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What is Prenatal Massage?
Prenatal or Pregnancy massage therapy is for women in their second or third trimester. It is a massage designed to relax and rejuvenate. Prenatal massage focuses on revitalizing the body and alleviating aches and pains associated with pregnancy.
Prenatal massage also helps the expecting mother to rid her body of excess swelling, improve her ability to move and bend. As the baby gets bigger and closer to delivering, the mother’s body release a hormonal called Oxytosin.
This hormone allows joints to become more supple and expandable. Care must be taken during the massage not to over extend any joints, but massage in and around joints can feel quite wonderful and relieve aches and pains.
Other precautions must be taken to insure safety of both mother and child, so we recommend that when seeking a therapist be sure they are trained in Prenatal massage.
Is Massage safe for my baby?
Yes. It is recommended that prenatal massage begin in the second trimester. But soft gentle massaging is perfectly safe for your baby and you. Some precautions should be taken especially as the baby gets bigger.
When lying on your back be sure to place a small towel under your right hip. This will ensure proper blood flow back to the vena cava. When lying in side line, you may need a small towel under your abdomen for comfort.
It is thought that some essential oils like Rosemary could induce labor so it may be wise to stay away from that oil, but there is no reason why other scents can not be used. Overall, massage is a good thing before birth and after. Its a life long recommendation!!
What Can I expect?
Our special clients are treated to their massage starting in a reclined pose. A small towel is placed under the right hip to shift the baby weight off the vena cava ( blood vessel responsible for blood return to the heart).
The massage begins with head, neck and shoulders. After the arms and legs, the client is placed in a sideline pose (to the right and then the left) with a pillow to support the head and one in between the knees.
The client will finish the massage, as she started, in the reclined pose. Remember your baby experiences the same emotions, stress and stress relief that you do. So, treat you and yours to a relaxing and soothing massage today!
Does the therapist have to massage my abdomen?
No. Some women feel very uncomfortable with a “stranger” massaging their baby bump. If you feel awkward or uncomfortable , let your therapist know. He/she should not take any offense.
Some massage table are designed with a hole in the table so pregnant women can lay on their bellies. However, it is the opinion of New Life that these table may put undue strain on the baby, the uterus and other surrounding structures.
For this reason we do not use these types of tables. Your massage will be done lying on your back propped up, in what we like to call “princess pose”, or in a sideline position.
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