Are you an expectant Mom and in need of some TLC?
A study carried out by The University of Miami School of Medicine suggested that a massage during pregnancy has the following benefits:
- Reduced Anxiety
- Better Sleep
- Improved Mood
- Less Back Pain
Not to mention aiding with associated aches, swelling and other discomfort relating to pregnancy.
The aim of the massage remains the same, to locate and relieve tension, however the technique is adjusted to ensure a great experience for mom and baby.
What you can expect from the pregnancy massage treatment?
- Massage therapy can address lower back pain, as well as leg, foot or hand discomfort.
- Due to stimulation in the circulation system massage can reduce the swelling that can occur during pregnancy.
- Reduce neck and back pain caused by poor posture and strain on the uterine ligaments. Ease stress on weight-bearing joints and muscles.
- As the due date approaches anxiety levels can often heighten in addition to dealing with aches and pain. Massage at this time can be an overall tonic and reduce levels of anxiety.
- Specific oils, lotions and massage techniques can be used to aid the healing and reduce the appearance of incision related scar tissue.
- Post birth massage therapy can gently facilitate the body’s return to its pre-pregnancy state, alleviate pain, foster a renewed sense of body and self, and help maintain flexibility despite the physical stresses of the labour process and infant care.
Pregnancy Massage Risks
There are no documented risks of a healthy woman receiving a prenatal massage. We do however adapt the treatment to ensure safety and comfort for the duration for the treatment.
- Depending on the stage of pregnancy the couch positioning is slightly different and is mainly carried out in the side position or propped up into a semi-sitting position.
- To avoid any increased stress on the body, pressure used during pregnancy massage is reduced.
- Certain acupressure points are avoided.
- The stomach area is not massaged and strokes to the inner leg is superficial.
- Massage to the legs are avoided If confined to bed rest for any particular reason, as there is a higher risk of blood clots.
When is best to receive a massage during pregnancy?
Most therapists will ask you to wait until you have had your 12 week scan before coming for your first session. There are however, no known risks associated with receiving correctly administered prenatal massage during any stage of your pregnancy. If you have any doubts or concerns we would always suggest you discuss them with your healthcare professional first.