Pre-natal Massage
Massage during pregnancy helps support the body through a time of change. The massage given is appropriate to the stage of pregnancy and can help with conditions such as fluid retention and muscular aches and pains.

During pregnancy the female body displays a wonderful capacity to adapt to the growth of the baby. It is an amazing process and hardly surprising that some parts of the body will suffer dysfunction. Added weight and imbalances in their bodies can cause considerable soft tissue pain, especially in the low back, hips and legs. With these changes and extra tension in the muscular system, caused by hormones and a shift in your center of gravity, having massages can be the difference between having a miserable pregnancy and a great life experience.

Benefits of Pre-natal Massage

During Pregnancy:

Reduces stress, promotes relaxation, and facilitates transitions through. emotional support and physical nurturing.
Reduces peripheral swelling.
Reduces blood pressure.
Helps to prevent insomnia.
Reduces muscle cramps and back pain and soothe the nervous system.
Facilitates hormonal, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary and other physiological processes during pregnancy.
Contributes to developing flexibility and the kinesthetic awareness necessary to actively participate in the birth process.
Increases blood and lymph circulation.

In Labor:

It contributes to a shorter, less painful labor
Reduces labor complications, medications and interventions
Improves infant well-being

In the Postpartum Period:

Facilitates postpartum emotional, physiological, and family adjustments
Reduces muscular pain and strain caused from labor.
Promotes a faster recovery
Regular massage will help ease recurring problems which can occur during pregnancy. Massage can be performed anywhere from 60 minutes to 90 minutes. It is recommended once per week during the second trimester and twice a week in the third trimester.

Contraindications:

Application of pressure is contraindicated directly over sites of acute, active and ongoing infection and inflammation. Recent unhealed fractures, acute gout, phlebitis, and unhealed wounds contraindicate massage.

 

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