Massage Therapist Specially Trained for Pregnancy Massage
Our Massage Therapist – Iulia is a qualified nurse in her native Ukraine and undergone special training in the UK for pregnancy massage. Iulia has worked extensively with pregnant women in her previous role as a maternity and paediatric nurse, as well as her role as Clinical Assistant at London Pregnancy Clinic. As such, she understands the special needs of pregnant women when it comes to pregnancy massages.
Iulia has completed her specialist training in Pregnancy and Baby Massage and incorporates a various massage therapy techniques which were shown to help with pain relief during pregnancy, such as lymphatic massage and cupping.
Pregnancy Massage with a qualified Massage Therapist specialising in the field
Lymphatic Drainage and Cupping , as well as traditional massage techniques
Post-natal massage and anti-cellulite massage
Relaxing and supportive environment in a doctor led clinic
45, 60 or 90 minute appointments
Bundled massage packages available
Convenient City of London location by Spitalfields Market
Same day, evening, and weekend appointments
5* rated service on Google, Trustpilot & Doctify
90 min -£120
60 min -£90
45 min -£70
30 min -£50
Prenatal Massage Options: 45-60 Minute or 90 Minute Full-Body Session
The primary distinction between these two prenatal massage options lies in their duration, with the full-body session including a comprehensive head massage. The massage therapist begins by massaging the legs from the back, then the front, ensuring attention is given to the feet. Moisturizing oil is applied to the skin on the belly, based on client preference.
Subsequently, the therapist focuses on the neckline, shoulders, neck, and arms. For the back massage, the expectant mother can lie on her side or sit (if the belly is large). Special attention is given to the chest and neck-collar area, while the back receives gentle, stroking movements.
Our skilled therapist tailors the pressure and massage techniques to suit each individual client. To fully benefit from prenatal massages, we recommend scheduling 1-2 sessions per week.
Experience Relaxation and Boost Happiness with Massage Therapy Massage therapy promotes relaxation and happiness by inducing a series of chemical reactions within the body. The release of serotonin and dopamine, coupled with a decrease in cortisol levels – the stress hormone, leads to a surge of endorphins. A mere 20-minute session is sufficient to elevate endorphin levels, helping to alleviate negative thoughts and promote a sense of calm and wellbeing.
Not only does massage therapy enhance mental wellness, but it also contributes to improved overall health. A rejuvenating massage can infuse the body with positive energy, enhance metabolic function, relax muscles and the nervous system after an intense workout or a stressful work week, alleviate chronic fatigue syndrome, and prevent musculoskeletal issues. Experience these benefits within just 45, 60, or 90 minutes of massage therapy.
Tailored Massage Advantages:
- Alleviates muscle tension and knots.
- Reduces stress for both body and mind.
- Enhances blood circulation.
- Supports the immune system.
- Improves sleep quality.
- Reduces anxiety and depression.
- Increases joint flexibility.
- Minimizes pain and inflammation.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage: Boost Metabolism, Circulation, and Immunity
Lymphatic drainage massage is designed to enhance metabolism, accelerate blood circulation and lymph flow, and bolster the immune system. This painless treatment also aids in detoxifying the body and initiates cellular-level rejuvenation.
Understanding the Lymphatic Drainage Massage Process Deciding on a procedure becomes easier when you know what to expect. A typical lymphatic drainage massage session lasts between 30 to 60 minutes. The massage therapist begins by warming up specific areas of the body to expedite lymph flow and tissue metabolism. The therapist then uses strokes directed towards the heart to help flush out excess fluid from the body.
During the massage, cells release unnecessary fluid, which reduces pressure on blood vessels and improves circulation, consequently enhancing oxygen supply to the body. As a result, you may experience relief from symptoms like heaviness, headaches, and more.
It’s not uncommon to feel thirsty about 20 minutes into the session, but the therapist will advise against consuming food or drink for at least two hours following the procedure to preserve its effects. You will also receive guidance on maintaining proper hydration in the days to come.
After the first session, you may feel lighter and notice a reduction in body volume. However, it’s crucial to continue with the treatment plan, as lymphatic acceleration occurs gradually. Increased fluid expulsion is a normal part of the process, signifying the removal of harmful substances that have accumulated in your body over time.
Manual Anti-Cellulite Massage Techniques and Benefits
Manual anti-cellulite massage involves the therapist’s mechanical manipulation of problem areas using various techniques. This hands-on approach allows for more effective treatment of each skin layer, warming the tissues to activate internal processes and breakdown fat deposits.
