Why Massage During Pregnancy?
Massage during pregnancy not only makes a woman feel pampered, but offers undeniable physical benefits as well. Massage can relieve fatigue, enhance sleep, and calm an active baby.
During the entire term of the pregnancy, massage can stimulate blood flow, which may assist in the prevention of anemia. An increase in muscle tone and flexibility will occur, alleviating leg cramps and muscle spasms.
Massage during pregnancy is also a great way to relieve everyday tension and the general aches and pains your body is suffering. It stimulates your lymphatic system, increasing immunity and the removal of excess toxins, while also stabilizing hormonal levels and balancing the glandular system.
• Relieve headaches
• Help alleviate morning sickness
• Reduce fatigue
• Alleviate backaches
• Relieve leg cramps
• Reduce swelling/edema
• Relieve pain from varicosities
• Enhance sleep
• Prepare pelvic muscles for birth process
How Will I Receive My Massage?
When receiving pregnancy massage, you are positioned on your side to give the therapist access to your back or in a semi-reclining position for massage on the front of your body. Your body will be supported with pillows or special cushions. Some therapists may have pillows specifically designed for pregnant women, including a “breakaway tummy” to support the pelvic area while lying on your stomach. You will be properly draped while the therapist is working, except for the area being massaged.
What Techniques Will Be Used?
Many pregnancy massage specialists integrate a variety of techniques into their work. Depending on where you are in the pregnancy, the therapist may utilize reflexology, Swedish massage, or very light shiatsu.
Are There Times When Massage During Pregnancy Should Be Avoided?
Women with normal, low-risk pregnancies can benefit greatly from massage by a trained pregnancy massage therapist. However, women in high-risk pregnancies should consult with their doctor or midwife before beginning a massage therapy program. If at any time during the massage you experience discomfort, tell the
(a 12 week program, starting at 36-weeks)
Includes the following:
8 weekly 90min massages for mom at Rooted Arts.
Regular massage at the end of pregnancy supports the body in preparing for labor, and helps keep mom and baby relaxed. Regular massage after delivery supports soft tissue in recovering from the strain of pregnancy and childbirth.
3 monthly 45min consults at Rooted Arts on mom’s changing center of gravity.
Each session will begin with postural analysis while mom is walking, sitting, and standing. Stretches tailored to each mom will be suggested to help keep her comfortable as her center of gravity changes.
1 Birth Plan meeting of up to 2hrs length.
This will be a meeting with both parents when Veda will provide support in determining a clear birth plan full of options for common delivery room variables. We will also discuss potential positions for during delivery, ways for dad to provide support, and meditation/visioning/breathing techniques for mom to use during labor.
4 weekly 70min home visits the month following delivery. Each includes –
One 30min reflexology session, 30 minutes of support for mom (ie dishes, vacuuming, watching baby), and one healthy homemade frozen food item (ie soup or casserole).
1 infant massage class (2-3 hours).
This class is meant for mom, dad, and any other interested family members.
It is very important you obtain approval from your medical provider before receiving any form of massage during pregnancy.