Pregnancy Massage

| February 3, 2014

Pregnancy Massage

The Art of Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage (also referred to as prenatal massage) is recognized by many health care practitioners around the world and is backed up by research studies as being a very effective method to relieve physical, psychological and emotional stress in pregnant women.

Pregnancy massage is the art of using the hands in a gentle, non-invasive manner in a sustained kneading and stroking action to manipulate layers of muscle, joints, fascia, and tendons of a pregnant women. Pregnancy message can be practiced as self massage, it can be applied by a partner or it can be applied by a professional.

An expecting mom can experience many direct and significant key benefits from receiving pregnancy massage. Some of the benefits of pregnancy massage can include:

  • Assisting the clearing of normal byproducts of muscle metabolism
  • Enhancing immune function
  • Improving blood flow (provides oxygen and nutrients) to the baby
  • Less postnatal complications
  • Boosting levels of serotonin and endorphins (the body’s natural mood regulators & painkillers)
  • Alleviating pain in muscles
  • Reducing stress on weight bearing muscles and joints
  • Reducing headaches and migraines
  • Increasing blood circulation
  • Alleviating fatigue
  • Assisting in maintaining good posture
  • Increasing muscle tone
  • Reducing neck and upper back aches and pain
  • Increasing muscle flexibility
  • Alleviating muscle spasms and strains
  • Reducing tension and muscle knots
  • Improving joint flexibility
  • Relieving mental, emotional and physical stress
  • Improving a woman’s mood
  • Providing immediate relaxation
  • Providing emotional support and a nurturing touch
  • Increasing energy flow throughout the body
  • Communicating love and intimacy

 

Pregnancy Massage is Different than Regular Massage

Many expecting women love the immediacy and intimacy of receiving a massage from their partner. It is also a great way to save money on expensive professional massages. However, it is important to note, pregnancy massage differs from regular massage in a some significant ways.

If the partner giving the massage is not a certified professional, take the time to read easy-to-learn methods and information on how to give a pregnancy couplemassage to ensure no undue stress is caused to the developing baby or the expecting mom. For example, proper positioning during the massage is a critical factor in the massage. A pregnant woman should be a semi-reclined position where both the woman and baby are comfortable and all stress is avoided.

The soothing application of a pregnancy massage to selected areas of a pregnant woman, transmits relief by communicating care, peace and tranquility through the massage. These benefits can be enhanced by ensuring the pregnancy message takes place in a location that is properly prepared. The selection of soft lighting, soft music, the use of non-toxic candles and unscented oils can improve the atmosphere of an effective pregnancy massage and help to create an tranquil experience where the mother to be can relax and rest peacefully while dramatically reducing or eliminating her stress.

Pregnancy Foot MassageSince women’s senses are heightened during pregnancy, scent can trigger nausea or morning sickness. Use unscented candles and oils especially in the first few months of pregnancy. Avoid the use of essential oils that may cause premature labor or a miscarriage such as aniseed, arnica, basil, cedar wood, clary sage, coriander, cypress, fennel, hyssop, jasmine, juniper, marjoram, oregano, myrrh, peppermint, rockrose, rosemary, sage, and thyme.

It is recommended that if you are thinking of receiving a professional massage, take care to find a professional massage therapist who is certified in pregnancy massage. Avoid have massages in spas where the staff tend not to have experience or knowledge of how to massage a pregnant woman.

Disclaimer: Massage therapy is for the primary purpose of short-term relaxation and the relief of muscular tension and are in no way a substitute for examination, diagnosis or treatment by a physician. All information provided is educational in nature and is to be used at your own risk. If you are experiencing any physical symptoms, consult with your registered health care provider. During a high-risk pregnancy, massage should not be given without the direction of a qualified physician.

 

 

 

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Category: Health, Health & Wellness, Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Prenatal Stress Busters

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Tara Bianca is a spiritual and transformational coach, facilitator and author whose inspirational mentorship empowers everyday people to transform their lives to access joy, aliveness, clarity, focus and direction.

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