Massage during pregnancy and postpartum not only makes a woman feel nurtured, but also offers undeniable physical and emotional benefits. Massage can relieve fatigue, improve sleep, ease back, neck and hip pain, and nurture a woman’s relationship with her changing body.
BENEFITS OF MASSAGE DURING PREGNANCY:
Helps alleviate morning sickness
Improved sense of wellbeing
Relieves leg cramps
Overall stress relief
Decreases heart rate and blood pressure
Relieves pain from varicosities
Prepares pelvic muscles for birth process
Enhances sensory awareness to relax during birth
Fourth Trimester (Postnatal)
Promotes reintegration of abdominal muscles
Promotes healing after birth
Assists in scar tissue healing and recovery from a surgical birth
Provides support and self-care for the mother
Relieves neck and shoulder tension common in the postnatal time
Facilitates treatment of postpartum depression (Field, et al., 1996, 2000)
Learn more about the tremendous benefits of postnatal bodywork and our unique series that bridges the gap in our healthcare system and supports your postnatal healing.
Therapeutic Massage relieves the pain and discomfort often experienced during pregnancy.
A pregnant woman’s body experiences many structural, or postural changes. Headaches, lower, middle and upper back pain, hip soreness, sciatic nerve irritation, and swelling of the legs and feet are common discomforts during pregnancy. The techniques used during a skilled prenatal massage session can often alleviate and even prevent the progression of these symptoms. Massage encourages circulation of both blood and lymph fluid, improving the distribution of oxygen to muscles, encouraging more efficient detoxification and promoting better immune function. The calming effects of massage are soothing to the entire nervous system, resulting in an overall decrease in pain felt in the body.
How is Prenatal Massage different than regular massage?
During a Prenatal Massage, you will generally be positioned on your side or in a semi-reclining position. Your body will be supported with pillows and cushions to promote alignment and comfort during your session. While a massage therapist generally uses less pressure in a prenatal massage, specific techniques can alleviate trigger points and restricted connective tissue that often contribute to pain in the hips, back, and neck of a pregnant woman’s changing body. We also provide self-care suggestions including specific stretches, breathing practices, and gentle exercises to support your body during this transition.
Are There Times When Massage During Pregnancy Should Be Avoided?
Women with normal, low-risk pregnancies can benefit greatly from massage by a trained pregnancy massage therapist. There is no evidence that massage during the first trimester is unsafe, however, if you are concerned, always consult your healthcare provider. Additionally, if you are considered high-risk, please consult with your doctor or midwife before beginning a massage therapy program. Often, women with high-risk pregnancy conditions can safely benefit from skilled prenatal massage, and we will work closely with your healthcare providers to ensure a safe, effective prenatal massage experience.