Prenatal and Postpartum Massage
Massage is so wonderful for the pregnant and postpartum body and mind. By establishing a foundation for optimal change from the most common physical ailments and beyond. Massage can be such an asset when providing lasting relief from joint pain, changes in body alignment, and recovery from labor or birth complications. Getting regular prenatal and postpartum massage increases serotonin and dopamine, which in turn provides the mind and body with feel good effects long after getting off the massage table.
Benefits of Prenatal and Postpartum Massage
- Decrease scar tissue in the abdomen and aid in proper recovery from rectus diastasis
- Relieve back and joint pain, as well as get relief from common muscular compensation patterns
- Maintain optimum circulation to the placenta and uterus
- Alleviate PCOS and symphysis pubis pain
- Manage swelling around ankles and legs
- Help pregnant mothers learn proper body support during nighttime rest
- Create a moment of bliss, far away from the stress and demands of motherhood
Not all types of massage are right for pregnancy. Prenatal massage is the safest type of massage at any stage of pregnancy, even during early stages of labor. Specific modifications are used to maintain high levels of safety for mom and baby at all times.
Massage is a great way to get your body relaxed and prepared for labor and delivery. I do offer my clients who are within 39-41 weeks of gestation an induction oriented massage. Using positioning and acupressure points on the body, the early stages of labor can successfully be sustained. Getting an induction massage can help early labor to not only progress but to do so with less discomfort.
I suggest that clients schedule a postpartum massage 10 days after delivery. For moms who need some extra help due to a traumatic or long labor 3-5 days after delivery is advised. I always encourage moms to keep their baby with them on the table during treatment as well!
All materials needed for the most therapeutic and effective treatment is brought by the massage therapist. All equipment (sheets/pillows/essential oils/thermal packs/table warmers/bolsters) gets set up for you, so you stay relaxed before you get a great massage.