Swedish, Sports, Pregnancy & Chair Massage in the Thame area of Oxfordshire and Haddenham
& Aylesbury area of Buckinghamshire
Pregnancy massage is widely acknowledged as a great way to relax and ease tension
as well as reducing levels of stress hormones, bringing calm to both mum-to-be and
baby. Other benefits to having massage during your pregnancy include:
• Relief from muscular aches and pains, especially in the lower back, neck, hips,
• Increase in blood and lymph circulation, which can reduce swelling.
• Reduces stress on weight-bearing joints.
• Enhances the pliability of skin and underlying tissues.
Massage during pregnancy differs from a regular massage because knowledge of pregnancy
and the anatomy of a pregnant woman is very important. This means that positioning
during a massage is critical to the safety and well-being of both the mother and
the baby she is carrying. There are also parts of the body that should not be massaged.
The massage table will be set up so you will lie in a semi-reclining position. This
is not only really comfortable, but safe for your baby, and from this you will turn
from side to side to do your back and hips. Lots of pillows will be used to make
you comfortable. Soft music can be played in the background to help you relax and
drift off if you wish.
Massage is beneficial for almost everyone. Even women carrying multiples babies can
benefit greatly from massage. There may be certain conditions that may or may not
be related to the pregnancy that would preclude massage or certain types of massage.
This may include women at risk for premature labour, women with blood clots or clotting
disorders, and other ailments. Depending on your initial consultation it may be recommended
that you have written consent from your doctor or midwife before receiving your massage.
You and your pregnancy are unique, and your massage will be tailored around what
Although massage has never been associated with an increased risk of miscarriage,
you should be at least 14 weeks pregnant, or 20 weeks if there has been a history
Full body massage (shoulders, arms, hands, tummy, legs, back, neck and shoulders)
- 55 minutes
Half body massage (back, neck and shoulders) - 30 minutes
Half Body Massage plus arms and hands - 40 mins
I gained my certificate in pregnancy massage from St Mary’s College, Twickenham in
2004 after having my first child as I was unable to find a qualified therapist in
the area I was living when I was pregnant and wanted to be able to provide this to
other ‘mums to be’. Just being a massage therapist doesn't mean a therapist is qualified
to give massage to pregnant ladies, and just because a brochure offers pregnancy
massage doesn't always mean everyone is qualified to perform this type of massage.