Looking for a safe, prenatal massage during your pregnancy?
At City Sports Massage we want to help relieve you of your prenatal/postnatal stress, and muscular aches and pains SAFELY; and whilst treating you with the utmost care and consideration.
Is it safe to get a massage during pregnancy?
Yes it is safe, and it can be extremely beneficial to get a massage during pregnancy. Many of our pregnant clients find massages that are too 'light' often do not help ease aches and pains, and so we specialise in giving a treatment that uses, where appropriate and requested, slightly firmer (yet still sensitive and nurturing) strokes. There are a few conditions that contraindicate massage during pregnancy but aside from those it is a perfectly safe treatment, with many potential benefits.
What are the benefits of massage during pregnancy?
The benefits of prenatal and postnatal massage are just the same as any other deep tissue/sports massage - easing aches and pains such as sciatica, lower back pain, bad backs, sore shoulders and tight chests, relieving tension headaches and migraines, reducing swelling and providing an extremely soothing, nurturing, relaxing, de-stressing time for yourself.
Can I be massaged during the first trimester?
Some massage therapists refuse to massage during the first trimester for fear of litigation, as a higher percentage of miscarriages happen during this time, and therapists fear being the subject of blame. There is however no evidence that massage is detrimental during this period - quite the opposite in fact. To be ultra safe though, we still do not massage deeply into the lower back, pelvis or abdomen during the first trimester.
If you are a high risk pregnancy, and/or have any medical/pregnancy complications, and/or any undiagnosed medical conditions, we ask that you first seek permission from your Doctor or Midwife prior to attending your massage appointment.
Do I need to get permission from my Doctor or Midwife before attending my appointment?
Whether you are in the first, second, or third trimester of pregnancy, if you are a high risk pregnancy, and/or have any medical/pregnancy complications, and/or any undiagnosed medical conditions we ask that you first seek approval from your Doctor or Midwife prior to attending your massage appointment.
In case of doubt, it is always advisable to check with your Doctor or Midwife first, as the additional peace of mind will only help you relax and enjoy your treatment more!
What makes pregnancy massage different from other massage?
Mostly the positions used! Usually pregnancy massage, certainly in the later stages of pregnancy, is carried out in a side lying position, using lots of comfy pillows for support. Your therapist will do their utmost to ensure you feel comfortable and looked after.
What do I wear for a pregnancy massage?
Generally you should wear as little as possible during your treatment—it is easier for us if you wear nothing at all, especially when working on glutes (buttocks) or hips. During the session you will be covered with a towel to retain your modesty, which is removed only to allow access to the area of the body that is being worked on. Many clients wear just light, stretchy underwear on the lower body, which is also fine. The most important thing for us, is that you feel comfortable during your massage—whether you remain fully clothed, or decide on wearing your birthday suit.
Will my pregnancy massage be painful?
We want to find the right balance for you - Your massage is all about you and what is right for you—so please don't ever feel like you have to put up with pressure that is too heavy, or too light!. Please remember that although we are experienced at what we do, you are always in charge, so if you're uncomfortable in any way please say - and we'll try a different approach!
Depending on whether you've asked for a deep treatment, you might feel a little mild, post massage soreness for a day or two after a deep tissue massage. This is normal and shows that useful work was done – and that the body is healing!
I'm not sure what the right amount of pressure is for a pregnancy massage?
Don't worry, you're in experienced hands and we will quickly get a feel of what is 'right', whilst communicating with you throughout.
Do you do abdominal massage during pregnancy?
Not in the first trimester, but in the second and third trimesters the abdominal muscle wall can become incredibly stretched, and soothing massage can both relieve muscular strain, and create a relaxing environment for both mother and baby . This is something that clients find can be especially therapeutic at the end of a session - but we will only do this work if it is something you feel you would like to try.
How soon can I come in for a postnatal massage after I've had my baby?
Generally - as soon as you feel like it is something you want!
If you have had a Caesarean, or C-Section, and you want to come in before you have had the six-week 'all clear', please just ask permission from your Midwife/Doctor. Once your stitches are out and the skin has completely healed, if you would like to be shown how to massage the scar tissue, please let us know. If you would prefer this can be demonstrated on a different area of skin. Please ask your therapist to show you techniques. Scar massage can be incredibly beneficial for both physical and emotional healing, and reclaiming, and restoring one's body after surgery. Find out more about scar massage here.
What oil do you use for pregnancy massage?
Fractionated coconut oil is used. It is an odourless, colourless, light, non-staining oil that washes easily out of fabric. It soaks into the skin and will not leave you feeling greasy; rather it has a pleasant moisturising effect, leaving skin feeling silky smooth and refreshed.
Which therapists carry out pregnancy massage?
To find out which therapists carry out pregnancy massage please check out the profiles on the team page.
Each of the Therapists offer a bespoke service
Our therapists are categorised according to their experience. There are two levels to choose from:
Each therapist can use a variety of massage techniques to provide you with the massage that you want. And if you're not sure what you want? Don't worry, you're in experienced hands that will quickly get a sense of what is 'right'. Your massage is all about you and what is right for you - so please don't ever feel like you have to put up with pressure that is too heavy, or too light!
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