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Pregnancy Massage

What Is Pregnancy Massage?

Growing a baby is a miraculous process but it is also hard work for the female body both physically, as your body shape changes to accommodate your growing foetus and bump, and also emotionally as you prepare yourself for childbirth and motherhood. For many first time mums-to-be the rapid change in their body takes them by surprise and it can be minefield getting their head round everything.  We are truly passionate at Zing Wellness about enabling our pregnant clients to remain pain free, feel connected with their pregnant body, be relaxed, in control, empowered and ready for both childbirth and motherhood. 

A pregnancy massage is a great way to relax. But what happens in a pregnancy massage?  At Zing Wellness studio we do everything to ensure you get the best treatment possible. Once you have arrived we talk through your health questionnaire, ensure we truly understand what you would like from your massage, identify any aches or pains that you may be experiencing, agree how you would like to lie when you are having your massage and chat about anything else to make yourself really relaxed and comfortable from the oil we have the diffuser, the wax to use or even the temperature of the room and heated bed. You can choose to lie on your side or we have the wonderful Belloost Pregnancy Pillow which allows you to lie on your front. It is a complete luxury to be able to lie on your front in pregnancy I have been told! I also have a wax which is specifically designed for pregnant ladies and has a hint of mandarin essential oil. 

Why Is Pregnancy Massage So Beneficial?

Some of the changes that occur during your pregnancy include a change in posture and you may find that your lower back will start to ache as your tummy starts to get bigger. Some women complain of sciatic type pain down one side of their body which is often due to the increase pressure the lower back and pelvis are feeling, combined with in activirty of the bottom muscles. Also, carpel tunnel syndrome can occur as a result of postural changes. This is when the narrow passage, called the carpel tunnel that allows the median nerve to run through to the thumb and first three fingers, gets compressed and a tingling sensation or weakness occurs. Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) or symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) is often caused by an underlying misalignment in the body causing an uneven pull or torsion on the pelvis.  Working with a physiotherapist or Osteopath to identify the cause of this combined with regular pregnancy massage and pregnancy Pilates to prevent tension building up can certainly prevent PGP or at least help minimise the symptoms.  Sleep can also become tricky in pregnancy either because you cannot get comfortable, because you need to get up to empty your bladder or due to leg cramps or restless leg syndrome.  Massage can help alleviate some of these symptoms and can help you sleep better.  If you suffer with pregnancy related swelling referred to as oedema, this too can benefit from pregnancy massage.  Finally and most importantly, pregnancy can be such an anxious time.  Feel good hormones stimulated during massage are hugely beneficial for both mum and the baby.  And let’s face it when growing something as miraculous as a baby mum deserves to just relax and unwind every now and then.

 To read more about the benefits of pregnancy massage and some of Angela’s words of wisdom read our blog.

The most important thing to note is that you are in the safe hands of a specialist pregnancy massage therapist skilled at delivering a massage to meet YOUR needs.   

 

Your Pregnancy Massage Sessions

Sessions are interchangeable with Pilates sessions held at the Zing Wellness Studio, Harpenden so you can mix and match as appropriate.

NOTE:  Due to the Corona virus all massage services are currently suspended.

 


Address: 
80 Luton Road, Harpenden, AL5 2UT

Telephone: 07865 645 708

Buy a gift voucher for either a single massage or 1-2-1 Pilates classes or a block of 2, 3, 5 or 10 .

Cost: £60-500

 

Book 1 x 60 minute massage or 1-2-1 Pilates class at Zing Wellness Studio.

 

Cost: £60

 

Book 2 x 60 minute massages or 1-2-1 Pilates classes at Zing Wellness Studio and save £5. Valid for a year.

Cost: £115

Book 3 x 60 minute massages or 1-2-1 Pilates classes at Zing Wellness Studio and save £10. Valid for a year.

Cost: £170

Book 5 x 60 minute massages or 1-2-1 Pilates classes at Zing Wellness Studio and save £25. Valid for a year.

Cost: £275

Book 10 x 60 minute massages or 1-2-1 Pilates classes at Zing Wellness Studio and save £100. Valid for a year.

Cost: £500

FAQs


When can I have a pregnancy massage? 
You can have a massage any time after the first trimester and up until you give birth.

