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Pregnancy Massage in Kidderminster Worcestershire

Working as a reflexologist and massage therapist in Kidderminster I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to work with pregnant clients. 

Pregnancy massage is available and enjoyed by many women in the second and third trimester of pregnancy. This treatment has many benefits for mum to be and consequently the baby.  If you are pregnant and thought perhaps massage wasn't available in pregnancy then please do read on to find out more.

A study conducted in Sweden in the 1990's suggested that up to 56% of pregnant women experience lumbar and pelvic pain. Back ache in pregnancy may be common but that does not mean you have to suffer without any treatments to help. If you are suffering from back pain in pregnancy then massage can help to alleviate some of the discomfort just as a massage helps when you are not pregnant.  Back and pelvic pain can be a result of altered posture, the weight load form the growing baby, enlarged breasts and hormonal changes.  Before a massage do check with your midwife or obstetric care giver that massage is suitable for you and to be sure your symptoms don't need attention from the obstetric team.

My clients enjoy many benefits of pregnancy massage. The most obvious is a great sense of relaxation and reduction in stress and anxiety. Pregnancy can be a wonderfully enjoyable time but for some anxiety and stress can take away the pleasure so massage can help you to feel positive and calm.  A renewed sense of relaxation can assist with sleep problems and headaches.  If you are experiencing troubling levels of anxiety in pregnancy please do also speak to your midwife.  Hypnosis for childbirth provides many techniques to reduce anxiety especially that related to childbirth. Hypnobirthing training is something to consider as a perfect way to prepare for childbirth.

Pregnancy is a time of great change and for some women the effects on their skin can leave them feeling uncomfortable and tight.  Massage using a natural oil such as grape seed can help the skin to feel nourished and comfortable with increased circulation. Relief can also be gained from the restless irritable sensation many women experience on their legs.  If you do experience itching in pregnancy do get this checked by your midwife to eliminate any conditions that require treatment.

Maternity massage, as with all massage, encourages blood circulation and lymphatic draining through techniques such as efflurage and petrissage.  These movements stimulate the skin and underlying tissues to promote the natural movement of blood and fluids. This can alleviate the common pregnancy ailments such as heavy legs and swollen feet. If you have any new swelling you must also contact your midwife or obstetric carer to eliminate any serious conditions.

You may wonder how it is possible to receive a massage with your growing bump. There are a number of ways to position you for your massage but generally the back is massaged whilst you lie comfortably on your side supported by cushions. Your legs can then be massaged whilst you lie in a semi upright position on the couch again supported by cushions. These positions ensure comfort and safety for both you any your baby.  It is important that you do not lie flat on your back or front-ways on your bump.  there are couches available with slings to enable you to lie on your front with your bump in the sling. These are not advised as they put extra pressure on the ligaments and muscles supporting your growing uterus. 

If you have any questions about pregnancy therapies including massage or maternity reflexology then please do contact me.

Posted on November 7, 2016 and filed under maternity.

Complementary Therapy During Pregnancy

Im Pregnant:

Can I have reflexology or massage?

Pregnancy is both an exciting and anxious time, your body goes through numerous physical and emotional changes as it anticipates childbirth and motherhood. In recent years more pregnant women are choosing to seek support at this important time in their life – alongside conventional maternity care – to help them relax and cope with any emotional and physical challenges pregnancy may bring. 

Yes, you can enjoy treatments during pregnancy but it is vital that every pregnant woman has complete confidence in their therapist. The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT), an accredited voluntary register, has provided clear guidelines for therapists to ensure their members are working safely and confidently. They recommend that while pregnancy in itself is not an ‘illness’, it is considered a contraindication or ‘red flag’ for many treatments. FHT members need to consider very carefully whether a particular therapy, technique or product is appropriate or needs modifying in order to protect the health and safety of the mother-to-be and her unborn child. 

At Breathe Holistic Therapy our therapist, Joanne Marie, has received advanced training on working with pregnant clients as set out in the first section of the FHT guidelines. We provide maternity treatments with the consent of midwives and require all pregnant clients to seek permission to treat prior to their first treatment.  It is crucial that while pregnant conventional maternity care continues as complementary therapy should never be seen as a replacement for such care.

Before all maternity treatments at Breathe Holistic Therapy a maternity check list is completed to promote the safety of the mother to be and her unborn child. This has been designed by a midwife and highlights how our therapist places safety as the corner stone for all treatments.

