Massage during pregnancy is therapeutic bodywork, which focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of the childbirth experience.
Pregnancy massage can be done in a number of different ways; we provide a special pregnancy table. The pregnancy table is specifically designed for expectant moms, no matter how far along they are, to lie flat on their stomachs. It accomplishes this with a deep center cutout in the table/pillow, so that bellies are accommodated and moms-to-be are relaxed and comfortable.
Because of the tremendous physical and hormonal changes that occur in the expectant mother, we do not recommend any massage during the first trimester. In our opinion, this is the time for the mother to get comfortable with being pregnant. The second and third trimesters are wonderful times to begin prenatal massage. It is always best to consult your doctor.
Postpartum massage is designed to help restore the body to its pre-pregnant condition. It also addresses the stress of carrying and caring for a newborn. It can speed the recovery by bringing relief of sore muscles and help the mother to relax more easily. Abdominal massage helps shrink the uterus and relieve subcutaneous scar tissue. It may be given as early as 24 hours after delivery in a vaginal delivery but only with written permission from your doctor or midwife.
No matter where you are in the childbearing year, massage may have many benefits for you and your baby.
Information provided by Kelly Lott, RMT
This full body massage is performed with our special pregnancy table that will allow the mother-to-be to lie on her stomach while her and baby is safely supported. Our policy is to perform massage only in the 2nd and 3rd Tri-mester, for the safety of you and your baby, we will not massage in the 1st Tri-mester!
A full hour of therapeutic massage with a spa twist. This is our signature massage treatment. Of course we massage your full body and work out all the kinks, but we also pamper you a little bit. The entire body receives a dry brushing before we massage each body part. Then the pampering comes in: Includes wrapping the feet in hot moist towels followed by a mini foot reflexology treatment. Along with luxurious full back exfoliation. Yummy! This treatment is the best of both worlds all in one hour.
This treatment is specially designed for the new mother, and can be performed about two weeks after the delivery of your new baby. The massage focuses on healing, restoration and balance of the body. During the birthing experience a woman will have used vital resources often leaving her feeling exhausted, under-nourished, lacking in energy and often on an emotional roller coaster due to hormonal fluctuations. Our talented therapists will combine a variety of modalities to address the new moms specific needs. The treatment is 75 minutes, which incorporates the use of therapeutic grade essential oils of Bergamot, Grapefruit, Orange, and Geranium to help balance out your hormones and will help with the baby blues. The massage incorporates Swedish and therapeutic massage techniques to help restore the body back to balance. Hot stones are used on the back and legs, to encourage the rejuvenation and circulation of blood and vital energy to support the new mom. New moms will leave the session feeling, enriched, relaxed and more physically and mentally able to cope with the postpartum period. These effects will trickle town to the newborn as the mother will be more relaxed, rejuvenated and happy, therefore passing the state of equilibrium onto her newborn baby.
In addition to the fact that massage during pregnancy just plain feels good, there are many other benefits for the mom-to-be and her baby, too. A study conducted by Dr. Tiffany Field at the University of Miami School of Medicine showed that massage actually reduces stress hormones in the body. Touch is vital to the mother’s physical and emotional well being as she adapts to her new body image. Regardless of individual circumstances, a pregnant woman’s body is challenged, changed and stressed in many ways. Massage gives special attention to the mother-to-be, which in turn nurtures the new life that grows within her.
Massage during pregnancy is usually safe for most mothers. Your massage therapist will want to know if you are having any problems or complications with your pregnancy before you begin. If you are, then we recommend approval from your primary health care provider before proceeding with any bodywork. The following are circumstances in which massage should not be performed:
In addition to these areas, one other precaution needs to be mentioned: Direct and sustained pressure should not be applied to the area between the ankle bone and heel. This area is considered by many massage therapists and reflexologists to relate with the uterus and vagina, and it is thought that heavy pressure to this area could promote early labor. Assuming there are no other precautions or considerations, it should be all right to massage the rest of the feet.