Prenatal massage has risen to prominence over the last decade, along with society’s increasing awareness of personal health and wellness. Today it’s considered an integral part of an intelligent approach to pregnancy.
Just like regular massage, it’s a therapeutic workout that loosens the muscles and joints, improves circulation, relieves fatigue and also benefits the mind and spirit. The difference is that prenatal massage is performed by a trained specialist targeting the unique needs of mothers-to-be.
Prenatal massages range from 60-120 minutes in duration. The massage therapist customizes a combination of styles such as Swedish massage, acupressure and mild stretching to relax and soothe the body, treat and ease tensions. At the end of the session you are left feeling restored, relaxed and comfortable in your new body. The frequency of prenatal massage is up to the individual – typically between once a week and conce a month.
Massage is highly beneficial during pregnancy as it facilitates hormonal, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary and other prenatal physiological processes.Prenatal massage nurtures and pampers the body at a time when it needs it most. In addition to soothing the body and dissolving stress, a trained touch delivers a wide range of psychological and emotional benefits.
Prenatal massage is a safe and relaxing way to relieve pregnancy’s common discomforts like backaches, carpal-tunnel syndrome, leg cramps and shakes, headaches, heartburn, fatigue, hemorrhoids, nasal congestion, sciatica and shortness of breath.
Massage during pregnancy also does more than benefit the mother. Everything a pregnant woman does – from her diet and fitness to her relaxation and relative state of contentment – also directly affects the child she is carrying. Study after study has proven that calmness in the mother leads to healthier in-utero development.
Always consult with your doctor first if massage is recommended for you.
Benefits of Prenatal Massage:
- Reduces Stress and promotes relaxation
- Eases neck, back and joint pain
- Relieves muscle spasms and cramps
- Reduce edema and high blood pressure
- Increases blood and lymph circulation
- Raises endorphin levels
- Improves baby’s well being
- Contributes to shorter, less painful labor
- Develops kinesthetic awareness, flexibility and preparation necessary for active birthing
- Regular prenatal massage can help prepare you for labor by making the pelvis more supple
- Facilitates postpartum recovery including structural restoration
A prenatal massage is the perfect gift for new moms or the Mom-to-Be! Purchase 60, 90 or 120 minute gift certificates here!
In most cases massage is considered an eligible expense for your FSA or HSA account.
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I tried other massage therapists before visiting Vicky at Massage Vida, and now I don’t bother going anywhere else. She has excellent technique, is experienced in many different specialties, and has a special gift of touch that relaxes tight muscles and energizes the whole body. Her energy is calm and warm, the office is very clean and tasteful, and I always leave there with a better sense of well-being. I highly recommend her services to anyone who can benefit from massage therapy. I have already referred a few people to her, and they have also been thrilled with the results. – Stephanie Y.