During pregnancy massage and reflexology the client's comfort is ensured with time taken to find appropriate positioning. Every pregnant client is unique and their own needs are at the forefront of the treatment as well as considering the wider safety requirements. Massage is undertaken in a side lying position with the bump supported and the hips comfortable aligned. Reflexology uses a comfortable reclining chair until reclining becomes unsafe. It is essential that clients are not laid in the supine position in later pregnancy as this can compress the inferior vena cava and cause dizziness in mother but more importantly, reduce oxygenation to the baby, at this point a couch is used with the Comfy Clientcushion system to maintain back comfort. 

Many pregnant women seek treatment in their first trimester when some difficulties such as sickness are most severe. Unfortunately treatments are not available until after the scan at the end of the first trimester. This is not due to there being any specific risks at this time but an insurance guideline based on the very sad fact that three in every four miscarriages occur during the first trimester. 

Pregnancy is a wonderful time and you can choose to enjoy massage and reflexology. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call 07531121199 or e-mail me.

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Posted on July 30, 2014 and filed under reflexology.

Massage and reflexology during pregnancy

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Pregnancy is a time of great change for a woman's body. Many physical changes alter the posture and this in turn can worsen the physical stress on the woman's body. Pregnancy is not an illness but some women experience complaints such as muscular aches and pains, headaches and swelling. Massage and reflexology can be an effective way of supporting women during pregnancy. These therapies can also benefit women emotionally, helping promote relaxation and connection with their baby.

It is essential to choose a therapist that is trained and experienced on maternity treatments. At Breathe Holistic Therapy our therapist has undertaken further training in working with pregnant clients. This includes training relating to serious complications of pregnancy and the importance of appropriate referral. Massage and reflexology are not a replacement for midwife or medical care. Our therapist works with the consent of your midwife or doctor to ensure the therapy is not contraindicated. Following professional guidelines we do not begin treatments until after your first scan at around 12 weeks.

Massage is a wonderful way to connect with your new pregnant body. Aches and tension may ease and muscles relax during the massage. You may be wondering how massage can be possible with your bump? At Breathe Holistic Therapy our therapist is trained in side lying massage techniques so you and your baby are both very comfortable.

Maternity reflexology is a popular treatment enjoyed by many women. There are a number of midwives and maternity wards that now include reflexology in their care. This treatment in pregnancy allows you to ease off your shoes and sit back to enjoy an hour of relaxation.  As you relax you convey positive, relaxed, tranquil emotions to your baby. A reflexology massage feels wonderful but also provides you with time to breathe and enjoy your pregnancy.

Pregnancy is a time of such change and transformation massage and reflexology can provide powerful tools to support  women at this exciting time. Working with pregnant clients is always a privilege and a wonderful aspect of the work at Breathe Holistic Therapy. 

For more information please call 07531121199 or e-mail me

Posted on October 7, 2013 and filed under maternity.

Therapeutic massage, a slow calm and effective approach

We all have our own ideas about what makes a great therapeutic massage. Many people expect the painful pummelling and pressing on knots and tight muscles, whilst others prefer a relaxing gentle rhythmic massage. Whatever we expect to feel during the massage we all want to feel positive results from the treatment.

A massage technique called myofascial release absolutley provides results, and it combines both expectations of massage treatment. The massage technique is slow and calming whilst also being deep and intense, you can actually feel your tissues releasing the tightness and tension. For me this is a perfect combination.

Myofascial release techniques focus on relaxing deep tissue within the body providing lasting and effective relief.  Myofascial release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure which works to free restrictions and can relieve pain and restore motion.  Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to help release them.  Myofascial release is a very effective treatment that can significantly improve many soft tissue and orthopedic conditions.

During a massage treatment a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques can be used, and they can be combined with other massage techniques to provide a treatment tailored for each individual.  A massage does not have to be vigorous to work wonders on your aches and pains.  Working with your body to ease away tightness and restrictions can feel great and really benefit your wellbeing.

Find out more about Breathe Holistic Therapy on our main reflexology page


Christmas Treats

Gift vouchers available, just call or e-mail me, it's easy to tick those christmas presents off your listChristmas is fast approaching! Do you love Christmas or would you rather run screaming to the sunshine? Either way it can be a stressful time. Treating yourself and your loved ones to some time out can vastly improve the whole festive season. It's such a busy time why not avoid the hustle and bustle of the shops and treat your loved ones to a gift voucher for a relaxing treat in the new year, and book yourself in for a treatment with the time you saved!  You really can put your feet up and relax with reflexology or massage while you sort out your Christmas presents at the same time!

Do you know a mum-to-be or new mum? You can treat them too! Gift vouchers are available for maternity reflexology, pregnancy massage, baby reflexology or post natal treatments. A lovely relaxing treatment to look forward to in the new year, what an lovely present to receive.

Reflexology Kidderminster. Please contact 0753 1121199