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Prenatal Massage

Prenatal Massage

*Modern investigation and research is proving that prenatal massage therapy can be a very instrumental ingredient in women’s prenatal care and should be given careful consideration.  Before scheduling an appointment, please discuss it with your pre-natal care provider.

What it is:

Massage during pregnancy is therapeutic bodywork which focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of the childbirth experience.  It is safe for most mothers, but not recommended in the first trimester.

History of Prenatal Massage:

It is a fast-growing field in the United States that has attracted the interest of labor and delivery nurses, nurse-midwives, childbirth educators, and obstetricians.

What to expect in a Prenatal Massage session:

Your therapist will take the utmost care to ensure your comfort throughout the prenatal massage session, using fluffy pillows to support your body according to your needs.  You may find yourself on your side or reclining in a chair of cushions.  A clothes-off modality, your privacy will be respected at all times, while your body enjoys nurturing touch.  A session can be scheduled for anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.

Use to treat:

In addition to the emotional support that nurturing touch provides, Prenatal massage enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue, which can all be so prevalent during the vast bodily changes of pregnancy.  It can provide relief on the joints that do a lot of the work during pregnancy, including the low back, pelvis, and ankles.  It helps to reduce the occurrence of calf cramps, lessen sciatic pain, reduce swelling in hands and feet, and relieves neck and back pain.

Our  therapists will want to know if you are having any problems or complications with your pregnancy before you begin. If you are, then our therapists may require approval from your primary health care provider before proceeding with any bodywork. High-risk pregnancy, pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH), heavy discharge (watery or bloody), diabetes, contagious illness, fever, vomiting, unusual pain, pre-eclampsia, high blood pressure, morning sickness, abdominal pain, diarrhea, severe swelling, severe headaches, or any other malignant condition are all conditions which require such approval.

Our Massage Therapists who offer Prenatal Massage:

Christian Goldberg
Bree Golembieski
Steve Taylor
Kristin Turner
Dana Wolk
 

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