It is important to take time out and relax during your pregnancy, ProPhysiotherapy offers Pregnancy Massage.
Pregnancy can be a wonderful time for expectant mothers, it can also however be accompanied by some painful unwelcome side effects which develop as the body changes to accommodate the growing baby. Muscular discomfort and tension, pain in the back, neck, shoulders and hips, headache, fatigue, insomnia, leg cramps and heartburn are all commonly reported unwanted side effects of pregnancy which can be significantly improved with the use of massage therapy.
Professional massage therapy is extremely beneficial for the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic transformation of pregnancy. Ante-natal or pregnancy massage offers a wide range of physiological, emotional and psychological benefits and can help to establish the bond between the mother and the unborn baby. The human touch during massage is also comforting, providing emotional support during pregnancy.
The Benefits of Pregnancy Massage
Having regular massages during pregnancy brings with it a surprisingly long list of advantages, including but not limited to the following:
- Pain relief in the muscles and joints of the body (especially in the lower back, hips and legs), by reducing stress on the weight-bearing joints
- A reduction of swelling in the arms, legs and ankles by increasing the blood and lymph circulation
- Reduces stress and muscle tension
- Strengthens the immune system
- Stimulates the release of endorphins, which is highly beneficial to both the mother and baby
- Enhancement of the pliability of skin and underlying tissues
- Promotion of relaxation and tranquillity
- Helps to combat pregnancy related insomnia
- Improves muscle function, flexibility and general body tone
- Relieves mental and physical fatigue and helps to stabilise hormone levels which in turn can relieve depression or any anxiety occurring as a result of the hormonal changes
- Aids correct posture as the body adjusts to postural changes due to the weight of the baby
- Helps to reduce labour pain, especially when combined with labour massage (courses in this are also available for couples)
What to Expect
During the first session an initial consultation will be carried out to include a full medical history. This is also an opportunity for the mother to discuss any particular symptoms she would like to focus on as well as address any concerns. Most treatments are then carried out with the client in a side lying position fully supported with cushions. This allows access for a full body massage including the neck, shoulders, back, legs, head and feet. The patient can then turn over to repeat the treatment on the other side. Some women choose to lie in a specially designed HOLO, this is similar in appearance to a lilo, but has a whole in the middle to accommodate the bump. Other women may choose to remain seated and opt for an Indian Head Massage or combine their treatment with pregnancy reflexology.
Is Pregnancy Massage Safe?
Pregnancy massage is of a very different nature to non-pregnancy massage but research has shown that it is a safe to have massage during pregnancy. Pregnancy massage performed by our fully qualified therapists is safe for both mother and baby, and no fragranced oils are used during the treatment.
Take Time Out To Relax
Pregnancy is often a very busy time for the expectant mother-to-be, many are still working, running a home, looking after other young children, as well as preparing their homes for the new arrival. All the while, their body is working extremely hard to prepare a new life. It is important during this exciting but often busy time, to take time out and relax during pregnancy, even for those lucky enough not to suffer from any adverse pregnancy related symptoms, they still deserve a treat!
ProPhysiotherapy provides highly experienced therapists. If you are considering booking a pregnancy massage and would like to find out more about our massage therapists and their qualifications, one of our team would be happy to discuss this with you either over the phone, or in person to put your mind at ease.
For further information on our pregnancy massage therapy, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.
Massage Therapy Specialist
Carla completed her Sports Rehabilitation degree at St Mary’s university in 2013. Since then she has used her skills in a variety of settings including private clinics, personal training gyms and the NHS falls team.
Carla has a special interest in sport and musculoskeletal injuries. For the last 7 seasons she has been lead therapist at Fulham Football Clubs Foundation team and most recently the clubs Women’s team.
Within these areas Carla has experience working with a diverse clientele using a combination of posture correction, massage, trigger point release and exercise prescription to rehabilitate the limitations the body encounters.
Whilst continuing with personal hobbies in running and swimming, in September 2019, Carla will be expanding her education to study for her masters in Physiotherapy.
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Advanced Practice Physiotherapist
Achieved a distinction in her Physiotherapy Masters in Sports Injury and Therapy from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2003. She works very closely with the Orthopaedic Consultants at St George’s Hospital, London and at Frimley NHS Trust. She has over 20 years experience in assessing and treating all musculoskeletal patients.
Clinically she works as an Advanced Practice Physiotherapist (APP) in Orthopaedic Spine Clinic and performs peripheral injections and spinal injections in the NHS. She completed her Diploma in Injection Therapy at the University of Hertfordshire in 2012 and finds that using corticosteroid injections as an adjunct to physiotherapy can be exceptionally useful and successful. Kate completed her non-medical Independent Prescribing course from the University of Brighton in 2017 and therefore has the qualification to prescribe medications where appropriate.
