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.
So Teebs (the black and white cat) reminded me of my promise to tell you about one of my favorite massage books: The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook, by Clair Davies.
The subtitle is “Your self-treatment guide for pain relief,” and that is the truth. Basically, it breaks down the big red Travell trigger point manuals for the layperson, and gives symptoms, causes, and treatment for almost every trigger point of the body. I mentioned the Theracane yesterday, and that is one of the primary treatment tools. The book features many clear pictures of where to place the Theracane, the lacrosse ball, or the supported thumbs–whatever tool is best–for the most immediate relief.
Really, I can’t recommend this book enough. I refer to it several times a week for use with clients, and on myself at home. As you can see in the picture, I’ve added my own tabs for easy reference. As a massage therapist, I definitely suggest getting frequent massage, but in between, this book and some self-massage tools can often help life feel more bearable!
Pro tip: When I have tightness and discomfort in my neck and shoulders, my go-to for relief at home is the Theracane. It is an amazing self-massage tool.
You, too, can feel this relaxed from a Theracane. Teebs here was smart to also refer to a helpful guidebook, which I will review tomorrow. Stay tuned!
In case you’re one of those people who waits and waits to get a massage, stop putting it off! You already know it makes you feel wonderful, but check out this link that will help you realize how much massage has to offer: Massage Benefits: 9 Healthy Reasons to Make an Appointment Today!
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I think many of us who have experienced the benefits of therapeutic massage will be glad to see that science is confirming what we’ve long known: Massage is a powerful tool for pain relief!
I am happy to announce that I will now have some Saturday massage availability at my Jacksonville location, so if you’re in the area and you’d like a massage, please give me a call!
Also, I have recently made a business page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnalisaKDerryberryLmt . If you feel so inclined, I would appreciate a “Like!”
Thank you, and enjoy the rest of your day!
Yesterday, I remembered a sweet little article by a massage marketing coach, and thought it would be timely to share it: How Your Cat Can Help You Grow Your Business
I guess they’re letting me know it’s safe to relax. Thanks, guys!
(Here’s a picture of them when they were awake.)