Why Massage During Pregnancy?
Massage during pregnancy not only makes a woman feel pampered, but offers undeniable physical benefits as well. Pregnancy massage can relieve fatigue, enhance sleep, and calm an active baby.
- Relieve headaches
- Help alleviate morning sickness
- Reduce fatigue
- Alleviate backaches
- Relieve leg cramps
- Reduce swelling/edema
- Relieve pain from varicosities
- Enhance sleep
- Prepare pelvic muscles for birth process
During the entire term of the pregnancy, massage can stimulate blood flow, which may assist in the prevention of anemia. An increase in muscle tone and flexibility will occur, alleviating leg cramps and muscle spasms. Pregnancy massage is also a great way to relieve everyday tension and the general aches and pains your body is suffering. It stimulates your lymphatic system, increasing immunity and the removal of excess toxins, while also stabilizing hormonal levels and balancing the glandular system.
How Will I Receive My Massage?
When receiving pregnancy massage, you are positioned on your side to give the therapist access to your back, or in a semi-reclining position for massage on the front of your body. You will be supported with pillows or special cushions. Here at Holistic Care Approach in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we have a pillow specifically designed for pregnant women, including a “breakaway tummy” to support the pelvic area if it is safe for you to lay on your stomach. (This is normally within the first trimester, depending on your level of comfort.) You will be properly draped while the therapist is working. You can view our pricing here.
What Techniques Will Be Used?
Our pregnancy massage specialists integrate a variety of techniques into their work. Depending upon where you are in your pregnancy, the therapist may utilize Reflexology, CranioSacral Therapy, Relaxation Massage, or Deep Tissue Massage.
Are There Times When Massage During Pregnancy Should Be Avoided?
Women with normal, low-risk pregnancies can benefit greatly from massage by a trained pregnancy massage therapist. However, women in high-risk pregnancies would consult with their doctor before beginning a massage therapy program. If at any time during your massage you experience discomfort, tell the therapist immediately.
What About Massage After Delivery Of My Baby?
Massage during the weeks after delivery helps to restore muscle tone in the abdomen and reposition the pelvis. And remember, touch is a very important part of bonding with your baby. Ask about receiving instruction in massaging your baby.