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Most people enjoy human touch and particularly during pregnancy a touch can convey comfort, awareness and also help alleviate aches and pains.mums and babies, mums and tots, baby massage, pregnancy ailments, pregnancy aches and pains, bad back
All of these are of benefit, especially when you are pregnant.
Massage during pregnancy differs from a regular massage in a couple of ways. The biggest way it differs 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.
Massage is beneficial for almost everyone. Even women carrying multiples babies can benefit greatly from massage.
How does pregnancy massage differ from regular massage?
The mother’s body must be properly positioned and supported during the massage, using pillows and padding. Proper positioning ensures comfort and safety for the mother and baby.
Massage may be found to bring relief from every day aches, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address feelings of anxiety and tension, and aid general wellness.
It is a popular complementary therapy during pregnancy for back pain, when choices for pain relief, such as medication, are often limited.
Not only can massage be physically beneficial, but the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy.mums and babies, mums and tots, baby massage, pregnancy ailments, pregnancy aches and pains, bad back
Bowen therapy is a soft tissue remedial therapy that involves the therapist using fingers or thumbs to move over muscle, ligament, tendon and fascia in various parts of the body. This therapy can be effective to help relieve everyday stresses and revitalise the whole person.Each Bowen therapy session varies according to the particular problems of the client. By focusing on the lower and mid back and legs, the upper back, shoulders and the neck, a sense of wellbeing can be achieved, helping relaxation, aiding sleep – helping to remove everyday stress and anxiety that can make us feel under-par or prevent us functioning at our optimum.
Common pregnancy pains the mother may experience are:
Nausea / Dizziness
Decreased energy levels
As the foetus grows the pelvis and spine are particularly vulnerable. The pelvis becomes softer in preparation for birth and can cause stress on the lower back and pelvis.
The birth process itself can cause lower back and pelvic pain. Post natally whilst the mother is nursing, feeding and caring for the baby this can also put additional strain on the lower back. Almost all the Bowen work can be performed on an expectant mum up until labour begins. Directly after birth there are certain moves that can help the body become calm and help the body to return to it’s pre pregnancy state.
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The birth is one of the most traumatic processes a child will go through. The child is able to have bowen therapy within a day or so after birth. As it is so gentle, the child is barely aware of being treated.
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Infant Massage is a parent tradition within many ancient cultures that has been re-discovered and adapted to the western world. It is one of the most natural and pleasant method of providing this early nurturing contact and is a great way to bond with baby.
In massage an infant describes a child aged from birth to approx. 4-5 years.
Baby massage can be relaxing for new parents and their babies. Babies will usually pick up on stress, so taking time out for massage teaches a baby how to relax, and in turn assists new mothers to relax too.
Bonding with a baby can take time and doesn’t always happen easily so the bonding experience can be encouraged through touch and spending quality time together and through eye-to-eye contact with the baby. Baby massage can play a vital role in this process particularly if a mother has struggled due to postnatal depression, an early baby or medical problems. It is also a great thing for fathers to learn too in terms of bonding, especially if new mothers are breast feeding, fathers often can left out so learning to massage the baby can help to bring the whole family together.
What do the health professionals say?
Some health professionals feel that massage should not be carried out on newborn babies, or at least mothers should wait until the baby has had their first full course of immunisations (at around 3-4 months). Conversely, others feel that massage should be started as soon as possible, as it can help to provide a smooth transition from the womb to the outside world and that massage is particularly beneficial to premature babies.
When is a Child too old for Infant Massage?
Some babies go off massage when they start to crawl and just get too wriggly. Some children are willing to start again when they are a little older, and by then they may be old enough to respond and say which strokes they like best. Some say that the best time to quit is when they are old enough to give a massage themselves!!
Some contraindications can mean avoiding an area, localised cuts for example and some may require the permission of a GP/Consultant/Midwife to allow massage to be given.
General contraindications are:
The child is non-responsive
The child has just been fed
The child is showing signs of fever
The child is under the care of GP/Consultant
The child is generally unwell
The child has recently received an immunisation, particularly injection form (min. 48 hrs)
Any cuts, bruises or abrasions are apparent
Sever nappy rash, burn, recent scarring
Sprains, strains or fractures
‘Clicky hips’ (Avoid certain movements)
Skin infections, disorders or sensitivity
Any sort of ‘spastic’ condition
If the child suffers with any kind of digestive disorder
If the child suffers with epilepsy or diabetes
If the child has any allergies, particularly nuts (Avoid nut based oils)
There could also be the possibility of the parent/carer being stressed, ill or unable to safely conduct the massage.
If mothers have any concerns about massaging their babies, they, especially if the baby is sick, they should be advised to consult an appropriate health professional.
There are many benefits associated with Baby Massage both for the child and the parents.
BENEFITS & EFFECTS
• Relaxes child and helps to decrease stress for parent and baby.
• Helps normalize muscle tone and improve blood circulation.
• Helps baby sleep better and, therefore, also parents.
• Babies cry less, as the parent is more responsive to babies’ cues.
• It is fun!
• It is an excellent bonding experience and a good way for parent and baby to get to know each other and to spend quality time together, so promotes bonding and attachment.
• Caregivers report feeling more comfortable and confident in their ability to care for baby.
• Parents can learn to understand and respond to baby’s cues.
• Parents will learn techniques to soothe and comfort their babies.
• Provides an additional avenue for close and nurturing contact.