Prenatal massage shares similar goals of regular massage — to relax tense muscles, reduce pain, improve circulation and mobility, and manage mental & physical fatigue. The baby-bump requires specific tailoring to the needs of pregnant woman and her dramatically changing body, therefore therapists trained in prenatal massage adjust their techniques accordingly.
Many Integrative Healing techniques can be beneficial to issues that arise as a result of pregnancy, hormone fluctuations, and weight gain with the subsequent changes in gait and posture. Some of these include but are not limited to: Pseudo Sciatica, Pubic Symphysis Dysfunction (Diastasis), Fluid Retention, Depression, Anxiety, Low Back & Rib Pain due to fetal growth, and Upper Thoracic & Neck Pain due to breast enlargement. Some women also find that injuries sustained and healed long before pregnancy suddenly rear their ugly heads to reek havoc on an otherwise peaceful prenatal experience and demand attention.
The popularity of prenatal massage is the result of a trend toward a higher level of wellness, especially during pregnancy. It is a time in a woman’s life that is anticipated and to be 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.
Massage during pregnancy is usually safe for most mothers. Even though you may be coming to Body Kneads for general prenatal massage with no specific complaint, a full and complete medical history will be taken. The following are circumstances in which massage should not be performed:
- Heavy discharge (watery or bloody);
- Contagious illness;
- Unusual pain;
- Abdominal pain;
Precautions are necessary with the following conditions in that not all massage techniques are indicated:
- Gestational Diabetes;
- High blood pressure;
- Morning sickness;
- Inflammation, bruises
- Raised or distended varicose veins;
Areas of the body that should not be massaged include:
- Skin rashes, open sores, bruises;
- Local infection sites;
- Abdominal massage in the first trimester;
Use of the Far Infrared Sauna is not possible if you are pregnant.
Moms and Dads should also consider taking an Infant Massage class to encourage the Parent-Child bond after your baby is born.