Massage during pregnancy not only makes a woman feel pampered, but offers undeniable physical benefits as well. Massage can relieve fatigue, enhance sleep, and calm an active baby.
During the entire term of the pregnancy, massage can stimulate bloodflow, which may assist in the prevention of anemia. An increase in muscle tone and flexibility will occur, alleviating leg cramps and muscle spasms.
Massage during pregnancy 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. A randomized study conducted by the University of Miami found a drastic decrease in back pain with maternity massage, and another recent study showed reduced gestational and postpartum depression (Field, et al., 2009).
• 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
How Will I Receive My Massage?
When receiving maternity massage, you are positioned on your side or in a semi-reclining position. You will be supported with pillows and special cushions, and draped appropriately.
If you desire, essential oils can be used during your massage. Lavender is commonly used to relieve nausea, headaches, and constipation; neroli and ylang-ylang may help reduce stretch marks.
What About Massage After the Delivery of My Baby?
Continued massage after the delivery helps to restore muscle tone in the abdomen and reposition the pelvis, in addition to reducing stress and symptoms of depression. And remember, touch is a very important part of a baby's life. Infant massage will be available to you after the delivery, in addition to guidance in improving bonding through infant massages at home.
Women with normal, low-risk pregnancies can benefit greatly from massage. However, women in high-risk pregnancies should consult with their doctor or midwife before beginning a massage therapy program. If at any time during the massage you experience discomfort, please tell the therapist immediately.
If your doctor/midwife has put you in a high-risk category with your pregnancy for any reason, please fill have your doctor/midwife give you a signed referral for prenatal massage (highly recommended) or print out and sign the Prenatal Massage Waiver below. I strongly encourage you to ask your doctor/midwife about prenatal massage, and discuss the many benefits of receiving it today!
** Due to the high risk, I cannot offer massages to women suffering from pre-eclampsia/toxemia without a signed referal from their primary doctor. I am sorry for this inconvenience. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.