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Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness.
During pregnancy massage should only be used on healthy women, with no pregnancy or medical problems, and with their doctor’s consent.
For safety reasons no firm pressure is used during pregnancy massage. The form of massage used is a gentle and relaxing combination of Thai oil and Swedish oil based massage. Treatment is adapted to each stage of your pregnancy and designed specifically for you. Every person and pregnancy is as unique as the treatment that you will receive!
Our qualified therapists take extra care to ensure our prenatal clients are comfortable. The massage itself is generally performed with you lying on your side (your head, knees and baby bump will be supported)
Benefits of Pregnancy Massage include:
- Tranquil relaxation and reduce stress.
- Relief from muscle cramps, spasms, and myofascial pain, especially in the lower back, neck, hips, and legs
- Increase in blood and lymph circulation, which can reduce swelling. • Reduces stress on weight-bearing joints.
- Improves outcome of labor and eases labor pain.
- Enhances the pliability of skin and underlying tissues.
- Provides support for the new mother with physical and emotional strains of mothering.
Good To Know:
- Avoid contrast hydrotherapy (alternating hot and cold pools or rooms). Constant temperatures are best.
- Skip hot baths, steam rooms, and saunas (traditional and infrared). Heat and sweat cause decreased blood flow (and blood to pool in your feet), which means the baby gets less oxygen, says Joel Evans, M.D., author of The Whole Pregnancy Handbook.
- Say no to body wraps, which cause perspiration and raise the core body temperature.
- Detoxifying body scrubs are a don’t. It’s possible that scrubs release toxins into the bloodstream, not a good idea when a very tiny person is sharing it! Instead: Try light body buffs for itchy and dry skin.
- Essential oils (concentrated plant extracts) are off-limits during the first trimester, according to Dr. Evans. It’s safe to reintroduce rose, lavender, and chamomile during the second trimester, as long as they’re diluted with twice the amount of carrier oil, but peppermint, rosemary, sage, and jasmine shouldn’t be used at all, Dr. Evans explains, because they can trigger uterine contractions. Some scents can also trigger nausea, so many spas offer scent-free products.
- Request a massage therapist who has been specifically trained in prenatal treatments. A qualified therapist will have completed a maternity course that teaches basics such as positioning and pressure points for pregnancy.
- Listen to your body and let the therapist know if you’re uncomfortable.
- Drink plenty of water throughout and after your spa visit.
- If you’re high-risk, check with your doctor before booking.