No More Knots offers pregnancy massage to expectant mothers! We have over 25 highly qualified and experienced therapists for you to choose from, all of whom have been professionally trained in pregnancy massage. We also have two specially designed pregnancy tables, with a hole cut out for the growing tummy, which enables you to lie face down while you are being massaged. You can also choose to have your treatment in a massage chair or lying on your side if you would prefer.
It is possible to receive a massage while you are in your first trimester provided that your pregnancy is considered “normal”, and you do not have any known risk factors that classify you as “high risk”. These include pre-eclampsia, diabetes, high blood pressure, contagious illness, severe morning sickness and a previous history of miscarriage. If you suspect that you may have any risk factors, it is recommended that you wait until after the first trimester for your first massage, after consultation with your physician.
Pregnancy is a special time during which a woman’s body undergoes many physical changes, some of which can cause pain and discomfort. Remedial massage can help to elimate and relieve some of the symptoms and complaints that are experienced through the positive physiological effects of soft tissue manipulation.
One of the major benefits of Remedial Massage is the increase in blood circulation to the muscles being massaged, resulting in increased oxygen and nutrient availability to these tissues. The increased circulation will also remove metabolic waste products that have built up in the muscles. Muscle pliability and joint flexibility, decreased muscle tension and the calming of nervous irritability are some other major physiological effects.
There are many benefits of massage during pregnancy, including the following:
- Helps relieve muscle spasms and cramps
- Helps with extra stress associated with the added weight bearing and physical changes
- Reduces stress and encourages the mother to relax
- Assists in reducing the stress in the weight bearing joints and musculoskeletal structures
- Helps increase both blood flow and lympathic circulation
- Helps to reduce oedema (swelling) and cellular respiration
- Helps to maximise breathing capacity which is needed during labour and delivery
- Prepares the muscles for child birth
Massage can also help with some of the following conditions:
- Lower back pain
- Swelling of the hands and feet
- Calf cramps
- Sciatic pain
- Sinus congestion