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Pregnancy Massage

Jo Tyler has completed the Melbourne course with Catherine McInerny NurtureLife® Pregnancy Massage Australia in August 2017.

A fully comprehensive course treating Pregnant Mothers from pre-conception, conception, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd Trimester and 4th Trimester of pregnancy. Jo is able to treat clients with sore hips/shoulders/neck, upper/mid/lower back pain, Pregnancy Sciatica, Pubic Symphysis or PSD, Pelvic pain, swollen feet/ankles/legs/hands, Carpal Tunnel, Rectus Diastasis etc.  Morning sickness and general aches and pains during pregnancy can all be reduced significantly with massage therapy.

Expectant moms experience unique physical and emotional changes that occur as a result of  increased weight, shifting posture, and adjusting hormone levels. While this is a beautiful period of heightened expectation and joy, mothers-to-be also endure heightened physical discomfort that ranges from muscular tension and headaches to pressure on the knees.

Taking time for yourself during pregnancy can be uplifting emotionally. The soothing essence of massage allows pregnant moms to unwind and feel beautiful, serene, healthy, and comforted during a period of added physical and emotional stress. Prenatal massage offers a wide range of benefits, which include the following:

Benefits of Pregnancy Massage

• Eases backaches, headaches, shoulder and neck aches that may be caused by muscle tension and shifts in posture to accommodate increasing weight

• Decreases pain in the pelvic/hip area

• Increases circulation

• Improves digestion

• Reduces fatigue

• Improves skin elasticity that can help reduce stretch marks

• Can alleviate the stress on weight-bearing joints, like the knees, which are impacted by the extra weight of a growing baby

• Promotes relaxation and deep breathing

• Helps stabilise stress hormone levels by lessening anxiety

• Provides Emotional Support through Nurturing Touch

• Greater Circulation – Improving Baby’s Oxygen Supply

• Reduces Swelling in Hands, lower legs and Feet and Prevention of Varicose Veins

• Assistance in Maintaining Proper Posture

• Faster Recovery of Energy and Muscle Tone after Childbirth

• Reduces Postpartum Stress

There are many benefits to pregnancy massage. Not only does it alleviate tension and stiffness of muscle, leg, neck and back pain, but also increases energy to the mother and improves nourishment to the baby. During pregnancy, the benefits of massage are enhanced – Relaxing the mother; reducing the flow of stress hormones to the baby; nourishing the baby by increasing blood flow; and relieving any stress and pain in the lower back and pelvic area of the mother that will help make for an easier labor, quicker recovery and lessen the chances of postpartum depression. Most women find that they sleep much better after a massage and are able to move with greater ease and comfort.

A pregnant woman’s blood volume increases as much as 40% (even more with twins or triplets). Massage therapy nourishes the heart by increasing the circulation of blood as well as other body fluids. When you visit Blue Sea Massage Clinic for a Pregnancy Massage, you will be massaged in a side-lying position with plenty of pillows or cushions for support. (Special massage tables exist that enable a pregnant woman to lie on her stomach, but leading experts in the profession do not recommend such prone positioning because of the stress it places on vulnerable circulation areas on the uterine ligaments, and on the uterus itself).


Massage therapy helps to speed a woman’s recovery by restoring tone to the muscular and connective tissue, realigns body weight to its original distribution, tones overstretched areas of the skin, increases circulation which assists in the removal of excess fluids, reduces swelling and nourishes the body.  Massage therapy can also be a therapeutic treatment after pregnancy as your body returns to its normal state, and you begin your exciting life with baby.  New moms are also learning how to bring the benefits of touch therapy to their children through infant massage classes.

As with all massage, postpartum massage eases muscle tension and stress from the overall responsibilities that correspond with caring for a newborn. Sleep deprivation, hormonal changes, and postpartum blues can all be reduced through massage.  All expectant mothers should check with their doctors prior to getting a massage.  If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, or are in the early stages of pregnancy, pre-natal massage may not be recommended.

It is important to share information about your condition and your preferences with your massage therapist when you arrive for your appointment. The massage therapist will adjust your prenatal massage to make it as soothing and as useful as possible based on your personal needs and preferences. We can even include a foot massage and/or your toe nails/finger nails polished and painted with your favourite colour, just so you feel even more special.  If you do decide on either of these options; please let me know when you book your appointment.  All care is taken to avoid the specialized points on the ankles during massage as this has been known to stimulate labour, of course if you are overdue, at your request this can be performed. I prefer not to massage during the first trimester of pregnancy.