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Pregnancy massage is something that’s really wonderful to have, and has been practised throughout history. Its main objective is to alleviate the discomforts felt by a mother during her later months of pregnancy, when the baby starts to grow and exert pressure on various joints and body parts.
If you’re an expectant mother, a massage is a welcomed relief. There’s nothing that can replace the sensation of hands squeezing away all your pain and tiredness.
There are, however, some concerns about safety, especially as you reach your due date. Are all pregnancy massage techniques safe? Let’s find out.
What Are The More Sensitive Pregnancy Massage Pressure Points?
When a massage is carried out by a professional therapist, they will target certain points on your body that are known to be beneficial. These points are known to help alleviate aches and pains, help with healing, increase circulation, and so on.
On the other hand, there are also points that should be avoided. These key pressure points are thought to be more sensitive than others. In other words, they’re believed to stimulate contractions.
It’s important to remember that not all mothers experience these pressure points the same way. This means that not all mothers will react if these points are stimulated. However, as a precaution, they are avoided entirely.
Among the known pressure points that are avoided by trained massage therapists in pregnancy massage techniques include :
- On the feet: Reflexology spots around the ankles known as SP6, as well as points known as urinary bladder 60 ( between the Achilles tendon and heel) and urinary bladder 67 ( on the small toe)
- On the hands: The fleshy area between the thumb and index finger, known as Hegu.
- The abdomen: It’s quite obvious that your entire abdomen should not be massaged or pressured in any way. Not only can this stimulate contractions leading to labour, it may not be good for your baby either.
- The breasts: Your breasts are also rather sensitive and there are no beneficial points there
This is why it’s important to be massaged by a trained therapist that has been certified. At places like PNSG, therapists are trained to know these pressure points to specifically ensure your safety and that of your baby using specialised prenatal massage techniques.
How is Prenatal Massage Conducted?
When you book a prenatal massage session with PNSG, we will be sending over our professional female therapist to your home. This is to increase convenience and reduce your need to travel and move.
You can also add on a full-sized massage bed which the therapist will bring along, for your added comfort. Each session lasts about 60 minutes and consists of the following steps:
- Warming Up
The therapist will help you calm down and relax, as you lie on your side. This is to ensure that you’re completely rested and that your muscles won’t cramp up during the massage session leading to pain. It also helps minimise any risk of injuries during the session.
- Removing Water Retention
The massage session will start with the feet and legs. Hormonal changes, especially towards the third trimester of pregnancy will cause swelling in the calves and feet, which can sometimes cause a feeling of ‘tightness’ and difficulty moving around.
Massaging this area helps to drain away the buildup of fluid, helping them reach key points in the body that are responsible for regulating them.
- Full Body Massage
After the feet, our PNSG therapists will move on to the rest of the body, particularly on the back and spine. This is done to relieve muscle tensions and discomforts which often lead to pain.
The pain being felt on your back during the later months of pregnancy is caused by strain and minor tiny tears in your back muscles from carrying the increased weight of your baby. Massaging also helps in their healing as it encourages blood circulation to the affected areas.
The final part of the massage will focus on your shoulders and temples, to relieve and prevent headaches. This part of the massage also encourages better sleep and prevents headaches in the future, especially those resulting from lack of rest.
The Benefits of Prenatal Massage
Prenatal massage has been shown to provide a pregnant mother with a host of health benefits and comfort, including:
- Improves blood circulation and reduces swelling
- Reduces hip and back pain
- Promotes rest and stress relief
- Reduces soreness and leg cramps
Booking Your Own Prenatal Massage Session
If you’re asking “Are there any prenatal spas near me?”. You’re in luck because with PNSG, you don’t have to worry about this anymore. The massage sessions will come right to your doorstep, so you don’t even have to step out.
In fact, with such a great session in your own home, you can rest or nap right after any massage session as you’re already at home. Just contact us to book your session 3-4 days in advance and choose any weekday that suits you.