Cupping (Vacuum) Massage Procedure:
- The body is prepared with oil applied to the skin’s surface in problem areas, using gentle strokes.
- A warm-up massage follows, incorporating stroking, rubbing, warming, and squeezing techniques.
- The therapist proceeds to the main part of the session, performing a lymphatic drainage massage using cups. The cups are applied and moved along the lymph flow direction in a specific sequence.
- The procedure concludes with relaxing, light strokes.
Benefits of Vacuum (Cupping) Anti-Cellulite Massage:
- Gentle exfoliation of the skin.
- Cellular cleansing.
- Capillary opening.
- Immunity enhancement.
- Scar reduction.
- Skin nourishment.
- Metabolism normalization.
- Skin tightening.
- Body contouring.
Anti-Cellulite Honey Massage: This treatment is designed to eliminate the “orange peel” appearance on the body. The massage increases lymphatic flow and deeply cleanses the skin. Simultaneously, the skin undergoes intensive renewal, with cellulite-affected areas gradually diminishing. The result is softer, more elastic skin and noticeably increased muscle tone.
Cupping Massage: Function and Impact on the Human Body
Cupping massage operates by applying a vacuum to the skin’s receptors, leading to increased blood flow to the tissues. The vacuum effect contributes to the breakdown of subcutaneous fatty tissue while enhancing the circulation of lymph, blood, and interstitial fluid. Additionally, restorative, metabolic, and immune processes in the tissues are accelerated, in some cases, by several hundred times. This positive impact suggests that cupping massage can boost immunity.
Vacuum therapy also stimulates the secretory activity of sweat and sebaceous glands, aiding in the removal of salts, urea, acetone, and bile acids from the body. Tissue swelling is reduced, and skin nutrition and respiration improve at the massage site. The effects of cupping massage are comparable to those experienced during a sauna visit. Moreover, the technique positively impacts the condition of the muscular system in the treated area.
The Importance of Back Massage for Overall Well-being
Our physical well-being is heavily influenced by the condition of our spine and back muscles. Back muscles can endure prolonged tension, which may be uneven, resulting in muscle spasms (overload) in certain areas and underdeveloped muscles in others.
Many spinal diseases and discomforts stem from spasms in the interspinous lumbar and lateral muscles of the back. Such spasms can persist for years, causing blockage of the vertebral discs. Conversely, weakened back muscles due to a sedentary lifestyle can lead to excessive fatigue and general malaise.
Back pain restricts movement and diminishes the quality of life because of constant discomfort. Although our spine is a resilient and sturdy structure, designed to serve us effectively for over 70 years, back issues can deprive us of years of healthy and joyful living. The main culprit? Back muscles.
Massage therapy can alleviate problems arising from excessive muscle tension. Regular back massages serve as an excellent treatment and preventative measure against painful conditions, poor posture, and muscle spasms.
During a back massage, the therapist employs a variety of techniques, which can be categorized into five types:
- Point massage
Experience Enhanced Well-being with Face and Head Massage
A soothing face and head massage not only promotes relaxation, but also contributes to overall well-being by alleviating stress, tension, and anxiety. These treatments stimulate blood circulation, nourish the skin, and help to release endorphins, elevating your mood and fostering a sense of tranquility. By targeting pressure points and employing gentle massage techniques, a face and head massage can also provide relief from headaches, migraines, and insomnia, enhancing your overall quality of life. Experience the rejuvenating benefits of a face and head massage and elevate your well-being today.
Expert pregnancy and postnatal massage
While massage can be beneficial during pregnancy for relaxation and stress relief, there are potential risks and precautions to be aware of. It is essential to consult with your healthcare provider before receiving a massage while pregnant. Some potential risks and precautions include:
Miscarriage risk: Massage is generally not recommended during the first trimester as there is a higher risk of miscarriage during this time. This is mostly a precautionary measure.
Pregnancy-induced conditions: Pregnant individuals with certain conditions, such as preeclampsia, high blood pressure, or placental abnormalities, should avoid massage or consult their healthcare provider for guidance.
Positioning: Lying on your back for an extended period may lead to a decrease in blood flow to the uterus and developing baby, so side-lying positions or specially designed pregnancy massage tables are generally recommended.
Deep pressure: Deep tissue massage or strong pressure should be avoided, especially around the abdomen and lower back, as it may cause discomfort or harm to the developing baby.
Trigger points: Some acupressure points, particularly in the ankle and lower leg, may stimulate uterine contractions and should be avoided.
