Prenatal Remedial Massage

Pregnancy is an incredible feat of engineering, but it is no walk in the park. The support is out there for you to create the best experience possible, and a big part of that is feeling like you are being listened to and understood in your areas of concern.

At Mother Touch, we understand what its like to be pregnant, the conditions and discomfort you may be experiencing, and we know how we can help in easing the pain, increasing function and giving you a good night sleep to boot.

At Mother Touch, we also have a custom made Belly Hole Table option so women can receive un-compromised remedial treatments and for a moment in time, lie on their front…which is bliss for most and especially if you are a tummy sleeper. Some clients have described this as like ‘lying on a cloud’,

But no matter what your goal and intention is for the hour or two, you can completely take the weight off, lie face down if you desire and get the benefit of a ‘proper release’ through remedial and walk out feeling like a completely different person.


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Relief will be had with conditions such as swelling and edema, tight calves and cramping, lower back and hip pain, groin pain (pubic symphysis), sciatica, tingling in the arms and feet and conditions such as carpal tunnel, neck pain and headaches, with evidence based clinical soft tissue techniques.

Why Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage with a qualified remedial therapist is safe for any stage of pregnancy. We know how to work safely and how to adapt our techniques and style depending on your presenting conditions. Many people just like a ‘swedish’ relaxing massage, which is great, but more people now know how the technical skills and know how of a properly trained remedial therapist can really get results and that your pain and function will improve even after the first treament.

Remedial Therapist also know our scope of practice, and will always recommend you to see your doctor, or an allied practitioner, if through our detailed assessment both on and off the table, it’s out of our area of expertise or we are not getting results we are happy with.

Pregnancy Massage is not only for rehabilitative and physical maintenance preventing anything from getting to serious but also the incredibly important and  clinically  to  in  relieve stress and the evidence just keeps mounting as to the beneficial effects of massage during all stages of pregnancy through  physical, emotional and the spiritual support.

Pregnancy Massage for Mental Health

Pregnancy can be a stressful time, and psychosocial stress and depression are among the major risk factors during pregnancy. If stress is left untreated, it can lead to more serious depressive states.

Massage therapy has been demonstrated to be very effective during pregnancy, decreasing not only depression and anxiety but also  as pregnancy pain that  can be a factor contributing to the anxiety.

Research has also demonstrated, that lower  cortisol levels (stress hormones) of the pregnant mother correlates with a lower rate of prematurity, significantly shorter labors, a shorter hospital stay and less chance of postpartum depression.

But its not just about getting an hour to chill out with soothing music and essential oils that helps with all this. Massage also has an actual effect on the Vagus nerve around the head and neck structures which has a wondrous effect on stress and stimulation of this nerve improves digestion and  inflammation. 

Some Emotional reasons for massage during pregnancy:

Physical Complaints & Remedial Issues

Also known as fluid retention, is common in the arms hands and legs and feet, and can also be noticeable in the face. It can be quite debilitating and uncomfortable during pregnancy, and especially on hot days eliciting a feeling of tightness or a feeling like they are ‘going to explode’. Luckily, this usually rectifies itself as soon as the baby is born, however, until that day arrives, integrating lymphatic strokes and pumps into the massage that encourage the lymph flow to the direction of the major lymph nodes can really assist in getting this flowing and reduce the fluid build up.
The reason for cramps is up for debate and different for each person; can be neurological, magnesium related, trigger points from activity changes, or electrolyte imbalances. Anecdotally we find quite an increase in the summer and may coincide with swelling, and women report getting woken up with cramps right in the middle of the night- not fun. Getting good blood and lymphatic flow and aiding in circulation has wonderful effects on leg cramps and clients report having less after their massages.

Nb: Myofascial and lymphatic strokes of the arms and legs are great for pregnancy massage but we avoid deep tissue in case of any undiagnosed deep vein thrombosis (DVT) issues.
Remedial therapists in Australia can not diagnose conditions however with hands on treatment of the structures around the area, we can rule out other things, and often the possibility of the condition itself. Self diagnosed Sciatica can often not be true sciatica, so wonderful results can be had with targeted work and much comfort can be gained if it is diagnosed sciatica too by releasing systemic tension and holding patterns throughout the chain. And If we don’t get the results we should be getting, we can refer you onto one of our brilliant allied health partners to give you the extra tweak you need.
One of the most common complaints during pregnancy are tight gluts, tight and sore hips and lateral leg pain and its quite common to experience this in the evening and can really disrupt sleep. With all that added weight, a widening pelvis and the change in the angle from the hip bone to knee as your hips have become wider, as well as always sleeping on your side, no wonder they are sore. Soft tissue work around the joints and myofascial release greatly reduce tension and stiffness and encourage that blood flow so muscles return to homeostasis when you are inactive. After remedial Work on this area, women report being much more comfortable in their sleep.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common entrapment neuropathy related to compression of the median nerve, which results in pain, numbness, and tingling, and 50% of cases are found bilaterally (on both sides). Treatment options are based on severity and include lifestyle modifications, including decreasing repetitive activity, using ergonomic devices, wrist splints, and massage, are considered first-line therapies, Most conservative treatments provide short-term symptom relief, and many clients have found great relief with regular maintenance and the gentle realignment and opening up of the complex the medial nerve runs, through myofascial release.
This is also very common. As your Belly protrudes and your breast weigh heavy, your whole center of gravity adapts, often bringing you forward, hinging at this point to counteract the imbalance.
This is also a common complaint, and not surprising with the changes that occur in the entire trunk to accommodate the baby. Releasing the back and intercostal fascia can give good results on this discomfort around the rib cage.
It can occur because of stress, computer work/ occupational, incorrect exercise, holding children and more. Or it could be a combination of things. Massage of the head and neck is hands down is among the most popular areas of massage for all populations and gets fantastic results.
These are very common during pregnancy and especially early on due to hormonal changes. A whole body massage, releasing of the head and neck and scalp can help and don’t forget to keep hydrated and listen to your body if it needs to rest.
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