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What Is Pregnancy Massage?

During pregnancy a woman’s body undergoes numerous changes and is constantly adapting to the different stages and demands of pregnancy. Pregnant women can often feel a lot of physical and emotional pressure when they carry a baby, as they are suddenly responsible for the lives and health of two people. This can result in feelings of increased stress and worry. During pregnancy, women need support as they try to feel 'normal' while a new life grows inside them.

Massage produces many beneficial effects, both physical and psychological, and helps the body to re-balance and function more effectively.

Pregnancy Massage involves a combination of techniques such as Swedish massage, Acupressure, Deep Tissue and Indian Head Massage, Shiatsu and Lymphatic Drainage.

It is advisable to have eaten at least an hour before treatment to help maintain blood sugar levels and to bring a snack with you for after the session.


The benefits of pregnancy massage may include:

  • Stimulation of the circulation
  • Reduction of fatigue
  • Release of muscular tension
  • Reduction of ribcage pain, back ache and headaches
  • Alleviation of muscle spasm and cramping
  • Reduction of swelling/oedema
  • Improved lymphatic drainage (elimination of toxins from the body, helping combat the tendency towards fluid retention in the later stages of pregnancy)
  • Relaxation and balancing of mood
  • Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles which aids sleep
  • Balancing of blood pressure
  • Improved skin tone (massage maintains the skins suppleness and elasticity and can help to prevent stretch marks and the formation of varicose veins)
  • Preparation of the body for childbirth. Massage in pregnancy helps to prepare the body for childbirth by keeping the whole system relaxed and in harmony.




I run a small but successful pet visiting and dog walking business. Because of the nature of my work with dogs sometimes my shoulders & neck suffer pain. Luckily I got recommended to Carmel at Northfields Chiropractic & I can say things have greatly improved. She identified my problem of tendonitis straight away & treated it with a mixture of chiropractic & deep tissue work. I can honestly say my range of neck & shoulder movements haven't felt so good as this in ages!

Maxine Ealing


Northfields Chiropractic Registration Number: 03806