The mother-to-be requires special care. She needs to be comforted and nurtured in a safe way that is mindful of her situation. Our therapist is specifically trained to work with expectant mothers and their unique needs.
After the baby comes, our therapist will also be glad to work with the baby, incorporating specific techniques that can encourage healthy development and alleviate discomfort associated with colic. We also take special pride in helping new parents learn to properly massage their babies.
Pregnancy changes a woman’s body in many ways. For example, carrying a baby changes the woman’s center of gravity and puts a great deal of stress on her back, abdominal muscles, neck and shoulders. The added weight increases the load placed on the legs and feet. Ligaments become relaxed, creating pelvic instability and changing the rotation of the pelvis. Fluid volume increases, creating more swelling and increasing the workload on the body’s circulatory systems (blood and lymph).
Specific Benefits of Pregnancy Massage
- Reduces stress
- Increases relaxation
- Relief from muscle cramps, spasms & myofascial pain
- Reduces anxiety and depression
- Reduce swelling
- Increase circulation
- Increases lymphatic flow
- Enhances elasticity of skin
- Reduces stress on joints
Many pregnant women employ massage on a regular basis to alleviate back pain. Regular massage during pregnancy has even been said to reduce pain during labor.
Massage during pregnancy requires specific positioning for the well-being of both the mother and the baby. There are also certain areas of the body that should not be massaged and certain techniques that should not the used.
Most pregnant women can benefit from massage. Even a woman experiencing a high-risk pregnancy can benefit from certain massage techniques. In these cases, extra precautions need to be taken during treatment. Most physicians agree that the benefits of massage can be extremely beneficial for the well-being of both mother and baby, especially for those dealing with the stress of a high-risk pregnancy.
Massage is generally not recommended during the first trimester for high-risk pregnancies or first-time mothers.
Feel free to contact us with any questions.