What is a pregnancy massage?
Glowing skin, thicker hair and the excitement of meeting your new babe are all parts of pregnancy that should be celebrated, but there is no denying that heavy feeling that creeps into your last trimester where even walking to the bathroom (which you do a million times a day and night, we might add), feels like an arduous task. While the fear of exposing your growing body may have you feeling a tad insecure about stripping down for a massage, we promise you, it's worth it.
I can hear you saying to yourself, surely a massage is a massage right, well, soz, but no. While we are all about achieving similar results such as relaxation, tension release and a sense of ease and balance between body and mind, pregnancy massages are different for a number of reasons - and here's why.
While essential oils aren't designed to be ingested, it's still worthy of noting that some are best avoided in pregnancy. Often a therapist may choose to use a simple carrier oil such as almond oil to give the treatment to avoid any risk of complications. There are some however, that should be completely avoided and why it's important to ensure your massage is with someone who knows about the ins and outs of a prenatal massage and what ingredients need to be avoided.
Traditionally a massage or facial for that matter begins with lying on your back and then your stomach and this is probably the most different comparison between a pregnancy massage and a typical one. While in your first trimester you may be able to lie on your back, as the weeks creep by, this won't be an option due to the pressure this can put on your body. Instead, you will be asked to turn on your side, slightly elevated and most of the massage will be done this way to ensure utmost safety, all the while, alleviating aches and pains from the day to day grind of growing a baby human.
Bella Mama specialises in pregnancy and postnatal massage.
As opposed to most traditional massages where the entire body is catered to, there are some spots on a pregnant body which are avoided. Most of this is due to excess pressure being placed on sensitive areas such as the stomach, inner thighs and pressure points which could trigger an unwanted reaction in the body.
Expect to feel relaxed, rested and your overall wellbeing to be calmer. A pregnancy massage is ideal for any of your trimesters but you will most certainly reap the rewards in the latter months when you are well and truly ready to rest up and lighten the load of what you're carrying (even though it's a cute little bubba). Your mind, body and soul will thank you for it.
Have you ever had a pregnancy massage? Tell us about your experience.