pregnancy massage

Pregnancy brings countless changes to your body, and unfortunately, some of these changes are more painful than pleasurable. An aching back, hips, and legs; nausea; insomnia; headaches; swollen feet; and unpredictable hormones are all a part of a normal pregnancy. However, many women have discovered a way to ease some of the discomfort associated with pregnancy and even improve their labour and delivery. The secret is prenatal massage. When you are pregnant, your skeletal structure supports an increasing amount of weight, your organs shift to accommodate the baby, and you go through significant emotional and psychological changes.

Massage during pregnancy helps relieve tension in the body due to biomechanical changes of posture and body shape, as well as helping control fluid retention. As the belly grows, you will lie on your side instead of front during the massage, thus still allowing good access to the tight shoulder area, as well as the strained lower back and glutes. Lower leg and foot massage helps to relieve the fluid retention and reduce the feeling of tiredness and tightness in the lower extremities.
Therapeutic massage has been used for centuries to improve overall health, reduce stress, and relieve muscle tension. This is definitely the time that you will need and deserve massage the most.


Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labour outcomes and new-born health.

Hormone Regulation
Studies done overthe past 10 years have shown that the hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered, leading to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health, when massage therapy is introduced to women’s prenatal care. In women who received weekly massages for only five weeks, hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol (“stress hormones”) were reduced and dopamine and serotonin levels were increased (low levels of these hormones are associated with depression). These changes in hormone levels also led to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of new-born complications, such as low birth weight. The evidence points strongly to maternal and new-born health benefits when therapeutic massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care. The hormone progesterone helps the body soften to accommodate the growing baby and also softens blood vessels which are carrying twice as much blood as normal, putting stress on the large organs of the body and lower limbs.

Increased Relaxation & Decreased Stress Levels
Pregnancy is a time of great change and this, along with fluctuating hormones and broken sleep can sometimes cause stress levels to rise. This is fine as long as the stress is also balanced with time to relax and be nurtured. Regular massage gives you the space to deeply relax and rejuvenate and the time to enjoy your pregnancy and transition into motherhood. Relaxed mama = happy baby!
Prepares You For Labour & Birth
Approaching your baby’s birth day, massage treatments will improve your flexibility and energy levels, as well as help you to develop mind/body awareness. A recent study also showed that massage from 36 weeks onward helped to increase the mother’s levels of oxytocin (the mothering hormone), resulting in labours that were quicker, with fewer complications both before and after birth.
Reduction Of Swelling
Oedema, or swelling of the joints during pregnancy, is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints, which also improves the removal of tissue waste carried by the body’s lymph system. It can also help to soothe the discomfort of varicose veins.
Improves Sleep & Reduces Depression
With an enhanced ability to deeply relax you may also notice that your sleep improves. Massage has also been documented to reduce the symptoms of depression in pregnant and post-natal women.
Reduces Swelling
With an enhanced ability to deeply relax you may also notice that your sleep improves. Massage has also been documented to reduce the symptoms of depression in pregnant and post-natal women.
Improvement Of Nerve Pain
Sciatic nerve pain is experienced by many women in late pregnancy as the uterus rests on the muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back. The pressure of the uterus spreads tension to the muscles of the upper and lower leg, causing them to swell and put pressure on nearby nerves. Massage therapy addresses the inflamed nerves by helping to release the tension on nearby muscles.


Women should discuss massage with their prenatal care provider. The best way to address the risks of prenatal massage is to be informed and to work together with knowledgeable professionals.
Body Position During Prenatal Massage
The best position for a pregnant woman during massage is side-lying. Tables that provide a hole in which the uterus can fit may not be reliable and can still apply pressure to the abdomen, or allow the abdomen to dangle, causing uncomfortable stretching of the uterine ligaments.

Women with the following conditions should speak with a health care provider prior to receiving a massage:

High risk pregnancy.
Pregnancy induced hypertension.
Previous pre-term labour.
Experiencing severe swelling, high blood pressure, or sudden, severe headaches.
Recently gave birth.

Is Prenatal Massage Safe Throughout The Entire Pregnancy?

Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy – during the first, second, or third trimester. Many facilities will refuse to offer massage to a woman who is still in her first trimester because of the increased statistics for miscarriage associated with the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Our therapists’ are properly qualified and with us you can rest assured knowing that you will be in good hands.
How Soon After Childbirth Can I Have Massage?

Postpartum massage is designed to help restore the body to its pre-pregnant condition. It also helps with/lessens the stress of carrying and caring for a newborn. It can speed up the recovery by bringing relief to sore muscles and help the mother to relax more easily. Abdominal massage helps shrink the uterus and relieve subcutaneous scar tissue. It may be given as early as 24 hours after delivery in the case of a vaginal delivery, but only with written permission from your doctor or midwife.