Overview

What is Pregnancy Massage?

Pregnancy or prenatal massage is used to reduce swelling and stress and to relieve muscle pain in pregnant women. This type of massage includes techniques such as effleurage and longitudinal strokes more than trigger point massage. As your pregnancy progresses your PEAK Massage Therapist will provide you with pillows and bedding toppers to make the treatment more comfortable.

What Will A Pregnancy Massage Treatment Include?

  • Effleurage/Longitudinal Gliding – This is a traditional massage technique that follows the lines of the muscle which increases blood flow to the area and helps flush fluid dispersion from the area and reduce inflammation and swelling.
  • Myofascial Release – This massage technique is stretching the fascia. Your fascia is located between your skin and the underlying structure of bone and muscle.
  • Trigger Point Therapy – This massage technique is when pressure is applied to a specific area of the muscle (or commonly known as a knot) for a non-specific amount of time to relief pain and dysfunction.
  • PNF Stretching – This massage technique is a combination of passive stretching and isometrics with a muscle.

Is Massage Safe In Early Pregnancy

Massage Therapy is safe to receive while you are in your first trimester provided that you do not have any known risk factors that would classify you as high risk. These include factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, severe morning sickness, pre-eclampsia, or previous history of miscarriage. It is recommended that you consult with your GP prior to having a massage treatment if you suspect you may have any risk factors.

What Can Pregnancy Massage Be Used For?

Pregnancy Massage is a popular treatment option for a range of conditions including neck pain, lower back pain and swelling in legs. Below are some conditions that Pregnancy Massage can help with:

Foot Massage During Pregnancy

Foot Massage can help reduce swelling and pain in your feet during pregnancy. Light to medium pressure is applied around the feet and into the legs.

Back Massage During Pregnancy

Back pain is common during pregnancy due to the body’s natural changes and extra weight that it is being carried. Pregnancy Massage can assist by calming the tense muscles and relaxing the area.

Hip Massage During Pregnancy

Hip and glute tension during pregnancy is common due to the body’s natural changes as the anatomy of the hips begins to widen. Pregnancy Massage through this area can help relieve tension and increase mobility.

Neck Massage During Pregnancy

Neck pain and headaches can be common through pregnancy. A Pregnancy Massage can help relieve the pain in the area by applying light to medium pressure around the area to relax the muscles that are in spasm.

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Benefits

Benefits of Pregnancy Massage can include

  • Reduced Muscle Tension
  • Increased Joint Mobility
  • Improved Blood Circulation
  • Improved Mood
  • Improved Mental Health
  • Reduction in Stress
  • Reduction in nausea and heartburn
  • Relieves everyday discomfort of pregnancy such as back/neck/hip aching/soreness

Pregnancy Massage Risks

As with any medical treatment there is a risk for complications to arise. In order to reduce or eliminate the opportunity for complications to develop, there are a number of contraindications to be aware of. If you have experienced any of the following factors it is recommended consulting with a GP before seeking Pregnancy Massage:

  • Preeclampsia
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Previous pre-term labour
  • Recent bleeding
  • Pre-term contractions
  • Sudden severe headache

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FAQs Frequently Asked Questions

Pregnancy Massage is appropriate throughout all stages of your pregnancy as long as no contraindications are present.

Yes, our qualified Massage practitioners follow strict safety guidelines to ensure the treatment safe for both you and your baby.

We recommend that you wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Where required, you will be instructed to remove or adjust items of clothing to allow for appropriate treatment to be performed.

Yes, we will drape the areas of the body that aren’t being treated, and can accommodate extra draping if required. All rooms are fully enclosed and private.

Yes. Our HICAPS machine allows you to claim your private health fund rebate immediately at the time of your appointment.

Medicare does not provide a rebate for Remedial Massage.

If you are a new PEAK patient you will be asked to arrive 10 minutes early to fill out some paperwork to allow your PEAK Massage Therapist to understand your medical history and your reasons for having your treatment. At the beginning of your appointment your PEAK massage therapist will have a brief conversation with you to determine the areas you want worked through and your treatment will then take up the remainder of your appointment.

Our locations

Hawthorne

PEAK Hawthorne opened in 2012 and was extended and renovated in 2020. You see the same team whether we see you at Hawthorne or one of our other clinics.  Hawthorne offers private treatment rooms and a spacious exercise area incorporating the latest equipment and technology, unrestricted single level access and off-street parking. We also provide HICAPS for real-time private health claiming.

Our locations

New Farm

PEAK New Farm opened in August 2019. You see the same team whether we see you at New Farm or one of our other clinics. New Farm offers private treatment rooms and a spacious exercise area incorporating the latest equipment and technology, unrestricted single level access and off-street parking. We also provide HICAPS for real-time private health claiming.

Hawthorne

Address
5/171 Riding Road,
Hawthorne, QLD, 4171
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Opening Hours -
6 days per week
  • Monday - Friday: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Saturday: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm

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New Farm

Address
1/15 Lamington Street,
New Farm, QLD, 4005
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Opening Hours -
6 days per week
  • Monday - Thursday: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Friday - Saturday: 7:00 am - 1:00 pm

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