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Pre-natal / Pregnancy Massage Therapy


Easing the discomforts of pregnancy... Making a human is hard work!  Nine months of pregnancy can seem like a long time – especially if you are hurting. For the body, it is a relatively short period for the vast hormonal and structural changes that occur during this time. Pregnancy Massage can offer relief to the many aches and pains associated with these changes.


Massage during pregnancy is therapeutic bodywork which focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of the childbirth experience. It is a fast-growing field in the United States that has attracted the interest of labor and delivery nurses, nurse-midwives, childbirth educators and obstetricians. Massage therapy enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue. The popularity of prenatal massage is the result of a trend toward a higher level of wellness, especially during pregnancy. Many women are postponing childbirth until they have achieved other goals, such as careers and relationships. Because of this, pregnancy is anticipated and enjoyed to its fullest for the wondrous experience it is. Today's pregnant women – along with other health care consumers – are looking for alternative approaches to support traditional health services.


A 30% - 50% increase in blood volume and other body fluids can result in a variety of discomforts including lymphedema and pregnancy induced carpal tunnel symptoms. During pregnancy our circulatory and lymphatic systems become rather sluggish, causing a myriad of symptoms and discomforts. As your body changes - heavy breasts and an extended belly pull the body forward. The natural response to this is to lean back to compensate for the weight on the front of the body. This creates a strain to the mid and low back; as we extend our head forward to see over the belly we often experience pain in the neck and shoulders. As the baby grows, ribs are pushed up, organs are crowded; a variety of pains can result. In the third trimester as the hips begin to move, widening in preparation for childbearing, the piriformis muscle  is pulled tight often resulting in hip, leg and sciatic nerve pain.



Benefits of Pre-natal Massage

In addition to the fact that massage during pregnancy just plain feels good, there are many other benefits for the mom-to-be and her baby, too. A study conducted by Dr. Tiffany Field at the University of Miami School of Medicine showed that massage actually reduces stress hormones in the body. Touch is vital to the mother's physical and emotional well-being as she adapts to her new body image. Regardless of individual circumstances, a pregnant woman's body is challenged, changed and stressed in many ways. Massage gives special attention to the mother-to-be, which in turn nurtures the new life that grows within her.


Is Pre-natal Massage for You?

Massage during pregnancy is usually safe for most mothers. Your massage therapist will want to know if you are having any problems or complications with your pregnancy before you begin. If you are, then your therapist will require approval from your primary health care provider before proceeding with any bodywork.