Pregnancy Massage

Treat yourself to some
well-deserved “me-time”
while looking after yourself
and your baby

Pregnancy Massage is one of the best gifts you can give yourself

Imagine how good it would feel right now to be receiving a massage. Music playing in the background as your body begins to relax. The aches and pains you’ve felt these last few weeks slowly drifting away…

While you are pregnant your body goes through big changes - tissues soften, your posture alters and your back is under additional strain. All of this can take its toll on you physically and emotionally.

Massage from a qualified pregnancy massage practitioner supports you during these changes. While you are nurturing your baby inside, massage nurtures you from the outside.

“I felt extremely relaxed with you and after each session not only felt physically calm and relaxed, but also emotionally strong.”
Katherine, Tollerton, Nottingham

Pregnancy Massage can…

  • Help you relax and rest
  • Relieve neck and back pain
  • Re-energise you when you are feeling tired and heavy
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Ease your weary muscles
  • Reduce the swelling in your hands and feet
  • Provide relief from headache and sinus congestion
  • Lessen sciatic pain and calf cramps
  • Help you sleep better

Pregnancy Massage is good for you and your baby

Massage gives you a wonderful experience of bonding and connection, helping you feel more in touch with yourself and with your baby. Its nurturing touch allows you to connect with your inner wisdom and strength.

Feeling calm and relaxed during and after a massage has a positive impact on your baby. This is because such a state allows more blood to flow to the placenta which brings more oxygen and nourishment to your baby. Your baby can also pick up on your moods while in the womb.

The end result is that both you and your baby are more relaxed and content. This feeling can last well after the birth.

“Having completed the whole block of treatments the benefits I felt were rather surprising in that they were profound. Being pregnant my desire to feel relaxed and energised was the most prominent feature! Within an hour of treatment I felt more rested than perhaps a whole night of sleep. The treatment also allowed me a greater connection between the baby and his/her movements, due to my relaxed state and being in silent awareness. So all in all a wonderful experience to regain the beauty of being pregnant and to allow my body to enjoy this beautiful transformation.”
Arti, Woodthorpe, Nottingham

From 20 weeks I'd like to introduce Maya Abdominal Massage techniques which have been found to encourage the uterus into an optimal position. The movements are very gentle but women have found them helpful with relieving tension in the ribs, lower back pain, indigestion, round ligament pain and much more...

Pregnancy massage with a trained practitioner is safe for both you and your baby

A Touching Well pregnancy massage puts the safety of you and your baby first.

I am based in Nottingham and have more than 20 years experience in the field of massage. I have undertaken specialist training in pregnancy massage, massage during labour and post-natal massage, including the advanced pregnancy training of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. I have also attended training on "massage and bodywork for women with high risk pregnancy".

Before the massage begins we will discuss your pregnancy and you can inform me if there is anything I should be aware of. We will also discuss exactly what you would like to get from the session. I strongly encourage you to tell me if something does not feel “right” during the massage, as you are the expert on your body and your baby.

I have been trained to recognise any symptoms that may be of concern, so during your massage you will be able to relax completely, knowing you are in safe hands.

You will feel comfortable and relaxed during your massage

One of the most important things is that you feel comfortable when you have a pregnancy massage. Indeed, many clients have said it is the first time they have felt comfortable in weeks.

With Touching Well your massage is always tailored to your needs, no matter how far you are into your pregnancy, or even pre-conception or post-natally.

I will help you to be comfortable regardless of your shape and size. We can use the massage table combined with the body cushion (a wonderfully comfortable specialist moulded cushion for massage); other cushions; the fitness ball; the massage chair – in fact whatever is appropriate and comfortable.

“The lovely music Regina played mixed with the calming ambiance of the therapy room, all added to my feelings of peace and tranquility.”
Dominique, Sneinton, Nottingham

A Touching Well pregnancy massage can help you prepare for birth

One of the things many of my clients enjoy is not only the chance to rest, but also to talk openly and prepare themselves mentally and emotionally for the birth and beyond. When you feel prepared and confident you are far more likely to have a positive experience.

“My 4 sessions with you took on a very holistic approach to pregnancy care and in truth I found our discussions to be of equal value to the massage. While the massage soothed and strengthened my growing body, your approach built my confidence in my body's ability to birth, and that of my husband and myself to have a positive birth experience. The table massage was wonderful, particularly for my aching back, but the techniques using the birthing ball were also very useful as we have carried these on at home; which is great for me and has built James' confidence as well.”
Katherine Wilson, Tollerton, Nottingham

"Useful massage, practical advice, and felt lovely. Really useful to talk through concerns, particularly about my first birth, which was difficult and left some negative emotions. So helpful to talk, and feel more confident about this forthcoming birth. Good to try positions and the ball."
Harriet, Nottingham

From week 38, or whenever you feel the time is right we can use specific Maya Abdominal techniques to help get you to get ready for birth. We can also use acupressure to invite the start of labour.

