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Your Go-to Guide for Prenatal Massages

Your Go-to Guide for Prenatal Massages

Are you an expectant mother? Are you experiencing increased pain throughout your body as your pregnancy progresses? If this sounds like you, you may benefit from a prenatal massage

Pregnancy is often accompanied by physical discomfort as your body grows and changes to accommodate new life. With lower back pain, and other aches and discomfort, prenatal massages can help expectant mothers relieve stress, improve their sleep, promote relaxation, improve mobility and reduce pain. 

Prenatal massages offer expectant mothers both physical and mental benefits that can help them more comfortably enjoy their pregnancy journey. In this article, we’ll review the benefits of prenatal massage, how it differs from other massages, and we’ll review its safety. Keep reading to learn more about this therapeutic treatment.

What is a Prenatal Massage?

Prenatal massages are customized massage therapy sessions for women who are expecting, aimed at relaxing tense muscles in order to improve mobility and reduce discomfort throughout the body. As carrying a child affects the placement of your internal organs and puts strain on the muscular and skeletal system, it is common for pregnant women to experience changes in their posture, flexibility, and mobility.  

How is it Different from Other Massages?

There are some differences between a prenatal massage and a regular massage. One difference is the positioning.  As your baby grows, laying face down may no longer feel comfortable.  Registered massage therapists are skilled at using pillows, blankets, and other supports to help you find comfort and rest in other positions, such as side-lying, or laying face up.

Prenatal massage techniques are also able to target areas of the body most commonly affected during pregnancy and provide relief for many common conditions and discomforts that pregnancy brings.

Benefits of Prenatal Massages 

Prenatal massages are an excellent treatment that can help women feel a sense of peace and relaxation during their pregnancy journey. There are many benefits of prenatal massages. Here is a closer look at what you can experience from this therapeutic treatment: 

  • Reduction in physical and mental stress 
  • Prenatal massage can be helpful in managing stress and anxiety
  • Improvement in your overall mood by releasing serotonin throughout the body 
  • Improved flexibility and mobility
  • Reduction in lower back and leg pain 
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced pain and discomfort
  • Alleviation of muscle tension by increasing blood flow to areas throughout the body 
  • Decreased headaches
  • Reduced swelling 

Is it safe?

It’s expected for pregnant women to have questions about potential therapeutic treatments they are considering during their pregnancy. You may wonder, “are prenatal massages safe?” The answer to this question is “yes!”  Pregnant women who choose to receive a prenatal massage can improve their overall sense of well-being and comfort and enjoy several physical and emotional benefits without harming their baby. 

Massage therapists who perform these specialized massages have the training and the knowledge to safely administer techniques specific to pregnant clients. Prior to your first massage, your therapist will go over your health history and assess your primary complaint, to ensure your treatment is tailored to your individual needs.  You can rest assured knowing that your health and the health of your baby are in safe hands. 

Are you pregnant and interested in receiving massage therapy? Book a consultation with the experienced team at Trent Health in Motion today by calling us directly at 705-741-4758 or using our online booking form. We look forward to connecting with you. 

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