Jan 03 2008

Pre and post natal massage

Published by at 8:34 pm under Birthing articles

What is prenatal massage?

Prenatal Massage is specially designed to support and nurture pregnant women and their changing bodies. Prenatal Massage will ease aches and pains, relax muscles, improve circulation, reduce swelling in hands and feet, and relieve fatigue.

How do you lie on the table?

Women lie on their back or front supported with pillows if during the early stages of pregnancy. When this becomes uncomfortable women lie semi reclined for face up work and on their side supported by pillows for deep relaxing massage.

How can prenatal massage help me?

Pregnancy causes changes your posture and centre of gravity. This puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, so that your pelvic joints are less stable, and your pelvis may shift and forward. The extra weight you’re carrying plus postural shifts often cause aching lower back, neck and shoulders. As trained prenatal massage therapist Heather knows where a pregnant woman’s sore spots are likely to be. Prenatal massage treatment is also deeply relaxing and calms the body and mind. Acupressure massage can also help to induce labour when women are full term .

Benefits of Pregnancy Massage include:

  • Relaxation and stress reduction.
  • Improve sleep (insomnia).
  • Relief from muscle cramps, spasms, and myofascial pain, especially in the lower back, neck, hips, and legs.
  • Increase in blood and lymph circulation, which can reduce swelling.
  • Reduces stress on weight-bearing joints.
  • Improve digestion.
  • Improves outcome of labour and eases labour pain.
  • Enhances the pliability of skin and underlying tissues to reduce stretch marks and scar tissue.
  • Stabilize hormones and providing support for the new mother with physical and emotional strains of pregnancy.

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