What Prenatal Massage Is: A technique involving bodywork designed to improve your circulation, take some of the strain off your muscles and joints, and generally re-energize you.
What It Does: Anyone who's ever had a professional massage (whether pregnant or not) knows that both body and mind feel better after a rubdown. Studies show that massage can reduce stress hormones in your body and relax and loosen your muscles. It can also increase blood flow, which is important when you're pregnant, and keep your lymphatic system working at peak efficiency, flushing out toxins from your body. It also reconnects your mind with your body, a connection that's comforting to those carrying a new human life.
During pregnancy, regular prenatal massages may not only help you relax, but may also relieve insomnia, joint pain, neck and back pain, leg cramping, and sciatica. Additionally, it can reduce swelling in your hands and feet (as long as that swelling isn't a result of preeclampsia), relieve carpal tunnel pain, and alleviate headaches and sinus congestion — all common pregnancy problems. Massage may also lift depression without the use of medication, according to some scientific studies.
What You Need to Know About Massage During Pregnancy: Massage is a generally benign treatment. Still, some massage therapists are leery about giving therapeutic massages during the critical first trimester. In addition, there are pregnancy complications that can make massage somewhat risky. Check with your practitioner before receiving a prenatal massage if you have diabetes, have morning sickness or are vomiting regularly, have been diagnosed with preeclampsia or high blood pressure, have a fever or a contagious virus, or have abdominal pain or bleeding.
If you are in the second half of your pregnancy, it's advised that you do not lie on your back during your massage; the weight of your baby and uterus can reduce circulation to your placenta and create more problems than any massage can cure. The good news is that prenatal massage has become so popular that many therapists and spas, like here at Elements, provide specialized services just for moms-to-be (always tell your therapist you're pregnant). Plus, we offer customized prenatal massage tables and pillows that can make the experience safer and more comfortable.
Call Elements Therapeutic Massage in Glendale at (623) 847-4050 to book your 55 or 80 minute pre-natal massage today!