Pregnancy Massage

….modified techniques and style of application suitable for each trimester supporting the mum-to-be and her baby during the significant physiological and emotional changes that occur during pregnancy

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Services  –  Pregnancy Massage

Massage during your pregnancy – from conception to postpartum – is safe when being performed by a therapist with the appropriate qualification and skill set. As a Pregnancy Massage Australia graduate, I can assist you through your pregnancy with massage, correct and comfortable positioning and draping, education, acupressure points, preparation for your labour, manual lymphatic drainage for oedema, compression garment fitting and liaison with your obstetric team.

What can Prenatal Massage Therapy offer you?

  • Individualized massage tailored to your specific requirements
  • Emotional support, particularly for mums-to-be who find themselves on their own or lacking significant family support
  • Education and encouragement in stress-reducing activities
  • Appropriate referrals to other specialists if required
  • Reduction in stress, aches and pains
  • Time out

The benefits of Massage during and after your pregnancy for you and your baby include:

  • Reduces stress, tension and anxiety
  • Supports a healthy in-utero environment
  • Decreases muscle tension
  • Restores postural balance
  • Normalizes joint range of motion
  • Speeds up venous and lymph circulation – ie by bringing nutrients to tissues and eliminating waste products, reducing swelling, easing varicose veins and normalizing blood pressure
  • Fosters deeper breathing thus enhancing internal respiration
  • Helps reduce nausea
  • Elevates mood thus encouraging loving maternal care
  • Reduces pain
  • Treats the common discomforts of pregnancy
  • Prepares the new mum physically, emotionally and mentally for labour

What makes Pregnancy Massage different to Remedial Massage?

  • Positioning on the massage table will be modified according to which trimester you are in and your comfort
  • Pressure will be adjusted
  • All deep tissue work will be avoided on your legs
  • At each massage you will be monitored for your risk of DVT and oedema and you may be referred back to your doctor if there is evidence of this

Letting your medical team know you are receiving Massage.

Whether you are experiencing problems or not in this pregnancy, it is always a good idea to let your medical team know that you are receiving massage. In some cases, a medical clearance will be required.

By appointment only

By Appointment only

Call us on 0402 988 423
to make a booking.

Packages and Gift Cards available

Don’t forget the new mum-to-be at the Baby Shower, add a massage voucher which can be used during or after the pregnancy – a welcome surprise. Please note – redemption limited to weekends

All massages are tailored according to the trimester, your aches and pains and your health history

Please contact us for further information

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are you, the therapist, trained to provide safe pregnancy massage?

At Gentle Hands Massage, we pride ourselves on having appropriate full qualifications for any modality we are performing. Your health and wellbeing are important to us and as such we do not step outside of our scope of practice and although pregnancy is not an illness, there are contraindications and risk factors to having just any massage. Jacqui’s skill set includes:

  • Pregnancy Massage from conception to postpartum
  • Complex Decongestive Therapy – if you experience any swelling (oedema) at all during your pregnancy then you be assured you are in capable hands and you will be safely massaged and monitored for DVT and pitting oedema. If there is any doubt or question as to your fitness for massage, you will be referred (with a letter) immediately back to your medical team
  • Compression Garment Fitting – if you do experience unremitting oedema in your lower legs then a fitting service is available (in direct contact with your medical team)
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) – it is preferable that you receive MLD only to your legs during your pregnancy as this will reduced your risks of dislodging an emboli
  • Qualifications aside, Jacqui has had three pregnancies (complicated) and would have appreciated having a therapist she could have seen for safe massage
Which appointment do I need to book?

If this is your first pregnancy massage with us, regardless of whether you have been for a massage at Gentle Hands previously, it is preferred that you book the “Remedial Massage Initial Consultation”. The reason for this is we need to establish your health history including any previous pregnancies and problems you may have had with these pregnancies. There will also be an assessment regarding the type of massage you have come for today – ie aches and pains; stress; combination of issues so that we can give you the best massage possible for your presentation ie which trimester you are in and your overall health.

It is perfectly fine if you choose not to book this time 90 minute time slot for your first pregnancy massage, it will just mean a reduction in the actual hands-on time for your massage.

For all your visits thereafter you can book the “Remedial Massage Subsequent Consultation” as we have your health history and just need to recap on any changes since last seen.



What happens when I come to my appointment?

At your initial (first) consultation you will complete a health history taking into account any medical conditions, previous pregnancies and where you are presently at. This paperwork is emailed to you so you can fill out at home, saving some time.

At each subsequent appointment:

  • 60 minutes – paperwork update, discussions and massage
  • Pre-treatment evaluation and any changes
  • Correct and comfortable positioning for your massage
  • Check for DVT risk
  • Check for pitting oedema
  • Education and/or a discussion will be provided covering techniques you can use at home, risk factors

Please contact me to discuss further.

Is it safe to have a massage during pregnancy?

If you choose a massage therapist with an appropriate qualification (specialised training) and skill set then:

  • massage is generally safe during the first trimester and indeed throughout your pregnancy
  • you are required to have a full health history and assessment prior to your first massage
  • it is safe to have your abdomen massaged
  • it is best to avoid deep tissue work to your legs, instead have a lymphatic drainage which lessens your chance of dislodging an emboli
When should I avoid massage?
  • If you are suffering severe morning sickness
  • Evidence of DVT à immediate referral to your medical team
  • Evidence of pitting oedema à immediate referral to your medical team
  • Usual massage contraindications like diarrhoea, fever, acute illness, contagious conditions, open wounds, etc

Please contact us if you are unsure whether you are suitable for massage

How will I lie on the table comfortably and safely for my massage?

Don’t worry, there are specific positions during each trimester that we should adhere to to offer you and your baby the safest and most comfortable massage. These include side-lying, sitting, semi-recumbent and others depending on which trimester you are in and any health problems you may be experiencing.

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