What is the most comfortable position for pregnancy massage? From about 17 weeks you will probably not want to lie on your front as it becomes more uncomfortable. However, we have a fantastic solution for this. It is called the Belloost Pregnancy Pillow and allows you to lie on your front while having your massage. I think some clients love being able to do this almost more than the massage itself (well almost). If you don’t fancy lying on your front with this pillow you can, of course, have a side lying massage which some people prefer. The only down side about this is that I cannot get as much pressure if you need it.

How often should I have a massage when I am pregnant? Although each pregnancy is different, we would recommend once a month to counteract the changes in your body and ward off any aches and pains before they set in. As you get closer to your due date you may want to think about twice a month as massage will help ease the strains the growing bump and foetus places on your body, help you relax, sleep better and prepare yourself for childbirth and motherhood.

Are there any contraindications for a pregnancy massage? Yes, unfortunately, there are a few issues that would prevent me from treating you during your pregnancy. If you fill in your online health questionnaire fully we can discuss any issues. However, please speak to your consultant or midwife if you have any concerns before you come to see me.

 Our Expertise

I am a deep tissue and sports massage therapist and I have specialist pre and postnatal massage training with Burrell Education, leading Women’s Wellness, Fitness & Therapy Educator. I have lots of experience and many successes supporting pregnant mums with a range of pregnancy conditions such as pelvic girdle pain (PGP) including pubic pain which was previously called symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), sciatica, sacro-iliac pain, pelvic floor weakness, back and neck tension, piriformis pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, oedema, hypermobility, headaches, pregnancy related insomnia, stress and anxiety. Along with Angela, there is a lot we can do for you during this wonderful yet sometimes difficult time.

Benefits

 Rebalance posture

 Reduce postural tension and associated issues such as headaches, back pain, neck pain or generalised musculoskeletal pain

  Aide with stress, low mood and prenatal depression

 Ward off Pelvic Girdle Pain or SPD or manage the symptoms caused by these conditions

Reduce or eliminate fluid retention

  Nourish the skin to help reduce stretch marks

Improve sleep and prevent night time cramping and restless leg syndrome

Prevent the onset of pelvic girdle pain and symphysis pubic dysfunction or alleviate symptoms if they occur

  Lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia

Excellent pregnancy massage. Relaxing yet powerful, best I have had.

Sol Bianchi

I have been seeing both Angela for Pilates, and James for massages during my pregnancy, and they have both been amazing. I have struggled with back pain, and James’ massages in particular have made such a difference – I booked an appointment one morning after a sleepless night due the the pain, and his massage was a genuine game-changer. He has this wonderful pregnancy pillow which means you can lie safely on your front for the massage, even in the third trimester, and that means the massage can be more focused and effective than lying your side. Both Angela and James are true experts in pre and post natal well-being, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.

Jo Lane

Angela’s pre-natal yoga classes are very informative and calming. And James does a really good pre-natal massage. I think of them as my pre-natal toolkit. Highly recommend!

Karen Pritchard

I have been seeing both Angela for Pilates, and James for massages during my pregnancy, and they have both been amazing. I have struggled with back pain, and James’ massages in particular have made such a difference – I booked an appointment one morning after a sleepless night due the the pain, and his massage was a genuine game-changer. He has this wonderful pregnancy pillow which means you can lie safely on your front for the massage, even in the third trimester, and that means the massage can be more focused and effective than lying your side. Both Angela and James are true experts in pre and post natal well-being, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.

Joanna Lane

I had a great pregnancy massage with James! I had hurt my back and it was very painful but felt much better after the massage. The last part in the neck was a great touch! I recommend it in general but especially if you are pregnant, even heavily pregnant. You have to try his cushion that allows us to lie down on our front during the massage, so nice for a change! 

Montserrat Prat

I had a wonderful pregnancy massage last night and feel so much taller this morning! James released all the aches and tension I was feeling and also made me more aware of my posture so that I can help myself to prevent the aches coming back. I chose him as a therapist as he has a good qualification in pregnancy massage and it is important to me that I had someone who is fully aware of all the risks when treating in pregnancy. He did a full assessment on me beforehand, looking at medical history, my posture and my aims for the session and then I had a wonderful relaxing massage. I would highly recommend him. Thanks James, hope to be back soon.

Annie Harrison