Pregnancy massage is massage therapy specifically tailored for the expectant mother’s needs. It is a wonderful tool to help relax and revive the mind, body and spirit. Through the 40 weeks the baby is growing in the womb a woman’s body has a great deal to do and undergoes many changes including hormonal, physical and emotional. These changes can cause a variety of problems ranging from morning sickness to swollen feet, ankles and fingers. It is also a time when the expectant mother can experience strong emotional feelings. Throughout the pregnancy babies are very aware of the environment outside the womb and the emotional state of the mother. As well as helping to relieve the many ailments associated with pregnancy, massage can help the mother and therefore the baby remain in a balanced state physically, mentally and spiritually.
What Makes Pregnancy Massage Different from a Regular Massage?
The mother’s body must be properly positioned and supported during the massage using pillows and padding. Proper positioning ensures comfort and safety for the mother and baby.
Some massage techniques, such as deep tissue work, cannot be used and certain areas of the body should be avoided during pregnancy.
Massage can be performed in the first trimester however during this period the abdomen is completely avoided and only very light pressure is applied over the sacroiliac area and lumbar spine. It is up to the mother to decide if she would prefer to wait until the second trimester to proceed.
The benefits of pregnancy massage include.
1 improved circulation
2 improved lymphatic drainage
3 induced relaxation
4 enhanced sleep
5 improved energy levels
6 tension relief
7 preparation for childbirth
8 stimulated energy levels
9 alternative pain relief to medication
10 aided digestion