Pregnancy massage is a special form of massage for the mother to be. It can help an expectant mother during her special period. Pregnancy massage in the hand of an expert can mean the world of difference.

What is Pregnancy Massage ?

Pregnancy Massage is a type of hands on massage therapy , aim to relieve the discomfort and emotional stress during or after pregnancy (prenatal or postnatal).

How pregnancy Massage is proceed ?

Usually the session start with one hour. Some therapists use pregnancy massage table, the table is specially designed to accommodate a women’s pregnancy belly. Others, we may use belly pillow. This is designed to support your changing body all through pregnancy, so they can lie on the table comfortably.

The massage therapist will drape the towels professionally during massage, allows you to be safe, warm and unexposed. 

When is safe to receive pregnancy massage ?

Pregnancy  Massages are considered to be safe at all times , as long as you choose a qualified therapist and you let the therapist know you’re pregnant,

Why do some massage therapists think its not ok to give a 1st trimester pregnancy massage

There’s a Chinese, it is said the pregnant lady need to keep the surprise in secret for over 3 months. In fact, during the first trimester, the fetus and mum to be are physically and mentally unstable. The doctors says the rate of miscarriage before the first trimester  is 80% high ! So by avoiding the risk of miscarriage in this time. Some of the practitioner don’t recommend mother’s to take the risk of having a massage during this period.  After 12 weeks , most pregnant women’s risk of miscarriage will be significantly decreased, then it is generally safe to massage.

Another risk is that some of the massage oil can be contra-indicated for pregnant women, it may potentially cause uterine contractions or adversely affect your baby in his/ her early development stages. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Down below are the essentials oil are definite contra-indication :

  • Basil 
  • Birch (sweet) 
  • Bitter almond 
  • Blood leaf 
  • Broom
  • Buchu 
  • Calamus 
  • Camphor (brown or yellow)
  • Cassia 
  • Cedarwood/thuja 
  • Chervil 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Clary sage 
  • Clove (bud, leaf or stem) 
  • Coriander 
  • Costus 
  • Deertongue 
  • Elecampane 
  • Fennel 
  • Horseradish 
  • Hyssop 
  • Jaborandi leaf 
  • Juniper berry 
  • Melilotus 
  • Mugwort 
  • Mustard 
  • Nutmeg 
  • Origanum 
  • Parsley (large doses)
  • Pennyroyal 
  • Pine (dwarf) 
  • Rosemary 
  • Rue 
  • Sassafras 
  • Savin 
  • Savory (summer) 
  • Tansy 
  • Thyme red (large doses) 
  • Tonka 
  • Wintergreen 
  • Wormwood

Please advise your doctor when you choose essential oil / carrier oil when receive the treatment

How Pregnancy Massage can help ?

Massage aim to loosen tense muscles, reduce stress hormones  and ease sore spots. Pregnancy Massage improve circulation and reduce edema. It is important to keep lymphatic system going, it helps flush out toxins from your body.

Having regular pregnancy massage not only relieve physical stress, it also relieve insomnia, morning sickness,  leg cramping, sciatica, joint pain, and all sort of discomfort from the over -stretched ski . All common pregnancy problems can be lifted.

How pregnancy massage differs from regular massage ?

The key difference between pregnancy massage and a regular massage lies in the end goal. Pregnancy massage is meant to understand the physiology of an expectant mother. Hence, it is performed understanding the change a mothers body is going through. Whereas, a regular massage will only benefit a regular person. Providing a regular massage session to an expectant mother can bring more harm than good.

What essential oils are good for pregnant women and what are not ?

We do not recommend using Cedar wood during pregnancy however use this oil with care, best used in a diffuser or diluted with a carrier oil (1% ratio). Avoid using essential oils during the first trimester unless you are under the supervision of a qualified practitioner.

At Orenda Float Spa, we offers All range of Eco modern Essential oil ,  It is 100% pure essential oils and blends to support overall health and well-being.

For mum to be, look after yourself and your bump naturally with this selection of essential oils. We recommend a few essential oil for any stages of the pregnant journey.

Lavender Essential Oil:

A light floral aroma, well known for its relaxing and healing qualities. Lavender is a nerve tonic and is beneficial for times of stress, irritation and sleeplessness.

Frankincense Essential Oil:

Frankincense helps to overcome nervous fatigue and silence a busy mind, encouraging us to reflect on the past and seek clear inspiration for the future.

ECO. Little Peaceful Blend:

An all-rounder, this soothing blend helps calm the mind, relax the body and promote feelings of peace.

We recommend pure vegetable oil such as avocado, jojoba, sweet almond oil (Need to be aware of nut allergy people ),  Wunderbaum-, coconut oil. These oils  provide an effective protective barrier for the skin and keep the moisture sure in the skin layers. They ensure that nutrients and care substances can move deep into the skin and make dry, irritated skin with lasting soft and supple. Also you can add on Q10 completes the care complex with its tightening mode of action from & protects belly and breasts from cracking & stretch marks

Pregnancy Massage in Hobart

Orenda Float Spa is renowned for implementing scientifically proven & safe pregnancy massage. All our therapists are qualified and had long experience in the massage industry. You may also would like to ask us about which essential oil can be most beneficial for you. Please ask the staff at Orenda float Spa for purchasing.