Pregnancy Massage is more than an indulgence for a pregnant woman, it is a great health benefit. One of the most important and beneficial times to receive massage therapy can be during the extraordinary time of pregnancy. Prenatal massage shares many of the same goals of regular massage, to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and help you to feel better. However, massage during pregnancy is tailored specifically to the special needs of the expectant woman and her changing body.
Many pregnant women feel discomfort and added stress on their bodies during pregnancy. Pregnancy massage can reduce stress on the neck, shoulder, and back muscles caused by normal posture changes during pregnancy. Legs and feet are often sore and tired from temporary weight gain, which prenatal massage can help to relieve. Massage therapy can offer emotional support and physical nurturing that may enhance the well being of both mother and baby.
Benefits of Prenatal Massage
- Reduces pregnancy stress on neck, back, and shoulders
- Relieves sore legs and feet from the temporary weight gain
- May reduce anxiety and decrease symptoms of depression
Our trained massage therapists will use cushions and pillows to assure comfort during prenatal massage as aches, pains and muscles are massaged into relaxation and relief. Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy may reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Therapeutic massage has been used for centuries to improve overall health, reduce stress, and relieve muscle tension. We ask that a note of approval from your obstetrician be presented at your first pregnancy massage visit. If you choose, your doctor’s office can fax the approval letter directly to our clinic prior to your first visit.