Pregnancy (Prenatal) Massage
Crawley, West Sussex
Prenatal massages are adapted for the anatomical changes you go through during pregnancy. In a traditional massage, you might spend half the time lying face-down on your stomach (which is not possible with a baby belly) and half the time facing up (a position that puts pressure on a major blood vessel that can disrupt blood flow to your baby and leave you feeling nauseous).
But as your shape and posture changes, our trained massage therapist will make accommodations with special cushioning systems or holes that allow you to lie face down safely, while providing room for your growing belly and breasts. Or you might lie on your side with the support of pillows and cushions.
This massage is not available for women still in their first trimester. If you are more than thirteen weeks pregnant (2nd trimester) you will need to obtain consent, this can be verbal, from your midwife or GP as to the suitability of the treatment prior to its performance.
Who would benefit from a Pregnancy massage?
During pregnancy, regular prenatal massages may not only help you relax, but may also relieve:
- Joint pain
- Neck and back pain
- Leg cramping
- Swelling in your hands and feet (as long as that swelling isn’t a result of preeclampsia)
- Carpal tunnel pain
- Headaches and sinus congestion
Those who should not choose a Pregnancy massage:
- Still in the 1st trimester
- Have a history of miscarriage or high-risk pregnancy.
- Are prone to blood clots.
- Experiencing cramping or bleeding.
- General contraindications following a C-section.
- Alleviates stress on weight-bearing joints and surrounding musculature.
- Increases blood circulation to both mother and foetus.
- Relieves discomfort caused by pregnancy, including lower back pain, varicose veins, constipation heartburn.
- Stabilises hormonal levels, and soothes the nervous system.
- Enhances the pliability of skin.
- Prepares the mother-to-be for an easier delivery.
- Provides expecting women with emotional support and a nurturing touch.
Your therapist may use bolsters to support you. They will use long, slow strokes and kneading movements in tense areas, with special attention paid to the head, neck and face for a full body experience. We do not massage your abdomen at any time.
Your therapist can advise you on self-massage techniques and stretching sequences, so you can prolong the positive effects of your treatment. Booking regular massages throughout and following your pregnancy will help to ease your body as it adjusts and recovers.
MEET YOUR THERAPIST
Liz TubbITEC Dip, MFHT
My name is Liz Tubb and I am a Complimentary Therapist with ITEC diplomas in Holistic Massage, Indian Head Therapy and Anatomy & Physiology. I am also a Reiki Master and an Angelic Reiki practitioner.
I continue to update my skills in Continuous Professional Development (CPD’s) and also offer Hot Stone therapy, Deep tissue massage, Pregnancy massage, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Indian Head Massage, Thai foot massage, Accusound and Crystal Therapies.
I have been a therapist since 2006 and volunteered at St Catherine’s Day Hospice in Crawley providing Reiki for cancer patients as well as Reiki and massage for their carers.
I tailor treatments to meet individual needs and may use one or more therapies to achieve this at no extra charge. I am passionate about my job and aim to do my very best so that you leave feeling calm, relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated/uplifted.
I am a member of The Federation of Holistic Therapists