Massage during pregnancy offers undeniable physical benefits. Certified prenatal massage therapists work to stimulate your lymphatic system, increasing immunity and removing excess toxins, while also stabilizing hormonal levels and balancing the glandular system. Hormonal changes can cause depression and anxiety during pregnancy, which is why many expecting mothers can find relief with prenatal massage.
What Are The Benefits Of Prenatal Massage?
Massage therapy is a wonderful, complimentary choice for prenatal care and a healthy way to reduce stress and promote general well-being. Prenatal massage works to relieve the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches, joint pain and edema. In addition, by relaxing nervous tension, you can experience a better night’s sleep. Below are examples of how massage can help you throughout your pregnancy:
- Relieve headaches
- Help alleviate morning sickness
- Reduce fatigue
- Alleviate backaches
- Relieve leg cramps
- Reduce swelling/edema
- Relieve pain from varicosities
- Enhance sleep
- Prepare pelvic muscles for birth process
How Will I Receive My Massage?
When receiving a prenatal massage, you will be gently positioned on your side to keep you comfortable while your back is massaged. Once finished with your back, you may then be placed in a semi-reclining position to receive massage on the front of your body. During the first trimester, it is also acceptable for clients to lie on their backs with a slight elevation under one hip. This positioning alleviates the extra strain on the lower back and pelvic areas when the massage is being administered.
Throughout each session, we’ll use a special body support cushion to ensure comfort and proper positioning.
Are There Times When Massage During Pregnancy Should Be Avoided?
It’s very important you obtain approval from your midwife or obstetrician before receiving any form of massage during pregnancy. Women with normal, low-risk pregnancies can benefit greatly from massage by a professional massage therapist. However, women in high-risk pregnancies should consult with their doctor or midwife before beginning a massage therapy program. If at any time during the massage you experience discomfort, please tell us immediately.