Holistic therapies and make a world of difference during pregnancy, and here at the Gatelodge, each of our experienced therapists are fully trained and insured in adapting the treatments on offer for Pregnancy.
Treatments during pregnancy can help reduce stress and relieve muscle tension caused during the changes happening in your body during pregnancy. As recommended by your GP, treatments can be enjoyed throughout your pregnancy usually from 12 weeks onwards, and especially during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters they can help support your body as it undergoes the various stresses and strains that can develop during pregnancy.
In terms of relieving tension and helping to relax muscles to make the physicality of pregnancy easier, treatments like Swedish Massage and Reflexology are perfect for easing the tension naturally, as well as working on your pressure points to alleviate any stress and tension for as long as possible. This in turn has a great effect on the emotional state of both mother and baby.
Studies have shown that the hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered when treatments (especially Swedish Massage and Reflexology) are introduced to women’s prenatal care; stress hormones like norepinephrine and cortisol significantly reduce, and the ‘happy hormones’ dopamine and serotonin levels increase. The results when these hormone levels change lead to a calm, serene pregnancy, and also can reduce the risk of complications during the birth.
The Children's Reflexology Programme (for Parents, Grandparents, Carers)
This programme teaches you how to use this gentle complementary therapy in a fun workshop, to enpower you in times of stress and distress from infancy throughout your child's life and into adulthood.
The course uses the successful reflexology book 'The Mouse's House', and uses rhyme, storytelling and beautiful illuystrations to engage both you and your child, making it easy to learn and remember the techniques presented.
Gift vouchers for the course can be purchased as a present from the Gatelodge,
This 4 week course costs £60 per adult and consists of 4 one hour sessions. Course materials are included in the cost.
Contact the Gatelodge for more information, or Ann directly on 07871501838.
Swedish Massage aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild to medium pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body. During pregnancy, it is the recommended massage method because it addresses many of the common discomforts associated with pregnancy, for example the changes in the body (both skeletal and circulatory) as it adapts to the pregnancy. These changes are brought on by the different hormone shifts that take place during this adaptation, for example, the higher level of female hormones (including oestrogen, progesterone and relaxin) allow for the changes in the uterus and breasts, as well as enabling the muscles of the uterus to relax to make room for the growing baby.
The comfort level of the expectant mum is of huge importance and so what position you would be lying in would depend on a few things: the treatment you are receiving, how far along your pregnancy is, how big your bump is, and how comfortable you will be (both physically and emotionally). For massage, most therapists think the best positioning is side-lying, with a cushion beneath the bump to relieve any pressure. We also have a massage chair which would enable you to sit during the massage, gently leaning forward whilst resting your head on the attached head rest. Usually the most comfortable position is lying on the back with the recline of the massage bed adjusted to where you are most comfortable.
Reflexology is a natural, non-invasive healing art that uses pressure points on the feet and hands to balance out other parts of the body. It aims to alleviate tensions and promote relaxation and can be beneficial for pregnancy or indeed, couples trying for a baby.