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Prenatal and Postnatal Massage

Prenatal Massage

Relaxing massage tailored to meet the special needs of pregnancy.  Massage during pregnancy not only makes a woman feel pampered, but offers undeniable physical benefits as well.

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Prenatal Massage Benefits

Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.  Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques, one of which is called Swedish Massage, which aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body. Swedish Massage is the recommended prenatal massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy.

Hormone Regulation

Studies done in the past 10 years have shown that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered, leading to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health, when massage therapy was introduced to women’s prenatal care. In women who received bi-weekly massages for only five weeks, hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol (“stress hormones”) were reduced and dopamine and serotonin levels were increased (low levels of these hormones are associated with depression). These changes in hormone levels also led to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications, such as low birth weight. The evidence points strongly to maternal and newborn health benefits when therapeutic massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care.

Improvement of Nerve Pain

Sciatic nerve pain is experienced by many women in late pregnancy as the uterus rests on muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back. The pressure of the uterus spreads tension to the muscles of the upper and lower leg, causing them to swell and put pressure on nearby nerves. Massage therapy addresses the inflamed nerves by helping to release the tension on nearby muscles. Many women have experienced significant reduction in sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy through regular massage.

Reduction of Swelling

Edema, or swelling of the joints during pregnancy, is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints, which also improves the removal of tissue waste, carried by the body’s lymph system.

Other Benefits

Prenatal Massage

•    Reduced back pain
•    Reduced joint pain
•    Improved circulation
•    Reduced edema
•    Reduced muscle tension and headaches
•    Reduced stress and anxiety
•    Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
•    Better sleep

Precautions

Prenatal Massage

As with any therapeutic approach to pregnancy wellness, women should discuss massage with their prenatal care provider. The best way to address the risks of prenatal massage is to be informed and to work together with knowledgeable professionals.

About

Postnatal Massage

How soon should you begin receiving post partum massage?  If you’ve had a vaginal delivery, you can begin as soon as you’re comfortable.  It’s recommended to receive at least three sessions during the first four months to speed your body’s recovery, however, you should come as often as possible.  This is a special time for your body and we are here to support your healing and recovery.

If you’ve delivered your new baby via C-Section, you are also dealing with recovering from major abdominal surgery and we’re here to help support you.  Ideally, you should begin receiving post partum/scar massage 10-20 weeks after delivery, however it’s never too late.  The techniques we utilize have helped with scars over 20 years old.  Often these “old” scars have been causing problems and within a few sessions, the improvement is remarkable.

Benefits

Postnatal Massage

Benefits of C Section Scar Massage

  • Re-establishes mobility and range of motion,
  • Keeps organs free of scar tissue and moving independently from one another,
  • Avoids secondary fertility issues
  • Prevents chronic low back & pelvic pain, especially during intimacy

Postnatal Massage Helps

  • Physical aches of recovering and caring for an infant
  • Promoting healing & organ re-organization
  • Lack of sleep
  • Hormone fluctuations
  • Physical aches of recovering and caring for an infant
  • “New Mother’s Neck”
  • C-section scar rehabilitation
  • Pelvic pain, especially during intimacy
  • Wrist and forearm pain
  • Fluid retention

Testimonials

What Our Clients Say

Michelle is a special and rare find.  She is compassionate, kind and always makes me feel comfortable and relaxed.  She truly has a healing touch!
Bridgette G.