How often should you have a pregnancy massage?

How often should you have a pregnancy massage | Pregnancy Massage Surrey

How Often Should you Have a Pregnancy Massage?

One of the questions I get asked regularly is how often you should get a massage during pregnancy.

The answer depends on a lot of factors such as time, money etc… But taking all of those out of the equation here are my recommendations.

In my practice, I see my Mum’s to be after her 12th-week scan, so as long as nothing untoward is happening, a massage once every 4 weeks will help to keep everything supple and you relaxed.

Once you reach about week 25/26 the bump will be getting noticeably bigger now, so with changes in centre of gravity, this will put more strain on the lower back, which can cause aching, stiffness and possible sciatic symptoms.

Also, breasts will be getting bigger and heavier which will pull on the muscles in your neck and upper back, so you might be experiencing pain and stiffness both the upper back and neck, which could be triggering headaches if severe.

If you do find you are suffering from problems such as pelvic girdle pain, oedema or cramping , you might want to have a massage more regularly to help alleviate any pain and reduce any swelling.

But for general well-being, here is a list of the when I recommend having a pregnancy massage as a rough guidance only:

  • Week 12
  • Week 16
  • Week 20
  • Week 24
  • Week 25/26
  • Week 30
  • Week 35
  • Week 36
  • Week 37
  • Week 38
  • Week 39
  • Week 40+

Hope this helps, and if you have any other questions about pregnancy or massage, please leave them in the comments below, and I will blog about it.

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Priming for Labour

Reflexology is a great treatment, which can also help with priming for labour. So if you are at your due date or over, then give Reflexology a go!

One of the other therapies I offer is Maternity Reflexology, and for those that don’t know what Reflexology is, it’s a wonderfully relaxing treatment of the feet, where I work on specific points on the foot to enable your body to balance itself.

What is so special about it is that when you have reached your due date, it can help prime you for labour, and to help encourage labour to start naturally, instead of being induced, where studies have been shown that artificial induction¹ can increase your chance of having further intervention such as a caesarian section.

Priming for Labour

So how does Reflexology help?  Well, as already stated there are specific points on the foot such as the uterus and Pituitary that I would stimulate strongly to help encourage the body to naturally prepare for labour.

The Pituitary is a good point to start as it’s the part of the brain that produces the hormone Oxytocin, and this love hormone is what helps the uterus to contract.  I will then strongly stimulate the uterus to respond to the increase of Oxytocin.

Although I work strongly on these points, don’t worry, you will still get a relaxing treatment as lots of calming techniques will be used, and most of my clients fall into a lovely slumber and feel like they have had a good nights sleep after the treatment.

Although there are no guarantees that priming for labour techniques will get things moving, as with any other medical intervention or therapy, but I have seen good results with using these methods to help the onset of labour.

For best results and to get a cumulative effect from the Reflexology I recommend between 1 -3 sessions around your due date.

If you are interested in finding out more about priming for labour using Reflexology or to book an appointment please either contact me by email or telephone 07900-278253

¹ Elective induction of labour increases caesarean section rate in low risk multiparous women.

Natural Healing Wonders of Coconut Oil

The Natural Healing Wonders of Coconut Oil | Holistic Therapies with Paula Kemp

How I love thee… Coconut Oil!

If I had to choose one oil that I couldn’t live without for the rest of my days, it would have to be Coconut Oil.

Why? You may ask…

Well, you can use it to cook with, incidentally, it is the best oil to roast, bake and fry with, compared to other oils such as olive and vegetable oils. Olive oil is a wonderful and healthy oil, but is best for pouring on your salads and food, and not heating up.

It’s perfect added to smoothies and food as it helps to increase energy expenditure and weight loss, and it also makes the smoothie incredibly creamy in texture too.  I find it absolutely delicious spread on my toast, as it’s a great dairy free alternative to butter.

It’s full of lovely nutrients such as Vitamin E, Vitamin K and Iron and ultra moisturising, which makes it perfect for applying to skin and helping to avoid or minimise stretch marks! Coconut oil has such a lovely tropical scent, and soaks into the skin beautifully, leaving soft, supple and moisturised skin.

If your nipples are feeling a little sore and cracked following breastfeeding, then massage a little coconut oil to keep the skin healthy and supple.

If your hair is dry and brittle and in need of a moisturising boost, apply it as a hair mask.  It helps to increase hair growth and gives hair a lovely shine.  A little bit of coconut oil applied to the ends of your hair can help prevent split ends and breakages, but don’t add too much, especially for oily prone hair.

