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.
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.
I am 33 weeks pregnant and for the last 2 weeks have been in agony with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in my arms and hand. It was so bad I was waking up during the night in tears and due to the pregnancy there was nothing I could take. Since having Bowen with Julie I’ve had no pain at all in my back and arms and the carpal tunnel symptoms have improved dramatically. Thank you so much for making me comfortable again.Angela