And your partner benefits, too

I offer specific partner sessions where we work with you and your birth partner on how to support you during pregnancy and labour. These sessions are usually an hour long and can be very empowering for both of you.

I can also teach you and use (when requested) techniques that will encourage you to go into labour when you and your baby are ready.

“My husband and I came to see Regina in March for our partner session. It was great and she really helped with positions and massages for the birth. We left the session feeling very confident. The following morning the surges started and my beautiful baby boy was born. Maybe my son was ready to be born but we believe that Regina’s session helped to get things started. We will be seeing her again for baby no 2!!”
Jacqueline, Nottingham

Massage can also help you after the birth

Post-natal massage is one of the best ways to help your body recover from giving birth and being pregnant. It will also give you a much needed chance to rest, relax and re-energise.

This is a time when it’s even more important to give yourself some “me-time.” All your focus will now be on your baby and it’s all too easy to forget your own needs.

Sleeping well is an essential factor in your emotional and physical well-being. Although babies are renowned for depriving their mothers of sleep, massage can at least help you sleep well when you are asleep.

With your new baby come new challenges, not only as a parent, but also on a physical level: you may get sore shoulders and arms from lifting, or you may have lower back pain from the labour. Massage can help you to deal with these new physical demands.

Post-natal massage can support you with breastfeeding. Firstly, it will help you to feel calm, and this will be picked up by your baby. Secondly, it is much easier to breastfeed with loose shoulders, arms and neck. Thirdly, we can also do some specific work to help with engorged breasts and to prevent mastitis.

“With Regina's calming, yet witty influence on my occasionally manic temperament I find myself both physically and mentally realigned after each session, prepared once again for the challenges of new motherhood. For this I thank her greatly."
Polly, Carrington, Nottingham.

Until your baby is mobile you can bring him/her along to the session. More often or not you can plan it in such a way that s/he is asleep. Should s/he be awake we can integrate him/her into the session.

The baby in the picture was rocked gently to sleep. This had the added benefit of loosening Sofie's (the mother) back. Should you need to feed your baby during the session, I can work your shoulders, head and neck or your feet during this time.

Later, when your baby is mobile, it might be best to book a time when you have child care. Some women pair up with a friend, one looks after both babies while the other has the massage. Others bring their partner, then one partner has a massage, while the other looks after the baby (and often reads the paper), then they swap round.

Baby massage

I can teach you how to massage your baby. This is a lovely, bonding experience for you and your baby and something that most parents enjoy learning.

I offer three options for learning baby massage:

  • Integrate it into your post natal massage session.
  • Book an individual baby massage instruction session.
  • Organise a class of parents for me to teach (for example your NCT class).

Call me to arrange your pregnancy massage

A one hour pregnancy massage costs just £45. You may want to book a longer time slot for the Arvigo massage from week 20, definitely from week 38 (90 minutes). Please click here to find out more.

I normally work Monday to Thursday, 8.15 am to 6 pm and on Friday from 8.15 am to 4 pm. I also have a number of evening appointments available.

If you would like to book a massage then please call me on 0115 845 7113.

You can also email me via the contact form.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss something in particular, then please feel free to get in touch.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Regina



P.S. You can also visit "Your Pregnancy Massage Questions" to ask any questions or read other people's questions.

P.P.S. And if you have a story you'd like to share why not visit "Your Pregnancy Massage Stories". You'll also find other people's stories to enjoy.

P.P.P.S. I have a page with mainly local information about pregnancy, birth and the post-natal period called "Pregnancy Resources". If you know of a local resource, please let me know, and I may put it up on the site.





List of treatments
Myofascial Release (MFR) - Saving Hands massage -
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Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® - ATMAT -
- Seated Acupressure - Indian Head Massage - Pulsing - Reiki -
- Reflexology - Tsuboki Foot Massage - Hopi Ear Candles -
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Hot and Cold Stone Massage -
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Aromatherapy Massage - Aromatherapy Lymphatic Massage (ALM) -
- Fertility Massage - Pregnancy Massage - Post-natal Massage -
- Dorn Method - Breuss Massage -
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) - Deep Oscillation -
- Holistic Facial - Face Vitality - Total Detox -


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