Relaxed in a specialized pregnancy table, many methods of massage are both effective and safe prenatally and during labor and postpartum periods of women’s pregnancies. The therapeutic bodywork focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through dramatic changes of the childbirth experience. Prenatally, specific techniques can reduce pregnancy discomforts and concerns and enhance the physiological and emotional well-being of both mother and fetus.
Touch is vital to the mother’s physical and emotional well-being as she adapts to her new body image. Regardless of individual circumstances, a pregnant woman’s body is challenged, changed and stressed in many ways.
Prenatal/Pregnancy massage helps provide relaxation, relieve stress on weight-bearing joints (ankles, low back and pelvis), alleviate neck and back pain caused by muscle imbalance and weakness, assist in maintaining proper posture, assist in removal of unwanted fluids and toxins to help in avoiding toxemia, and to prepare the birthing muscles used during childbirth.
Physical changes associated with pregnancy:
Increased lumbar lordosis, pelvic tilt, increased kyphosis, coccyx may move back especially during delivery, shortening and tightening of low back and hip flexors and possible abnormal compression on discs and facets due to the extra weight.
In the postpartum period, specialized techniques rebalance structure, physiology and emotions of the new mother. Also to help address stress from sleeplessness and carrying and caring for a newborn.
Referrals from a physician prior to massage therapy are recommended. It is not recommended to get a massage in the first trimester.