Did you know Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14th this year?
Whether you are a mother, have a mother, or know a mother, Mother’s Day is time to honor those who’ve played this important role. Stepmothers, birth-mothers, and godmothers too. While there are as many ways of being a mother as there are moms in the world, one thing is certain: it’s a tough job, but a rewarding one. Here are some ways massage might be of service to the mothers in your life. Continue reading
Prenatal massage is a wonderful way to reduce stress and increase relaxation during the months of changes during your pregnancy.
It is performed in a comfortable sidelying or semi-reclining position on the massage table, bolstered by pillows to support and cradle the body.
There are many potential benefits to prenatal massage, such as:
- reduced maternal blood pressure, heart, and respiratory rate
- counters negative effects of prenatal stress
- increased oxytocin and feelings of well-being
- enhanced immune function
- reduced labor time and complications
- fewer prenatal complications
- increased uterine blood supply to enhance fetal health
Though it is beneficial throughout pregnancy, it does not replace medical or midwifery prenatal care, so it is wise to consult your doctor before receiving a prenatal massage.
After giving birth, a new mother needs time to adjust and heal. Postpartum massage can help with and often can begin 24 hours after delivery. Some of the goals of massage post-pregnancy include:
- providing nurturing and emotional support
- healing from labor
- preventing strain and pain from childcare activities
- reducing residual pelvic and back pain
I am certified as a Prenatal Massage Therapist. Please contact me for more info, or to schedule an appointment.
Lately, I’ve encountered several people who were unaware that women could receive massage during pregnancy. They certainly can, and prenatal massage can provide a lot of benefits for the mother-to-be. Some of these benefits include decreased anxiety and pain, better sleep, and less complications during labor.
Prenatal massage is typically performed with the woman lying on her side, propped in a comfortable position with several pillows, and the session is designed to help her relax and let go of some of the stress and discomfort that can arise during this special time.
Women should discuss massage with their healthcare providers, and then make sure they find a knowledgeable massage therapist who knows how to take the proper precautions.