Pregnancy is one of those phases of life that are fraught with duality. Moms-to-be are full of joy, but also stress. The beautiful “pregnancy glow” is balanced with less pleasant body changes. The thrill of feeling your baby move for the first time is accompanied by aches and pains.
Prenatal massage, also called pregnancy massage, can help tip the scales back towards bliss. Done by a licensed practitioner with pregnancy massage experience, prenatal massage is safe for you and your baby; just get your physician to OK the treatment before you schedule an appointment.
Massage therapists use special techniques to ensure the comfort and safety of our pregnant clients and their babies. Special tables, massage chairs, or merely supporting the client on her side using pillows, all are methods used to accommodate a mom-to-be’s body. We use gentle touch instead of vigorous or strong-pressure techniques.
With regular treatments, prenatal massage has many benefits, including:
Human touch and specifically massage increases the level of the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine, promoting a sense of well being and leading to better sleep.
Relief from aches and pains
A pregnant woman’s body is undergoing massive changes, which are sure to lead to new aches and pains. Skilled massage can relieve pain in a mom-to-be’s trouble areas, like feet, ankles, legs, back, shoulders and hips.
During pregnancy, a woman’s blood volume increases by as much as 50%, and circulation in extremities like feet and legs can get sluggish. Gentle massage can help circulation along and reduce swelling in the feet and ankles. Better circulation also helps the body move waste and toxins away from tissues, very important since a mom-to-be’s body is taking care of her waste and the baby’s.
But the benefits of massage for moms don’t stop when she delivers. Massage can help with mom’s post-natal outcomes as well, reducing instances of post-partum depression and anxiety.
No matter where you are in your pregnancy, or in your motherhood journey, Transformations Massage and Wellness Center can help you relax, unwind, and de-stress, all while doing something marvelous for your overall health. Just use this convenient form to book your first session!
Lisa has many years experience with prenatal massage, helping mom-to-be stay relaxed. She recently became certified as a Fertility Massage Specialist from Claire Marie Miller Seminars.