The importance of preconception, pregnancy and post-birth therapies
7th October, 20160 Comments
Written by: Caroline Jones at Zen Ten Spa
At Zen Ten Spa we call these support treatments bump, birth and baby. They are vital for many reasons. Are you hoping to get pregnant or already there? Do you know someone who deserves the best care and support through to their delivery?
Medical care and lifestyle advice for mums-to-be has improved dramatically in the Western world, but the complementary therapies of Eastern traditions have been nourishing pregnant women and easing the pain of birth for more than 2000 years.
Complementary therapies can be used to reduce reliance on medication and ensure optimum physical and mental health through this most precious of times. Preconception care can include aromatherapy to balance hormones and regular reflexology, which delivers an MOT via work on zones of the feet. Many women who have had previous difficulty conceiving swear by reflexology. Specially tailored massage and Reiki throughout pregnancy aids your body’s adjustment to the growing foetus and dissolves the back and glutes strains, which can beset the later months.
Gentle treatments in the final trimester build resilience for an easier birth, and if you’re overdue can nudge things along without resorting to invasive procedures. Once the bundle of joy has arrived, mother and baby massage sessions and classes re-affirm that special bond and for mum, pure organic essential oil applications melt away stretch marks and re-instate elasticity.
But there is one important thing to remember...
Highly specialist training is required to deliver therapies in pregnancy. Many spa’s and salons do not invest in this area and their insurance does not cover these treatments. This means that at best, you will find you are repeatedly turned away just at the time when this support is needed most. Or worse still, you receive treatment from an unqualified and uninsured therapist endangering the health of you and your baby. Ensure your therapist is fully accredited.
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