Prenatal Massage

A soothing massage for the mother to be addressing the changes of the body through pregnancy. Done by Licensed Massage Therapists

Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.

Benefits of Prenatal Massage

Hormone regulation
 Studies done in the past 10 years have shown that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered, leading to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health, when massage therapy was introduced to women’s prenatal care. In women who received bi-weekly massages for only five weeks, hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol (“stress hormones”) were reduced and dopamine and serotonin levels were increased (low levels of these hormones are associated with depression). These changes in hormone levels also led to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications, such as low birth weight. The evidence points strongly to maternal and newborn health benefits when therapeutic massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care.
Reduction of swelling
 Edema, or swelling of the joints during pregnancy, is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints, which also improves the removal of tissue waste, carried by the body’s lymph system.
Improvement of nerve pain
 Sciatic nerve pain is experienced by many women in late pregnancy as the uterus rests on muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back. The pressure of the uterus spreads tension to the muscles of the upper and lower leg, causing them to swell and put pressure on nearby nerves. Massage therapy addresses the inflamed nerves by helping to release the tension on nearby muscles. Many women have experienced significant reduction in sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy through regular massage.
Other benefits of prenatal massage:
Reduced back pain
 Reduced joint pain
 Improved circulation
 Reduced edema
 Reduced muscle tension and headaches
 Reduced stress and anxiety
 Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
 Better sleep
What precautions should be taken when seeking prenatal massage?
 As with any therapeutic approach to pregnancy wellness, women should discuss massage with their prenatal care provider. The best way to address the risks of prenatal massage is to be informed and to work together with knowledgeable professionals.
Body position during prenatal massage
 Many professionals consider the best position for a pregnant woman during massage is side-lying. Tables that provide a hole in which the uterus can fit may not be reliable and can still apply pressure to the abdomen, or allow the abdomen to dangle, causing uncomfortable stretching of the uterine ligaments. Consult your massage therapist before your first appointment to verify what position they place their clients in during the massage.
Seek an appropriate Licensed massage therapist
 It is important to seek care from a Licensed prenatal massage therapist. Licensed therapists have know how to address specific pregnancy needs and sensitive areas of the body.
Women with the following conditions should speak with a health care provider prior to receiving a massage:
High risk pregnancy
 Pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH)
 Previous pre-term labor
 Experiencing severe swelling, high blood pressure, or sudden, severe headaches
 Recently gave birth
Is prenatal massage safe throughout the entire pregnancy?
Generally, it is not recommended to get a massage during the first trimester because of the increased statistics for miscarriage associated with the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. It is best to call us if you have any doubts or concerns before scheduling your appointment.