You are so special, there’s only one of you, and you deserve to look after yourself during pregnancy and beyond
“Pregnancy massage is an important part of a holistic pregnancy care routine and is one of the best ways to nurture your body and mind. At Heart of Illowra, a specialised combination of relaxation, therapeutic and remedial techniques are employed to leave you feeling serene and supported.”
I have provider numbers for all private Health Funds which you can claim through, if you have extras cover. Private Health Fund Rebates are available for most services (excluding relaxation massage treatments). A receipt will be issued at the time of your appointment which you can submit to your Health fund for rebate.
Please arrive 10 minutes early to your first pregnancy massage, in order to fill out a Pregnancy massage health history form. Don’t worry at all though, these 10 minutes will not be included in your massage session time, you will still receive your full allocated nurturing pregnancy massage time 😊
After your form is filled out, we will discuss together how to make your treatment focussed to your particular physical and emotional needs on the day.
During your first trimester of pregnancy massage, you will still be able to lay on your tummy, but a supportive pillow system will be used to give optimum support to your body. Once you reach your second trimester of pregnancy, pregnancy massage will be conducted in a side laying position, with lots of bliss evoking comfortable pillows, towels and blankets for optimum support to your body.
It is not only safe, but beneficial to have pregnancy massage throughout your whole pregnancy. During the first trimester, pregnancy massage is focussed on supporting your physiological changes, gently helping to increase circulation, and relaxing your body and mind to help reduce the impact of fatigue, nausea and musculoskeletal tension.
It is advised that if you have experienced 2 or more miscarriages, a Doctor’s clearance must be issued before the massage can take place.
Side laying massage from the second trimester of pregnancy is considered the most optimum and secure lying position for pregnant Mama’s. This is because side lying does not place strain on the lumbar thoracic spine and musculature, or increase uterine pressure in the pregnant Mama.
Side laying massage is recommended by highly educated professionals, as it cushions the spine, pelvis and abdominal soft tissues in a safe and supportive fashion.
Absolutely, unfortunately most Remedial massage courses only cover pregnancy massage techniques and education minimally within the course curriculum, leaving most graduates feeling underqualified when treating pregnant clients. Therefore, it is integral to go to a therapist who has been specially trained through a recognised pregnancy massage education course such as ‘Pregnancy Massage Australia’.
By going to a trained therapist, you can have peace of mind knowing that they have had the best education in providing safe, best practice appropriate techniques and massage protocols for pregnancy. A trained therapist is also very aware of all the changes physiologically you are going through from a week to week basis, and they are aware of precautions that need to be applied during massage. Treatments are always planned to be the most safe and supportive to both Mama and baby.
If you are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, it is important to seek a clearance from your Doctor or midwife before scheduling a pregnancy massage. Once you have received a clearance from your Doctor/midwife, I will check in with you at each appointment, to see how your conditions are being managed. This will ensure that you and baby are receiving the best and safest treatments. High risk pregnancy conditions include the following:
- Gestational/ Type 1& 2 Diabetes
- Gestational Hypertension/ Chronic Hypertension
- Eclampsia/ Pre-eclampsia
- Placenta Praevia/ Placental abnormalities
- Hyperemesis Gravidarum (extreme morning sickness)
- Cardiac conditions
- History of miscarriage
- Bleeding during pregnancy
- Kidney conditions
- Severe asthma
- Deep vein thrombosis and Thrombophlebitis
- Foetal abnormalities
If you would like a massage during the first 6 weeks postpartum, a clearance from either your Doctor or Midwife will need to occur before a treatment time can be booked in, to ensure safest practices are maintained.
If you have experienced any medical complications from the birth or you were a high-risk pregnancy, a clearance from your Doctor is a must before scheduling a postnatal massage appointment.
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