Prenatal massages are generally considered safer after the first trimester. Most expectant mothers find that they are feeling their best in the second trimester when hopefully, any pregnancy sickness has receded and energy levels have increased. We offer pregnancy massage at our Sutton and Woking clinics. We have specially training Sport Massage Therapists who deliver individualised antenatal sports massages. Antenatal and postnatal sports massage can relieve pain and can be a great relaxation technique.
Massage during pregnancy has significant benefits for both mother-to-be and developing baby. As the body adjusts to prepare itself for labour, massage can help alleviate aches and pains and provides invaluable time for rest and relaxation. Massage during pregnancy can help to alleviate tension and reduce stress whilst improving circulation, in turn increasing the supply of oxygenated blood and nutrients to both mother and baby. During pregnancy the mothers centre of gravity shifts, as the weight of baby and mother increases, added stress is placed on the joints. Hormonal changes during pregnancy cause joints and ligaments to soften leading many women to experience discomfort, particularly in the lower back and pelvic region.
After childbirth, massage can help provide relief from aches and pains associated with the labour process, especially those commonly experienced in the back, neck and shoulders. Massage can alleviate fluid retention and promote relaxation, helping to restore a sense of well-being in the mother.
additional benefits of pre/postnatal massage
- Reduces stress levels
- Helps minimise back and sciatic nerve pain
- Relieves muscle aches and leg cramps
- Helps to improve circulation and relieve water retention
- Boosts energy levels
- Helps to ease anxiety and depression caused by hormonal changes
- Helps to relieve insomnia and promote relaxation
MEET THE TEAM
Federica studied Physiotherapy at the University of Palermo, Sicily and graduated in 2017.
Federica moved to UK after her completing her degree and has gained experience in both the NHS, completing rotations in Musculoskeletal, Stroke Rehab and Community and in the private MSK sector. Federica has developed a special interest in Women’s Health Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, particularly with ante and post-natal back and pelvic pain and conditions such as Rectus Diastasis, Pelvic Girdle Pain and Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction.
Specialist Musculoskeletal And Sports Physiotherapist
Harriet is one of our Women’s Health Physio team based at our Sutton clinic. Harriet qualified as a physiotherapist in 2007 with an MSc (pre-registration) from King’s College London. Following this, she worked in London Teaching Hospitals which included University College Hospital and King’s College Hospital treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal, orthopaedics, sports and pregnancy related injuries. Harriet is a certified Pilates instructor with the APPI, having completed the matwork certification as well as Reformer training and antenatal and postnatal Pilates courses. She has post graduate training in acupuncture, taping and pregnancy related pain.
Sports Massage Therapist
Liz is our resident Sports Massage therapist at both our Woking and Sutton clinics.
Liz is a Level 4 qualified Sports Massage therapist, and through years of experience in the 5* hospitality sector brings a holistic approach together with exceptional patient care, working closely with the Physiotherapy team to ensure faster results. Liz enjoys sharing her knowledge and helping clients understand the nature of their problem, and combines her techniques in a way that’s individual to each patient. Liz is able to aid recovery from injury, improve soft tissue function, relieve tension and stress, and improve posture and performance for individuals from all walks of life.
“I was under the care of Nick suffering from pelvic misalignment, muscle spasm and sciatica. During the time I underwent treatment I was accurately diagnosed with an impingement of the sciatic nerve which was later confirmed with an MRI scan as a bulging lumbar disc.
During the time I received treatment, I experienced relief from the symptoms and was given a series of exercises to carry out for self-care in between appointments. Nick was very practical and pragmatic with the advice he gave me, informing me that surgery is really a last resort and that there are various other options to help recover from the issue.
I have now been given the opportunity of receiving Pilates in a class run at the clinic by a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist, which will be bespoke treatment for the spinal issue I am experiencing. I would happily recommend this clinic and their staff to anyone experiencing any issues.”
LS, ADMINISTRATOR, NORTH CHEAM
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