Prenatal massage is therapeutic bodywork that focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of pregnancy. It enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation, general body tone, and relieves mental, and physical fatigue.
The gentle, noninvasive approach of prenatal massage can ease discomfort associated with pregnancy and give her nurturing emotional support.
A lot of women worry about whether massage is safe during pregnancy and the truth is that if preformed by a Licensed Massage Therapist, one specifically certified in prenatal massage, then not only is the massage perfectly safe but it will benefit both baby and mother
During our prenatal massages you will be sitting in a slightly reclined position or laying on your side with you body positioned properly with pillows so there is no strain on the mother’s joints and there is optimal blood flow to baby.
We do not use or recommend the tables with the inserts cut out for the stomach and breasts because everyone’s stomachs are different shapes and sizes all throughout the pregnancy and this could cause a loss of blood flow to the baby if the stomach does not match the insert perfectly.
Studies have shown that prenatal massage decreases labor times. In fact, in all the studies done, women who received prenatal massage regularly hand an average of 4 hours of labor.
I am sure you are wondering how often you should receive prenatal massage during your pregnancy. The professional recommendation, proven by many studies, is that you should receive a prenatal massage every 2 weeks until the third trimester then you should receive one every week until birth.
In between each session the mother-to-be should be practicing self-massage and stretching on the regular bases.
After the baby is born at least for the first few months it is recommended to get a prenatal massage every 2 weeks. This will help with postpartum depression and getting your body back into shape. Prenatal massage helps to realign the body weight, tones over-stretched skin over the belly, as well as relieving muscle tension and stress.
Benefits of Prenatal Massage….
Alleviates stress on weight-bearing joints and Muscala-fascial structures
Increases blood circulation, providing more oxygen and nutrients to both mother and fetus and stimulates the lymph system, increasing immunity and removal of toxins
Stabilizes hormonal levels and helps relieve depression and anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
Assists in maintaining good posture caused by the baby’s increasing weight.
Massage increases muscle tone and flexibility, enhancing the ability to carry this extra weight while also relieving aches and pains, leg cramps, and muscle spasms.
Offers a natural, safe, drug-free alternative for pain relief.
Provides emotional support and nurturing touch
Supports the return of blood flow to the heart and increases blood flow to the uterus and placenta.
Helps other discomforts during pregnancy such as; Muscular discomforts, lower back pain, upper back pain, headaches, leg cramps, sciatica, stiffness, tension knots, carpal tunnel, headaches, heartburn, acid reflux, fatigue, varicose veins, nasal congestion, shortness of breath, edema of the lower extremities, neck pain, hip pain, constipation, and so so so much more.