Pregnancy / Prenatal
Here is an overview of the benefits of prenatal massage:
Benefits of Prenatal Massage
Pregnant women experience pressure on their knees, feet, and low back during pregnancy and often go through unusual emotional and physical changes. These changes include the shifting of their posture due to the weight of the baby. An increase in body weight and change in hormonal balance can also cause balance issue during pregnancy. Prenatal massage therapy treatments aids in reducing these negative aspects of pregnancy. Prenatal massage reduces the severe back, neck, pelvic area, and shoulder pain that is common for pregnant women. This type of massage also aids in the digestion process and blood circulation. Another benefit is the reduction of stretch marks by increasing the elasticity of the skin through massage.
Prenatal Massage Techniques
Special care must be taken to ensure that you are comfortable before, during, and after your massage. If you experience pain or any other unusual symptoms during the massage, make it known to your therapist right away. Supportive cushions are put in place to help reduce strain on the lower back and pelvis. Depending on your pregnancy stage, your prenatal massage therapist will use different massage techniques, including reflexology and Swedish massage to help maximize your comfort. Many therapists encourage pregnant women to come with their partner or a friend to the massage session. The prenatal massage therapist will explain the Safe techniques that can also be used later on at home, and those that should be avoided. Prenatal massage is typically safe for all pregnant woman. However, if suffering from high blood pressure or diabetes, consult your doctor.