Pregnancy massage is a form of massage specifically designed for women during and after childbirth. Prenatal massage can be very helpful with the changes, discomforts and stress your body endures during and after pregnancy. Since the various stages of pregnancy will present numerous changes that occur to your body, your therapist will address your concerns with you and prescribe treatment based on your current stage of the pregnancy.
During a prenatal massage, your and your baby’s safety and comfort are our primary concern. Since your body will change considerably during each trimester of your pregnancy, you will be placed in a position on the table that is most comfortable for you. As your pregnancy progresses, special pregnancy bolsters may be used to add comfort and support. During all three trimesters, you will have an abundance of pillows placed strategically so that pressures in certain areas of your body will be reduced and the baby will always be supported.
If at any time the position or bolsters used to help support you are uncomfortable, let your registered massage therapist know immediately so adjustments can be made.
Once you have delivered your baby, postnatal massage can relieve postpartum symptoms and help you adjust to the many changes your body has and will again undergo. Postpartum massage helps restore your muscles to their pre-pregnancy state and addresses the stress your body endures from carrying and caring for your newborn child.
Added Benefits of Prenatal Message Therapies
Help with Low Back Pain
Decreased Leg Cramps
Decreased Sciatic Pain
Decreased Pain from Postural Changes
Read below for evidence-based information regarding prenatal massage:
Based on previous studies and available evidence, it is believed that massage therapy is a safe treatment during pregnancy and labor. Massage therapy can be used to “address pain, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve neonatal outcomes.” Based on current evidence “pregnant women are experiencing improved moods, reduced back pain, better sleep, and few complications during labor and delivery.” “Women who received massage during labor experienced less pain and anxiety, shorter duration of labor , less time in hospital and fewer episodes of postpartum depression.” Trish Dryden, Christopher A. Moyer 2012/Massage Therapy, Integrating Research and Practice. pregnancy and labor 85-89.