Pregnancy Massage and Day Spa Treats – What Every Mum-to-be Should Know
Pregnancy massage is a proven and effective way to naturally relieve stress, pain and discomfort during pregnancy. Massage at a day spa is one of the most wonderful ways to nurture yourself while pregnant. The best part is that someone else does all the hard work while you just lay there and relax!
The benefits of pregnancy massage
Aside from leaving you feeling incredibly calm and relaxed, there are lots of other positive benefits to having a massage with an experienced and qualified pregnancy massage therapist while pregnant.
- Reduce pain and discomfort in your feet, legs, hips, back, neck and shoulders
- Improve circulation and reduce swelling
- Relieve mental and physical fatigue
- Improve your sleep quality
- Assist you in maintaining a good posture
- Reduce the incidence of calf cramps
- Helps to relieve headaches and sinus congestion
- Reduce levels of stress hormones and increase levels of feel good hormones
Massage for pregnant mum’s can be a particularly wonderful escape, a whole 60-90 minutes of time out, where YOU are the focus – no toddlers to run after, nappies to change or tantrums to deal with!
How safe is pregnancy massage?
As long as you’re being looked after by a therapist trained and qualified in pregnancy massage you can relax knowing that that you’re in safe hands. Your sense of smell becomes heightened during pregnancy and what can smell wonderful at any other time can easily become overwhelming and make you feel nauseous or cause a headache while pregnant.
The main goal of a pregnancy massage is for you to feel safe, relaxed and pampered. If you feel uncomfortable with the use of any oils or scented products then speak up and ask the therapist to use plain, unscented oils and products during your treatment.
Tips for choosing a great massage or facial while pregnant
Most day spas will set you up in a side lying position supported by plenty of pillows for your pregnancy massage. Some spas have specialised pregnancy massage tables with a big hole for your belly so that you can lay face down – while most pregnant women LOVE this, some find the pressure on their breasts too uncomfortable. If it doesn’t feel good for you then speak up and ask to change to a more comfortable position.
Lying flat on your back for a facial is uncomfortable during pregnancy at best and can pose a risk for your baby as pressure on arteries reduces blood flow to the placenta. Warning signs include feeling nauseous or light headed when laying on your back. Instead, you should be supported in a semi reclined positon with a pillow or bolster under your knees.
When booking your pregnancy massage or day spa indulgences ask if your therapist is qualified and experienced in working with pregnant women. If you’re nervous or anxious about having a massage while pregnant, ask how long they’ve been massaging pregnant women and how many they work with on a weekly basis.
Your therapist should take a thorough history before you climb on the table and start relaxing. This should include at the very minimum how many weeks pregnant you currently are, your health history, medications and any problems you’re experiencing with this pregnancy. Be sure to tell your therapist what sort of pressure you like best during your massage too.
Book a pregnancy massage today!
Pregnancy massage is the perfect way to relax and enjoy your changing body while dealing with any niggly aches and pains such as a sore back and swollen feet. Make the most of pampering yourself at a day spa while you’re pregnant because chances are that once your baby is born massages, facials, pedicures and manicures will be few and far between for quite a while so enjoy them while you can. You’re growing a baby, you deserve a massage!