Perinatal Massage


 

Pregnancy Massage

Prenatal Massage

The journey through pregnancy is a truly incredible process. From preconception, through all three trimesters and into postpartum, a huge amount of physical and mental change occurs within a relatively short period of time. As the hormone relaxin takes its effect, joints and connective tissues throughout the body begin to loosen to accommodate a growing baby. A mother’s body must carry more and more weight as the baby continues to grow. These factors, along with many others, can cause some discomfort, aches, and pains throughout the duration of the pregnancy. Fortunately,many of these complaints are temporary and can be relieved through various prenatal care techniques, particularly Prenatal Massage. Some of the benefits of Prenatal Massage include:

 

  • Provides safe, effective relief for common bodily discomforts (low back and pelvic pain, sciatica, headaches and migraines, fatigue, joint pain,acid reflux, edema, carpal tunnel, etc.)
  • Can help to stabilize hormone levels
  • Helps maintain optimal posture and alignment throughout pregnancy
  • Improves blood circulation (bringing in oxygen and nutrients, and removing metabolic waste) within mom and to baby
  • Helps to relax and sedate an overworked nervous system

Postpartum Massage

While many people tend to focus on the health of a mother primarily during pregnancy, the tmother and newbornruth of the matter is that the Postpartum period is equally as important. This is a time when the mother is not only adjusting to caring for a new life, but her body is still working its way back to normal after the heroic efforts of pregnancy, labor, and birth. Postpartum massage is extremely beneficial in aiding the body during this stage of adjustment.

We help alleviate any remaining bodily discomforts from pregnancy, and new ones that might arise during or after labor. During sessions we also focus on making sure the body is optimally aligned, and that the mother isn’t developing new muscular tension from activities such as breast feeding and picking up/ holding her baby. We can also focus on helping the abdominal and pelvic cavities heal with visceral massage to these regions. Postpartum massage is particularly beneficial for:

  • Alleviating common discomforts that arise during the postpartum period (Upper back, shoulder, neck complaints from breast feeding and holding the baby, and low back and pelvic complaints from birthing recovery)
  • Aiding in stabilizing hormones
  • Offers relaxation during what is often a very stressful and emotional time
  • Reestablishing pelvic alignment
  • Visceral and uterine healing

*Since many new mothers struggle to find the time to get out for an hour or two while caring for their newborn, Postpartum in-home visits are available for 1 month after the birth date