AROMATHERAPY PREGNANCY MASSAGE
Discover the unique blend of a certified Aromatherapist and Pregnancy Massage practitioner. Have beautiful carrier oils blended safely with essential oils to support your every stage of pregnancy. Essential oils are customised to meet your present needs, from dry skin, headaches, muscular aches and pain, and tension, these oils are blended with deluxe carrier oils such as Rosehip, Calendula, Evening Primrose Oil and Apricot Oil to assist in nourishing and supporting your changing skin. Have your blends made into exfoliants, cleansers, massage oils, foot creams, headache gels, stretch mark reduction blends and relaxation inhalations to take home and support you on your pregnancy journey. Invest in our custom blended labour oils for massage and inhalations during your special time. Why not invest in one of our pregnancy spa packages and team your massage with a custom blended facial or body scrub. Health rebates for aromatherapy massages are available. Please consult our list or check with your provider if you are unsure.
Why Get A Massage?
With so much happening to the body during pregnancy, support measures can go a long way in assisting Mum with a happy, healthy pregnancy. Massage may: soothe and relax nervous tension (stress can have significant impact on Mum and baby); reduce elevated heart rate caused by stress; soothe the parasympathetic nervous system; aid in waste product elimination through the lymphatic and circulatory system, reducing fatigue; aid circulation which supports balanced blood pressure and brings more oxygen and nutrients to mum and baby; ease muscular discomfort and improve range of movement; reduce thoracic and neck tightness, headache, oedema - swollen hands and feet; relieve depression and anxiety caused by hormonal changes; stimulate glandular secretions, stabilising hormone levels; improve muscular flexibility; regain strength post partum; improve quality of sleep; & most importantly allow mum to unwind, relax and enjoy pregnancy. (Pregnancy Massage Australia)
During pregnancy a womans body is in a constant state of change. From the cellular division that occurs from the moment of conception, hormones are released to help support growth and life. These hormones effect many aspects of a womans body. Relaxin increases flexibility of ligaments and the pubic symphysis which can create instability of the hips and lower back discomfort, increased progesterone may cause postural hypertension; increased oestrogen may cause sinus congestion and oedema. The challenges in pregnancy are often underrated and dismissed. Symphysis pubis pain, pelvic girdle pain, ligament pain in the lower abdomen, sides, back and bottom; shortness of breath; stress on weight bearing joints; and skin changes; are just a few of the discomforts a woman may experience during her pregnancy. But many of these issues can be well managed with the assistance of good health care. Massage during pregnancy can have a profound effect on both mother and baby, forming a valuable part of a maternity care plan.
All our pregnancy massages will include a detailed consultation. Book in with our Aromatherapist for a custom blended essential oils to meet your presenting needs or our remedial practitioner for more complicated muscular issues. Our Aromatherapist will blend beautiful carrier and essential oils to assist in nourishing the skin, easing aches and pains, and relaxing the nervous system. The length of the massage will influence the time spent on each area of the body and amount of release points we will be able to work. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact. When booking online, please indicate how many weeks you are so we can set up most appropriately to your needs. Health rebates available.
Can I Get A Massage If?
There are times in pregnancy when Mum and baby need closer monitoring. As such, all our pregnancy massages commence with a 15 minute consultation to gather pertinent information about the progress of your pregnancy to ensure utmost safety. There may be times where we ask you to get permission from your GP before your appointment. We will also try to see you soon after your last check up so we have the most up to date information on your progress. Based on guidelines recommended by Pregnancy Massage Australia, below is a list of some of the things we will consider before your massage.
Gestational Diabetes - we will discuss your management plan but this does not exclude you from massage.
Hypertension: mild chronic hypertension and gestational hypertension does not exclude you from massage. If your blood pressure is unstable or you have consistent high blood pressure of over 135/85 we will ask for written consent from your prenatal care provider.
Pre-eclampsia: we will ask for a medical clearance from your prenatal care provider. Early onset of pre-eclampsia can benefit from massage however this must be done in conjunction with your GP to ensure safety of both mother and baby.
Eclampsia: is a medical emergency and would exclude any massage.
Miscarriage: if you have had 2 or more previous miscarriages we recommend clearance from your prenatal care provider. No deep pressure or abdominal massage will be used.
Bleeding / spotting / abdominal pain: Massage is excluded until the bleeding has stopped and cause diagnosed.
Placenta Praevia: so long as there is no bleeding or spotting (please see above). If you have had bleeding or spotting and placenta praevia we will ask for a medical clearance.
Over 35: older women can have very healthy pregnancies. Like any pregnancy, medical clearance would be sought for any of the above issues including Foetal Growth Restriction and Poor placental flow.
Kidney Conditions such as UTI's and Cystitis: prenatal care review for diagnosis and treatment prior to massage is required. Any fever would exclude massage until resolved.
Asthma: Massage helps reduce stress and enhances gentle breathing, massage would only be excluded if you are having an asthma attack, until it has stabilised.
Nausea and Hyperemesis (morning sickness): Massage would only be excluded after an extended stay in hospital, dehydration and poor nourishment until it is stabilised and managed.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Thrombophlebitis: It is safer to refrain from massage if you have any blood clotting disorder. Written medical clearance and guidance would be required.
Varicose Veins: We would not massage around the vein site but this does not exclude you from massage.
Oedema: Lymphatic style massage can be very beneficial for anyone struggling with excess fluid, a very common complaint in pregnancy. For pitted odema we would ask you to see your prenatal care provider for clearance prior to massage.
Rhesus Factor (RH Negative Mother): so long as this is well managed, massage is fine. We would however work around the timing of your RH-immune globulin injections.
Cardiac Disorders: Medical clearance is required prior to massage.
Multiple births - (Twins): massage is highly beneficial.