There are many restrictions throughout the gestational period making pregnancy feel like a chore or an effort. This is the one thing you can indulge in. Your body, mind, soul and most of all, your baby will thank you for it. Pregnancy massage incorporates specific techniques to relax and restore, as well as preparing the mind and body for labour. Pregnancy massage is performed side lying.
What is pregnancy massage?
Pregnancy massage shares many of the goals of regular massage to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good. But it’s also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies, and therapists who are trained in pregnancy massage adjust their techniques accordingly.
How do you lie on the table?
Pregnancy massage is performed laying on your side with pillows, wedges, or a full-length body pillow for support.
How can pregnancy massage help me?
Carrying a baby changes your center of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. 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 you’ve got an aching lower back.
A trained pregnancy massage therapist knows where a pregnant woman’s sore spots are likely to be and may be able to provide some relief. (They also know which areas and techniques to avoid). Still, it’s important to communicate with your therapist and communicate where you need attention. Let us know right away if anything during the massage, including your positioning is causing you any discomfort.
How can I find a good pregnancy massage therapist?
Ask for recommendations from your hospital, health practitioner, or friends. If you already have a favorite massage therapist, ask whether they have training in pregnancy massage or can recommend a colleague who does.
How much does a pregnancy massage cost?
An hour-long session with us is $90
Are there any situations in which I shouldn’t get a pregnancy massage?
Pregnancy massage is not recommended during the first trimester.
By the way, steer clear of hot tubs, saunas, and treatments such as hot wraps. These can make you overheat, which can cause problems for you and your baby.
Be aware that some times we may need clearance from your doctor or midwife before treating you, so ask ahead of time.