About Pregnancy Massage


What is Pregnancy Massage?


Pregnancy massage is a lovely holistic treatment to help you relax and take time out for yourself. Did you know that 48-56% of pregnant women suffer from lower back & pelvic pain due to altered posture from the increased weight of the uterus & growing foetus?


When can I have a massage?


Pregnancy massage is safe from 12 weeks onwards (2nd trimester) & is safe throughout pregnancy. However, you should always check with your midwife before having a treatment.


Positioning -


There are a number of ways to recieve treatment and they can be tailored for your comfort. Seated massage is a lovely way to have the whole back & neck treated. Lying on your left side is also possible & this position avoids excess pressure on the aorta. This avoids dizziness & provides optimum flow of blood to the uterus. The use of pillows & towels provide plenty of padding, comfort & privacy.


What areas can be treated?


Massage can be tailored to your requirements and can include back, neck & shoulders or include full body with legs, feet, arms, hands & bump. Longer massage strokes are used to aid relaxation, deeper work is avoided to keep blood pressure, heart rate & breathing rate down.


How can it help?


Relaxation -

Massage can help give an improved sense of wellbeing. This in turn calms down the sympathetic nervous system, lowers stress, reduces blood pressure & releases those feel good endorphins to aid restful sleep.

Aches & pains -

Massage can bring relief from general aches & pains caused by the growing baby and the natural changes your body goes through. This includes reducing neck tension that can cause headaches and reducing stress on weight bearing joints & surrounding soft tissues.

Reduce swelling -

Massage has an effect on the lymphatic & circulatory system and when used correctly, can help to reduce swelling (oedema) in the feet, legs & hands. This is more common in the 2nd & 3rd trimester but always check with your midwife before booking in for a treatment.

Improve skin pliability -

The use of skin softening waxes & oils may help to improve skin tightness & the underlying tissues. This can be especially beneficial when applied to the bump, which can feel uncomfortably tight in the later stages.


Meet the team

It is with great regret that we announce that The Malmesbury Healthcare Clinic will be closed until further notice.

Despite us taking every single precaution we can in the past few weeks, we have decided that we really must put our patients first and do our bit to reduce the chance of spreading the Coronavirus.

Apologies to anyone booked in this coming week. We will be in contact with you all individually to talk through options. We will be offering digital consultations and phone advice during this difficult period and will be resuming 121 treatments the moment we feel it is safe to do so.

For more information on our appointment options, please call on 01666 817123 or email on We wish everyone the very best in these tricky times and look forward to seeing each and every one of you when it has passed.