Essential oils: Some essential oils may be harmful during pregnancy, so it is important to let your massage therapist know if you are pregnant.
It is essential to communicate with your massage therapist about your pregnancy, any health concerns, and your comfort during the session. Always consult your healthcare provider for personalized advice and guidance.
Pregnancy massages can offer numerous benefits, such as relieving stress, reducing muscle tension, improving circulation, and promoting relaxation. However, whether or not you should have a pregnancy massage depends on your individual circumstances and health conditions.
Before considering a pregnancy massage, it is essential to consult with your healthcare provider to ensure it is safe and appropriate for you. Some factors to consider include:
Stage of pregnancy: It is generally advised to avoid massages during the first trimester due to the increased risk of miscarriage. However, massages during the second and third trimesters are often considered safe for most individuals.
Health conditions: If you have any pregnancy-related conditions such as preeclampsia, high blood pressure, or placental abnormalities, consult your healthcare provider before receiving a massage.
Therapist qualifications: Ensure that the massage therapist is certified and experienced in prenatal massage. They should be knowledgeable about the specific needs and precautions during pregnancy.
Comfort: Listen to your body and communicate with your therapist about any discomfort or concerns during the massage.
Certain medical conditions make massage therapy unsuitable, including:
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
- Skin growths.
- Blood disorders, particularly those with a risk of thrombosis or internal bleeding.
- Bone inflammation.
- Thyroid gland issues.
- Inflammatory or allergic skin conditions.
- Cardiovascular insufficiency.
- Pulmonary edema.
- Renal or hepatic failure.
- Active tuberculosis.
- Sexually transmitted infections.
- Conditions causing heightened nervous excitability.
- Gangrene in diabetic patients.
Temporary Contraindications for Massage Therapy
In addition to the above, there are temporary conditions when massage therapy is not advised, such as:
- Active cold or flu symptoms.
- Elevated body temperature.
- Skin injury or irritation.
- Nausea, vomiting, or severe abdominal pain.
- Chest pain.
- Acute fever.
- Persistent dry cough.
- Onset of menstruation in women.
Finding the perfect massage duration can enhance your experience and ensure you reap the maximum benefits. In this article, we will discuss the ideal length for a massage and how it can vary depending on factors such as personal preferences, type of massage, and specific goals.
Factors Influencing the Ideal Massage Length
Personal Preferences The ideal massage duration largely depends on individual preferences. Some people may feel relaxed and rejuvenated after a 30-minute session, while others might require a longer 90-minute massage to achieve the same results. It’s essential to consider your comfort level and schedule when determining the perfect length for your massage experience.
Type of Massage Different massage styles can impact the ideal session length. For instance, a Swedish or relaxation massage may be effective in a shorter 30-60 minute session, whereas a deep tissue or sports massage may require 60-90 minutes to address specific muscle tension and issues effectively.
H2: Goals and Needs Your massage goals and needs play a crucial role in determining the perfect duration. If you’re seeking general relaxation, a 30-60 minute massage may suffice. However, if you require therapeutic treatment for chronic pain, injury recovery, or targeted muscle work, a longer 60-90 minute session might be more beneficial.
30-Minute Massage A 30-minute massage is suitable for targeting a specific area, such as the neck, shoulders, or back. This duration is also ideal for those with limited time or budget constraints.
60-Minute Massage A 60-minute massage is the most common choice, providing ample time to address multiple areas or offer full-body relaxation. This duration is suitable for general stress relief, relaxation, and maintenance.
90-Minute Massage A 90-minute massage allows for more in-depth work on specific problem areas, making it ideal for individuals with chronic pain, muscle tension, or those seeking comprehensive relaxation.
Our skilled massage therapist, Iulia, specializes in providing safe and effective pregnancy massages. With her extensive background in nursing and specialized training in the UK, she understands the unique needs of expectant mothers.
Iulia, originally from Ukraine, is a qualified nurse with experience in maternity and pediatric care. Her nursing background allows her to offer an empathetic and knowledgeable approach to pregnancy massage, ensuring the safety and well-being of both mother and baby.
Iulia has undergone specialized pregnancy massage training in the UK, equipping her with the necessary skills and techniques to address the specific needs and concerns of expectant mothers. This specialized training ensures that every pregnancy massage she provides is tailored to the unique requirements of each client.
In her role as a Clinical Assistant at the esteemed London Pregnancy Clinic, Iulia has worked extensively with pregnant women, deepening her understanding of pregnancy-related concerns and the benefits of massage during this crucial period.