Common Questions

 

Can’t just any massage therapist do pregnancy massage?

When you are looking for a pregnancy or postpartum massage therapist make sure the therapist is certified and properly qualified in pregnancy massage. This means that the therapist has undertaken advanced training and knows the safe practices for both the pregnant mother and her baby.
Just being a massage therapist doesn’t mean that the person is qualified to give massage to pregnant and postpartum women. A brochure that offers pregnancy massage doesn’t always mean the person carrying out the massage is qualified to perform this type of massage. Ask the therapist if they had done advanced training in pregnancy and postpartum massage and where they have done their training.
How is massage during Pregnancy different to regular Massage?
Massage during pregnancy differs from a regular massage in a couple of ways.

The biggest differentiation is that the person receiving the massage is pregnant and therefore knowledge of pregnancy and the anatomy of a pregnant woman are very important. This means that positioning during a massage is critical to the safety and well-being of both the mother and the baby she is carrying. There are also parts of the body that should not be massaged and trigger points that should not be stimulated and worked on.
The massage table will be set up so you will lie in a semi-reclined or side lying position. This is not only extremely comfortable but safe for the baby. Also the side lying position is important in helping with the treatment of the lower back and hips and in the gentle lymph drainage of the legs As you are turned from one side to the other a special stretching and breathing exercise is taught to help position the baby well. Body pillows, wedge pillows and extra padding are used to make the pregnant mum comfortable during the massage. 

 

Is there anything else you offer to the pregnant women you massage?
I offer pregnant mums guided visualisation to help with the emotional connection between herself and her baby. These visualisations once taught, can be practiced in the comfort of their own home. This can be a great tool in helping to ease both stress and tension in between the massage sessions.

I also teach and explain to pregnant mums the importance of posture during pregnancy and how to best position themselves during sleep. I also have lots of helpful information for my clients that will help them through this very special time.

Because I am also a trained Naturopath and have done extra training with Midwives, I help Mums with diet and lifestyle and help to dispel myths and misconceptions that mums or mums to be may come across during their special time.

 

Can I have an extended massage on a table with a cut out for my belly?

It is recommend never to use the tables with the hole cut out for your belly for any longer than 15 minutes as this causes undue stress to the pregnant woman’s lower back. This results in an increase in lordosis (curvature of the back) and undue stress to the important uterine ligaments that support the growing uterus.

During pregnancy, the mucus membranes of the nasal passages swell, often producing more mucus. Laying face down is quite uncomfortable for the sinuses of a pregnant woman and respiration is impeded which is definitely not want you want when you are relaxing.

What is the ambience like in your practice?

The room setting for our pregnancy massage is much like a typical massage. The room has dimmed lighting and you lie on an extra padded table. Soft music playing in the background helps you to relax and gently drift off. Scented candles also enhance the experience. We can also change the ambience of the room to suit your requirements.

What do I wear during a massage?
The type and quantity of clothing you wear is really up to you. Many mums choose to remove all of their clothing and discretion is maintained as they are always draped with sheets. Some choose to wear their underwear or their bra and underwear. Whatever you choose to wear or remove is completely up to you and your level of comfort.

Can all pregnant women be massaged?

Massage is beneficial for almost everyone. Women carrying multiples babies can benefit greatly from regular massage. There are certain conditions that may or may not be related to the pregnancy that would preclude massage from being performed. This includes women at risk of preterm labour and with blood clots or clotting disorders. There are also other conditions in which pregnancy massage is contraindicated.

Massage done during the first trimester is generally up to the therapist, the woman and her practitioner, although there is no real problem if the woman is healthy. In many cases massage can help nausea. This is done by releasing stress and tension located around the upper back. There are also points on the lower part of the arm that may be effective in helping with the management of nausea during pregnancy.

Massage has never been associated with an increased risk of miscarriage.

Can Massage be done during labour?

Massage can also be useful during birthing. Techniques can be done by your partner or a doula.

The time to learn the techniques is while you’re pregnant and before you go into labour.
It is a great idea to bring your partner or friend with you when you have your massage. I encourage this and I can show your partner many massage techniques that he or she can use at home.

Are these treatments rebatable through my health fund?

Yes. If you have private health cover with an extras plan that covers either Remedial Massage or Naturopathy, you can claim these treatments.

Most people can claim their refund at the time of the treatment, with their Health fund membership card (via our HICAPS terminal).

Do you supply gift vouches?

Yes. I have sold lots of vouches to friends, family, and colleagues of pregnant mums. All the Mums who have visited me, not only love their massages, they often book in regularly afterward having experienced my style of mediation and pregnancy massage.