The Benefits of Prenatal Massage
A woman’s body goes through profound structural changes during pregnancy. Massage helps to create the space the body needs to accommodate the growing baby while relieving many of the aches and pains associated with the musculoskeletal changes that occur during pregnancy by addressing the specific areas of discomfort, such as the neck, low back, hips, feet, ankles, and shoulders. It provides relief from headaches and sciatic pain. Prenatal massage also improves sleep, promotes relaxation of the body and mind, and reduces swelling by improving lymphatic and blood circulation to help optimize overall prenatal health. The comfort and positioning of the mother are ensured throughout the massage with careful placement of pillows and cushions. The side-lying position is considered the best position for a prenatal massage starting from about the sixteenth week to support venous return.
The Benefits of Postpartum Massage
Postpartum massage focuses on releasing the birth tension and realigning the body to get back to a pre-pregnancy state. It can be as important and beneficial as massage during pregnancy. It has been shown to be effective for a quicker recovery, adding value in healing and restoring the body during the adjustment to motherhood. Postpartum massage promotes relaxation, reduces stress, alleviates muscle tension and pain from breastfeeding and childcare, reduces postpartum swelling, improves hormone balance, improves sleep quality, and assists indigestion. A mother may have a postpartum massage as early as 3 days following a normal vaginal delivery or one to two weeks following a cesarean section. All massage therapy positions are safe after delivery, but may be adjusted for client comfort. Both deep massage and light pampering massages are available depending on what the client prefers.
Is Massage Safe for Pregnant Women?
Many of our clients ask: Is massage safe for pregnant women? Massage during pregnancy should be carefully tailored by a certified prenatal massage therapist. Because a woman’s body goes through drastic changes during pregnancy, certain precautions are taken to ensure safety and comfort. A professional massage during pregnancy is similar, though different, than the typical massage. Massage is safe during all three trimesters of pregnancy but is not recommended for those with a high risk of miscarriage, experiencing severe morning sickness, or carrying a high-risk pregnancy. You will be advised by the massage therapist to obtain clearance by your physician prior to receiving massage if you present with any precautions/contraindications.