Massage during pregnancy not only makes a woman feel pampered, but offers undeniable physical benefits as well. Massage can relieve fatigue, enhance sleep and calm an active baby.
“I had the MOST AMAZING pregnancy massage with Susanna at Ultimate Image Salon last night. I am so grateful to her for making me feel so much better. There are so many benefits to pregnancy massage and my body feels like a million bucks. I have another one scheduled for next week! Thank you Susanna and Ultimate Image Salon! As always, top notch service.”
How Can Massage Help Through Your Pregnancy?
Help alleviate morning sickness
Relieve leg cramps
Relieve pain from varicosities
Prepare pelvic muscles for birth process
During the entire term of the prenancy, massage can stimulate blood flow, which may assist in the prevention of anemia. An increase in muscle tone and flexibility will occur, alleviating leg cramps and muscle spasms.
It is also a great way to relieve everyday tension and the general aches and pains your body is suffering. It stimulates your lymphatic system, increasing immunity and the removal of excess toxins, while also stabilizing hormonal levels and balancing the glandular system.
How Will I Receive My Massage?
You are positioned on your side to give the therapist access to your back or in a semi-reclining position for massage on the front of your body. Your body will be supported by pillows or special cushions. You will be properly draped while the therapist is working, except for the area being massaged.
What Techniques Will Be Used?
Many pregnancy massage specialists integrate a variety of techniques into their work. Depending on where you are in the pregnancy, the therapist may utilize reflexology, Swedish massage, or even light shiatsu.
Are There Times When Massage During Pregnancy Should Be Avoided?
Women with normal, low-risk pregnancies can benefit greatly from massage by a trained pregnancy massage therapist. However, women in high-risk pregnancies should consult with their doctor or midwife before beginning a massage program. If at any time you experience discomfort in your massage, tell the therapist immediately.
What About Massage After Delivery Of My Baby?
Massage helps restore muscle tone in the abdomen and re-position the pelvis after delivery. Remember, touch is very important part of bonding with your baby. Ask about receiving instruction in massaging your baby.
Use of Essential Oils
The massage therapist may use essential oils during your massage. Since many have physical effects on the body, you should be aware of the oils the therapist may use. Oils that have stimulating effects should be avoided, such as basil, cinnamon, cedarwood and peppermint. Clary sage should also be avoided as it can initiate labor. The following are recommended for safe use: lavender to relieve nausea, headaches and constipation; neroli and ylang-ylang may help reduce stretch marks.