.
Is it eligible for health fund rebates?
Yes, Pregnancy Massage it is eligible if it is a Remedial Massage Treatment. If you have private health and your extras include Remedial Massage you will be able to claim your treatment with your health fund. All health funds are accepted.
An invoice with all necessary details will be emailed to you after your session.