Maggie Nolan is a fully qualified Remedial massage therapist with over 15 years experience in the industry.
Time to Unwind - Pregnancy Massage and Reiki
What is a pregnancy massage?
Like all other forms of massage, a pregnancy massage uses some of the same techniques, only it is tailored and adjusted accordingly to the expectant mothers needs and her changing body. It is great to help relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good.
How do you lie on the table?
As a massage therapist, your comfort is of utmost importance to me, in the early days for some women lying face down can uncomfortable as you may experience the discomfort of swelling tender breast. This is when I would suggest laying on your side with pillows for comfort and support. I will work on your neck, shoulders, full back and lower back, full legs, feet. Then I will ask you to turn to the other side and repeated.
On the other hand, if lying face down is not an issue, I have a specific pillow for the growing belly, which enables the expected mother to lay face down, most pregnant ladies find this very comfortable and I often hear that they want one to take home!!
First Trimester Massage
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, such as pre-eclampsia, diabetes, high blood pressure, severe morning sickness or 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.
What kind of results can I expect from a Pregnancy Massage?
Pregnancy massage is highly effective in the relief of
Pain due to altered biomechanics (walking/standing patterns).
Relieves muscle spasms and cramps
Lower back pain.
Instability and pinching around the lower back.
Swelling and fluid retention.
Lack of sleep.
Pregnancy massage also:
Increases blood flow and lymphatic circulation.
Increases breathing capacity, both posturally and mechanically.
Improves muscle pliability and joint flexibility.
Reduces stress and calms nervous irritability.
One of the major benefits of pregnancy massage is the increase in blood circulation to muscles being treated, which results in increased oxygen and nutrient availability to these tissues at a vital time in the mother and babys life.
What should I expect in a Pregnancy Massage treatment?
Initial pregnancy appointments are 1 hour in duration (minimum) and will include:
History and assessment.
Hands on treatment.
Recommendations for home care, such as stretches (if applicable).
Subsequent appointments may be shorter (30mins or 45mins), however the majority of our pregnant ladies feel that the best results are achieved after 60 minutes, or longer, of treatment. Many ladies comment on just how wonderful they feel it is to lay face down!
ReikiWhat is Reiki"
"Rei" means Universal life; it is all-knowing spiritual consciousness
"Ki" is also known as light, Prana, Chi, Cosmic Energy, Universal Energy.
Reiki is Universal life-giving energy and can be used for all purposes, conditions and situations. it can be used at any time and at any place. Reiki is accessed by the practitioner during a treatment. It enhances the body's natural healing ability and promotes well- being.
When having Reiki, i will ask you to lay comfortably, take a few deep breaths and i will then place my hands on varies locations starting from the head, chest, stomach, knees and feet.
You will feel a warmth coming from my hands and a sense of relaxation, the time spent will depend on what is needed on each location.
Afterwards you will have the opportunity to discuss what you felt and experienced throughout the time and i will talk to you about what i felt and noticed.
If you feel you would like Reiki, please dont hesitate to ask me before your massage treatment.
You may wish to have Reiki on its own or after a massage treatment.
Sessions for Reiki on its own are: 20 minutes cost $20
Combined with a massage: 50 minute massage, then 10 minute Reiki - cost $85