What is Prenatal Massage And Why Every Pregnant Woman Must Have It
Prenatal massage has the same goals as regular massage – relieving tension in your muscles, help improve mobility and circulation, help relieve soreness and aches – and make you feel really good at the end of the process. The only difference being this is done on pregnant women and designed to suit their particular needs.
Depending on the stage of pregnancy you are in, our highly trained therapists use the appropriate methods and techniques to relieve any discomfort you may be in, and make you feel on top of the world.
Benefits of Prenatal Massage: How Can It Help You?
When you are carrying, there’s a significant amount of stress on the muscles and ligaments of your back, shoulders, abdomen and neck. Your pelvis tends to get pulled forward, changing your normal posture. Not surprisingly, many pregnant women complain of lower back pain – and have sore spots all over.
Our therapists understand what you are going through, and know where your sore spots are most likely to be. So they will be able to provide you much needed relief and alleviate your discomfort. In addition, you will also want to let your therapist know which areas, if any, of your body need special care. If you are in any way uncomfortable during the massage, let her know and she will be able to help you.
While most pregnant women can benefit very significantly from have regular prenatal massage sessions, women with lower back pain or headaches can experience even more significant benefits.
While discomfort during pregnancy cannot be totally eliminated, it can be reduced very significantly. You will also end up feeling very relaxed, free of stress and much more happy.
Is Prenatal Massage Safe During The First Trimester
Pregnancy massage is safe during any trimester – but it needs to be done by a certified therapist. Techniques used vary during each trimester.
During the first trimester, your therapist will NOT massage areas near the uterus. But apart from that, your therapist will be able to massage any other part of your body.
Prenatal Massage Contraindications
While massage is almost always good when performed by a qualified therapist, there are times when it would best be avoided. If you have a blood clot or a fractured bone, you definitely would not want to get a massage in that part of your body.
People with serious injuries to the skin – which could get worse during some techniques used in massage like rubbing – open wounds, burns, eczema or other skin infections would want to consult a medical practitioner before signing up for a massage.
When you are pregnant, you would want to avoid saunas, hot tubs and hot wraps as these can cause your body to overheat.
If you have some medical condition which you feel would make getting a massage risky for you, consult your doctor before signing up for the massage.
Postnatal / Postpartum Massage
Postnatal massage is designed to meet the needs of women who have just delivered a baby.
Just like prenatal massage, the aim of postnatal massage is to reduce tension in the muscles, help improve mobility and circulation, relieve soreness, help your body bet back to the state it was before pregnancy – and make you feel good.
Benefits of Postnatal Massage
Delivering a baby puts a huge stress on your body. Especially areas like your lower back, abdomen and hips. Massage techniques like stroking, kneading and more are all designed to alleviate discomfort and stress, relax you and improve blood circulation to these areas. As a result, your body releases endorphins and oxytocins – hormones that act as pain killers and mood elevators.
While you certainly will feel extremely relaxed and rejuvenated, with a lot fewer aches, spasms and cramps, there’s another very good reason for all of this…
Your immunity is increased as well.
When your body is under stress and you are experiencing cramps and aches, your immunity is reduced, making you susceptible to a host of illnesses.
By significantly reducing your discomfort and making you feel happier, your immunity is boosted. You will be a lot less likely to experience baby blues – or depression. On the other hand, you will feel on top of the world, ready to shower lots of loving care on your newborn bundle of joy.