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Pregnancy Massage in Perth

Pregnancy Massage therapy helps the body adjust to accommodate the life growing within. It can assist in reducing stress, encourage relaxation and prepare muscles and joints for childbirth. Not only can this be a treat for you, but a much-needed therapy to ease some of the aches and pains experienced during pregnancy.

It has been claimed that during the first trimester, pregnant women should not have massage as it may cause miscarriage, however if the pregnant woman is healthy and proper guidelines for working with pregnant women are followed, then there is absolutely no medical evidence to support that a massage could harm the pregnancy or cause miscarriage. Most times this myth is circulated by therapists who should not be doing pregnancy massage as they are obviously not qualified to do so and should refer that client to a remedial massage therapist who specialises in pregnancy massage.

A professional pregnancy massage will always start with a minimum fifteen-minute consultation prior to actually having a massage each and every time you attend. You should be asked specific questions about the progress of your pregnancy, your current condition, your antenatal appointments and specific areas of discomfort and range of motion checks.

Pregnancy Massage Specialists do not recommend the tables with the hole where the belly hangs down, as this puts so much more pressure on the sacrum and lower back and can strain the ligaments around the uterus and pelvis, not to mention your growing breasts, which may be tender or uncomfortable.

Just imagine all that weight of your baby in your womb, just hanging down with the force of gravity – while your therapist is also then creating more pressure during the massage with the massage techniques (or not effectively working through this area so they don’t put more pressure there), so then your glutes (bottom) muscles are tensing trying to overcompensate for the pressure created in your back.

What also happens is the weight of your baby, placenta and uterus are creating a lot of pressure through the rectus abdominis, and in some cases this can cause Diastasis Recti (separation of the abdominal muscles). This condition can lead to more lower back pain, constipation, urine leaking and in extreme cases hernia and ongoing core / pelvic floor problems during the postpartum period.


A qualified pregnancy massage specialist will not perform or suggest an “induction massage” as to be honest there is no such thing – unless you have a medical induction (and even those can fail and end up in caesarean or other interventions).

When I hear people talking about “induction massages” or suggesting a woman has an “induction massage” it makes me cringe because that is the very thing, we are hoping to educate women on when their health care provider is suggesting induction when there is no medical reason for doing so.

However, there are ways that can help to prepare the mind, body and emotions to sometimes stimulate labour to start naturally.

One of those methods is to have a “labour focus massage”.

It is important to remember that you’re not designed to be pregnant forever, so you can trust your body to do what it is meant to do, when your baby says they are ready to come earthside.

Forcing a healthy baby to come out before they are ready may result in all sorts of complications and interventions, when at that moment in time they are safe, happy and warm inside you.

As with normal massage, labour focus massage helps to relax and calm your body, easing tension and helping to create a clear and grounded space so your mind then recognises that the body is ready to go into labour and starts to release the hormones required to hopefully get things moving – the power of your mind / body connection is very much under-rated.

Labour Focus Massage is a relaxing massage combined with therapeutic and remedial techniques, beautiful essential oils and acupressure applied to specific labour focus points of the body linked to the preparation of the body for labour.

A good labour focus massage can help elevate your natural levels of endorphins (your healing and calming hormones) and oxytocin (the hormone your body produces when you are relaxed and happy, in love, making love, when you are ready to birth your baby and it is also the hormone responsible for the intense bonding of mother and baby immediately following birth) and for the release of your placenta.

Unfortunately, due to a serious injury where I literally snapped my humerus in half that required surgery, and now a 23cm titanium plate and lots of screws in place and still undergoing extensive rehab, I am not able to offer massage, but have created a list of qualified therapists who will be able to help you with your pregnancy and labour focus massage.

Pregnancy Massage Specialists – Perth

Some of these therapists have also completed additional training in Optimal Maternal Positioning (OMP) and Spinning Babies techniques, which help to create space, which may help babies to move into a better position for labour and birth.



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    About Vicki Hobbs

    My name is Vicki Hobbs and I am a Childbirth Educator (Back to Basics Birthing), Hypnobirthing Practitioner, Certified VBAC Educator, Remedial Massage Therapist specialising in Pregnancy & Postpartum Massage, Birth & Postpartum Doula, Certified Placenta Encapsulator, Hypnotherapist, Aromatherapist, Reiki Practitioner and Life Coach.

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