The Basics of Prenatal Massage
For centuries in a row, massage therapy has been seen as an accessible, effective and affordable method to address a wide array of physical ailments, while also improving one’s mental health, and overall quality of life. From experience, I can tell you that pregnant women can witness the same type of benefits, and several others, by opting for prenatal massage sessions conducted by a professional specialized in this field.
What to Expect from Prenatal Massage
Modern research shows that prenatal massage is an invaluable component of first-hand women’s prenatal care, so why not give it a try during this beautiful chapter of your life, when a new life is growing inside of you? Before actually booking your first session, here are a few key aspects that you should take into consideration to get ready for your pampering treatment, and take your wellness experience one step closer to perfection.
Duration. In general, a prenatal session can take at least one hour, and can be extended to 90 minutes. During your session, we will ensure your highest level of comfort, by massaging your body with gentle moves, as you lay on your side, supported by pillows. You will be draped with a silky sheet, and the only parts exposed during this process will be the ones that we will be working on to reduce swelling, pain, and discomfort, and help you block negative emotions while strengthening your stress coping capabilities.
Environment. You will benefit from a pampering massage therapy experience in a quiet, beautifully furnished, soothing environment where we maintain an ideal temperature, and play relaxing music in the background to make it easier for you to unwind, and think happy thoughts as we massage your body.
Benefits. Naturally, we couldn’t possibly talk about prenatal massage without discussing its benefits. This type of massage can help soon-to-be moms decrease their stress levels, reduce anxiety, prevent or address depression, minimize joint pain and muscle aches, and even contribute to a positive labor outcome, and improve the newborn’s health.
Massage therapy is designed to address multiple needs and issues via a plethora of techniques, including one called Swedish Massage. This particular technique based on mild finger pressure targeting several muscle groups can improve blood flow and lymphatic circulation, while also reducing muscle tension.
Furthermore, we should also let you know that prenatal massage can help future mothers unlock several other physical and mental health-related benefits, including reduced swelling of the ankles, feet, and hands, better sleep, decreased sciatic pain, reduced muscular discomfort, and a more positive state of mind tied to the release of endorphins.