Prenatal massage or is therapeutic and focuses on the special needs of the mother and her baby. A mother’s body goes through many dramatic changes as her pregnancy advances. Receiving skilled and nurturing bodywork can enhance muscle and joint function, improve circulation, relieve mental and physical fatigue as well as pain. My gentle approach to prenatal massage can ease much of the discomfort associated with pregnancy as well as give some nurturing emotional support.
Pregnancy massage is different than other types of therapeutic massage because special care is given to ensure the mother and baby are as safe and comfortable as possible. Massage therapists are aware that there are certain pressure points that could stimulate the pelvic muscles and these will be avoided. The mother-to-be usually will be lying on her side, supported by pillows. The comfort of the mother is important and I take great care in making sure you feel well cared for. Always communicate any symptoms you have been experiencing and if you have any discomfort during the massage. Your safety is the top priority.
Prenatal Massage Can:
Prepare you for birth
Alleviate joint and muscle pain
Reduce swelling in the hands and feet
Alleviate Sciatica pain
Increase blood circulation, which provides more oxygen and nutrients to both mother and baby
Soothes and relaxes the nervous system by releasing endorphins into the mother’s body.
These are just a few of the numerous benefits of pregnancy therapeutic massage. Routine massages can help improve the health of a pregnant woman and help with the physical, emotional and mental changes to the body during the months of pregnancy.
*Please note- if you have a high-risk pregnancy we recommend that you consult your physician or midwife before receiving treatment. However, massage is a safe treatment for pregnancy women if you are using a licensed and trained massage therapist.