What is prenatal massage?
Prenatal massage is massage therapy tailored to meet the needs of a pregnant woman as she goes through extensive physical and/or emotional changes during each stage of her pregnancy.
How is prenatal massage different from regular massage?
The main difference is positioning and pillowing that will allow the expectant mother to be comfortable throughout the massage the entire pregnancy. Most woman love the pregnancy pillow - a pillow with a hole in the middle allowing them to lie face down for a period of time, allowing the therapist to continue to work on their back. As the baby increases in size, positioning may change to side-lying or sitting and leaning forward on a wedge pillow.
Use of hydrotherapy is modified, as are certain techniques, positions and depths of pressure, to ensure complete safety of the client and her baby during and after treatment. Certain ares of the body are avoided, depending on the stage of pregnancy and/or the wishes and comforts of the mother.
What are the benefits of massage therapy during pregnancy?
Prenatal massage is a safe and enjoyable way to ease the discomforts and transitions of pregnancy. Massage can help the expectant mother to increase or maintain general physical and emotional wellness, as well as to decrease more specific symptoms such as:
- decrease back pain and discomfort
- reduce sciatic pain and sacro-iliac joint pain
- reduce calf cramps and swelling in feet
- decrease carpal tunnel symptoms and swelling in hands
- promote a more restful sleep
- increase relaxation and reduce stress
- decrease the anxiety and physicals stress
Both Carol Moore and Inna Roumiansteve provide prenatal massage at Moore Massage Therapy in Stittville.