Pregnancy massage is beneficial in many ways, here at Solace we pride ourselves in understanding the female body and how we can help women through this precious and exciting time in life, not to mention exhausting and somewhat uncomfortable.
More times than often you will hear that it is safest to wait until your second trimester to receive pregnancy massage. Reasons being in your first trimester your body is going through so much hormonal change. This can bring on “morning sickness” which in actual fact can be “any time of the day sickness” depending on your pregnancy. If you have been advised by your doctor as high risk pregnancy then it is best not to receive prenatal massage. Otherwise if you are feeling well yourself we are happy to massage you during your first trimester. If you are unsure by all means you can consult with your doctor and they can help advise you on this.
In your second trimester you will find your body is adjusting and hopefully coping a lot better hormonally. This is when relaxation and bonding with baby is key. Prenatal massage promotes relaxation and bonding, relieves a strained back and tired muscles, soothes nerves and improves sleep. All the things an expectant mother and baby need. Coming into your third trimester your baby is growing in size and it can be very strenuous on you body, causing many uncomfortable factors, these being
Swelling/Oedema: The extra pressure your uterus places on your legs can cause swelling in your legs, ankles and feet. Massage can improve lymph flow to effected areas and reduce swelling.
Muscle discomfort: Muscle stiffness, leg cramps, knots and tension can be relieved by massage due to improving circulation and can therefore stimulate the flow of blood to these areas, easing your discomfort.
Headaches/sinus pain: Massage of the shoulders, neck and face can alleviate sinus pressure and headaches caused by tension.
Constipation and heartburn: Your digestive system becomes sluggish due to allowing your baby to absorb key nutrients. Stress can also contribute to both factors. Massage can help reduce anxiety and tension and help ease symptoms.
Fourth trimester, I find this is not spoken about enough, your fourth trimester is
the 12 week period after you have had your baby. This is a time of huge physical and emotional change for both you and your new born baby. Your new born is trying to adjust to the outside world whilst you are trying to adjust to your baby and what every cry and noise means. Is she/he hungry, have wind, tired, needs nappy changed. Feeding your baby weather you are able to breast feed or not is priority. Waking several times in the night to feed can leave you feeling so incredible tired. Whilst you are lacking sleep in the meantime your uterus is shrinking back to its former size and your hormones have shifted, this is a lot of change. Weather you have had a natural birth or a C-Section, postnatal massage can help you recover and re-cooperate from pregnancy. Looking after your baby is your priority, looking after you is our priority.
Here are some benefits of postnatal massage.
A question that we frequently ask our clients in Solace is 'how is your body feeling?' The answer that we get varies but one that comes up frequently, particularly for females is 'I just feel tired.' There is a difference between that sleepy tiredness one feels at the end of the day and the tiredness that people describe feeling on a regular basis. The latter points to something more than natural tiredness.
Fatigue and low energy can occur for many reasons - stress, overwhelm, taking on too much, digestive issues, poor sleep quality, low thyroid, hormonal issues can all contribute so finding the cause is important.
How can massage and reflexology help with low energy and fatigue?
A massage / reflexology treatment gives time to tune in to the body. Sometimes we are so busy that we don't give ourselves a chance to check in with ourselves. Giving time to yourself is a really supportive way of minding your energy.
Rest and Digest - The parasympathetic nervous system is one of the divisions of the nervous system. Sometimes called the rest and digest system, the parasympathetic nervous system conserves energy as it slows the heart rate and supports healthy digestion. When parasympathetic activity dominates, healing and regeneration occur. Massage and reflexology both activate this branch of the nervous system.
Reflexology works on reflexes of the feet which correspond to the organs and systems of the body. It can help to bring the body back in to balance while also working on specific issues. Fatigue and low energy can occur when our system is under pressure. Reflexology can help to tune in and bring harmony back to a body that feels overworked.
Tension can be exhausting. Massage and reflexology help to relieve stress and unravel tension so that the body feels lighter. Dealing with tension, emotional and physical, can help to ease the burden and in turn lift fatigue and increase energy.
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Often I find clients asking what the difference is between Holistic Massage and Deep Tissue. Both treatments can effect you differently, emotionally and physically. Here you have both types of massage explained.
Holistic massage meaning whole, this type of massage is a light to medium pressure.
The meaning of holistic is the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of pain. The massage combines how you feel emotionally and physically. It helps relieve stress, reduce muscle tension and helps you connect to your spiritual side.
Studies show that holistic massage can reduce anxiety and can also help improve blood circulation issues. A 2013 study showed that a four week course of massage therapy reduced heart rate and blood pressure in people with hypertension.
Emotionally holistic massage can sometimes release emotion you have been holding in or struggling to let go of. Breathing through your massage can help shift emotional tension and helps the brain focus on forgetting your problems and focus on how relaxed you feel. You can completely switch off and enjoy your experience. We all need this from time to time and will seriously reap the benefits.
Each therapist will start the treatment by having a consultation with the client. They will ask a few questions, covering your medical history, lifestyle, what you’re looking to achieve with the therapy, and more. This is important with holistic massage in particular as tailoring the session to each individual is very important. The therapist will be working with you, possibly even communicating if the need arises. We ask things like “is the pressure okay, are you
comfortable’’ etc. The massage draws from a wide range of massage techniques. Therapists trained in holistic massage have typically been through a much wider training curriculum and have a lot of different skills to utilize. The goal is to stimulate lymphatic drainage, increase circulation and work on any areas of tissue that need some attention. The therapist can put some added emphasis on creating a relaxing environment if working on a client’s emotional stability. We play relaxing music throughout the treatment and some therapist will burn different essential oils to help you fully relax into your treatment. Its normal to feel a little light headed after your treatment so we always advise you to take your time getting dressed and drink plenty of water. Hydration is key in helping flush out any toxins that have been released during your massage. Massage can take a toll on your energy levels at first and can also lead to your muscles feeling tired. That being said, once you have had a couple of sessions you should start to feel a natural energy like you have never felt before.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is best for giving attention to certain painful and stiff areas in your body. We use slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep under your skin. Massage techniques we use to access multiple layers of the muscle and fascia to improve alignment, reduce levels of resting tension and helps improve posture. Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage is therapeutic it relieves chronic pain and tension.
Here are a list of some of the benefits:
The overall aim is to realign the muscles and release chronic muscle tension from ailments or injuries.
Deep tissue massage can be slightly uncomfortable at times, especially when the therapist is working on a knot in the muscle or a sensitive area that needs more attention. However, deep tissue massage should not be painful.
After care is very important, we recommend drinking lots of water to help flush out anything that has been shifted.
Taking a bath with Epsom salts is great as it will also help draw out any toxins and the heat will help relax the muscles. Fatigue is to be expected and perhaps the feeling of tired muscles. Don’t over do it as the body needs plenty of time to readjust.
Holistic massage and deep tissue massage are popular forms of massage therapy. Although some of their techniques are similar, they differ in the amount of pressure that they involve and in their intended purpose.
Holistic massage helps promote circulation and relax the surface muscles also taking in mind the clients well being. Deep tissue massage works into the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue to remove knots or chronic tension.
To find a massage session beneficial, people must choose the technique that best suits their needs. We will always be here at Solace to offer advice and help you choose what treatment suits your needs best.
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