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Hands to Heal Massage Therapy - Pregnancy Massage

Hands to Heal prides itself with our gentle tailored style of pregnancy massage technique.                

Pregnancy Massage is increasingly gaining popularity as pregnant women begin recognizing the benefits prenatal massage has to offer women during pregnancy. Pregnancy brings with it a variety of side effects, some less pleasant than others. All pregnant women can expect to experience at least a little stiffness and muscular tension during their pregnancy as their uterus expands to accommodate their growing baby. Fortunately there is a simple and effective way to not only treat some of the side effects of pregnancy but also leave you feeling great. Massage therapy during pregnancy can often relieve many of the common side effects of pregnancy, whether you suffer from backaches, headaches, bad circulation such as edema or blood pressure, or other pregnancy related problems. Massage can help relieve back pain associated with muscular tension. Here are just a few of the other benefits prenatal massage has to offer.

 Benefits of Pregnancy Massage include:

  • Tranquil relaxation and reduce stress and or anxiety of expectant mother.
  • Relief from muscle cramps, spasms, and myofascial pain, especially in the lower back, neck, hips, and legs.
  • Increase in blood and lymph circulation, relieving edema or swelling which is done by stimulating circulation throughout the body.
  • Reduces stress on weight-bearing joints.
  • Promote more restful sleep and help prevent pregnancy related insomnia.
  • Assist in calming and relaxing your baby 
  • Improves outcome of labor and eases labor pain.
  • Enhances the pliability of skin and underlying tissues.
  • Provides support for the new mother with physical and emotional strains of mothering.

Massage During Pregnancy

Massage during pregnancy differs from a regular massage in a couple of ways. The biggest way it differs is that the person receiving the massage is pregnant, and therefore knowledge of pregnancy and the anatomy of a pregnant woman are very important. This means that positioning during a massage is critical to the safety and well-being of both the mother and the baby she is carrying. There are also parts of the body that should not be massaged.

The massage table will be set up so you will lie in a semi-reclining position. This is not only really comfortable, but safe for baby. Also you will turn from side to side to do your back and hips, there are body pillows, wedge pillows and extra padding to make you comfortable.

It is vital however that you seek the assistance of a qualified professional who offers massage during pregnancy. Massaging the wrong areas or focusing on certain acupressure points may actually trigger uterine contractions in some women. Fortunately massage therapists trained in prenatal massage know exactly what areas to avoid and what areas to focus on to provide pregnant women the most benefits during a massage therapy session. Toward the end of your pregnancy you might consider a prenatal massage to relax you during labor or even help strengthen your contractions!

Before signing up for a massage you might check in with your health care provider to be sure your doctor approves massage in your condition. Most physicians will gladly recommend a massage, but may recommend the massage therapist avoid massaging your lower back or abdomen.

Reflexology can be very beneficial during pregnancy and childbirth.

Postnatal Massage

Postnatal massage is the best way to care for yourself and your baby after birth. As a new mom, you need to take care of yourself while caring for your newborn. Prenatal massage can help you decrease the discomforts of afterbirth and help you relax and feel cared for during this intense time of your mothering journey. 

Postnatal Body Changes

Your body is now going through significant changes. During the first few weeks of postpartum, healing has to occur in the site within your uterus where the placenta was attached. This is an internal scar that slowly heals as the uterine size diminishes. As a result, you may be experiencing mild to severe cramping, and your pelvic floor may be very sore from an episiotomy or tearing. After birth not only your uterus, but your intestinal tract and urinary bladder have to regain their original positioning after being pushed to the side to make room for your growing baby. Your abdominal muscles may now be very relaxed and flaccid, you may feel especially weak and sore when attempting to sit up. During this time, your breasts become enlarged, sore, and sensitive as the milk ducts go into production. Breastfeeding can put strain on your back and shoulders.

Bodywork during the postpartum period can help with:

  • Low back pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Scar healing
  • Headaches
  • Hand and wrist pain
  • Postural dysfunctions
  • Depression
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Re-establishes pelvis structural integrity
  • Supports healthy lactation
  • Mum and baby bonding
  • Reduces stress hormones

Regular massage can be very beneficial, helping you too be the best Mum you can be...