As well as back pain, pregnancy massage and aromatherapy are suitable for;Morning sicknessAnxiety/depressionLow energyPoor sleepStretch marksHeadachesCarpal tunnel syndromeFluid retentionLeg crampsVaricose veins
Many massage therapists learn about pregnancy within their training but additional specific pregnancy massage training allows the therapist to be more aware of specific problems often encountered through pregnancy and to learn new techniques to deal with them. The most obvious problem when heavily pregnant is the different body positions used during the massage. By using a double futon on the floor the client can be massaged whilst lying comfortably on their side. Massage strokes are adjusted to suit this unusual massage position.
When using essential oils there are certain oils which should be used with caution or avoided altogether. A massage with a qualified aromatherapist allows these cautions to be taken into consideration and essential oils may then be used safely to treat a wide range of problems often associated with pregnancy.
As well as massaging, the massage therapist can recommend exercises, essential oils for self-massage and can teach simple massage techniques to partners (for the pregnancy or the labour). Similar massage techniques can be used after the pregnancy (post-pregnancy / post-natal massage) where the body is recovering from the changes experienced during the pregnancy.