Kate has an excellent knowledge base for treating lower limb injuries and assessing biomechanical issues. Due to her Masters qualification, she enjoys treating all sporting injuries and she specialises in ACL reconstruction and post op knee rehabilitation, and has a particular interest in biomechanical and gait assessments. She worked in Val d’Isere for 2 seasons and has therefore treated numerous skiing injuries. Her NHS work ensures that she provides research based spinal treatments and takes a holistic approach to all patients to help them achieve their goals.
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MSc MMACP MCSP
Alexandra is passionate about her job as a physiotherapist. She finished her masters at Coventry University in 2012 and since then she has been working in various private physiotherapy clinics.
Her areas of expertise include musculoskeletal overuse conditions and sports injuries, and she has a specific interest in spinal and shoulder joint pathologies.
Alexandra combines various treatments techniques in order to achieve the treatment goals, including manual therapy techniques, trigger point release, acupuncture and exercise prescription.
She has a particular interest in research, providing all her patients with evidence based practice and up to date physiotherapy techniques, and she hopes to finish her PhD soon!
Sarah qualified as a physiotherapist in 2003 from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Since then she has worked as a physiotherapist in both the UK and in South Africa. She has also been involved in other areas of health care such as spinal surgery. She has has experience treating patients of any age, from teenagers to the elderly.
She is a keen runner, and has always been the go-to person in her running club for any aches and niggles. She loves treating runners of all abilities to help them to achieve their running goals injury free.
She has an interest, and vast experience, with treating neck and lower back injuries, as well as spinal surgery conditions. She enjoys treating sports injuries, work-related pain and other post-operative rehabilitation and recovery treatment.
She worked with the Springbok rugby team before the 2015 World Cup Rugby. She was also the primary physiotherapist at an ultra 3 day stage mountain bike race.
Having first studied for a BSc in Sports Science at Brunel University, Richard went on to complete a BSc in Physiotherapy at Kings College London, graduating in 2014.
With excellent experience in both the NHS and Private sectors, Richard now combines working at ProPhysiotherapy with working in Professional Sport.
Richard’s specialist interests include the treatment and rehabilitation of both upper and lower limb sports injuries, and he has indepth knowledge with the prescription and progression of sports injury rehabilitation, combining Strength and Conditioning experience with Physiotherapy. Due to the nature of his involvement woring in professional sports he has a particular interest and advanced knowledge on lower limb muscle and tendon injuries, and post-operative joint and ligament injuries. He routinely treats and rehabilitates ankle injuries, knee ligament injuries, for example ACL repairs and other ligament repairs, and he has excellent expereince with groin injuries and their specific rehabilitation.
Working in Elite Sport, Richard is interested in Injury Prevention Screening and Performance Physiotherapy.
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Victoria graduated from The University of Birmingham in 2001 with a first class honours degree. She spent the first 6 years of her career working in the NHS at St George’s Hospital where she became a highly specialised physiotherapist in the out patient department, treating and rehabilitating a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries.
Victoria then went to Val d’Isere in the French Alps for 2 winter seasons, where she worked at the English Medical Centre as one of the Principle physiotherapists. During this time Victoria worked alongside the British Ski Team physiotherapist, treating both elite and recreational skiers. This gave Victoria exposure to the triage, assessment and treatment of acute skiing injuries which is a part of her work she is still hugely passionate about.
Victoria started working at ProPhysiotherapy in 2009. She has a special interest in the treatment and rehabilitation of lower limb sporting injuries and is dedicated to helping her patients achieve their sporting goals through evidence-based rehabilitation. Victoria treats a number of other conditions including recovery from orthopaedic injuries, ergonomic related back pain as well as ante natal and post natal musculoskeletal pain.
Lizzy qualified from the University of Plymouth with a BSc Physiotherapy degree in 2014.
Since then, she has worked both privately and for the NHS, including Royal Devon and Exeter hospital, Southampton General Hospital and St George’s University Hospital.
Lizzy has a wide range of experience in treating acute and chronic injuries and is currently specialising in Women’s Health Physiotherapy. Here she is treating pregnant and post natal women with musculoskeletal injury and urinary incontinence. She utilises a variety of techniques including manual therapy, massage, acupuncture, bespoke education and exercise prescription, in order to make pregnancy the most comfortable experience.
Anica graduated as a physiotherapist from Stellenbosch University (South Africa) in 2009. After graduating she focussed her career on Musculo-skeletal conditions and completed a Certificate in OMT (OrthopaedicManipulative Therapy) in 2012 and thereafter her Master’s degree in Physiotherapy in 2015. She is also an APPI trained Pilates instructor.
She has worked in different private practice settings and has always embraced working closely with the healthcare team. She also worked with a University Rugby Club in South Africa.
Since becoming a mother in 2019 she has grown her interest in Pelvic Health and is expanding her skillset in this area.
She believes in treating clients holistically with the aim being getting to the cause of the problem rather than just treating the symptoms. She believes movement and exercises are key factors in this and loves empowering her patients to improve quality of life and getting back to doing the things they love.