What’s good for mom is good for baby! Prenatal massage offers many physiological and emotional benefits:
- Promotes an overall sense of well-being
- Increases blood circulation and oxygen to mom and baby
- Promotes joint stability (particularly of the shifting sacroiliac joints)
- Relieves pregnancy headaches
- Diminishes back, neck, shoulder, and hip pain often associated with pregnancy
- Relieves congestion
- Promotes healthy digestive function
- Reduces sciatica and other nerve pain
- Relieves shortness of breath caused by growing baby/shifting organs
- Reduces edema
- Tones and softens the stretching skin
- Boosts immunity
- Regulates hormones
- Diminishes muscle cramps and spasms (especially in the lower legs and feet)
- Relieves anxiety and depression
- Promotes good posture
- Helps maintain healthy blood pressure
- Increases blood flow to the uterus and placenta
- Prepares the body for an easier delivery
- Allows some quiet time for mom and baby to connect
- Offers a natural, safe, drug-free alternative choice for pain relief
Included in pregnancy massage:
- Swedish relaxation massage
- Unique approach for each trimester
- Extra support for later pregnancy massages
Reduce pregnancy discomforts with pregnancy massage.
Pregnancy massage is a Swedish relaxation massage designed to help lower stress, improve quality of sleep, and decrease anxiety for expecting mothers. Due to the variety of restrictions on a woman’s body during pregnancy, Pregnancy Massage is performed differently at each trimester.
During the first trimester, massage can be performed as normal with a few exceptions, and will depend on the comfort level of you and your baby. It is advised in this first trimester to get your doctor or midwife’s approval, along with a prescription for massage therapy. Make sure to bring it with you to your first appointment.
Second and third trimester.
Second and third trimester pregnancy massage is generally even safer, and can help you to adapt to the changes in your growing body. At this point in your gestation, massage will be performed sideline, since lying on the belly puts too much pressure on the uterus and is therefore unsafe for baby and mother. We use a variety of pillows for extra support to the mother’s head, abdomen, legs, and shoulders. Pressure is adjusted accordingly to ensure that mother and baby are safe, comfortable, and relaxed during the entire experience.
Choose from a 60 or 90 minute pregnancy massage. After a brief intake, you will disrobe to your comfort level and relax in a sideline position on a heated massage table. You can rest easy knowing that you can trust our massage therapist to ensure the safety and comfort of you and your baby.
It is important to update your therapist about any new issues that may have arisen since your last visit, such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, gestational hypertension, or swelling in the lower legs. By keeping your massage therapist apprised of any issues, they can adjust their treatment plan accordingly, or, if necessary, ask you to bring a massage prescription to your next visit.
To learn more about pregnancy massage benefits and contraindications visit webmd.