Pregnancy can bring about the most amazing changes that a woman’s body may ever experience, both physically and emotionally. Nurturing touch and therapeutic bodywork is an extension of care and can be very helpful during this transition for both mom and baby. Prenatal massage safely addresses the specific needs of the mother on the massage table in a relaxing and supportive environment.
What exactly is Prenatal Massage?
Prenatal massage or pregnancy massage is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care for low-risk pregnancies. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, hip tension, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling). Most of these discomforts are due to normal postural changes during the pregnancy and can be addressed by an experienced prenatal massage therapist.
What should I expect during a Prenatal Massage?
An experienced massage therapist will discuss your basic health history and any specific needs you may have at the time of your visit. You will be positioned supportively, typically on your side, while receiving therapeutic and nurturing touch for both you and baby. Specific pressure points and techniques can also be used to encourage labor once a woman is full term.
What are the benefits of having a Prenatal Massage?
Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Certain techniques can reduce uterine ligament pain as well as improve circulation for both mom and baby.
When do I contact a therapist for my Prenatal Massage?
It is never too early during a low-risk pregnancy to receive a massage from an experienced prenatal massage therapist. Most women begin to feel discomfort due to their postural changes during the second or third trimester. Once full-term, clients may choose to receive a session just focused on relaxing the spine and pelvis and gently activating points specifically to encourage labor.
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