Working on mommy’s-to-be is great fun because everything feels so good! Their body’s are changing at alarming speed with bones moving, ligaments stretching and loosening, not to mention the sudden weight of carrying around a growing baby, all in the front of the body throwing things off-balance.
So What Does Massage Do During Pregnancy?
There are plenty of benefits of mommy’s experiencing regular massage during pregnancy. Not only is massage a major relief on the woman’s changing body, it also helps make the developing baby in-utero calmer, which makes for a calmer baby outside of the womb too. The physical benefits to both mommy and baby are undeniable. Massage can relieve fatigue and enhance sleep, help with elasticity of skin, improve bowel inconsistencies and acid reflux, and psychologically centers mom to her baby. During the entire term of the pregnancy, massage can stimulate blood flow, assisting in the prevention of anemia.
- Relieve headaches
- Help alleviate morning sickness
- Reduce fatigue
I have worked on clients with morning sickness so extreme they needed a PICC line inserted in their arm to give themselves daily anti-nausea medication. After their massage they feel better and find temporary relief, which is huge when it comes to chronic nausea!
- Alleviate back aches
- Relieve leg cramps and sinus pressure
- Reduce swelling/edema
- Relieve pain from varicosities
- Enhance sleep (body becoming even more uncomfortable at this stage)
- Prepare pelvic muscles for the birth process
- Above all: RELIEVES RIB PAIN SPASMS!
Testimonial: “I’ve told everyone about the miraculous relief I’ve received from MASSAVEDA massage with Carmen. After 14 weeks of intense abdominal and back pain during my pregnancy [including the spasming rib pain in the third trimester] Carmen was able to release the pain literally in one session. If it hadn’t been my body, I wouldn’t believe it but it’s true! I love the pre- & post-natal services I’ve received and will continue to receive all my massage services from her!!” — Kim V., Johnston
Massage during pregnancy is also a great way to relieve everyday tension. It stimulates the lymphatic system, increasing immunity and the removal of excess toxins, while also stabilizing hormonal levels and balancing the glandular system.
So It’s Not Dangerous?
There is NO evidence that massage incurs miscarriage! Multiple studies on deep tissue massage and pregnancy show no such findings. There are points on the body needing caution during a pre-natal massage but they still need worked, just not overstimulated. The therapist should work with slow elongating strokes and always move lymph and blood flow towards the heart. Make sure the therapist is trained in pregnancy massage! And always, women in high-risk pregnancies should consult with their doctor or midwife before beginning a massage therapy program. If at any time during the massage discomfort is experienced, tell the therapist immediately.
Are Essential Oils Ok To Use?
The massage therapist may use essential oils during the massage. Since many have physical effects on the body, be aware of the oils the therapist may use. Oils that have stimulating effects should be avoided, such as basil, cinnamon, cedarwood, and peppermint. Clary sage should also be avoided as it can initiate labor. The following are recommended as safe for use during pregnancy: lavender to relieve nausea, headaches, and constipation; neroli and ylang-ylang may help reduce stretch marks.
What About Massage After Delivery?
Massage during the weeks after delivery helps to restore muscle tone in the abdomen and reposition the pelvis. A good rule of thumb is to begin receiving massage 8 weeks after a C-Section due to general discomfort. If a vaginal birth, begin receiving massage after 6 weeks to avoid blood clotting in the thigh area.
And remember, touch is a very important part of the mommy-baby-bonding relationship. Ask about receiving instruction in massaging your baby as well as how to reduce C-Section scars, I’d be happy to teach.
See you on the table!