Who should you see and what does it involve?
It is not uncommon during pregnancy to experience aches and pains, movement restrictions, headaches, stress and anxiety. The thought of getting a massage is often an appealing one but how do you know who to go to for a pregnancy massage?
In Australia, the massage industry is still not regulated, meaning that anyone can call themselves a massage therapist, without any qualifications. That’s why it’s always important to see a qualified remedial massage therapist. A remedial therapist will know what the contraindications are during a pregnancy massage, as a well as a detailed knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics.
An experienced therapist will take a comprehensive history and ask about your general health and lifestyle. They are able to adjust their pressure accordingly to make sure you are always comfortable and explain exactly what the purpose of each technique they use is. They will be able to work in a variety of positions, including on your side, which becomes the preferred position later on in pregnancy. Pillows and bolsters can also be utilised for greater support and plenty of towels will be used to ensure your privacy and keep you warm.
A pregnancy massage will help to reduce your muscle tension and improve your circulation. It can assist with common discomforts that occur during pregnancy such as sciatic nerve pain, lower back and hip tension, swelling in the arms and legs, headaches, shoulder and thoracic tension. It also helps to improve your mood, ease stress and anxiety and reduce depression. It has also been shown to be very effective during labour to manage pain and improve the emotional experience of labour.
So if you want to know more about how pregnancy massage can address your individual needs or you would like to book an appointment, you can call us at Centre 4 Health on 9193 2170 or book online here .
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