Frequently Asked Questions

Is massage safe during pregnancy?

Yes, in the majority of cases, massage is safe for you and your baby after 12 weeks of pregnancy and preferably after the Nuchal Translucency Scan.

Of course, if you have had spotting/bleeding earlier in your pregnancy, or a history of miscarriage, clotting; Pregnancy Induced Hypertension, Pre-Eclampsia, Liver dysfunction or are on progesterone or blood thinning medications, it is in your best interests to receive medical clearance from your Care Provider, before having any type of massage.

I take additional time to go through your health history at the initial appointment and at subsequent appointments, touch briefly on recent antenatal screening with your Care Provider, to ensure massage is still the safest option for you and your baby.

Can I claim on my Private Health Insurance?

Yes, I am required to maintain my skills and participate in continuing education; which also includes annual CPR updates and Senior First Aid. I must also stay current and financial with my Association which is ATMS and Malpractice and Professional Indemnity Insurances.

I have Provider Recognition with all Health Funds except Defence Health.

I don't have HICAPS, so full payment is required at the time of your treatment, I then provide you with a health fund receipt which you will lodge with your Health Fund and they will pay the rebate directly to you. The amount of rebate you receive will depend on the level of cover you have with your Health Fund. They will be able to provide you with an idea of what that is.

Can regular massage help with an easier labour and birth?

Most definitely. Your baby, inutero, relies on alignment and balance of your physical body; to ensure he/she has a symmetrical space. Any torsioning or twisting of the spine and pelvis can impact negatively on how a baby gains access to the pelvic inlet, moves through the mid-pelvis and navigates the last gate of the pelvis, the outlet.

Muscles that are too tight or taut, or conversely, too loose or lax or are in a state of imbalance; can slow this process. What does this create? Perhaps a baby that is malpositioned (breech or posterior), still sitting high at Term or during labour and not descending, deep transverse arrest (a baby stuck in the mid-pelvis) or an assisted 2nd stage (forceps, ventouse, shoulder dystocia).

Regular massage can assist with keeping the musculoskeletal body of the mother beautifully balanced, therefore creating a positive and balanced space for her baby and the best opportunity for a great birth experience.

How do I cancel or reschedule my appointment outside of hours, so I'm within the cancellation period?

When you booked your initial appointment, you would have provided an email address and password to set up an account with Bookitlive.

Simply go to the Bookitlive website and log in to your account and edit your booking from there. Alternatively, you will receive a reminder email and SMS 24 hours prior to your appointment. There is a link to the Bookitlive dashboard where you can cancel or modify your appointment.

What happens if I'm in labour and unable to make my appointment?

You will receive a reminder of your appointment 24 hours prior and a minimum 12 hours notice of cancellation is desired.

However, of course, if you are in labour these circumstances will be considered. Please have your partner, other birth support people aware of the appointment and ask them to send a text advising of your circumstance and cancel the appointment. Even if this is through the night, the message will be received first thing in the morning.

How soon after I give birth, can I have a massage?

If you had a straightforward vaginal birth, please allow 1 -2 weeks post-partum for breastfeeding to establish and breast engorgement to settle; as massage can increase a release of toxins into the breastmilk or cause mastitis if lying on the breasts for too long (although a pregnancy belly beanbag can still be used for support).

Even if not choosing or successfully able to breastfeed; the hormonal levels still need to adjust to enable milk supply and breasts to stabilise.

If your baby was born by caesarean or you required manual removal of the placenta under anaesthetic, it is recommended you wait until after your 6 week post-natal checkup, to obtain medical clearance.

If you had a vaginal Birth with post-partum bleed, requiring transfusion or iron infusion; allow at least 2-3 weeks.

If you have more questions, we would love to hear from you!