Prenatal massage is therapeutic bodywork that focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of pregnancy. It enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue.
My technique is specialized to meet the unique needs of pregnant women. Pregnancy massage employs primarily Swedish type massage strokes. Special care is taken in bolstering the mother-to-be’s body to allow for the physical changes that accompany pregnancy. Because of the complexities of pregnancy anyone seeking prenatal massage is directed to check with their doctor to make sure that massage is safe for them.
Research shows prenatal massage therapy can help reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Prenatal massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques.
Swedish pregnancy massage aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation by using mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body. Swedish and lymphatic massage can be used during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts as well as the release of built-up toxins.
A distinction should be made between therapeutic prenatal and perineal massage, the latter referring to the practice of manually stretching the tissues surrounding the birth canal to help reduce the risk of episiotomy or trauma associated with childbirth.
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