Pregnancy Massage

What is Pregnancy Massage?

Pregnancy is a time of major structural, physiological, psychological, spiritual, and social changes. Some of these changes produce discomforts and concerns, which can be addressed with appropriate massage therapy and body use guidance. Pregnancy massage therapy is beneficial throughout the nine months of a low-risk pregnancy. If you are not having a low risk pregnancy, discuss your condition with your physician or midwife. After further discussion, you may be able to receive therapy with additional written release.

Massage therapy in pregnancy can include specific light and deep pressure massage, myofascial techniques, circulatory work, acupressure, reflexology, and other techniques.

Possible Benefits

Massage therapy during pregnancy is not intended to replace appropriate prenatal care. When used as a form of adjunctive health care, some of its possible benefits are:

  • Reduce stress and promotes relaxation.
  • Provides emotional support and physical nurturing, particularly for those who are alone in the process, either literally or by the emotional absence of the partner.
  • Reduces and alleviates neck, back, and joint pain caused by posture, muscle weakness, tension, extra weight, or imbalance.
  • Relieves muscle spasms, cramps, and fibrosis.
  • Alleviates stress on weight-bearing joints and musculo-fascial structures (sacro-iliac joint, mid-back and lumbar spine, hips).
  • Combats tension, fatigue, and headaches, soothe nerves to help with sleep problems, and possibly reduce blood pressure through relaxation and stress reduction.
  • Increases blood and lymph circulation and supports the physiological process of gestation, by supporting the work of the heart, increasing cellular respiration, reducing edema, and contributing to sympathetic nervous system sedation.
  • Reduces the possibility of problems with swelling, varicose veins, and leg cramps.
  • Assists with the management of digestive complaints such as constipation, gas, nausea, and indigestion.
  • Encourages deeper, easier breathing.

What to Expect

A thorough massage session takes at least one hour, during which you will be comfortably supported in a side-lying position. We also offer a specially designed massage table where you can lay on your “tummy” while you and baby are completely supported. The room will be quiet and comfortable. It is fine to interrupt the massage to use the restroom, however, for maximum comfort, avoid heavy eating and drinking for two hours before your session.

Contraindications

Complication of pregnancy, which would contraindicate massage therapy, needs to be consulted with and resolved with your midwife/physician before receiving pregnancy massage.

 

 

 

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