Coconut oil is made up of Medium Chain Tryglycerides (MCT) which are saturated fats, but don’t get freaked out, not all saturated fats are bad.  These MCT include Lauric, Caprylic, Mysristic and Palmitic acids, which are anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antimicrobial.

Because of coconut oils antimicrobial properties, it has been shown to be extremely powerful in the treatment of Candida, and I believe that with continued use it will help prevent or cure Thrush. Especially with so many Candida species becoming drug resistant.

If you are looking to purchase some coconut oil, I buy the lovely Sri Lankan organic virgin coconut nut oil from coconoil.co.uk, which I highly recommend.

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Top Tips for Coping with Morning Sickness

Top Tips for Coping with Morning Sickness

Pregnancy is an exciting time and unfortunately for some the euphoria of the happy news can be halted when morning sickness rears its ugly head!

What is Morning Sickness?

Morning sickness is a very common pregnancy symptom and also a very misleading name, as it can occur at any time of the day or night!  but nausea and vomiting are more common in the morning due to the stomach being empty.

Although it is not fully understood, it is believed that the sickness or nausea is caused by hormonal changes that occur due to the implanting pregnancy; symptoms might start occurring at about 6 weeks and symptoms usually start to recede from about 12/14 weeks, although some can experience it for longer and for a small number of women it can continue throughout the pregnancy.

Although feeling nauseous and/or vomiting is miserable, it is thought to be a sign of a well established pregnancy.

Morning sickness won’t harm the baby, but if the sickness becomes severe then you need to get checked out by your Midwife or Doctor, to make sure you are not suffering Hyperemesis gravidarum, which is an uncommon condition which occurs in less that 1% of pregnancies, but can result in dehydration and malnutrition due to the excessive vomiting, and medical intervention may be necessary to replace lost fluids.

Here are some tips that can help you minimize the effects of morning sickness:-

1. Eat small, but frequent meals throughout the day – having an empty stomach can make the symptoms worse.

2. Eat a high protein meal or snack before bed, protein takes the longest to digest so you won’t wake up in the morning so empty.

3. Cut a lemon, place the wedges in a plastic bag and inhale the lemon scent as needed to help reduce nausea.

4. Try drinking ginger ale or ginger tea.

5. Other teas that can help is peppermint, spearmint or chamomile.

6. Wear “Sea Bands” all the time, these are motion sickness bands, with a plastic button pressing on acupressure point Pericardium 6.

7. Snacking on unsalted crackers on waking can stave off hunger in the morning, or get your partner to bring you breakfast in bed :).

8. Avoid fatty, rich and acidic foods.

9. Vitamin B6 supplements has helped some women, so make sure you taking a good prenatal vitamin tablet to make sure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals.

10. Get plenty of rest, stress and tiredness can make pregnancy sickness worse

11. Complementary therapies can help reduce symptoms, such as Acupuncture and Reflexology.

Have you suffered from morning sickness? What helped reduce your symptoms?

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Well Mother – Pregnancy Massage Training

Pregnancy MassageI had the incredible pleasure of recently training with the renowned author of Pregnancy and Childbirth – A holistic approach to massage and bodywork – Suzanne Yates.

She has such an incredible amount of knowledge about pregnancy, labour and postnatal care, and I learnt so much from her and can’t wait to pass on my knowledge and new found techniques on to you.

During the training we learnt stretches and exercises that will help release the hips, getting the baby in an optimum position for labour, and also, movements and positions that will help during labour, as well as teach your birthing partner bodywork massage techniques to help.

We learnt techniques using an exercise ball, as this position allows greater access to the lower back, where a lot of tension and pain can build up, especially during the 3rd trimester.

Acupressure points that can help prime for a natural birth, which can be easily taught to both you and your birthing partner to do at home.

Also, we were taught how to work with women during the 1st trimester and higher risk pregnancies, we were also taught lymphatic draining techniques to help those suffering oedema.

Case Studies

As part of the course, I need pregnant client case studies, I am looking for one preferably in the 1st trimester and one in their 2nd trimester as I have two already in the 3rd trimester.

I would need to do a total of 4 massages on you, which would be in a side-lying position, with possible exercise and mobilisation techniques if needed.

I will be offering this at a discounted price of £25.00 per session instead of £40.00.  If you are interested in being my case study, then please give me a call on 07900-278253 or email me at info@paulakemptherapies.co.uk

Update – Thank you, everyone, for your enquiries to be my case study, I now have my full quota of willing bodies.