We should say first that we are not specialists in “pregnancy massage”, so while we do not provide pregnancy massage specifically, we can provide a tailored massage for ladies in their second trimester. We will absolutely do our best to look after you, but please bear with us if we need to do a risk assessment.
We’ll try and keep this post updated if there are any changes to our policy – but please do give us a call first if you are pregnant and considering a massage with us.
We certainly accept pregnant clients, although our policy is to massage only during the second trimester. In your first trimester, there is too high a risk (and sickness may put you off any aromatherapy), and in your third trimester we cannot be sure of making you comfortable, as unfortunately we do not have specialist tables (i.e. with a hole for the bump) or pillows and wedges (for side-lying position).
Even for second trimester clients, clinical research on pregnancy massage is very limited and there are no scientifically agreed upon guidelines, so many GPs (as do we) take a conservative approach. Please be sure you get clearance from your doctor before you have a massage if you are at all worried, and especially if:
- You are still experiencing nausea, vomiting, or morning sickness
- You are at higher risk of miscarriage
- You have a high-risk pregnancy such as placental abruption
We will probably need to tailor your treatment – deep tissue full body massage is not recommended (especially on the legs) and nor is Thai traditional massage (as that requires lying on your front with lower back pressure). We generally suggest a more relaxing and lower-pressure aromatherapy massage routine. If you are unable or uncomfortable lying on your front then full body massage treatments are probably out of the question. A thirty minute head, neck and shoulder massage with you lying on your back (partly reclined) might be ideal. It can still be a wonderful way to ease an aching back and stiff shoulders and can lift your mood and get those feel-good endorphins flowing, leaving you refreshed.
If you are sensitive to smells, we can use odour-less grapeseed oil instead of our aromatherapy blends. You can always have a sniff first and let us know what you prefer. As with all these things, it may be best to email us or call if you are considering coming into London to see us.
Thanks for reading!