“The result was wonderful. I felt utterly relaxed and rejuvenated…”Review of a Calm and Clear Complementary Therapies® Maternity Massage on the website iVillage.co.uk.
What is Maternity Massage?
Maternity Massage and Aromatherapy treatments are tailored to care for the mind, body and spirit of mum and new baby. This can start as early as preconception, and then is carried out through pregnancy, labour and the post-natal period.
Aromatherapy is a safe and practical therapy for pregnant women, which can be safely used throughout pregnancy if done by a qualified Maternity Aromatherapist.
Maternity Aromatherapy Massage may help to energise and balance, aiding a healthier pregnancy.
Calm and Clear Complementary Therapies® Maternity Massage & Aromatherapy can help during:
- Fertility Issues & Preconceptual Care
- Labour & Birth
Regular Maternity Aromatherapy Massages can be very beneficial for both mother and baby at any stages of pregnancy if done by a qualified Maternity Aromatherapy Practitioner. The Maternity Massage from an Aromatherapist will give the mother an hour of uninterrupted indulgence and pampering, which in turn may aid some of the various problems that occur while pregnant.
Each Maternity Massage will be safely tailored accordingly, so it may be on a massage couch, or on a chair if necessary. Cushions and bolsters are used for comfort and safety. If it is on a massage couch, you will be asked to lie on your side if you are into the later part of your pregnancy and you are no longer able to lie on your front.
At home while you are pregnant you can use essential oils in a massage oil, in the bath, in the shower or in a diffuser to fragrance a room – never as a douche. Blended oils for pregnancy and babies are of a lower strength than normally blended oils. Please consult your aromatherapist or a good book before using them at home.
Maternity Massage and Maternity Aromatherapy may aid the following problems during the pregnancy:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain & discomfort
- Stretch marks
- Stress & anxiety
- Lack of sleep & fatigue
- Digestive problems
- Fluid retention
- General emotional problems
Labour & Birth
Essential Oils can also be used in the delivery room as a massage during labour, and also in an oil burner to aid relaxation. The use of essential oils and Aromatherapy during labour is now used in many different birth centres in hospitals, as it has been recognised to aid the mother and baby. Please speak to your midwife to check if this is possible when planning your birth plan.
If you are in doubt about any aspect of aromatherapy you should seek the advice of a professional Aromatherapist.
After Your Arrival – Postnatal
Life with a new baby can be difficult for both parents. You will have many sleepless nights, nappy changes, feeding etc, whilst still trying to juggle the rest of your life! This can cause a great deal of stress to both parents, and the mother also has to deal with a new set of hormones and a rebalance of the other hormones.
Aromatherapy can be invaluable in helping with all the problems, for both mother and father.
Aromatherapy may help to:
- Calm and clear® the mind and body
- Re-energise and revitalise
- Reduce post-natal blues
- Improve back pain after epidural
- Helps with postural problems from carrying baby
There are certain contra-indications to Aromatherapy treatment, and there are some essential oils that should not be used in stages of pregnancy. In these cases Aromatherapy may not be able to be carried out. Please contact us if you require any further information.
You may also wish to try Ayurvedic Pregnancy Massage.