Pregnancy Massage (Pre-natal, peri-natal, and post-natal)

Getting a massage throughout your pregnancy can have many benefits many similar to regular massage, but since many ailments arise just due to pregnancy, massage for these conditions is often an overlooked and wonderful option. Plus, it is great for the husband and other family members as well as it improves mood, and allows the mother to be pampered by someone outside the family unit giving the family to get a break and breath of fresh air. Everyone gets some ‘me’ time improving relations all around.

Prenatal massage:
Benefits of massage include:

  • Relaxation
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Increased flexibility
  • Improved circulation
  • Reduced edema
  • Lessens stress and strain on hips, back, and legs
Labor Support:
Getting massage services during labor has led to the following results:

  • 50% Reduction of C-Sections
  • 40% Reduction of administration of Oxytocin
  • 30% Reduction of Pain Medication
  • 60% Reduction in epidural requests
  • 40% reduction in need for forceps
  • 60% Reduction in length of labor

In general the mother has more satisfaction with birth experience, and experience less pain in labor.

Six weeks postpartum:
Better relations with husbands
Higher incidence of breast feeding
Fewer infant illnesses

Benefits of postpartum massage include:

  • Relieved muscle strain from labor and delivery
  • Promotes realignment of spine and pelvic structures
  • Begins rehabilitation of abdominal skin, muscles and organs
  • Better relations with husbands
  • Speeds healing of incision
  • Reduces formation of adhesions and scar tissue
High Risk and Bed Rest:

With your doctors approval and guidance, massage can be of extra benefit when needed most.

  • First and foremost, it helps by reducing stress, and
  • Second, bed pain. If you are relegated to bed you know what it is like to ache all day from lack of movement.
  • Third, it helps normalizes body functions i.e. :
    • Blood Pressure
    • Glandular function for things like Diabetes