Pre- & Post-Natal Massage
with Sunny Jaspal and Carly Pilnick-St John
Pre-natal massage is a wonderful way to relieve the physical discomfort and emotional stress that each trimester of pregnancy can sometimes bring. The key benefits of pregnancy massage are to:
- relax the body and mind
- relieve muscular tension
- promote well-being
- improve sleep
- allow for a deeper connection with your baby.
Whilst the prospect of motherhood can be exciting, it may be daunting too. A regular massage gives you a chance to discuss any worries which may arise, providing emotional as well as physical support. As you progress through your pregnancy you may experience physical changes, for instance swollen limbs, fatigue and lower back pain, all of which can be alleviated. Pregnancy massage also prepares your body for birth and is beneficial for baby too. The massage takes place in a side position with the bump fully supported.
Sunny and Carly are both specially trained in pregnancy massage, with a comprehensive understanding of the anatomy, physiology and contraindications of pregnancy, thus ensuring safety and comfort. Both therapists are able to combine pregnancy massage and reflexology treatments in one session and Sunny can also provide acupuncture if specific issues require a deeper treatment. Treatments can be enjoyed throughout pregnancy and block booking discounts are available to accommodate this.
Post partum, it is amazing what a little care and attention can do to get a woman back on her feet and firing on all cylinders. After the birth, post-natal massage can provide an invaluable opportunity for a mother to allow time for self-nurture. Specifically, it is beneficial for:
- alleviating upper back pain due to breast feeding
- alleviating other tension, aches or pain in the body
- improving overall sense of well-being
- helping reduce stretch marks and improving cellulite by increasing circulation and boosting lymphatic drainage.
- promoting sleep
- reducing stress and calming the mind
Ideally, all new mothers would have a massage as soon after birth as possible, to help the muscles release the muscle memory of labour, gently aid healing and help with spinal realignment. These are all important factors in helping your body to return to its pre-pregnancy state. Post-natal massage can be easily enjoyed with your baby tucked up feeding, sleeping or cuddling beside you, and can also be combined with reflexology.