During the recent years, massages during pregnancy is something that has gained a lot of popularity. In the beginning it was something that was intended to be limited to just women who preferred to use alternative therapies as opposed to regular medications but today, it seems that there are ways that can help women reduce any pregnancy discomfort that they may be feeling through this therapy. Research and evidence that has been carried out recently have shown a very scientific basis for its benefits as well that can help women during pregnancy.
Who Can Perform This Service?
Antenatal massage is not something that can be performed by just anybody and if you are in the process of looking for pregnancy massage services, you should make sure that you consult a qualified professional with the right licenses for this purpose. First of all speak with your maternity care provider or your doctor and ask them if there is anybody that they can recommend. You could also search within your locality for a reputed practitioner. When you do meet them, ask if they have the qualifications and how much experience they have had. A true professional will never take offense and will not shy away from the details. In fact they will understand why you should know these things.
Who Can Perform These Massages?
In Australia the oldest massage association that is recognized is called the AMT or the Association of Massage Therapists LTD. However there are other bodies that have practitioner memberships as well. Some physiotherapists may also for instance, be interested in obstetric massages and therefore if they have been qualified in the field, they will also be able to provide this service.
One of the most popular methods of massages during pregnancy is based on the principles and techniques of Swedish massages. These are chosen specifically because they have several benefits including the fact that it is capable of reducing the tension in the mother’s muscles and that they can also enhance blood flow and improve lymphatic drainage all of which are highly beneficial.
Sometimes you will see that some therapists can also use aromatherapy and even burn incense so that the sensory experience is heightened and that you receive an experience that is stimulating both mentally and spiritually while your body relaxes. However you should be careful when you select this method as there are several oils that have to be avoided because of the fact that they can prompt immediate uterine contractions which is the last thing that you would want during a relaxing session. Some of these include sage, thyme, rosemary, oregano, nutmeg, peppermint and basil. Some women may prefer it if the therapist is using low or non-scented oils for this purpose. Another factor that you should think about is the amount of skin that you would like to comfortably expose during the massage. The more skin surface that the therapist has access to, the better he or she will be able to give you the relief that you need from your discomfort but at the same time, some women may prefer not to expose too much skin and that is entirely fine too.