Pre & Post Natal, Trimesters 1 through 4 (yes really!)
Pregnancy is a very precious time in a woman’s life, but it can also be overwhelming and daunting, both physically and mentally. During this passage of time, pregnancy massage can provide physical comfort and relief, relaxation & reassurance. After all, your body is designed to adapt and thrive through pregnancy and into the post natal period.
Every pregnancy is different, every woman is different so rest assured that you will not be offered a ‘one size fits all’ pregnancy massage with Bristol Massage Therapy. No tables with holes cut out, you will be encouraged to lie on your side, supported with a range of pillows and cushions to enable to you be as comfortable as possible.
Benefits to your body
Every woman will experience each pregnancy differently, but there are common themes in pregnancy massage as you move through the different trimesters, each of which are discussed in a series of ‘typical trimester’ requirement articles:
- First trimester massage – yes, honestly, have a read to find out more
- Second trimester massage
- Third trimester massage
- Post natal massage
We have several practitioners who have completed the highly reputable Well Mother Pregnancy & Massage Diploma course. This requires that over the course of six months, students undertake almost 30 hours of face-to-face on course learning & supervision, more than 60 hours of hands on work with case study clients and countless hours of additional reading and self-directed study. On top of this there is the dreaded dissertation ...
Victoria chose to write about the role that massage can play in helping and supporting a father-to-be, with a particular focus on helping him develop a bond with his baby. This work has been turned into a series of articles – & this written work earned her a distinction!
Thea knew that she wanted to write about “A Good Night’s Sleep During Pregnancy”, a topic which is currently being converted into a series of articles, and which helped contribute to her overall distinction.
For her project, Annie decided to design a leaflet about each of the four trimesters of pregnancy (including the post natal period) and the role that massage can play during each of these stages. We are hoping to develop this into an information resource for our clients in 2018. Annie's hard work earned her a Credit in both her practical exam and the project, but her Case Studies earned her a distinction!
Please note that at the moment both Victoria & Thea are themselves off on maternity leave, but will return to the table in due course!
Some feedback ABOUT OUR PREGNANCY MASSAGE SESSIONS TOGETHER
SOME ARTICLES WE'VE WRITTEN YOU MIGHT FIND OF INTEREST
There are very few certainties in life, but change is certainly one of them. Thea looks at the role massage therapy can play in helping people ride through and even thrive through times of change, and all the upheaval that comes along with them.
Many might think that you haven't slept well unless you have had a solid 8 hours of refreshing sleep, whereas in fact no two people will have the same night's sleep. Accepting variation is the key to realistic expectations of good sleep, so what can you do to help your sleep?
Our pregnancy massage lessons offer fathers-to-be and other birthing partners the opportunity to learn some simple massage techniques to help alleviate muscular aches and pains that the mother-to-be experiences. This allows for at-home help throughout the latter stages of pregnancy and even into the early stages of labour.
Post natal massage helps to reconnect clients with their body after the vast physical effort of making and growing a baby, the labour and birth, along with understanding the ‘new normal’. On top of all of these benefits, the appointment brings some well earned nurture and rest.
During pregnancy, labour and into the post natal period, what is the role of a new father-to-be and how might massage help him to find his new role in his relationship and expanding family unit?
Massage during the third trimester usually focuses on working to resolve the physical discomfort this latter stage in pregnancy brings to the fore. However at the same time, there is an invitation to relax, recharge and prepare for the great transition to come.
Many practitioners do not offer massage to ladies in their first trimester, but why? Is there any legitimate reason for this, when the practitioner is knowledgable, experienced and qualified in working with pregnant ladies? In short, no ...
Ever experienced puffy ankles or slightly swollen legs at the end of a day or after a flight? You may be experiencing a build up of lymph, and some simple DIY lymphatic drainage techniques might help alleviate these symptoms.