Last week I experienced the worst massage I have ever had, and I have had my fair share over the years. But after this morning’s 2nd pregnancy massage I can say I’ve now experienced one of my best. What a god send this lady is.
After researching a little into the appropriate credentials required for therapists to perform massages on pregnant women; I found Maret via Google. She held a Diploma in Remedial Massage specialising in pregnancy, testimonials were evident on her website and Facebook page and had many years’ experience.
So why was I going back after having such a bad experience? Well, many other AMBA mums had stated they thoroughly enjoyed their massage experiences and I read the many benefits included:
• Hormone regulation
• Reduction of swelling
• Improvement of nerve pain
• Reduced back pain
• Reduced joint pain
• Improved circulation
• Reduced edema
• Reduced muscle tension and headaches
• Reduced stress and anxiety
• Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
• Better sleep
My Amazing Experience
From the very beginning I could see the difference. The bed set up was completely different. The pregnancy bed was a complete unit whereby there were holes cut out for the belly as well as the breast. Thank god. Once I was comfortably lying face down on the bed, I noticed my shoulders were able to drop naturally with my arms resting just underneath the bed. My face was positioned through the doughnut shaped pads where fresh air was easily circulating through.
Maret provided such a professional service enabling such a blissful experience, I was able to feel very relaxed yet energised at the same time. Not once throughout the 45 minute session did I have episodes of reflux, queasiness, sense of dehydration or become agitated. To be honest, I was very upset the session had to end. I think I would have fallen asleep face down if Maret did not request for me to turn over, and adjust into a seating position. (back rest adjusted to 45degrees)
In this new position Maret, massaged my feet, chest, shoulders and head. The massage flowed very fluently whereby my whole body felt as though it had been touched by an angel.
I highly recommend experiencing a pregnancy massage for yourself however make sure you do your research first and ask questions so you don’t end up wasting your money; like I did on my first failed attempt.
If you happen to reside in Brisbane on the Southside, I highly recommend Maret at http://www.pregnancyandbabymassage.com.au/about.html
What and when to avoid having a massage
• A range of oils need to be avoided as they can prompt uterine contractions. These include oregano, peppermint, thyme, basil, sage and rosemary. You may request your massage therapist to use only non-scented or very low scented oils.
• If your midwife or doctor have advised you against it.
• Some massage therapists have a policy of not doing pregnancy massages within the first trimester of a woman’s pregnancy. This is because of the increased risk for miscarriage in the first 12 weeks of gestation.
• If you are in a high risk pregnancy category or have previously had a premature labour.
• If you have Pregnancy Induced Hypertension e.g. high blood pressure.
• If you have pre-eclampsia, or sudden swelling with retention of fluid. If you experience severe headaches.
• If having a pregnancy massage causes you to feel sick, lightheaded, gives you a headache or you don’t enjoy the experience. Don’t feel as if you have to do it just because others feel it’s a good idea. Some women genuinely don’t like being touched and find massages an intrusion of their privacy.
• If you feel the massage therapist is being too vigorous you need to say so. Ask them to be a little gentler and keep the lines of communication open between you both. This is what is termed a therapeutic relationship and it needs to be working for you both in order to gain maximum benefit.