Pregnancy Massage: FAQs
What is prenatal massage?
Pregnancy is a time of major structural, physiological, and psychological changes for the expectant mother and her family. Some of these changes produce discomforts and concerns, which can be addressed with appropriate therapeutic massage techniques.
Massage therapy in pregnancy can include specific light and deep pressure massage, myofascial techniques, circulatory work, acupressure, reflexology, and other techniques. These various techniques enhance the function of muscles and joints, improve circulation and general body tone. Prenatal massage also relieves mental and physical fatigue.
What are the benefits of prenatal massage?
- emotional support and physical nurturing
- relaxation and decreased insomnia
- stress relief on weight-bearing joints, such as ankles, lower back and pelvis
- relief from muscle spasms and cramps
- neck and back pain relief caused by muscle imbalance and weakness
- assistance in maintaining proper posture
- increases blood and lymph circulation
- helps maintain skin elasticity to ease stretch marks and uncomfortable tightness
- assists with the management of digestive complaints
Is prenatal massage for me?
Prenatal 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. Your massage therapist will want to know if you are having any problems or complications with your pregnancy before yo begin. If you are then your therapist will require approval from your primary health care provider before proceeding with any bodywork.
What should I expect?
Massage sessions can be 30, 60 , or 90 minutes depending on how much time you have and how much discomfort you are experiencing. During your massage, you will be supported in a side-lying position and draped appropriately. Only the area being worked on is exposed. You are free to undress to your own level of comfort. The room will be quiet and comfortable. It is fine to interrupt the massage to use the restroom, however, for maximum comfort, avoid heavy eating and drinking for two hours before your session.