Prenatal massage has been around for centuries in many different cultures. Studies have shown the benefits to prenatal massage are numerous, proving those long ago midwives correct. Benefits include less anxiety,less leg and back pain, better sleep and moods, fewer labor complications, lower prematurity rates, and enhanced immune system. A massage promotes relaxation, which promotes steadier blood pressure, pulse, and respiratory rates. The placenta and fetus are healthier. And everyone knows, happy mom = happy baby.
Making sure the massage therapist you see is trained in prenatal massage is essential. Pregnancy brings on a lot of potential challenges and your massage therapist needs to know contraindications and risks to make sure to keep the mom safe. Also, a trained prenatal massage therapist will know advanced techniques to treating common challenges a pregnant woman faces.
We recommend scheduling massage at least twice a month during pregnancy. While massage can’t eliminate the underlying cause of the discomfort (a baby!), it can keep the discomforts from getting overwhelming for the mom-to-be and stealing the joy of this amazing time. Gift certificates for prenatal massage make a great gift for the mom-to-be too.
- Caitlyn Monks, LMT
Certified Prenatal Massage Specialist
At Body of Work Massage, you can rest easy in Caitlyn's skilled hands and calm, grounded approach. Feel free to email us any questions or concerns using the Contact Form above. Make your prenatal massage appointment today!