At Fit4Life Physiotherapy, we focus on offering a variety of massage therapy services that are tailored to the individual requirements of our clients. We offer prenatal massages to assist and relieve any discomfort or pain you may be feeling because we recognize that being a pregnant mother can be both exciting and difficult. In order to help you relax and unwind at this unique time in your life, our team of registered massage therapists is trained to offer prenatal massages that are safe and effective. Our prenatal massage treatments can offer the assistance you require, whether you are feeling physically uncomfortable, under mental stress, or just need a moment to unwind.
What is a Prenatal Massage?
A prenatal massage is a type of pregnancy massage therapy specifically designed for expecting mothers. It’s similar to a regular full-body massage, but with some modifications to ensure the safety and comfort of the mother and her baby. Prenatal massages are typically performed in a side-lying position, which is the safest position for both the mother and the baby as it allows the mother to be fully supported, reducing any stress on her back and joints. During the massage, the massage therapist will use light to moderate pressure to relieve tension and pain in areas such as the neck, back, hips, and legs.
Prenatal Massage Benefits
Pregnant women may benefit from prenatal massages in a variety of ways, both physically and psychologically. The following are a few advantages:
- Less stress and anxiety: Pregnancy can cause heightened feelings of stress and anxiety, especially in new mothers. Prenatal massages can help with this since the endorphin release helps to soothe the mind and lessen emotions of distress
- Physical discomfort reduction: Pregnancy can be uncomfortable in numerous places on the body, including the neck, back, and hips. By improving circulation, alleviating tension in muscles, and fostering relaxation, prenatal massages can help to reduce this discomfort
- Improved sleep: Many women can struggle with sleep during pregnancy due to discomfort and anxiety. Prenatal massages can help to improve sleep by promoting relaxation and reducing physical discomfort
- Better circulation: Increased blood flow during pregnancy can cause swelling and discomfort in the legs and feet. Prenatal massages can help to improve circulation and reduce swelling, assisting fetal development and allowing the mother to feel more comfortable
- Enhanced mood: Prenatal massages can enhance the mood of expecting mothers, as the release of endorphins helps to improve mood and boost energy levels.
You can get a prenatal massage at any point during your pregnancy. However, some massage therapists won’t treat pregnant women in their first trimester as some worry about the increased risk of a miscarriage.
You may get a prenatal massage if you notice the following symptoms:
- Lower back pain
- Mid/upper back pain
- Sciatica pain
- Muscle cramps
A prenatal massage can help treat pain associated with carrying a child in the womb. In addition, it can relieve stress, which is good for you and your baby.
You can receive a prenatal massage at any point during your pregnancy, whether it’s the first, second, or third trimester. You can make monthly appointments up until the first 27 weeks, twice monthly until you reach 36 weeks, and weekly appointments until you’ve birthed your child. The more prenatal massages you receive, the better you will feel throughout your pregnancy.
Yes. Prenatal massages are generally safe for pregnant women. As prenatal massages are a specialized form of massage therapy, many massage therapists have received extensive education in the field and understand what techniques are safe. Prenatal massages for pregnant women can increase relaxation and provide better sleep.
There are a few situations in which a prenatal massage may be unsafe treatment for a pregnant woman if she has:
- Blood clots
- Bone fractures
- Skin injuries/conditions: Eczema, skin infections, burns, wounds
- Allergic reactions to massage oils
Always talk to a healthcare provider before booking an appointment for a prenatal massage.