We still live in an era where many view massage therapy as a luxury, but the truth is that prenatal massage is the farthest thing from a frivolous splurge.
In fact, it’s one of the simplest ways to improve your quality of life and help prevent complications, supporting both you and baby in enjoying optimal health and happiness.
Massage therapy supports proper fetal positioning. By targeting specific muscular imbalances and areas of tension, the mother’s hips and core muscles can release–allowing baby the space to find an optimal position naturally. This works on the same anatomical principles as chiropractic care and Spinning Babies techniques.
Massage therapy paves the way for a smoother pregnancy, birth, and recovery. Studies have shown that receiving massage during pregnancy increases blood flow to the placenta and leads to improved maternal bonding and connection. Receiving regular prenatal massage also reduces the risk of the following conditions:
Massage therapy relieves debilitating pain. If you have pain so severe that it impedes your daily activities, a targeted treatment plan will relieve your most painful symptoms within weeks. But even if you’re only experiencing minor aches and pains, you don’t have to live with them for months on end. Common complaints that can be eased with massage include:
Regardless of your pain levels, prenatal massage can bring relief and help you stay comfortable and active throughout your whole pregnancy.
Your massage therapy session can be safely adapted for all three trimesters and a variety of health conditions. Positioning is customized for your comfort and health needs.
Prenatal massage has not been linked to any adverse health outcomes. Contrary to common myths, it will not cause miscarriage or preterm labor. In fact, current evidence actually suggests a preventative effect against complications. And yes, the hands and feet can be safely massaged during pregnancy.
Your prenatal massage therapist will design a safe and effective session based on your health history and needs. If you have any high-risk health conditions or general concerns, please be sure to discuss them with your prenatal care provider prior to scheduling your massage appointment.
Lifelong Bodywork’s certified prenatal massage therapist skillfully supports your wellness during pregnancy and postpartum healing. Massage therapy plays an essential role in maintaining health and wellness for both mom and baby. It prepares your mind and body for giving birth, and it helps you to stay active, productive, and well-rested throughout your pregnancy.