Labour Support Tips – By Madeleine Ganly, Registered Massage Therapist

Simply having a supportive person present can help ease labour. Adding touch can increase relaxation, decrease anxiety, stimulate the production of oxytocin and increase perceived social and emotional connectivity. Try out these 5 support tools during labour: 1. Sacral counterpressure The birthing person can be in any position that gives the support person access to […]

Managing Prenatal Edema – By Madeleine Ganly, Registered Massage Therapist

What is Edema?  Edema (swelling) is the accumulation of fluids in the interstitial spaces. Some edema in the hands and feet is normal during pregnancy due to the rise of estrogen and progesterone, the relaxation and dilation of blood vessels, pressure from the weight of the uterus compressing major blood vessels and an increase in […]

Massage Therapy During Pregnancy – By Madeleine Ganly, Registered Massage Therapist

Massage therapy as a standalone treatment, or as part of an integrated treatment plan including physiotherapy or chiropractic care, can be beneficial for many conditions. Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Massage therapy during pregnancy can be especially helpful in: promoting sleep, […]