Pre- and postnatal massage, possibly the most effective resource available to ease the discomfort and increase the enjoyment of pregnancy.
Prenatal massage is performed side lying, supported with firm bolsters, or using a body cushion, allowing the soon-to-be-mother a chance to lay face down comfortably. Postnatal massage is designed to help the body’s recovery process and to give relief to the new mother.
Prenatal massage is designed to aid with sleep, digestion, physical pains, and trimester specific issues. Work ranges from light to medium pressure, and focuses on such problems as swelling, sciatic pain, and low back pain. As you get closer to “the big day,” your massage therapist will work to assist the natural stretching of tissues and to prepare your muscles for delivery.
Postnatal massage offers relief to the new mother from sleep deprivation and the neck-and-shoulder aches associated with nursing and carrying a newborn. The work can range from light to deep pressure and focuses on strengthening muscle tissue, assisting circulation, and regaining normal posture and weight-bearing within the body’s framework. Your therapist can also address any concerns you have about re-starting your normal exercise routine and help you achieve your recovery goals.