During pregnancy our body goes through many changes that we sometimes underestimate. Physically, chemically and emotionally our bodies are trying the grasp and ever changing set of circumstances. From weight distribution, to dietary requirements. Also lack of sleep and baby brain.
We are unable to take many of the medications we would like to just because we are scared of how it may impact our unborn child. But there are things we can do to help manage the situation.
Pregnancy massage is a relaxing and enjoyable treatment, aimed at managing the aches and pains associated with pregnancy. From 3 months onward you will notice back pain, leg pain, hip pain and headaches to name a few. Most of these can be helped with massage therapy.
This treatment is done in the side lying position, allowing for firmer work around the shoulders, hips and legs, and lighter pressure on the lower back.
Willow Massage Centre can also add in the Emmett Technique, a light pressure point technique that is fabulous for pains in the pelvis during pregnancy. It can also help with the breathlessness some mothers can experience during pregnancy.
Pregnancy reflexology is also a beautiful treatment that helps your body adapt to your pregnancy more easily. Women who have had this treatment have reported reduced nausea, less headaches, improved sleep and feeling less anxious/more relaxed.
So rather than suffer in silence or assume that these pains are just 'normal' why not book yourself in for a pregnancy treatment with us.
Or if you know someone who is pregnant, a really great present is a pregnancy gift voucher!
For more details you can call us or email us
We harp on a lot about Willow being a body management centre. So I thought I would give you a little insight to what body management is, and how we achieve this.
Body management is an important part of life. More often we will get our car services quicker than we get our body looked at. After a while the small tensions in our body can grow to create bigger problems.
An example of this is our knee. Crossing your legs over time can tighten the muscles on the inside of your legs. (Your abductor muscles) This can pull your knee in the wrong direction ever so slightly. Over time this misalignment will put pressure on the wrong part of your knee, grinding down cartilage, creating poor balance, back pain and knee pain.
Calibrate your body with an effective massage treatment, to stretch, straighten and realign yourself. It is a great tool for prevention of aches and pains. You don’t need to wait until you are in pain to get a treatment.
We have always suggested that you book a period of time with your massage therapist and allow them to do some work on your body. This way they can assess where tensions are in your body you may not have been aware of.
Managing your stress levels is just as important as managing your body as they come as a package deal.
But have you ever wondered why massage therapy is so relaxing?
Our nervous system is split into two sections. The sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous systems. Essentially this is your fight or flight response and the off swtich for that.
The fight or flight puts our body into a state that means it is ready to run or tackle the problem. For this you body needs to have higher blood pressure. The blood goes to your extremities and brain etc. To get the blood volume for this the body takes it from the digestive system, giving you that butterflies in your stomach feeling.
To switch it off your massage therapist will need to activate your parasympathetic nervous system. This is located in the spine, making it one of the reasons that a back massage is so relaxing.
Have you ever noticed when someone is being sick or upset we instinctively rub their back? Repetitive simple actions are very good at switching off the sympathetic nervous system and encouraging relaxation.
We combine our treatments with a range of body work, body balancing and relaxation work to ensure you get the best outcome you can. Speak to your therapist and organise the most effective treatment for you!
Enjoy a 75 min full body massage this February at Willow Massage Centre for only 40. Indulge yourself or spoil a loved one with a massage therapy gift voucher. Call us on 02890504695 to book. Or book online through our website
“Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” ~Buddha
Our bodies are not indestructible, and there is only so far we can push them before they start to wear down. Despite suffering from extreme exhaustion and constant joint and muscle pains, sore back, sore legs etc like those you get when you have the flu we soldier on. “There is nothing else for it” my mum used to say.
At Willow Massage Centre we are here to tell you that this is wrong! Eventually we stop noticing the tension in our back, shoulders and legs. But this does not mean it has left our body. This will leave you tired, and prone to further injury and pain.
As January arrives and many of us want to make improvements to our bodies we start adding more physical activity into our daily routine, and the aches and pains start to come through. Perhaps moving muscles that haven’t been used in a while or adding strain to those you have. Massage therapy is a great tool for helping you manage your body and mind. It helps release stresses and soothe aching tired muscles.
It is also a great tool for reducing stress in your everyday life. This is vital for maintaining your overall health, as it can improve your mood, boost immune function, promote longevity and allow you to be more productive. When you let your stress get the best of you, you put yourself at risk of developing a range of illnesses – from the common cold to severe heart disease.
This is another perfect reason to BOOK YOURSELF A MASSAGE! They also work even better when you have a series of treatments. Your body soon learns to relax itself and you’ll feel all of the benefits for longer.
Willow has a few different packages that will allow you to manage your body and mind plus save money at the same time. There is a list of these in our treatments page. Let us help make this the new year and new you.
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Your friendly Aromatherapist and holistic therapy enthusiast