A Little Me Time!
Being pregnant leads to a lot of changes in a woman’s body. Fluctuating hormone levels and structural realignment may create increased discomfort and additional pain. Our massage therapists have been trained to treat women in all stages of their pregnancy.
Expectations and Benefits of Pre-natal Massage
Pre-natal or pregnancy massage is designed to support the mother-to-be as she experiences the physical and emotional changes that accompany pregnancy. Pre-natal massage is also considered a good alternative for pain management, where the option for medication may be limited. During a pre-natal massage, the expectant mother is placed in a comfortable position and is supported with pillows and padding. This ensures a safe experience for both mom and baby.
Pre-natal massage can relieve symptoms in patients suffering from:
- Leg cramps
- Back aches
- Sleep problems
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Swollen ankles
- Varicose veins
- Abdominal pain
- Breast discomfort
- Upper back pain
Massage has been proven to relieve stress, assist in the reduction of swelling in the hands and feet, and relieving aches and pains commonly related to pregnancy. Massage also provides the benefit of human touch, found to reduce anxiety and promote comfort and emotional support.
Massage is generally not recommended in the first trimester and also may not be recommended if you have certain complications or conditions. It is best to consult your doctor for a referral for massage therapy when expecting to ensure safety for both mother and child.
Expectations and Benefits of Post-natal Massage
Post-natal or postpartum massage is designed to help a new mom recover after birth. This time period after delivery sees the mother’s body go through many changes and our registered massage therapists are here to help.
Post-natal massage can help in:
- Relieving muscle tension
- Reducing back and hip pain
- Decreasing swelling
- Promoting relaxation
- Increasing circulation
- Improving breastfeeding
- Posture correction
- Alleviating headaches and neck pain
Post-natal massage can begin at different times after birth depending on the type and complication level of delivery. It is best to consult your doctor before beginning post-natal massage to make sure your body is ready. It is especially important for mothers who had a cesarian section to consult their doctor and make sure the scar is healed before attending a massage therapy appointment.