Why Massage During Pregnancy?
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.
• 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.
During the entire term of the pregnancy, massage can stimulate blood flow, 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 and balancing the glandular system.
How Will I Receive My Massage?
When receiving pregnancy massage, you are positioned on your side to give me access to your back or in a semi-reclining position for massage on the front of your body. Your body will be supported with pillows or special cushions. You will be properly draped while I am working, except for the area being massaged.
What Techniques Will Be Used?
I integrate a variety of techniques into my work. Depending on where you are in the pregnancy, I may utilize Swedish Massage, Aromatherapy, Indirect Myofascial Release or other gentle Alternative Modalities.
Are There Times When Massage During Pregnancy Should Be Avoided?
Women with normal, low-risk pregnancies can benefit greatly from massage by a trained pregnancy massage therapist.
It is very important you obtain approval from your obstetrician before receiving any form of massage during pregnancy, no matter if you are having a normal pregnancy or a high-risk pregnancy.
However, women in high-risk pregnancies will have consult with their doctor or midwife and get written approval before beginning a massage therapy program. If at any time during the massage you experience discomfort, tell the therapist immediately.
What about Massage during Labor?
Massage during labor appears to reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles, and help block pain. Massage may also reduce tearing, shorten labor, reduce the need for medication, and shorten hospital stays.
What About Massage After Delivery Of My Baby?
Massage during the weeks after delivery helps to restore muscle tone in the abdomen and reposition the pelvis.
And remember, touch is a very important part of bonding with your baby. Ask about receiving instruction in massaging your baby.
Preterm babies receiving massage therapy gain more weight and have shorter hospital stays than infants not receiving massage.
Use Of Essential Oils
If during our consult you indicate that you would like to use essential oils during your massage, then I will avoid oils that have stimulating effects, such as Basil, Cinnamon, Cedarwood, and Peppermint. Clary Sage will also be avoided as it can initiate labor. The following are recommended as safe for use during pregnancy: Lavender to relieve nausea, headaches, and constipation; Neroli and Ylang-Ylang may help reduce stretch marks. All oils used in massage will be properly diluted in a nourishing base oil like grapeseed.