Mums-to-be in Shropshire

Pregnancy is an exciting time but for many women it also comes with an aching back, stiff shoulders and sore hips.

Now a Shropshire-based therapeutic aromatherapy and massage practice is offering mums-to-be a chance to relax and take some of the pressure off their tired feet.

Owner of Revive Aromatherapy Jen Hawkins has just completed an advanced qualification in aromatherapy and pregnancy massage and to celebrate she is asking blossoming pregnant women to tell her in 100 words why they would benefit from pregnancy massage - with the winning mum-to-be receiving a free treatment.

“A massage when you are pregnant is a wonderful way to ease those aches and pains,” she said.

“You can have a massage right from the beginning of pregnancy through to labour and beyond.”

Jen has always been able to massage pregnant women at Revive but wanted to take it a step further.

“I decided to do an advanced qualification because of the enjoyment I have working with clients who become pregnant.

“It’s such a special time for a woman and it’s important to look after the body and appreciate what it has to go through to grow and deliver a baby.”

The pregnancy massage includes aromatherapy, blending oils to treat any condition on the day.

“The combination of oils and treatment is therapeutic in nature, not just a relaxing break and we can blend products for home use to prolong the benefits of treatment.

“Pregnant women can have many different ailments week from week,” Jen said.

The treatment involves a full body massage performed with the mum-to-be lying on her side so the back, arms and legs can be treated in a position most comfortable for her.

Jen said there are many benefits to having a massage during pregnancy, including aiding sleep and relaxation, which can be hard during the third trimester particularly.

She said: “It can help relieve physical discomfort and the stress on weight bearing joints.

“Massage stimulates the lymphatic system and reduces fluid retention,

often a problem during pregnancy. It helps ease the muscles, which are under increased strain from the baby, and improves circulation.

“The treatment can also prevent complications because the body is relaxed and maintain skill suppleness, which can help reduce stretch marks.

“It is an enjoyable way for the mother-to-be to relax and take some time for herself- something which will be limited when the baby comes along.”

But she said it’s also important for new mums to try to relax, even if it’s hard to find the time.

“New mums can come and have a treatment with the baby lying next to them while they are on their side and they are welcome to breastfeed at the same time,” she said.

Revive is also currently offering an introductory price of £45 per massage and has 10 sessions available. The usual cost is £71 for the first treatment and £53 for follow-ups.

Jen is also available to talk to childcare groups and mother support groups about the benefits of massage in pregnancy.

For more information, see www.revivearomatherapy.com or call

07772 609696.

Competition entries should be emailed to [email protected] or posted to 20 The Parade Shopping Centre, St Mary’s Place, Shrewsbury, SY1 1DL, and the winner will receive a complimentary massage.

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