We are often asked what is the best pregnancy massage style for me? The following is a guide to help decide.
Pregnancy Massage on the Table
Our pregnancy massage table are extra wide. We utilise side lying techniques with pregnancy pillows as taught by Suzanne Yates of Well Mother Organisation. This is best when up to about 29 weeks or (before you have really popped). The table is appropriate up until delivery, however in the later stages many clients prefer the futon over the table. As an exception to this is when you may have a remedial therapist working on neck and shoulder issues or if you are having extra “add on” treatments like a facial etc. The beds are electric with a back that lifts to take pressure away from the abdomen when performing facials.
Pregnancy Massage on the Futon
Our futon treatments are on a futon mattress on the floor. Once again we use side lying techniques and specialist pregnancy pillows. This technique is wonderful in the later stages of pregnancy and also for deeper work on gluten and hips. We do not recommend for very long treatments and especially treatments that include a facial as the table has a better mechanics to support pressure on your abdomen.
Remedial Pregnancy Massages versus Non Remedial (Spa) Massages
Our massages can either be relaxing and nurturing or they can be clinical to address some common issues and discomforts that arise during the pregnancy. All our treatments include a 5 minute pre massage treatment consultation to tailor the treatment to you needs and also to gain greater understanding for our clinical remedial therapists to work on specific issues. Not all our pregnancy massage therapists are remedial massage therapists. So it must be requested at the time of booking. Remedial Pregnancy massage treatments may be claimable on private health funds. Refer to our health fund page for more information.
Pregnancy Massage Therapists
Not all of our therapists are trained and performing pregnancy massage treatments. All of our therapists are qualified and have many years of experience. Once they join the team they are trained in our regular treatments and then over a period of time they are trained regularly and tested multiple times before they are signed off to perform pregnancy treatments at the Spa. Jacqueline Johnston the co founder of Body Freedom Spa & Clinic is a nurse with many years experience in birthing and went on to study massage and beauty therapy. She personally trains all therapists and we work in conjunction with Suzanne Yates (UK) international pregnancy trainer. Suzanne runs private sessions for our team in Australia.