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What is Prenatal Massage?

Prenatal massage is a type of massage therapy designed for pregnant women. This type of massage is extremely beneficial for women tired of having to deal with the struggles of pregnancy. Pain is something that most pregnant women experience, especially for prolonged periods at a time, and according to numerous sources, prenatal massage significantly reduces pain during pregnancy.

Prenatal massage often gets associated with traditional Swedish massage. The techniques are very similar as in most prenatal sessions, your therapist would relax your body via long gliding strokes. During the massage you will be asked to lie on your side rather than your back or stomach. This positioning is standard for pregnant women during massage sessions due to it bringing more positive outcomes and causing less stress on your anatomy.

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Prenatal massage is mostly pain free; however, you may feel some pressure during the manipulation process.

Who Will Benefit from prenatal Massage?

In most cases, women go through immense psychological pressure during their pregnancy period. This condition often leads to stress and anxiety. Numerous medical reports have indicated that prenatal massage is extremely beneficial for treating such conditions.

  • Neck and back pains are two conditions associated with pregnancy. Many women experience these two conditions during pregnancy and prenatal massage is known to be an effective approach in combatting the mentioned conditions.
  • Women who find it difficult to sleep properly during their pregnancy will find great benefit in prenatal massage. Reports have indicated that women who receive prenatal massages sleep way better at night.
  • The muscle tensions during pregnancy often lead to sharp headaches. Prenatal massage greatly reduces tensions of the head muscles and that leads to a reduction of headaches.
  • Pregnancy brings certain circulation challenges and one way to combat that is by getting a massage. Moms can boost their circulation through prenatal massage sessions.

What Will You Get After a Prenatal Massage Session?

In most cases, you will get a relaxed sensation from your massage which is what we are looking for.

  • You should be able to notice the mentioned beneficial effects of prenatal massaging right away. Improved sleep, less joint discomforts, and less anxiety will follow shortly.
  • You may feel be in slight agony shortly after the massage due to the applied pressure. This should not worry you because it will go away after an hour or two. If there is significant pain, then you should inform your physician.
  • You may feel slightly dizzy after the massage. Your therapist would encourage you to take your time before standing up.

Drinking water extensively after such a massage is always recommended. Your therapist would encourage you to drink a lot of water for the next 24 hours to release all the toxins liberated from the muscles.

Scientific Facts Regarding Prenatal Massage

A study conducted by the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics displayed that pregnant woman who received regular prenatal massage showed reduced anxiety, reduced pain, and decreased complications during labor.

A study by the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies showed that pregnant women who received massages, experienced less back and leg pain.

Another study conducted by the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics showed that prenatal massage is associated with reduced depression and reduced occurrences of prematurity and low birthweight.

How to Prepare for a Prenatal Massage Session?

  1. Wear comfortable clothing. It is crucial for you to be fully comfortable during the massage. Also, the area of focus needs to be accessible to your therapist.
  2. Drink a lot of water starting 24 hours prior to your appointment. This will make you feel so much better after the massage is done.
  3. Have all the information regarding your pregnancy ready. Your therapist needs to know all the details prior to starting the massage.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is the best position for Prenatal Massage?

The best position for Prenatal Massage is with the client lying on her side. Your therapist should have support pillows to help you lie comfortably in this position. Some massage centers also carry specialized massage tables which accommodate your pregnant body. You can try these to see if they are comfortable, otherwise, lie on your side.

2. How often should I receive Prenatal Massage?

There is such a thing as too much massage! Massage touch is naturally soothing, but you don’t want to overdo it, especially not during a sensitive time like pregnancy. If you want to go in for Prenatal Massage more than once a week, consult your Obstetrician-Gynecologist first.

3. Are prenatal massages covered by OHIP?

Most insurances do not cover prenatal massages; however, some of them offer discounts for this therapy. Go over your work insurance and see if your case is applicable for prenatal massages.

4. Do massage therapists need special training to do pregnancy massage?

Massage therapists do not need training in pregnancy massaging to be allowed to conduct such massages; however, it is crucial for you to find a therapist who has experience in this service. Errors are more likely to occur if your therapist is inexperienced when it comes to prenatal massaging.

5. Can prenatal massage encourage labor?

Some sensitive spots on the body could encourage labor upon continuous contact; however, most massage therapists know that they should avoid such spots. Prenatal massage has not been shown to lead to early labor.

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