In the first trimester depending on how you feel, the way you are positioned on the table may be different. We recommend that if you are suffering from strong nausea that you wait until the symptoms have subsided – the second trimester usually, until having a treatment. Mainly as you won’t be able to relax if you are afraid of vomiting in the treatment room! Factor in sore boobs and a sensitive abdomen, we need to make you as comfortable as possible and this might be side lying rather than face down!
Pregnancy massage does not need to be deep to be effective. In fact it’s easy to over treat the pregnant woman as the body responds differently to treatment, leaving you sore afterwards instead of feeling relaxed and at ease. A hurdle most women need to overcome when they are used to having regular remedial treatments. Our focus is not to drain you of your energy. Deep tissue techniques, cupping and gua sha, even dry needling can be quite draining if there is a lot of discomfort involved. In Chinese Medicine, modern cupping and gua sha are contraindicated during pregnancy as it is seen to take energy away from you and the baby.
Trimester 2 and 3 the treatments are performed in side lying, using as many towels, pillows and props as required to make you comfortable. We avoid using the prone pillows, especially for any length of time over a few minutes as this increases intrauterine pressure and places stress on your stretching ligaments. Also every woman is shaped differently and the cushions aren’t always comfortable.
You may use these pillows while seeing your Osteopath or Chiropractor as you aren’t generally in this position for long.
Aromatherapy is also used, we use the Nuturelife™ blends which smell amazing, but we always check with you first, if you don’t like we don’t use!
We will do our best to book your massage to follow on from your most recent antenatal check up, this way we know your latest blood pressure reading and results from any scans or tests.
Cost – claimable on your health insurance if you are covered.
Healthcare card holders receive a $10 discount
Initial Prenatal consultation up to 90min $120
Standard Prenatal consultation 90min $110
75min Prenatal consultation $95** (follow up only)
Gift Vouchers available
** 75 min appointments are adequate in the first trimester
To make your appointment please call or sms Kimberley on 0400 856 085
As always please check with your primary healthcare provider if you are unsure if remedial massage therapy is right for you. For women with high risk pregnancies written medical clearance is required from your GP or OB with details on anything that needs to be cautioned e.g. no massage to right leg.