The goals of a prenatal massage are essentially the same as your regular massage: to help you relax, de-stress, and address any areas of tension or pain so that you leave your session feeling ease and balance in your body and mind.
What makes a prenatal massage different?
A prenatal massage differs from a regular massage in the sense that different techniques are used. These techniques are specific to the many anatomical changes a woman undergoes during pregnancy and will in no way cause harm to the mother or the baby.
What can I expect from a pregnancy massage?
During a prenatal massage, the therapist will avoid using deep pressure on your abdomen and legs. Gentle pressure may be used, but deep pressure on your legs can cause problems if you have blood clots.
Is massage OK in pregnancy?
The answer is: Generally, yes. Massage therapy during pregnancy has been shown to provide many benefits, including a sense of wellness, improved relaxation, and better sleep. But certain techniques and trigger points in the body can cause contractions and premature labor, so seeking expertise is vital.
What points to avoid in a pregnancy massage?
According to Ebbin, there are two areas that you should definitely avoid during pregnancy: the reflexology areas directly connected to the uterus and ovaries, which are located on the inside and outside of both ankles in the hollow areas just under the ankle bones.
Can you lay on your stomach for a massage while pregnant?
Can I lay on my stomach during a massage? As long as you are comfortable, laying on your stomach during a massage will not hurt your baby.
Can I lay on my stomach while pregnant?
It’s fine to sleep on your stomach during pregnancy. It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to sleep comfortably in this position once your belly and breasts grow, however.
What should I expect from my first massage?
Before your session begins, we’ll discuss any injuries or medical conditions that could affect treatment. Then you will be given privacy to disrobe and lie down on the treatment table before the massage therapist enters; most massage sessions start face down. The sheet draped over you is for modesty and warmth.
What should I wear for a pregnancy massage?
Pregnancy massage can be performed with as much or as little clothing as you’re comfortable wearing – it’s always a personal decision. Usually we recommend that you keep underwear on, and we use towels for coverage so only the parts that are being massaged are exposed.
Why do I get sick after a massage?
Since massage increases the flow of the lymph fluid, the fluid pushes these stagnant toxins through the system, causing the symptoms of detox or sickness to rear their ugly heads. Water helps to flush these toxins from your body, so you are less likely to feel the effects.
Can I hurt my baby by pressing on my stomach?
Your baby bump will probably get bumped while you’re pregnant, particularly if you have young children. It is almost always harmless. But if you suffer abdominal trauma, such as getting in a car accident, call your doctor.
Can you massage lower back during pregnancy?
If you have a high-risk pregnancy or high blood pressure, or you experience sudden swelling, speak to your doctor before scheduling any prenatal massage. Massage therapy for lower back, pelvic, or sciatic nerve pain in pregnancy may not be the best first line of defense for everyone.
Can I go to the chiropractor while pregnant?
Chiropractic care is usually a safe, effective practice during pregnancy. Not only can routine chiropractic care help manage pain in your back, hips, and joints, it can also establish pelvic balance. That can provide your baby with as much space as possible over the course of your pregnancy.
Are neck massages safe during pregnancy?
Are neck massages generally safe? Yes, they are not dangerous to pregnant women. They shower countless benefits, making every pregnancy bearable. But some techniques may cause contractions and premature labor.