You must be in the second trimester (12wks) in order to begin receiving prenatal massage therapy due to the increased risk of miscarriage associated with the first trimester.
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness which relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (swelling).
In addition, massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension -- which aids in better sleep -- and can help relieve depression and/or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
For safety of mother and baby, sideline positioning with supportive, soft cushions are used to alleviate the extra strain on the lower back and pelvic areas. Extra strain in these areas can cause unnecessary back or abdominal pain, so naturally we want to avoid any potential discomfort.
Women with normal, low-risk pregnancies can benefit greatly from prenatal massages, however, women in high-risk pregnancies should consult their doctor, or midwife, before booking a session. If you experience discomfort at any time during your massage, tell Adorina/Stephanie immediately.
- Reduces depression and anxiety
- Relieves pain, particularly in the back, shoulders, neck, and hips
- Increases body awareness for better posture and less discomfort
- Induce relaxation to support the rest and restore of the parasympathetic nervous system
- Contribute to emotional support and a nurturing attitude for self and baby
- Relieves tension in the joints
- Help to relieve pregnancy induced edema (swelling)