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Family Health & Wellness Centre
Level 2, Suite 15, OTP House
10 Bradford Close, Kotara NSW 2289
Newcastle / Lake Macquarie
it's YOUR massage
We can utilise a blend of treatments to suit your needs! During pregnancy, the most important thing is to maintain optimal health for mother and baby. Massage works holistically across the body's many systems to keep you in top shape and feeling great leading up to the big day... not to mention the days after! Read the article How massage can help you and your baby at the bottom of this page for more information.
* We have specialised massage table cushions that allow you to lay on your belly safely and in comfort!
Are you feeling stressed, anxious, tired, run down? A relaxation massage is the perfect way to unwind, rebalance and rejuvenate. It's important to stay on top of stress so you can avoid illness, be healthy and live life the way you want.
If you've had an injury or are experiencing ongoing discomfort in specific areas of the body, then remedial massage will help. Using a scientific approach, we zero in on the causes to speed up recovery and offer relief from pain.
Deep Tissue Massage
For those who love a good, strong massage! You'll be pleased with the pressure on offer. Deep massage is great for chronic pain, limited mobility and muscle tension.
A holistic energetic technique that promotes healing and inner peace. Great for mind, body, spirit balance. Can be applied in combination with massage, or as a stand-alone session.
Richard Turner is a fully registered massage therapist. Graduating with distinction he holds a Diploma of Remedial Massage. This means he is qualified to assist you with specific physical issues or provide a great relaxation massage. He also holds the level of Reiki Master. Reiki, when applied with massage (or as a stand-alone treatment), can profoundly accelerate the healing process.
Richard began studying massage after experiencing the wide reaching benefits of regular treatments... that and his friends always complemented him on his shoulder rubs.
So with nine years of experience, whether you have an injury, chronic pain and or just need to de-stress and revitalise, Richard is here to help you.
His interests away from massage include yoga, meditation, soccer and music.
If you have any questions for Richard please email: email@example.com
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How massage can help you and your baby
Richard Turner, a Newcastle-based massage therapist, explores the benefits of pre- and postnatal massage.
Pregnancy means big changes in your life—and not just in your body and brain chemistry. Being pregnant, and then caring for your baby, also affects your lifestyle options, family relationships, employment, and inner spiritual life.
Staying as healthy, happy and relaxed as possible during all these changes is important for the wellbeing of both you and your baby. Love and support from family and friends, an understanding employer, and attentive care from health professionals can all contribute to a positive experience of pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood.
Have you considered complementary therapies for additional nurturing during and after your pregnancy? Carefully tailored massage therapy from an experienced practitioner can be a safe way to help ease the physical, mental and emotional demands of pregnancy and childbirth. It can also help you to readjust and feel rejuvenated in the weeks and months after you give birth.
- The challenges of pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood
Your experience of pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood is unique. Some women seem to breeze through, while others find the going tough at different stages. The degree to which you might experience pain or discomfort depends on many factors—such as your general physical and emotional condition, and whether or not it’s your first pregnancy.
You’ll experience postural and musculoskeletal changes as a result of the dramatic increase in weight that you carry during pregnancy. Ligaments become looser to accommodate the baby and allow sufficient movement and flexibility for the birth. These changes can lead to muscle tension and tightness.
You can also experience tension and tightness after you give birth due to frequently picking up, carrying and setting down your baby, for example when breastfeeding.
You also have to adapt to the significant hormonal changes in your body during and after pregnancy. For example, you’ll begin to release the hormone relaxin which allows your body to become more flexible—this helps to accommodate your growing baby and enables you to move your pelvic and pubic areas during birth.
You might also experience anxiety and stress associated with various aspects of pregnancy, childbirth and caring for your newborn baby. These mental states, coupled with physiological stresses, can often translate into increased muscle tension and sleeplessness.
- Pregnancy massage can help smooth the way
Regular massage can reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy and childbirth and improve your and your baby’s overall well-being.
An experienced massage therapist can help relieve pregnancy-related pain such as headaches, pelvis, back and neck aches, and sciatica. Massage can also reduce cramping, improve posture by decreasing uncomfortable pressure on weight-bearing joints, and relieve carpel tunnel syndrome (pain in the hands, wrists and lower arms).
Massage has the added benefit of decreasing the release of stress hormones (cortisol) and increasing the release of ‘feel good’ hormones (endorphins), which can help restore your hormonal balance during pregnancy.
By promoting relaxation and decreasing anxiety and stress responses, prenatal massage can improve your sleep and digestion and reduce fatigue, and so improve your emotional and mental health. A massage therapist can also help you develop deep and effortless breathing, which can assist in making birthing more graceful.
Another advantage of prenatal massage is an increase in blood and lymph circulation through the body, which can reduce the swelling and fluid retention that some women experience during pregnancy, especially in the feet, lower legs and hands. This improved circulation can also help your body release toxins and strengthen your immune system.
Another benefit of regular massage during pregnancy is a likely increase in skin elasticity, which can reduce stretch marks after the birth.
- Your comfort during a pregnancy massage
A well-equipped massage clinic will have the right accessories to ensure that you’re resting comfortably during your massage.
A professional massage therapist will be alert to honouring your individual preference for one position or another at different stages of a massage, and will encourage you to provide feedback at any time during a session to allow you to adjust your position if necessary.
An adjustable body cushion—with special recesses for the abdominal area and breasts—can be placed on the massage table to allow you to lie comfortably on your tummy during treatment. This position is safe and supported, and when used correctly there is no danger of excessive stretching of the uterus. The cushion can be used at all stages of pregnancy, and most women find it liberating.
