Pregnancy Massage in Sheffield
Pregnancy massage can be just the thing for deep relaxation
A pregnancy massage is like nothing else. At the point where you are feeling heavy, tired and achy it is the one thing that could help you ease all three issues.
Getting some time to rest and unwind could make a huge difference to the course of your pregnancy, especially if the massages happen over the course of the pregnancy.
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Hi, my name's Fi. I own and run Bumps & Births and have been working with pregnant women since 2013. I have experienced four pregnancies, been an antenatal teacher for 7 years and now provide pregnancy massage and post-natal massage sessions. I am passionate about everything to do with pregnancy and birth.
I'm currently still in training to be a massage therapist but I have been signed off in using the techniques I use and I am fully insured.
The opportunity to offer pregnancy massage services at the centre was too good to pass up which is why I am so excited about this next chapter. Being able to offer this proven and effective therapy is wonderful and I can't wait to share it with you.
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"I know how challenging pregnancy can be"
If you have never been pregnant before you may have difficulty appreciating just how difficult it can be to move around when you are carrying a baby (or two!) There are some massage therapists who use a portable massage bench for pregnancy massage but these can make it very difficult for the mum to be to access as they are quite unstable at times.
To be able to provide the best service possible I have invested heavily in my sessions. I have a spa style massage bench which is perfect for pregnant people. It is stable, comfortable and it makes it very easy for me to work at my best.
The benefits of pregnancy massage
Massage can be very beneficial for most people regardless of whether they are pregnant or not. There are potentially several benefits to getting a massage prenatally or postnatally.
- A massage could reduce the effects of headaches or migraines which can be very helpful for pregnant women as they can't take many medications.
- Massage has been shown to reduce morning sickness
- A massage can help with back pain
- Massage during pregnancy can also help with leg cramps and reduce the swelling of joints, especially the ankles.
- A massage with a moisturising or nourishing oil could also reduce the chances of stretch marks developing.
- Postnatally massage can help to tackles aches and pains from the birth and the body adjusting to not carrying a baby.
- It can also provide some much needed time to yourself in order to gather your strength for the almost constant attention the baby needs.
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Is it safe to get a massage while pregnant?
Many mums to be might want to get a pregnancy massage but wonder, is it safe to get a massage while pregnant? The answer in short is yes! Most therapists will massage a pregnant person once they are past the first trimester.
This is just because the risk of miscarriage is higher and although a massage would be very unlikely to cause a miscarriage it’s perhaps better safe than sorry. Towards the end of pregnancy as your bump is bigger and perhaps more uncomfortable it is safer and easier to massage in a side lying position on the floor or well supported on a massage bench.
This stops the weight of your bump from pressing on veins and arteries and causing discomfort. A good massage therapist will take a detailed history to help them understand your pregnancy journey and what you most need from a massage.
This will help them to avoid doing anything which may be unsafe or unsuitable for you. Getting a massage while pregnant can be a wonderful way to help ease the aches and pains on your ever changing body.
Find a massage therapist who is qualified, insured and confident to work with pregnant bodies, ideally someone who specialises in pregnancy massage.
Remember to ask questions, get prepared, book an appointment and enjoy!
Is it safe to get a massage in early pregnancy?
Early pregnancy can be a fraught time and whilst you may want a massage you might want to know if it's safe to get a massage in early pregnancy? Early pregnancy is usually considered the first few weeks up to the end of the first trimester or 12th week.
You might even have had a massage before even knowing you were pregnant, there is nothing to worry about. There is little evidence to suggest that massage would harm an early pregnancy or that it would not be safe to get a massage in early pregnancy.
However most massage therapists will prefer to massage you beyond the first trimester. Early pregnancy can be a tiring time, most pregnant people experience some degree of tiredness, sickness or other symptoms which means that actually getting out for a massage appointment can seem a pretty tall order.
The risk of miscarriage is higher in early pregnancy and drops off after the end of the first trimester, for this reason it would be as well to wait until you feel better and have progressed in the pregnancy a little further.
Where can I get a prenatal massage?
You might be wondering where you can get a pregnancy, or prenatal, massage. Prenatal simply means before birth. You can get a pregnancy massage at The Sheffield Wellness Centre with trainee massage therapist Fi Hennessy.
You probably want to get a pregnancy massage with someone who is confident and aware of your pregnant body. Fi has been working at an antenatal teacher since 2013 and has a wealth of experience working with pregnant people. She is fully insured and currently training with the MTI accredited Sheffield Centre for Massage Training to gain her diploma in therapeutic massage.
What happens during a pregnancy massage?
If you’ve booked an appointment and are wondering what happens during the pregnancy massage, let me take you through it. Prior to the massage appointment you should be told where to go and if you need to bring anything.
I usually advise that you don’t need to bring anything unless you have a favorite cushion or support that would make you feel comfortable. When you arrive your therapist should take time to make you comfortable, give you water, and explain the process to you.
A medical history should be taken to help the therapist understand your particular situation, any medical concerns you may have which may affect how the massage is carried out. For example if you have PGP or SPD you may be worried about getting onto the massage bench or turning over.
The therapist will then advise you on what happens next, how much to undress, how to get on the massage surface and what bolsters will be used. The therapist will be out of the room during this time to give you privacy. You can signal if you are ready or the therapist will knock and ask.
Before the massage begins the therapist will position bolsters and cushions around you to ensure your comfort. The towel or covering will then be secured in such a way that your modesty is preserved but the therapist can access the parts of your body to be massaged, so your back, shoulders and legs for example.
Depending on what you have agreed you may need to turn over part way through. Once the massage is finished the therapist will let you know and will leave the room again to allow you time and privacy to get up and dressed. They should then offer post massage after care advice such as keeping hydrated and resting if needed.
Our dedicated massage therapy rooms are perfect
The massage itself is done in The Studio at the Wellness Centre so there is plenty of room for you and your therapist to be comfortable for the duration of the session.
There are two dedicated massage therapy rooms at the centre. They have been designed to be soothing and tranquil spaces. The spa style massage benches are wider than portable massage benches and much more sturdy. This is just what you need if you are pregnant!
The rooms are also equipped with Sonos speakers so you can have a range of relaxing sounds played for the duration of your massage but equally the room can just be nice and quiet.
Regular massages could make a big difference
A massage could make a huge difference to how you feel as well as how you think and it is for this reason that many mum's to be have several massage sessions throughout their pregnancy. They become a real focal point for the week and the release of oxytocin and endorphins can lead to a real up lift in mood.
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