Prenatal massage therapy can help with the following:
- Muscle Pain Relief
- Decreased Nerve Pain
- Reduced Swelling
- Improved Sleep Quality
- Reduced Anxiety
Benefits of Pregnancy Massage
Prenatal massage therapy shares many of the goals of regular massage therapy, such as relaxing muscle tension, decreasing muscle pain, improving blood circulation and joint mobility. Treatment and the techniques can vary according to the stages of pregnancy to enhance overall well-being and accommodate the needs of a pregnant mother’s changing body.
Along with the guidance and advice from pregnancy to birth, massage therapy can be incorporated into routine prenatal care as an emotional and physical health supplement shown to improve pregnancy outcome and maternal health.
What is special about prenatal massage?
Massages are a great way to relax and unwind during pregnancy. Pregnant women often experience muscle pain, swelling in their legs or back due to changes that occur as your body prepares for birth. A good prenatal massage will improve circulation, relieve tension and reduce stress. It also helps you sleep better at night!
How do I know if my baby is healthy?
You may be concerned about whether your baby is developing normally. You should have regular check-ups throughout your pregnancy so that any problems can be detected early on. Your doctor will monitor your blood pressure, weight gain, urine output and fetal movement. He/she will listen to your heartbeat using an ultrasound machine and measure how big your belly has grown by measuring its circumference around your abdomen. The size of your uterus will also be measured. If there’s anything abnormal, it could mean that something might not develop properly.
What types of massage can I get while pregnant?
There are a wide range of prenatal massages performed by certified pregnancy massage therapists in tranquil environment such as Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, goertzen massage, reflexology treatment, hot stone massage, aromatherapy, shiatsu, Thai massage, yoga and many other relaxation massage techniques.
How is Pregnancy Massage different from a Regular Therapeutic Massage?
The expectant mother’s body needs to be side-lying and supported during the massage, with pillows and padding. During pregnancy certain areas of the body can’t be avoided, and certain massage techniques cannot be used.
Is prenatal massage safe?
Yes, prenatal massage is very safe because it does not use needles or sharp instruments. However, some people who suffer from arthritis or other joint conditions may find this form of treatment uncomfortable.