Prenatal massage is therapeutic bodywork that focuses on and accommodates the special needs of the mom-to-be as her body goes through the miraculous changes of pregnancy. It relieves the aches and pains of a growing belly, relaxes foot and lower leg muscles from the extra body weight, relieves mental and physical fatigue and nurtures the mom-to-be. Prenatal massage not only eases the discomforts of pregnancy, but also helps the mom-to-be prepare for labor by way of allowing the body to relax easier through focused breath and a calm mind. Research has shown that prenatal massage can be instrumental in women’s prenatal care.
Prenatal Massage Research
Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Massage is recommended during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts.
Benefits of Prenatal Massage
The benefits of prenatal massage include a wide range of physiological, emotional and psychological benefits.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting (massage-wise)
Prenatal massage can begin in the first trimester and continue through labor. I recommend pregnant patients to receive their first massage later in the first trimester or when morning sickness has decreased/stopped. I recommend two more during the second trimester and at least three during the third trimester (up until due date and beyond). I use a specially designed pregnancy body cushion that allows and accommodates a growing mom-to-be to lay face down. Moms-to-be love being able to lay face down. Sessions are 60 minutes.
Ready to Get Your Prenatal Massage at The Ommani Center in Pewaukee?
Contact The Ommani Center at 262-695-5311 to schedule your appointment with me. I am certified in prenatal and postpartum massage and love working with moms-to-be.
Article written using information from the following sources:
Field T., Hernandez-Reif M., Hart S., Theakston H., Schanberg S., Kuhn C. (1999). Pregnant women benefit from massage therapy. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mar;20(1):31-8.
Field, T. (2004). Massage therapy effects on depressed pregnant women. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, Jun;25(2):115-22.
Field T., Diego M., Hernandez-Reif M., Deeds O., Figueiredo B. (2009). Pregnancy massage reduces prematurity, low birthweight and postpartum depression. Infant Behavior and Development. 2009 Dec;32(4):454-60 PubMed PMID: 19646762.
Howell, J. (n.d.) Prenatal health through massage therapy: for women and their babies. The Free Library. Retrieved Aug 31 2015 http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Prenatal+health+through+massage+therapy%3a+for+women+and+their+babies%3a...-a098250301