Article contributed by local Remedial Massage Therapist, Angela Mackintosh:
“I am truly grateful to share about my service here at the Hunter Birth Education Centre Website. My passion as a Remedial Massage Therapist and Naturopath is to provide physical and emotional support to those mums-to-be and new mums.
Massage during pregnancy is not only popular but also very beneficial. During the second and third trimesters women undergo hormonal changes which result in joint and ligament loosening, swelling and oedema of the legs, affecting up to 40% of women. Massage helps to increase the circulation of blood and lymph nodes around the body.
I use a special pregnancy pillow allowing the client to lay on their stomach without any discomfort which allows an even massage, with the desired pressure, in those areas needed most.
I am a strong believer in Evidence Based Medicine “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients”. Massage has been found to increase not only on the hormone serotonin levels (important for regulating sleep, mood and appetite) but it also influences the release of the hormone oxytocin (related to feelings of connectedness and bonding and, most importantly for birth, this is the hormone responsible for your uterus contracting during birth).
Having worked in clinics for many years, I feel that now as a mobile massage therapist in Newcastle, my clients are more comfortable being massaged in their own home with no stress that may be associated with clinics, and is an especially convenient service for post natal massages for mums with a bub at home.”
Article provided by:
BHSc Comp Med, Dip RM, Adv Dip WHM, Dip Nut
NOTE: If you do not get in touch with and/or book Angela, please call Natalie at Hunter Birth Education for other great referrals. 0406 934 645.
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