Your pregnancy is a unique period in your life. A lovely, wonderful adventure which at the same time is also a huge tax on both body and spirit. The way your body handles hormones changes too and many women become both physically and mentally challenged by it all. Pressure to the pelvic area can give circulation problems. The lymph glands and various muscles are also put under pressure. Skin and tendons become stretched.
Many women develop various complaints during pregnancy such as: neck and back problems, pelvic pain, tiredness, fluid retention and general tenseness and nervousness about the upcoming birth. It is right then that the importance of directing attention to the inner you and your pregnant body and unborn child becomes manifest. It needs to be experienced consciously. Our maternity massages are always mutually discussed and tuned to your specific requirements.
Each massage stimulates the circulation and helps drain the lymph glands of waste. It will also promote naturally occurring, relaxing compounds that help reduce complaints of the back and pelvic areas and gives you a gentle, relaxed feeling. Contact via touch, with the unborn child, will occur during the massage – very calming as well as really fun to experience, for both mother and child.
At Haptomotion, we use a massage table with a haptonomical mattress. This is comfortable and soft and allows you to lie on your side or on your back, supported by various other cushions.
We also use organic, essential, massage oils that promote well-being in all.
Our maternity massages are given by Esther Hoonhout only.
Massage before or after pregnancy
Everything mentioned here about maternity massage goes equally for the postpartum period. You have just given your best ever effort, you are about to experience a series of nights with broken sleep and your whole life is going through a very exciting phase.
During those weeks immediately postpartum, you may experience difficulty getting comfortable, say during (breast) feeding times. It makes you tired, your muscles become over taxed and you may even get muscle pain. The most likely places for muscle pain is your lower back, upper back, glutes (your bottom) neck and shoulders, in your arms and even the muscles around your head which can really give you tension headaches as well.
Our maternity massage stimulates the circulation and helps drain the lymph glands of waste. It will also promote naturally occurring, relaxing compounds that help reduce complaints of the back and pelvic areas and gives you a gentle, relaxed feeling. The postpartum period is the very time to be thoroughly spoiled, so your body can literally get back to being physically and mentally in balance.
Esther Taling of Esther Hoonhout come to your home to give you your massage. This means you get a massage in your very own bed. No need to leave the baby or your home.
Baby massage really enhances the bond between parent and child. A loving, confirmatory touch makes the bond feel secure and it relaxes and calms baby. It allows them to enjoy the undivided attention and touch of their mother or father.
Touch is very important to a baby’s development and (it transpires) is even essential for the development of a baby’s brain, the bond between parent and child and for regulating a baby’s stress hormones.
The effects of baby massage are manifest in peaceful and deeper sleeps, weight gain, length gain and an increased interest in their surroundings. These babies also enjoy getting your attention more and are prone to cry less. Parents giving baby massage feel that is also strengthens the bond they have with their baby and gives them a better feeling about themselves as a parent. It really promotes increased contact between them both.
Baby massage is given in groups together or in dividually (with either one, or both parents).