Most women can benefit from massage, but it is not appropriate if you have:
- Healing wounds
- Taking blood-thinning medication or have a bleeding disorder
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Severe osteoporosis
- Severe thrombocytopenia
- or if you are in the first trimester of your pregnancy (first three months pregnant!)
Always advise your massage therapist of any medical conditions you have. It is your responsibility to let them know of any health conditions they should be aware of.
How Safe Is Pregnancy Massage?
This really is a very reasonable concern, and one you must look at.
Some doctors hesitate to advise therapeutic massage while pregnant in any respect, since like so many types of complementary medicine, massage therapy during pregnancy hasn’t been rigorously studied with high-quality clinical research methods. That is a valid point.
One area of warning may be the query involving if it’s secure to have a massage throughout the first trimester (the first 3 months of your pregnancy). Consequently, I will not offer any pregnancy massages during the first trimester. My reason for this is the potential for miscarriage.
A number of my colleagues as well as numerous pregnancy massage experts in the US argue that pregnancy massage by itself doesn’t necessarily produce a miscarriage, and therefore so far no studies have been performed to demonstrate a link between a massage and a miscarriage 100%.
But why risk it at all – because many miscarriages happen in the first trimester, it is best to steer clear of it as well as any potential dangers to you or your unborn baby. Your and your baby’s safety is always my number one priority.
Naturally I recommend you to consult with your doctor before trying a massage, whether it is with me at ‘Relaxation Massage for Women’ or some other massage person on the Kapiti Coast.
When to Avoid Pregnancy Massage
Because there is so little research on pregnancy massage, many doctors advise a conservative approach. Some of the medical professionals may possibly advise that all expectant women stay away from massage, and they are of course entitled to their viewpoint.
As there are no scientifically agreed upon guidelines I urge you to be 100% confident you obtain clearance from your medical professional before you decide to come for any massage at my studio. This is particularly important in case you experience or maybe are afflicted by any of the following:
- Avoid massage if you’re going through morning sickness, feeling sick, or vomiting
- Stay clear of any massage if you’re at high risk of miscarriage
- Do not have any massage should you have a high-risk pregnancy – like placental abruption (in which the placenta slightly detaches from the wall of the uterus) or “preterm labour”
- Avoid massage if you’re going through Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH)
- Do not have a massage if you’re experiencing Preeclampsia
- Also avoid massage if you’re suffering from serious swelling, hypertension or other severe signs and symptoms
Several massage therapists would require a written permission from a medical professional as well as possibly a liability waiver by you before carrying out any pregnancy massage for you.
I do not ask you for that – however when you book a pregnancy massage with me I assume you are already beyond the 3 month-threshold and have checked with your medical professional it is safe for you.
I trust you found this info on pregnancy massage useful. You certainly are now in a significantly better position to decide if this for you or not.
If you would like to come and visit me and experience the calming relaxation of a pregnancy massage at my peaceful quiet studio, then give me a call or text me at 021-1234459 to make a booking.
I am very much looking forward to making you feel peaceful, comfortable and safe at Relaxation Massage for Women on the beautiful Kapiti Coast.