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What is Ayurvedic Pregnancy Massage?
Ayurvedic pregnancy massage, is a beautiful and unique massage, which has it’s roots in Ayurveda and Marma therapy. The treatment focuses on the whole body of the woman, and varies according to which stage of pregnancy she’s in.
The main focus of the treatment involves being massaged with a specialised Ayurvedic oil. This will depend upon each woman’s needs, which stage of pregnancy she’s in, ailments etc.
Ayurvedic medicine is the traditional form of medicine used in India, and is the father of all modern medicine. Evidence of Ayurvedic massage can be traced to 5000 years ago. In Ayurvedic philosophy the belief is that this specific massage balances out the tri-doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Tri means three. Dosha is the basic physical energy, meaning “that which changes”, and in Ayurveda it is your mind and body type. We each have all 3 of the doshas within us, however, they are in different proportions for every person – making it a totally unique mix for each individual. E.g. One person can be primarily Pitta, secondary Kapha and thirdly vata (least prominent). When the doshas are in balance we remain healthy and there is a free flow of energy (Prana) around the body. The flow of prana around the body is assisted by the 7 chakras
Marma massage is a traditional Indian therapy, and is derived from a branch of martial arts. There are 107 main Marma pressure points around the body, 12 of which can be found on the lower legs and feet. Working these points can help to relieve certain condition around the body and free the energy flow.
This treatment can be taken alone, or is ideal if combined with reflexology. It is not advised to do this particular massage in the first trimester.
What happens during a Treatment
The treatment begins with a detailed consultation to enable us to find out more about any conditions you have, to be aware of any contraindications and to ensure that we give you the best treatment for you.
You will be asked to remove your outer clothing and then either be asked to lie flat on your back, on your side or slightly reclined. There will be supports for both your head and knees, and you will be covered with towels.
The massage itself involves a specific sequence, whilst being massaged with the specific Ayurvedic oil. The whole body is massaged except for the abdominal area and head/face.
There are some instances where this treatment may not be suitable, these are known as contraindications.
Ayurvedic Pregnancy Massage is not suitable if you suffer from any of the following:
- High temperature or fever
- Infectious disease (including cold and flu)
- Broken bones and fractures
- Athlete’s foot
- Veruccas and warts
- Very high blood pressure
- Severe water retention (oedema)
- Obstetric Choleostasis
- Placenta praevia or abruption
Benefits of Ayurvedic Pregnancy Massage
There are numerous benefits from receiving this massage. It is deeply relaxing and extremely good to have for anyone suffering from sleep problems and for anyone who has to stand or walk for long periods of time.
Some of the key benefits are:
- Relaxes tired feet and legs
- Improves blood and lymphatic circulation
- Enhances joint mobility
- Rebalances the doshas in the body
- Helps to reduce stress and anxiety
- Induces sound sleep
- Calms the mind and body