If you are pregnant it is important that you let me know. During your consultation I will ask you a number of questions relating to your pregnancy to ensure that I am working safely and effectively.
If we choose to use essential oils in your treatment, these will be selected from those deemed safe to use in pregnancy and will be used at a much lower concentration than normal. Before the massage I will check with you if there are any areas of your body you may not feel comfortable being massaged now that you are pregnant. If you change your mind part way through your treatment this is absolutely fine.
During the massage you will spend most of your time lying on your side supported by lots of pillows, rather than lying on your front. You will change sides during the treatment. Any work with you on your back will be kept to a minimum. You will not be flat on your back, but propped up in a reclining position. Your right side will be raised slightly to shift the weight of your uterus and baby off your inferior vena cava (IVC). The IVC is a large vein that returns deoxygenated blood from your lower body back to the heart. If it is compressed and blood flow restricted, it can start to reduce your blood pressure causing you to feel dizzy and reducing the supply of oxygen to you and your baby.
During the first trimester you can lie on your back and front as usual if you feel comfortable doing this. If you have tender breasts we can use additional padding. If you would prefer not to lie on your front and/or back we can use the side lying position used later in pregnancy.
It is still possible to use some pressure in a massage during pregnancy as long as it is used appropriately, so if you prefer strong massage don't worry, you won't feel like you have just been moisturised! If you would prefer a more gentle massage that is also fine. The treatment will be adapted to suit you and how you are feeling on the day.