Who else would like to feel great during this special time
During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes tremendous changes. Some of the by-products of these changes result in a number of uncomfortable conditions. Massage during pregnancy helps relieve many of these complaints through the positive physiological effects of soft tissue manipulation.
The overall goals for prenatal massage are to:
- Minimize stress (emotional support and nurturing touch)
- Promote relaxation and prepare the muscles for child birth
- Decrease insomnia
- Stress relief on weight-bearing points, such as ankles, lower back and pelvis
- Relief neck and back pain caused by muscle imbalance and weakness
- Assist in maintaining proper posture
- Reduce swelling in hands and feet
- Release sciatic pain
- Release calf cramps
- Get rid of headaches and sinus congestion
How prenatal massage can make the world difference?
Massage involves manipulation of the soft tissue, stroking and stretching of muscles, tendons and ligaments which increase the blood circulation in the muscles. The result is more oxygen and nutrient availability to the tissue. In addition, enhanced blood flow will remove metabolic waste products that have built up in the muscles. Some other major physiological effects of soft tissue manipulation include improving muscle pliability a joint flexibility, decrease muscle tension, and calming nervous irritability.
Positioning during prenatal massage
Prenatal massage can be done in different ways. It all depends on the client how they feel most comfortable. The most common and safest way is to be lying on the sides and be prepped with pillows for your comfort.
In most cases, prenatal massage can be received safely. There are also times when you should be precautions:
- Heavy vaginal discharge (water or bloody)
- High blood pressure
- Contagious illness
- Morning sickness
- Abdominal pain
- Any malignant condition
- Unusual pain
Make sure, you always consult with your primary health care provide, if a massage is something for you!
Make sure that you communicate with your therapist while receiving massage! That is very important! Be sure to let the therapist know if you are uncomfortable, thirsty, need a bathroom break, or have other concerns.
How often should you schedule a massage
It is suggested that you receive a massage AT LEAST once a month or more.