A massage during pregnancy can be both a treat and a therapy for expectant mothers and new mothers seeking to ease the aches and pains caused by the shifts happening in their body.
At Graceville Physio, our massage therapists are specially trained to tailor the treatment to suit your needs and keep you safe throughout this special time in your life. In combination with our pregnancy Pilates classes and physio treatments , you can rest assured you’ll be in the best hands throughout the entire term of your pregnancy.
To book in for a treatment or to consult with the experienced team at our Brisbane clinic about all things related to pregnancy wellness, call us on (07) 3278 1186 or make a booking online. For more information about massage during your pregnancy and its benefits, read on.
Prenatal massage: For expectant mothers wishing to melt away pregnancy related pain and tension
Prenatal massage combines relaxation and deep tissue techniques. Your massage therapist will adapt their techniques to address the changes you’ll be going through in your pregnancy.
In the earlier stages of your pregnancy, your therapist will work on relaxing your body and loosening muscles related to stress (though at this stage, they will avoid those near your sacroiliac area). If you have any niggling injuries, these will also be a key focus so that they do not become a concern in the later stages of pregnancy.
It is more common for women to seek a massage after they hit the 25-week mark in their pregnancy.
At this point, the focus will be on the lower body, in particular, your hips, legs and lower back. Creating space and easing tension in these areas will reduce pain and it will be easier for you to go about your daily life.
As you progress to your third trimester, the massage treatments will begin to address fluid build ups in the body. Your therapist will use lymphatic drainage to help remove fluid build-up in any problematic areas, especially the hands and feet. There will also be a focus on the lower body region in preparation for the birth.
The benefits of prenatal massage
As your body adjusts to the changes pregnancy brings on, you may begin to experience aches, pains and tensions in
different areas of your body.
Massage during pregnancy can help:
- Reduce pain in your lower back , hips and pelvic region
- Improve circulation
- Reduce anxiety
- Reduce muscle tension, joint pains and headaches
- Decrease symptoms of depression
- Improve labour outcomes and newborn health
- Regulate hormones
- Reduce edema and excess swelling
- Reduce nerve pain, especially pregnancy induced sciatica
- Improve oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
- Improve quality of sleep
Precautions for prenatal massage
Due to the special conditions of pregnancy, there are certain precautions that must be taken to ensure a safe and beneficial treatment.
During prenatal massage, the position of your body is a big factor of concern as there is risk of causing unnecessary strain to the uterine ligaments and surrounding areas if you are not in the right position.
The best position is to lie on your side, fully supported so your spine is aligned during the treatment. Tables that provide a hole to accommodate your growing bump may not be reliable and they may still apply pressure to your abdomen or allow excessive dangling of your abdomen, causing uncomfortable stretching of the uterine ligaments.
If you’re experiencing complications with your pregnancy, low blood pressure or excessive swelling in your lower limbs, there may be additional risks present. The best way to address any risks of prenatal massage is to be informed and to work in tandem with the advice of knowledgeable professionals.
The team at Graceville Physio is not only experienced in matters of pregnancy wellness but we also stay in contact with your GP and obstetrician to ensure you’re receiving the best treatment on all fronts.
Postnatal massage: For new mothers looking for a quick recovery after birth
The process of childbirth often places a big strain on new mothers physically, mentally and emotionally. Postnatal massage treatments can be a welcome treat offering you some much needed alone time.
Postnatal massage can also help with:
- Easing aches and pains, especially around the lower abdomen, lower back and hips
- Easing tension in the upper back created by breastfeeding
- The release of endorphins so you can feel relaxed and pain free
- Speed up recovery from C-Section, if you’ve had one. Although you need stay clear of the wound until it has healed, gentle massage to the area thereafter, can increase blood supply and help with internal healing
- Stimulate lymph flow and avoid excess fluid retention
- If you’re suffering from baby blues or postnatal depression, massage can be a great stress buster and mood elevator
Pregnancy Massage FAQs
How much does a session cost?
$95 pre-treatment. Buying 5 treatments upfront will earn you a free treatment though!
Are health rebates available?
Health fund rebates are not applicable currently
Do I need a doctor’s referral?
A referral is not necessary. If you are experiencing any troubling issues or are concerned for any reason, we are happy to liaise with your GP and obstetrician to ensure you are being very well looked after during your treatments at Graceville Physio.
How often can I book in for a pregnancy massage treatment?
Some women like to have a massage once a week, others once a fortnight or month. If you find that massage relaxes you and keeps you stress free, then the more often the better for a smooth and easy pregnancy.
To book in for a treatment or to consult with the experienced team at our Brisbane clinic about whether pregnancy massage is the right fit for you, call us on (07) 3278 1186 or make a booking online.