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Prenatal or Pregnancy Massage Therapy

What is Pregnancy or Prenatal Massage: Pregnancy or pre-natal massage is massage therapy specifically tailored for expecting mothers.

How pregnancy massage is different from regular massage: The mother's body must be properly positioned and supported during their massage. Prenatal or regular pillows should be used to support the expecting mother. Proper positioning ensures comfort and safety for both the mother and her baby. Also, some massage techniques, such as deep tissue work, cannot be used. Certain areas of the body should be avoided during pregnancy which is why it is very important to request an experienced, certified or degreed therapist.

Benefits of a Prenatal Massage: Massage during pregnancy is a very benificial therapy both physically and emotionally for the expecting mother. Muscle tension created by carrying the extra weight of a baby can be relieved by encouraging blood flow to the afflicted areas. This provides more nutrient-rich oxygen and also increases the flow of lymphatic fluid, which sweeps away toxins and metabolic waste. Fatigue, backaches, leg cramps and swelling/edema can all be relieved through various types of massage for pregnant women.
The ordinary aches and pains of pregnancy are countered by the release of serotonin, your body's natural anti-pain chemical, which is stimulated by massage. Not only can massage be physically beneficial, but the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy. Massage therapy has been found to reduce more of the following...

  • Relieves Stress
  • Reduces Anxiety & Depression
  • Encourages Relaxation
  • Over All Relaxes Muscle & Connective Tissues
  • Improves Flexibility & Range of Motion
  • Helps with Limited Mobility
  • Helps Manage Pain
  • Relieves Over All Muscle Tension & Spasms
  • Relief from Headaches
  • Decreases Swelling
Massage Therapist Consultation: Prior to the start of any massage treatment, massage professionals will have each client complete a health history form. The main purpose of the client intake forms is to inform the massage professional of current and past health issues (within the year) and injuries so the massage professional can take special care to treat current issues and prevent additional injury.

Professionalism: By law, all clients receiving services by a licensed professional must be properly draped underneath a sheet, blanket, and/or towel during all massage therapy sessions. During a massage you are generally nude or in undergarments underneath the drapping. The massage professional uncovers only the part of the body he/she is working on. Our professionals will give each client privacy by leaving the room to wash their hands while each client undresses/dresses when getting on and off the massage table. Our professionals will also knock and ask to re-enter the room.

Precautions: Massage is not recommend in the first trimester and for woman with certain health conditions. It is always best to consult with your doctor before seeking prenatal massage. When ready to schedule an appointment for a prenatal massage, it is recommended to seek a prenatial massage therapist.

Massage therapists who provide pregnancy massage should be specifically trained and/or certified in pregnancy massage.

What to Expect During the Massage: Massage therapists may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during the deep tissue massage. You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage professional works on certain tense areas. It is very important to communicate with your massage professional on pressure comfort. The massage should never go beyond a "hurt so good".  

What Should You Do After a Deep Tissue Massage: Professionals encourage their clients to drink plenty of water after the deep tissue massage to flush metabolic waste from their tissues. Massage has a detoxifying effect on the body. It is important to avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol for the next 24 hours.

Additional Tip: Don't eat a heavy meal before a massage. 

Precautions: Massage is not recommended for certain people: infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds; immediately after surgery; immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor; people with osteoporosis should consult their doctor before getting a massage; prone to blood clots, there are risks of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage; pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage professional who is properly trained and certified in pregnancy massage. Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.

How is pregnancy massage different from regular massage?

The mother's body must be properly positioned and supported during the massage, using pillows and padding. Proper positioning ensures comfort and safety for the mother and baby. Also, some massage techniques, such as deep tissue work, cannot be used. Certain areas of the body should be avoided during pregnancy.

What are the benefits of pregnancy massage?

Pregnancy massage has been found to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, and relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints. It's a popular complementary therapy during pregnancy for back pain, when choices for pain relief, such as medication, are often limited. Not only can massage be physically beneficial, but the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy. Massage therapy has been found to reduce anxiety and depression.

Who do I go to for pregnancy massage?

Look for a massage therapist who is certified in pregnancy massage. That means that the therapist has had specialized training in pregnancy massage, and knows what is safe for the mother and baby.

Precautions

Many massage therapists do not recommend massage in the first trimester. Also, women with certain health conditions may not be able to have pregnancy massage. It's best to consult your doctor and a certified pregnancy massage therapist.