Prenatal Massage

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How can Prenatal Massage help you?

Prenatal Massage is a therapeutic, relaxation massage which can address common symptoms related to being pregnant without the use of medication. It can help alleviate:

  • Alleviate Sciatica, Headaches, Low Back Pain, Swelling in the Extremities, Muscle Tension, Sleep disturbances, etc.
  • Diminishes stress hormones in the body
  • Helps regulate mood swings
  • Reduces anxiety and encourages relaxation
  • Helps relieve stress on the lower back, pelvis, and ankles
  • Improves blood and lymph circulation
  • Reduces swelling and improves the baby’s oxygen supply
  • Relaxes muscle knots that cause cramping, tightening, and stiffness
  • Improves muscle and skin tone
  • Assists to promote better sleep patterns (com )
  • Relieves nausea – particularly in early stages of pregnancy
  • Relief from the above without the use of medication
  • Aids in overall physical and emotional relaxation
  • Prenatal massage can be used at any stage of pregnancy – especially effective at later stage as discomfort increase
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Prenatal Massage can be a safe way for women to get a massage during any stage of pregnancy. It can help reduce pregnancy body aches, reduce stress, and ease muscle tension. Prenatal Massage uses mild pressure similar to Swedish massage, with the focus on the lower back, hips, and legs. (HealthLine)

Prenatal Massage is a kind of Massage Therapy specifically designed for pregnant bodies throughout all the stages and growth phases of pregnancy. Adding Prenatal Massage to your prenatal care routine may be just what you need to help you balance the chaos you might be feeling both physically and mentally.

Prenatal Massage is a specific kind of manual manipulation Therapy that a Massage Therapist should be specially trained in. It is an area of massage therapy dedicated to facilitating the comfort, health, and relaxation during various stages of pregnancy while actively considering common conditions and discomforts.

Prenatal Massage Therapists have learned about how the body changes throughout each phase and the transition of each trimester. This knowledge is important for helping you receive the maximum benefits of the experience and avoid accidental injury or creating unnecessary risk to your health or the health of your pregnancy. (MSC College, Minnisota) 

Massage is rubbing the soft tissues of the body, including the skin and muscles. Massage Therapists usually apply pressure with their hands, but they can also use their forearms, elbows, or feet. Some people believe that massage works because the touch is healing. Touch also communicates a sense of caring.

When you are pregnant, you can use Prenatal Massage Therapy for relaxation and to help relieve muscle tension and pain. For massage to be safe during pregnancy, make sure that you:

  • Tell your Massage Therapist that you are pregnant.
  • Avoid Aromatherapy oils, some of which can be unsafe during pregnancy.
  • Avoid firm massage of your belly. Firm massage of the pregnant belly could cause serious pregnancy complications.
  • Talk with your Massage Therapist about your body position during massage. There are special tables for use during pregnancy.
  • As your pregnancy progresses, the best positions for you to be in are sitting on a chair or stool, or lying on your side (the left side is best later in pregnancy) during your massage.
  • From mid-pregnancy and onward, avoid lying on your back. This will prevent extra weight from pressing on the major blood vessel called the vena cava.
  • After twelve weeks of pregnancy (or much earlier if you are carrying twins or more), avoid lying on your belly so you don’t increase strain and pressure on your uterus and low back.

Be sure that your Massage Therapist is specially trained in Prenatal/Pregnancy Massage and is certified by your province or a national body, such as the Massage Therapy Alliance of Canada. This ensures that your massage therapist has a certain level of training and uses certain practice guidelines.

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