Massage during pregnancy is one of the most complementary facets of prenatal care. It’s a healthy way to promote overall wellness and reduce stress. Massage therapy relieves many of the typical discomforts you might experience throughout your pregnancy, such as headaches, backaches, neck stiffness, cramping and edema (swelling). Additionally, massage helps to reduces stress on your weight-bearing joints, to encourage blood and lymph circulation, with relaxing nervous tension aiding with better sleep and is shown to help relieve the stress, anxiety and depression commonly caused by hormonal changes.
At Massage in Motion we take the utmost care to ensure our prenatal clientele are comfortable and relaxed. Sideline positioning is used alleviating the extra strain on your lower back and pelvic area as added stress to these areas can inflict unnecessary backache and discomfort. Throughout the first and second trimesters of your pregnancy, it is also acceptable to lie on your back with a small cushion placed under one of your hips which provides a slight elevation change reducing pressure. Depending on the stage of your pregnancy, we may utilize modalities such as reflexology, Swedish massage therapy or individualized techniques focused on your specific desires and needs.
The Beauty of Prenatal Massage:
- Headache relief
- Ease of muscle tension
- Less fatigue
- Alleviates backaches
- Relief from leg cramps
- Reduction in swelling/edema
- Pain relief
- Restful sleep
Women with lower risk, normal pregnancies can benefit immeasurably from the range of massage therapy techniques offered by a licensed massage therapist. However, in higher risk pregnancies, you should consult your doctor or midwife before undertaking one of our massage therapy programs. Finally, keep in mind that if at any time during your prenatal massage you find yourself experiencing pain or discomfort, let your therapist know immediately.