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Prenatal or Pregnancy Massage Therapy

What is Pregnancy or Prenatal Massage: Pregnancy or pre-natal massage is massage therapy specifically tailored for expecting mothers. The mother's body must be properly positioned and supported during their massage. Prenatal or regular pillows should be used to support the expecting mother. Proper positioning ensures comfort and safety for both the mother and her baby. Also, some massage techniques, such as deep tissue work, cannot be used. Certain areas of the body should be avoided during pregnancy.

Benefits of a Prenatal Massage: Massage during pregnancy is a very benificial therapy both physically and emotionally for expecting mothers. Muscle tension created by carrying the extra weight of a baby can be relieved by encouraging blood flow to the afflicted areas. This provides more nutrient-rich oxygen and also increases the flow of lymphatic fluid which sweeps away toxins and metabolic waste. Fatigue, backaches, leg cramps and swelling/edema can all be relieved through massage for pregnant women.
The ordinary aches and pains of pregnancy are countered by the release of serotonin, your body's natural anti-pain chemical, which is stimulated by massage. Not only can massage be physically beneficial, but the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy. Massage therapy has been found to reduce more of the following...

  • Relieves Stress
  • Reduces Anxiety & Depression
  • Encourages Relaxation
  • Over All Relaxes Muscle & Connective Tissues
  • Improves Flexibility & Range of Motion
  • Helps with Limited Mobility
  • Helps Manage Pain
  • Relieves Over All Muscle Tension & Spasms
  • Relief from Headaches
  • Decreases Swelling
Massage Therapist Consultation: Prior to the start of any massage treatment, massage professionals will have each client complete a health history form. The main purpose of the client intake forms is to inform the massage professional of current and past health issues (within the year) and injuries so the massage professional can take special care to treat current issues and prevent additional injury.

Professionalism: By law, all clients receiving services by a licensed professional must be properly draped underneath a sheet, blanket, and/or towel during all massage therapy sessions. During a massage you are generally nude or in undergarments underneath the drapping. The massage professional uncovers only the part of the body he/she is working on. Our professionals will give each client privacy by leaving the room to wash their hands while each client undresses/dresses when getting on and off the massage table. Our professionals will also knock and ask to re-enter the room.

Precautions: Massage is not recommend in the first trimester and for woman with certain health conditions. It is always best to consult with your doctor before seeking prenatal massage. When ready to schedule an appointment for a prenatal massage, it is recommended to seek a prenatial massage therapist.

Massage therapists who provide prenatial massage should be specifically trained and/or certified in prenatial massage.

What to Expect During a Prenatal Massage: Massage therapists will prop up expecting mothers using pillows to create comfort for the expecting mother. A prenatal massage helps relax, rid the body of muscle tension, helps with circulation and reduces adema, and promotes a sense of overall well-being.

A standard prenatal massage will last for an average of 60 to 90 minutes. The session is usually performed on a comfortable massage table and in an ambient environment that is meant to promote relaxation. 

What Should You Do After a Prenatal Massage: Professionals encourage their clients to drink plenty of water after a prenatal massage to flush metabolic waste from their tissues. Massage has a detoxifying effect on the body. 

Additional Tip: Don't eat a heavy meal before a massage. 

Precautions & Contraindications (need to link):
It is not recommend for pregnent woman to receive massage in their first trimester. Also, women with certain health conditions should consult with your doctor before seeking prenatal massage therapy. 

Massage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in some cases it is best to get a written scrip from your physician. Massage therapists, may not, under the written law, attempt to diagnose a medical condition. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us for more information.

Massage treatment is non-invasive, relaxing and natural. It is generally considered a safe treatment for most people however, there are three types of "contraindications"(link).