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Is Prenatal Massage Safe, or should you Avoid it?

Aug 17, 2017

During pregnancy, it’s recommended that women abstain from anything that can potentially harm their baby. Many people believe that massage therapy releases toxins and can be physically taxing, and thus question the safety of prenatal massage. In this blog post, we discuss this important topic.

Can Prenatal Massage be Harmful?

The answer is yes, prenatal massage can be harmful—if it’s performed by someone who’s untrained. Licensed massage therapists, however, have the formal training necessary to keep both the mother and baby safe during a massage.

It’s a common misconception that during a massage therapy session, the body releases toxins which can then be absorbed into the placenta, harming the baby. Massage does improve the body’s rate of metabolic activity, but all of its byproducts are natural and not dangerous to anyone’s health.

In fact, there are many benefits to receiving a massage during pregnancy, ranging from the stabilization of hormones to physical preparation for labor.

Can Pregnancy be a Contraindication?

Contraindications are reasons, usually medical conditions, which would make it advisable that someone refrain from getting a massage. Typically, pregnancy is not one of them, but there are certain cases in which it is.

Any woman who has a high-risk pregnancy should absolutely avoid getting a massage entirely. Regardless, all pregnant women should always first check in with their health care physician before receiving a massage, just to make sure it’s safe.

Additional Tips for a Safe, Successful Prenatal Massage

Choose a Reliable Massage Establishment

Choosing licensed massage therapists is always a must, but it’s even more important when you’re pregnant. Always do research to make sure your therapist is properly qualified, like the ones who work at Elements of Rockville Centre.

Social media reviews and recommendations are a good indicator of a studio’s professionality.

Stick with Swedish

Swedish massage is the most basic, barebones technique around. It mainly involves long strokes with a moderate level of pressure, nothing fancy. For this reason, Elements of Rockville Centre recommends it during pregnancy.

Pregnant women may find that deep tissue massage can be a little uncomfortable. Also, during pregnancy, the sense of smell tends to be heightened, which may make aromatherapy a bit overwhelming.

Communicate your Feelings to your Massage Therapist

Before the session even begins, be sure to let your massage therapist know how far along you are in your pregnancy, and if you have any particular aches or pains you’d like to address. This will help them provide you with the best treatment possible.

If anything doesn’t feel right during the massage, don’t just pretend there’s nothing wrong. Let them know immediately if you feel any pain beyond what you expected, or if you’d like to shift your position.

Prenatal massage is wonderful for relieving the undesired side effects of pregnancy. As a final reminder: always ask your doctor before receiving one, whether you’re experiencing a high-risk pregnancy or not.

Disclaimer: Elements of Rockville Centre is not an organization of healthcare professionals. All authoritative claims in this blog have been linked to their sources. 

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