The benefits of prenatal massage are many and this commonly used but little known practice is once again growing in popularity due to its ability to:
- Ease sciatic pain
- Decrease edema (swelling in hands, feet, and ankles)
- Decrease muscle aches in lower back, hips, neck, and shoulders
- Address leg cramping and release tension
- Promote better sleep and decrease insomnia
- Help maintain range of motion and flexibility
- Boost blood and lymph flow to promote circulatory and immune systems
- Oxygenate blood
- Stimulate endorphins
- Relieve anxiety and depression
- Create calm centered feelings, lessen stress
Pregnancy is a very special time. The mother’s body is working harder than usual to grow a human and this monumental task can take a toll, both physically and mentally. What could be better than an hour long session of deep bodywork that can help leave any pregnant woman feeling re-energized and rejuvenated.
Before heading to the massage studio, be sure to discuss your intentions with your doctor to ensure a safe pregnancy. In terms of specific types of massage performed most frequently for pregnant women, there are several modes available:
This classic type of massage is also referred to as the most relaxing massage method. Through long rubbing motions and strokes, Swedish massage addresses the muscles’ cross-fibers to release tension, knots, and kinks.
This type of massage focuses on specific reflex points on the feet, hands, head, and other parts of the body. With the application of pressure, relaxation is encouraged, and the body releases stress and anxiety.
This massage is a very gentle, hand on approach that works with the bones of the head, spinal column, and sacrum to promote alignment and release compression, stress, and pain.