Alternatively, you may prefer to lie on your back or side for all or part of your massage. Another option is to sit in a specially designed massage chair.
- Massage can rejuvenate you after your baby is born
Massage is not only good for mums-to-be—it can also support you after childbirth in returning your body to its pre-baby condition. Indeed, in many Asian cultures massage is a routine part of recovery in the days and weeks postpartum.
Massage can help your body to recover from many months of pregnancy, and childbirth, by realigning the pelvis and lower back region, as well as the abdominal muscles (rectus abdominus), which can become separated during childbirth. This can make the internal abdominal structures feel intact and comfortable, and prepare you to resume, or begin, physical exercise after giving birth.
Postnatal massage can also help the uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and reduce the possibility of sagging. Regular massage treatments will tone stretched skin as well.
Frequent breastfeeding can take its toll on your neck, shoulders and upper back. A massage therapist can target these specific areas to relieve pain.
Importantly, a skilled massage therapist will be able to help you feel relaxed, rejuvenated and revitalized after childbirth, enabling you to approach the demands of motherhood with more ease and grace. Postnatal massage can assist by providing much needed ‘me’ time, improving sleep, decreasing emotional fragility and alleviating postnatal depression.
- A word of caution
When provided by a well-trained and attentive therapist, pregnancy massage is a safe and nurturing complementary therapy. An experienced therapist will know what extra precautions are needed with pregnant clients to ensure the wellbeing and safety of you and your baby.
Certain points on the body should be massaged with awareness to avoid the risk of inducing contractions or early labour. These points are more of an issue if you have a history of complicated pregnancy, infertility or miscarriage. A massage therapist specializing in prenatal care will be aware of these points—which correspond with acupuncture/acupressure points in traditional Oriental medicine—and will adjust your treatment appropriately.
These same points can be massaged directly to induce contractions and labour if your baby is overdue. This technique involves holding the points firmly for 20 to 30 seconds, releasing for a few seconds, and then repeating several times.
Abdominal massage is not recommended at all during the first trimester when the risk of miscarriage is highest. During the second and third trimesters, your therapist would only provide gentle and careful massage of the abdominal region if you’re completely comfortable with it.
Blood clots can develop during pregnancy, especially in the lower legs. This can be countered by applying appropriate massage strokes that are not too deep and encourage blood flow toward the heart.
You should avoid massage if you’re experiencing severe nausea and vomiting associated with morning sickness—a fairly common condition during the first trimester. Nevertheless, you might like to schedule a massage appointment for a time of day when your morning sickness symptoms are likely to be absent or very mild, as massage may help reduce the intensity of the condition.
If you’re experiencing any other form of ongoing illness, such as dizziness, fever or diarrhoea, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor on whether massage therapy is right for you. Also, you should discuss any health concerns, including pre-existing conditions, with your massage therapist before making a booking.
Postnatal massage can also promote healing after a Caesarean section. You’ll normally need to wait around two to three weeks for the abdominal incisions to heal sufficiently before gentle massage pressure can be applied. In some cases it may be a little sooner if you feel comfortable and ready. Massage on the incision itself can reduce scarring and the potential build-up of physical and emotional tension in the area.
- Regular massage as part of your wellness plan
Regular treatment is important if you want to gain the full benefits of pre- and postnatal massage. Like many things in life, a one-off session won’t give you a true impression of the potential for massage therapy to significantly improve your wellbeing.
Regular massage throughout pregnancy can be an effective and nurturing way to promote your wellness and help you feel your best for giving birth and taking care of your newborn baby.
A series of postnatal massage sessions can help you to regain your pre-pregnancy condition and give you some vital ‘me’ time, when you can attend to your own physical and emotional needs.
Pre- and postnatal massage can be particularly therapeutic if you feel alone or unsupported during this momentous period in your life. When you feel healthy and supported, you’re in a better position to create a happier present—and future—for yourself and your baby.
Regular massage therapy—as part of a holistic health and wellbeing plan—can help make bringing baby into the world a graceful and joyful journey.
* You can find out more about pre- and postnatal massage by calling Richard directly on 0403 472 342,
or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. For appointments, please phone 024956 3353.
“The most relaxing, blissful massage I've ever had.”
- Jenni, Teacher
“Richard is warm and welcoming when you arrive at his studio. His approach to massage is enlightened and is the most wonderful massage I have experienced. Richard is easy to trust and I have no reservations surrendering my body to his care. He is a truly valuable practitioner for regular massage and massage during times of emotional or physical difficulty.”
- Mark, HSE Manager
“I would recommend Richard Turner to any person looking to experience profound relaxation and stillness. Richard is compassionate and most importantly his hands are golden!”
- Ian, Chiropractor
“Richard's massage allows my body to keep up with my everyday activities. I feel a freedom of movement.”
- Jan, Admin Manager
“With a natural ease and an awareness of my individual needs, Richard worked wonders on my neck, relieving all discomfort and allowing a new release of movement and energy.”
- Sarah, Yoga Teacher
"I feel like I've had the world's biggest cuddle."
- Hayley, Case Worker
"Richard's massage was amazing. I was really stressed and he was so calm and peaceful, I could feel myself relaxing just talking to him. He took a very thorough history and I felt he really listened to me and cared about what was going on in my life. He does different styles of massage depending on what you want- I mainly wanted relaxation but he also did some great deep tissue on my shoulder where I needed it. This guy's energy is amazing- I felt like a went into a deeply relaxing meditation during the massage and I just floated for days after! Do yourself a favour and give this guy a go- fully recommend."
- Jenny, Mother
“I'm too relaxed to worry.”
- Sharon, Naturopath