Pregnancy (2nd & 3rd trimesters only) or Post Partum Massage:
If you are high-risk, I will need a release from your physician to perform treatments. Click here to review a list of high-risk complications.
How does pregnancy massage differ from regular massage?
There are factors to consider when massaging pregnant or post-partum clients that do not come into play with regular massage. The usual prone (face down) or supine (face up) positions must be modified to accomodate the clients' changing body. There are also acupressure points on the body that must be avoided. In addition to this, the massage therapist must be aware of potential complications, such as supine hypotensive syndrome.
It is best to only receive massage by therapists who have been certified to perform prenatal massage, and if you are having a high-risk pregnancy, you should check with your physician to see if massage is recommended. Any responsible therapist will require a physician's release to treat high-risk clients.
Pre-Natal / Pregnancy Massage (2nd & 3rd trimesters only)
Pregnancy effects your body in a multitude of ways. Below are just some of the ways massage can help you adjust to your new changes and feel great.
Massage during pregnancy helps:
• Reduce stress, promote relaxation, facilitate transitions through emotional support and physical nurturing
• Reduce edema and blood pressure, relieve varicose veins, and increase blood and lymph circulation
• Relieve stress on weight-bearing joints (ankles, low back, pelvis)
Post Partum Massage
Postpartum Massage helps:
• Improve breastfeeding
• Reduce musculoskeletal tension and pain
• Increase time spent with baby
• Decrease postpartum depression
• Promote recovery from cesarean birth, including healing of the incision
• Contribute to rehabilitation of abdominal skin, muscles and organs
• Facilitate postpartum emotional, physiological, and family adjustments
• Promote structural realignment of the spine and pelvis, and reorganization of movement
Recent medical journals have published positive results from massage therapy during pregnancy. The results tell it all:
• Reduced anxiety and improved mood
• Better sleep
• Less back pain
• Reduced norepinephrine levels (stress hormones)
• Fewer complications in labor
In addition, one of the most exciting findings shows that women massaged during pregnancy had babies with fewer postnatal complications and a lower rate of prematurity. Scientific fact behind what your intuition already new: a healthy mom who takes care of herself is better equipped to care for a child, even in utero.