Prenatal Pregnancy Massage | Postnatal Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage - Holistic Therapy Dublin

Pregnancy massage can help relieve many of the symptoms associated with pregnancy, such as anxiety, depression, aches and pains, swelling, hormonal imbalances, back pain and problems with sleeping.

The treatment has therefore been gaining more and more popularity in the recent years and many moms-to-be view it not only as a pampering session but as a regular treatment that improves their well being and ultimately the well-being of their baby.

Benefits of Prenatal Pregnancy Massage

The human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy, but the benefits of the pregnancy massage go beyond just pampering. Pregnancy Massage is a popular complementary treatment, when choices for pain relief, such as medication, are often limited. It also has many other benefits.

  • Balance  Hormone Levels

Studies have shown that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered, leading to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health, when massage therapy was introduced to women’s prenatal care.

In women who received bi-weekly massages for only five weeks, hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol (“stress hormones”) were reduced and dopamine and serotonin levels were increased (low levels of these hormones are associated with depression).

The evidence points strongly to maternal and newborn health benefits when therapeutic massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care.

  • Reduction of swelling

Oedema, or swelling of the limbs during pregnancy, is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus.

Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen limbs, which also improves the removal of tissue waste, carried by the body’s lymph system.

  • Improvement of back pain

Back pain is experienced by many women in late pregnancy as the uterus rests on muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back. The pressure of the uterus spreads tension to the muscles of the upper and lower leg, causing them to swell and become congested.

Massage therapy addresses the inflamed nerves by helping to release the tension on nearby muscles. Many women have experienced significant reduction in back pain during pregnancy through regular massage.

Other potential benefits of prenatal pregnancy massage:

  • Reduced back pain
  • Reduced joint pain
  • Improved circulation
  • Reduced oedema
  • Reduced muscle tension and headaches
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
  • Better sleep


Incorporating Massage Into Your Prenatal Care

Along with the guidance and advice of a prenatal care provider, massage therapy can be incorporated into routine prenatal care as an emotional and physical health supplement proven to improve pregnancy outcome, and maternal health. Consult with your midwife or obstetrician before beginning any new therapeutic treatment.

Although many massage therapists will have received training regarding women who are pregnant, it is best to find a massage therapist who is certified in prenatal massage. It is important to know that deep tissue massage is contra-indicated in pregnancy.

Margaret Sinnott is a qualified nurse and certified in pregnancy massage, so you can be assured of the best care and attention.


Pregnancy Massage – Booking an Appointment

Although women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy, there may be increased risks of miscarriage associated with the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Women with the following conditions should also speak with a health care provider prior to receiving a massage:

  • High risk pregnancy
  • Pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH)
  • Preeclampsia
  • Previous pre-term labor
  • Experiencing severe swelling, high blood pressure, or sudden, severe headaches
  • Recently gave birth

If you would like to know more how Prenatal or Postnatal Pregnancy Massage can benefit you or to make an appointment, call Margaret Sinnott on 01 818 6771 or 087 293 6159 or request a callback by filling out our Contact Form.

Contact Details


01 818 6771
087 293 6159

Practice Address:

Clontarf Holistic Centre
16 Kincora Ave
Clontarf, Dublin 3
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About Margaret

Margaret Sinnott“Imagine living your life with more ease, less pain and the ability to deal with daily stresses …

I treat each client uniquely, integrating my 25 years of experience as a nurse and a complimentary therapist. Your wellbeing is my focus!"


“I recently went to see Margaret with neck tension and headaches, hoping that craniosacral therapy would make me feel better and more positive.

Margaret thoroughly explained what she was doing having listened to my concerns with respect. Tension quickly eased and I immediately felt refreshed and relaxed. The tension headaches have finally disappeared”.