WHY MASSAGE DURING PREGNANCY?
Massage during pregnancy is therapeutic bodywork which focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of the childbirth experience. It is a fast growing field in the United States that has attracted the interest of labor and delivery nurses, nurse-midwives, childbirth educators and obstetricians. Massage therapy enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue. As you Moms-to-be know, most pregnant women feel discomfort and added stress on their bodies at various points in their pregnancies. That may be why more and more pregnant women are discovering and benefiting from the art of prenatal massage.
Pregnancy massage therapy is beneficial throughout the nine months of a low-risk pregnancy. If you are not having a low-risk pregnancy, discuss your condition with your physician, you may be able to receive therapy with additional written release.
PRENATAL MASSAGE IS $ 55.00 FOR AN HOUR, $ 75.00 FOR 90 MINUTES
BENEFITS OF PRENATAL MASSAGE
* reduces stress and pomotes relaxation
* provides emotional support and physical nurturing, particularly for those who are alone in the process, either literally or by the emotional absence of the partner
* reduces and alleviates neck, back, and joint pain caused by posture, muscle weakness, tension, extra weight, or imbalance
* relieves muscle spasms, cramps and fibrosis
* alleviates stress on weight-bearing joints and musculo-fascial structures (sacro-iliac joint, mid-back and lumbar spine, hips)
* cambats tension, fatigue, and headaches, soothes nerves to help with sleep problems, and possibly reduce blood pressure through relaxation and stress reduction
* increases blood and lymph circulation and supports the physiological process of gestation, by supporting the heart, increasing cellular respiration, reducing edema, and contributing to sympathetic nervous system sedation. Reduces the possibility of problems with swelling, varicose veins, and leg cramps.
* helps maintain skin elasticity to ease stretch marks and uncomfortable tightness
* assists with the management of digestive complaints such as constipation, gas, nausea, and indigestion
* encourages deeper, easier breathing
* enhances self-esteem and self-image, helping the pregnant woman feel more at home in her changing body
* develops the sensory awareness and relaxation necessary to be an active and responsive participant in the birth experience. (In order to birth, the musculature of the legs, back, abdomen, and pelvic floor must release to allow the uterus to labor with no resistance.)
* provides a pregnant woman with the experience and model of loving, nurturing touch that encourages her to touch her baby lovingly.
In addition to the fact that massage during pregnancy just plain feels good, massage actually reduces stress hormones in the body. Touch is vital to the mother's physical and emotional wellbeing as she adapts to her new body image. A pregnant woman's body is challanged, changed and stressed in many ways. Massage gives special attention to the mother as it nurtures the new life that grows within her.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY MASSAGE?
Now a mom-to-be can actually lie on her belly no matter how far along she is in the pregnancy thanks to the invention of the Prego Pillow! It accomplishes this with a deep center cutout in the pillow, so that bellies are accomodated and moms-to-be are relaxed and comfortable. This makes is much easier to have your sore, aching back massaged!!
A thorough massage session takes at least one hour, during which you will be comfortably supported and draped for your comfort and modesty. Only the body part being worked on is exposed. The therapy room will be quiet, comfortable and private. It is fine to interrupt the massage session to go and use the restroom; a robe will be provided for you to wear. For your maximum comfort, avoid heavy eating and drinking for 2 hours before your session.
USE OF ESSENTIAL OILS
Essential oils may be used during your massage. Since many have physical effects on the body, you should be aware of the oils that are in use. Oils that have stimulation effects should be avoided, such as basil, cinnamon, cedarwood, and peppermint. Clary Sage should also be avoided as it can initiate labor. The following are recommended as safe for use during pregnancy: lavender to relieve nausea, headaches and constipation; neroli and ylang-ylang may help to reduce stretch marks.
Massage does not replace the need for appropriate medical and prenatal care. Seek approval for massage during the prenatal and postnatal periods from your doctor.
POSTPARTUM MASSAGE THERAPY
After giving birth, a woman really needs and deserves a good massage. Postpartum massage focuses on helping to restore the woman's body to it pre-pregnancy condition. Massage therapy plays an important part in the restoration of the abdominal muscle wall and the uterus to its normal state. I helps to realign the body weight to its original distribution, and tones the over stretched areas of skin over the belly. As with all massages, it relieves muscle tension and stress from everyday activities, especially new mothering duties. It not only helps restore the physical body to the new mom, but also helps to revive her emotional state. The loving touch of hands can provide a time to relax and reflect for the new mother, and helps to get her through the postpartum blues. When the mother feels good about herself, it is easier to meet the needs of her newborn.