What Is Prenatal Massage?
Prenatal massage is a form of massage therapy specifically tailored for the unique needs of expectant mothers. Pregnancy can put new stresses on both the mind and body. Difficulty sleeping, reduced mobility, and lower back pain are common physical complaints along with the emotional and mental stress of a growing family. Both mother and baby benefit when both are rested and relaxed and are able to experience a more healthy and enjoyable pregnancy.
During prenatal massage the mother’s body is properly positioned and supported during the massage to alleviate stress and strain on the body. Proper positioning ensures comfort and safety for both mother and baby.
Some massage techniques, such as deep tissue work, cannot be used during prenatal massage as certain areas of the body should be avoided during pregnancy. It’s a popular complementary therapy during pregnancy for back pain and swelling of the extremities, when choices for pain relief, such as medication, are often limited.
Not only can massage be physically beneficial, but it can also provide much needed emotional support during pregnancy. Expectant mothers are able to destress, relax and enjoy this new stage of their life with less stress, pain and anxiety.
Benefits Of Prenatal Massage
Easier, shorter and less painful delivery
Soothes tired and sore muscles
Reduces heart rate and blood pressure
Decreased likelihood of post-partum depression
Stress relief on weight-bearing joints, such as ankles, lower back and pelvis
Relief of neck and back pain
Reduced heart rate and blood pressure
Improved circulation and reduced swelling
Emotional support and stress relief