What is Prenatal Massage?
Prenatal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage – to release tension in tight muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation, reduce swelling, increase mobility and relax the mind.
Prenatal massage is tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies. The therapists who are trained in prenatal massage adjust their techniques accordingly. It is important to find a Certified Massage Therapist for prenatal massage like our therapists at Rebirth.
How do you lie on the table?
We find most women are most comfortable with our side lying set up, which we are told everyday is the most comfortable side lying set up ever!
We also have a face down cushion with special pillows for mamas just dying to lay face down during pregnancy.
Most women find it uncomfortable to lie face down right from the start of pregnancy because of their tender, swollen breasts. Obviously, you can't lie face down on a traditional massage table once your belly has started to grow and it's not a good idea to lie flat on your back for too long either, particularly once you're past mid-pregnancy, because the weight of your uterus puts too much pressure on the vein that returns blood from your legs to your heart.
How can prenatal massage help me?
Carrying a baby inside you changes your center of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your body especially low back, glutes and legs. Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, so that your pelvic joints are less stable and changes your posture, pulling your pelvis forward. Add to that the extra weight you're carrying and you may find yourself VERY uncomfortable or in a lot of pain!
Common areas we treat:
Low back pain
Sciatic pain (pain in glutes that often radiates down the leg)
Mid bra strap area pain (from heavy breasts)
Rib cage pain during pregnancy
Swollen legs, ankles and feet
Pregnancy related carpel tunnel
Hip pain (common while sleeping)
Tailbone pain during pregnancy
The trained prenatal massage therapist here at Rebirth know where a pregnant woman's sore spots are able to provide some relief. We also know which areas and techniques to avoid, providing a safe prenatal massage. Still, it's important to communicate with us during the session and tell us where you need attention. Let us know right away if anything during the massage – including your positioning – is causing you any discomfort.
How often can I get a prenatal massage?
We recommend asking your doctor, if you have pregnancy complications. Generally, in a healthy pregnancy it is beneficial to have massage during pregnancy up to once a week. This will also depend on your daily activities and how much pain you are in.
Prenatal massage is truly beneficial in reducing aches and pains, promoting a blissful pregnancy, healthy for baby and preparing your body for labor.