Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Prenatal Massage shares many of the goals of regular massage — to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just makes you feel good. Regardless of your individual circumstances, a pregnant woman’s body is challenged, changed and stressed in many ways and massage gives special attention to the mother-to-be, which in turn nurtures the new life that grows within her. Prenatal Massage techniques are adjusted accordingly, tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies.
Pregnancy massage has been found to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, and relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints. It's a popular complementary therapy during pregnancy for back pain, when the choices for pain relief such as medication are often limited.
Prenatal Massage can help to develop the sensory awareness necessary to relax during First Stage of labor. It can also help recruit the appropriate muscles during the pushing phase and improve the outcome of labor.
Not only can massage be physically beneficial, but the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy. Massage therapy has been found to reduce anxiety and depression. We invite you to experience the remarkable changes that one hour of stress relief can bring for you and your baby.
*Women with normal, low-risk pregnancies can benefit greatly from the variety of massage techniques offered by a Hands of Silk professional massage therapist. However, women in high-risk pregnancies should consult their doctor or midwife before beginning one of our massage therapy programs. If at any time during the prenatal massage you experience discomfort, tell your therapist immediately.