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A most welcome addition to your routine during pregnancy is massage! 

We all know how touch can make us (and baby) feel – how many times a day do you stroke or touch your tummy?  Massage and gentle touch can be used to help support your body during its pregnancy changes and birth, and is a most welcome adjunct to help with baby bonding.

Massage supports your body as it goes through the physiological changes that happen to your body, especially in trimesters 2 and 3. It is especially useful if you have swollen ankles during your pregnancy.

Ankle swelling can be indicative of a more serious condition called pre-eclampsia but a certain amount is normal during your pregnancy as you body naturally retains more water and your circulatory system  is under increased pressure.

Lymphatic drainage is a specific form of massage that includes very gentle, light touch massage that improves the efficiency of the lymphatic system – the body’s waste disposal system.

Read here for more information about the lymphatic system.

One of the main differences between a mum-to-be massage and a regular massage is position.  After the week 16 it is suggested that lying flat on your back should be avoided, so positioning for your comfort is paramount.  There are many options to choose from: inclined therapy couch, side lying, floor, chair and also the stability ball.   Your back and abdominal muscles need special care so we make sure that you are adequately supported throughout.

The massage need not end with the session – we can show you and your partner to continue to massage at home – so you can always feel relaxed and pampered!  Simple techniques are shown to both mum and her partner to encourage bonding with baby.

Mums-to-be massage  Contact  Cath@experiencewellness.co.uk to book your relaxing session!

We also offer post natal massage – and baby massage.

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