Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage in Sheffield

Our WomanKind pregnancy massage service is here to support pregnant and postnatal women with any aches, pains and hormonal changes they experience throughout their pregnancy. Our highly experienced and qualified pregnancy massage therapists can help you cope with the changes in your body through each trimester.

What is Pregnancy Massage?

Pregnancy Massage Therapy is a massage that benefits both body and mind by offering mental relaxation and relief to any aches or pains. As your pregnancy develops through each trimester there can be a multitude of changes, including an increase in stress and anxiety, as well as potential swollen feet and ankles and most commonly lower back pain. Pregnancy Massage alleviates some of these problems and offers pregnant women the relief they deserve when they are growing a child.

To book your appointment, please call the clinic or use the form below and we look forward to meeting and working with you soon.

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Opening Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 8am-8pm
Friday: 8am-5:30pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Who is Pregnancy Massage For? 

Pregnancy Massage is for women who might need a relaxation aid in order to become pregnant. The calming experience not only lightens your mood but also reduces stress which is a contributing factor to a healthy pregnancy. 

Pregnancy Massage is also for pregnant women to support them through the changes to their body in each trimester. For example, the first trimester, pregnancy can be quite overwhelming due to it being such a big change; therefore breathing techniques can be used throughout the massage to help the woman deal with any anxieties.

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How Can Pregnancy Massage Help?

Pregnancy Massage can help with a variety of issues associated with pregnancy and postnatal recovery. Pregnancy is a huge change for the body therefore it is important to look after your body well, during and after the experience. 

Pregnancy massage can aid aches and pains commonly associated with pregnancy such as back pain and neck pain as well as joint issues including leg cramping, sciatica and swelling.  

Our highly experienced and qualified massage therapists will work with you on your concerns and aim to support your pregnancy journey and postnatal recovery.

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What to expect from your appointment?

Your Pregnancy Massage appointment will take place in a supportive yet relaxing environment with a professionally trained pregnancy massage therapist to make you feel as comfortable as possible. 

This type of massage is usually practised in a side-lying position with lots of pillows for comfort and support so that the massage therapist can focus fully on meeting your specific needs, depending on what your concerns are.

Pregnancy massage in the First Trimester

Massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labour outcomes and newborn health.

Within the first trimester, the main aim is to relax the mother and to help her cope with all of the major changes and hormones in her body. At this stage, the mother may still be comfortable enough to lie on her tummy and on a massage table, but if not there are many ways to work around this and to find a position where the mother is going to be most comfortable.

During this transitional period, breathing techniques and visualisations can be used for the mother coming to terms with the changes in her body, which alongside gentle soothing music in a relaxing environment can help achieve deep relaxation and rejuvenation.

It is important through all stages of your pregnancy to do your pelvic floor exercises – the earlier you start to do them, the better it will be for you during and after your pregnancy – which is why they are often discussed alongside the massage by your therapist at this early stage.

Pregnancy massage in the Second Trimester

Receiving regular massage and bodywork during the second trimester helps relieve pregnancy’s unique aches and pains caused by extra weight, changing structural alignment, and hormones, not to mention the demands of work, home and family. Taking the time to relax and release held tension ensures more energy and a greater sense of well-being throughout your pregnancy.

For pregnant women during their second trimester, soothing massage is an absolute essential. Mothers usually feel well and have more energy during the second trimester but aches and pains progressively increase as your baby grows. Massage promotes physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, decreasing tension, stress, anxiety and depression caused by pregnancy’s hormonal changes.

Massage is typically performed in the side-lying position using specialised cushions or pillows, working on one side of the body and then the other. This position is most comfortable and safe, and allows easy access to the hips, legs, back and arms.

Pregnancy massage in the Third Trimester

Increased back and hip pain, swollen legs, restlessness, fatigue, and headaches are common, especially as the due date approaches. Massage during the third trimester relieves aches, pains and cramps in the hips, back and leg muscles, whilst also decreasing swelling in the arms and legs, as well as reducing stress levels and anxiety. There is also a focus on getting the mother comfortable and prepared for her for labour.

With regards to labour preparation, massage therapy relaxes and provides flexibility to birthing muscles, thus helping to improve the outcome of labour by preparing the pelvis and hip muscles, reducing stress levels and increasing the confidence and knowledge of the mother before labour starts. Massage during labour by a trained therapist/doula is also very effective in facilitating labour and delivery with fewer complications and medical interventions.

Notably, as your baby grows and you approach your due date, your joints begin to loosen from the ‘relaxin’ hormone that prepares you for labour, but creates discomforts and feeling “loose” with movements. Third trimester massage sessions often includes the inclusion of stretching and an exercise plan to help prepare the pelvis and legs for labour and delivery.

Postnatal massage

Continuing massage therapy after having your baby is strongly encouraged, allowing you to embrace motherhood with new energy.

Massage therapy after delivery helps with physical and emotional adjustments. It helps restore the body to its pre-pregnancy condition, re-establishes pelvis structural integrity, supports healthy lactation, reduces stress hormones, and facilitates healing of bladder disorders, post-episiotomy soreness, and C-section. Massage relieves neck, shoulder and back pain. After delivery, massage can speed up your recovery, releasing the stress of labour, encouraging structural realignment, abdominal restoration and relief from the strain of caring for your child.

When to Start Postnatal Massage

For mothers who delivered naturally, or without complications, they can start their postnatal massage as soon as they are comfortable and ready. For caesarean delivery, it is best to wait for at least 2 weeks after giving birth or when the incision is properly healed before starting postnatal massage sessions. Speak with your consultant if you are unsure of your suitability for postpartum massage therapy. 

During a postnatal massage session, you can nurse your baby while you receive massage in a side lying position. Bringing your baby with you eliminates the need for childcare and makes you feel less anxious about leaving your newborn. Postpartum massage is a great way to enhance your bonding experience and attachment to your baby.


Meet our team

Our pregnancy massage services are carried out by….

Hannah Walker

Hannah is a qualified Massage Therapist, specialising in Prenatal, Holistic, and Sports Massage. 

Hannah has over ten years of experience working in Massage therapy with a focus on the Antenatal and Birthing sector. She has also delivered courses on how Massage Therapy can help during birth, and how to include the partner. 

“The thing I enjoy most about my job is making people feel better, regardless of the reason they come to see me, if they leave feeling better than they did when they arrived, I feel like I have achieved something good. I love it even more seeing my pregnant clients, as I think it is such an important time in a woman’s life when she is carrying a child. To be looked after and made to feel better so they can be the best they can be for themselves and their growing baby. Working with pregnant women is one of the most rewarding experiences and is a privilege to be a small part of their journey.”

Tania Pendreich

I joined Katie Bell Physiotherapy & Wellness as an MSK and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist. I love doing everything I can to help improve people’s quality of lives. I’m particularly passionate about empowering women and giving them the confidence they need to achieve their daily and sporting goals and get back doing everything they love. It’s such a pleasure to do this as part of the innovative and dynamic Katie Bell community.

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