What is prenatal massage?
Massage during pregnancy can simply be a relaxation massage with your specific needs in mind, or therapeutic bodywork that focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be. During pregnancy a woman goes through major structural, physiological, psychological, spiritual, and social changes. Many of these changes cause significant discomfort and concerns that can be addressed with massage therapy.
Prenatal massage therapy includes: massage therapy for pregnancy, lymphatic drainage for pregnancy, postural and pain assessment for pregnancy, massage therapy for the higher risk pregnant client.
When is prenatal massage appropriate?
Massage is beneficial throughout the nine months of pregnancy, and even post-partum. If you are having a high risk pregnancy, please contact us or consult your physician or midwife to see if you are able to receive massage therapy.
What to expect with pregnancy massage
Although positioning and draping are different, a pregnancy massage is very similar to a normal massage. Mothers-to-be are usually positioned on their side with great care in pillowing and support to make sure mother and baby are as comfortable as possible. There is also the option of using a massage chair if this is more comfortable and safe at the time of the treatment. Our massage therapists at Bodywise are very familiar with any contraindications for pregnancy massage, so various muscular and safety checks are always performed to make sure your treatment is safe and specific to your needs.
Benefits of prenatal massage
- Relieve stress and promote relaxation
- Relieve muscle spasms, cramping and myofascial pain
- Increase circulation of blood and lymph to you and the baby and decrease swelling
- Relieve stress on weight-bearing joints
- Provide emotional support and nurturing touch
- Education about relaxation in helping facilitate the birthing process
At Bodywise, we are highly trained to provide prenatal massage. Our staff have undergone additional training specifically to treat pregnant women, labor support, new mothers, and infants.