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Prenatal Massage

Prenatal Massage

Massage therapy during pregnancy is an amazing way to reduce stress and take time for yourself. Some women experience adverse symptoms of pregnancy such as headaches, muscle tension, and fatigue, and prenatal massages work not only to reduce those symptoms, but also to benefit the body and encourage a healthy pregnancy. Some of these benefits include:

  • Hormonal Balance

  • Blood Circulation

  • Skin Pliability

  • Posture

  • Easier Delivery, Shorter Labor

  • Promoted Blood Flow

  • Natural and Drug-Free Pain Relief

Although there are many myths about massages during pregnancy, research shows that there are significant positive results of a prenatal massage. The only potential harmful time to engage in prenatal massage therapy is during the first trimester of pregnancy. It is important that you discuss your pregnancy with your therapist before coming in for a prenatal massage.

A relaxing full body massage can truly restore and prepare a woman for the impending musculoskeletal changes of pregnancy. At Elements, both cut-out and sideline prenatal massages are offered, which refers to the position of the women on the table. A cut-out prenatal massage allows women to lie on the stomach on a special table so the baby will not be harmed. This allows therapists the ability to perform massages as they are most used to and comfortable with. However, sideline massages are the safest option for women over 13 weeks of gestation. Additionally, sideline massages can be more comfortable for the women because of breast changes, and the different sizes of the table versus the different shapes and stages of a woman's stomach during pregnancy. Rarely are prenatal massages performed while the woman is in a supine position because laying on the back can impose pressure on the low back as well as negatively impact fetal circulation.

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