Massage during pregnancy has been shown to be very beneficial, supporting pregnancy related ailments such as muscle tension, swollen feet and legs, fatigue, nausea, stress and anxiety, thus aiding relaxation.
Treatments are provided to promote feelings of relaxation in a comforting, supportive and nurturing environment, to help support the bond with your baby, and allow you to have much needed time to yourself.
What to expect at a treatment
Your treatment starts with a full consultation, including a postural assessment ensuring your individual needs are met. Kathy incorporates clinical massage techniques combined with eastern energy practices to provide the optimal massage treatment tailored throughout each stage of pregnancy and the post-natal period. Treatment may include massage on a pregnancy ball, all fours, couch or futon or a combination of these, with massage frequently given in the side lying position. Reflexology and aromatherapy may be offered as part of your treatment, to optimise your experience.
How will I feel after the massage?
Each client responds to massage in different ways. Clients feel many benefits from massage including reduced muscle tension, increased relaxation, calmness and being uplifted, nourished and grounded.
Massage and pregnancy diploma APNT, 2020
Advanced massage techniques (Level 6), Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2019
Holistic massage level 4, MTI 2017
Evidence & Research
Massage therapy for pain and depression in pregnancy
Field et al, (2008) Massage therapy reduces pain in pregnant women, alleviates depression prenatal depression in both parents parents and improves relationships. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 12; pp. 146-150.
Massage for pregnancy and labour
Pregnancy and labor massage. Field, T. (2010). National Institute of Health. Expert Review Obstetrics and Gynecology. 5(2); pp. 177-181.doi10.1586/eog
Benefits of massage, reflexology and other manual therapies for pain in labour.
A systemic review of Massage, reflexology and other manual therapies for pain management in labour. Smith et al, (2018). The Cochrane Collaboration.
Massage benefit: pain manage, relaxation, sleep and psychological aspects in acute care
The Effects of Massage Therapy on Pain Management in the Acute Care Setting. Adams et al, (2010). International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. 3(10); pp. 4-11.
Pregnancy and Childbirth Manual
Pregnancy and Childbirth. Yates, S. (2010). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.