Expecting Mother? How to benefit with a Prenatal Massage

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 in Massage, Services, Spa Services

                  Would you like to feel great during your pregnancy? Studies are proving that massage therapy can be a very helpful  ingredient in women’s prenatal care. Prenatal massages are tailored specifically to fit the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies.

What are the benefits of Prenatal Massage?

Massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce stress, decrease any swelling in arms and legs, relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints, improve circulation and mobility, reduce headaches and improve sleep.

At Rejuvenation Spa we offer two types of Prenatal Massage.

The Side-Lying  Massage is recommended for all stages of pregnancy. This massage involves positioning with pillows for support as you lay in different positions on your side. This option is great to reach deeply stressed areas. We can provide this service for 1 hour. Whether you are looking to relieve stress or you are experiencing specific aches and or pains, side positioning  allows access to key muscles and ensures comfort and safety.

The Hydrotherm Massage involves laying face up on warm water filled cushions and is best for people who do not want to turn over at all. Imagine floating on a warm water-bed. This service is for 45 minutes and allows the therapist to slide their hands under, over, and around the body in an uninterrupted motion. The relaxing warmth of the Hydrotherm promotes an immediate sensation of well-being, enhancing the therapeutic effect of the massage.

Recommendations from our licensed MT Kristen Opielinski:

*If you are able to lie on your stomach in the first trimester with doctor approval, you can schedule a regular non- pregnancy massage session.

*If the prenatal massage is for relaxation and there are no concerns, the Hydrotherm option is great, especially in early pregnancy months. (3-6 months)

 * If you have more site specific concerns (pain in muscle joints) Side-Lying is best.

Call Rejuvenation Spa today at (608)831-7546 to schedule your appointment!

Compiled using information from the following sources:

Howell ,Julie, NMT, PMT, Prenatal Health Through Massage Therapy: For Women and Their Babies. www.newlifejournal.com/decjan03/howell/01/03/full.shtml. Article accessed online 10/18/2007.

Heimlich, Patti, RMT, CD, ICCE, The Benefits of Massage During Pregnancy, Labor & Postpartum. www.expectantmothersguide.com/library/houston/massage/htm. Article accessed online 10/18/2007.

Lindsey is a front desk coordinator and the Aveda Mentor for Rejuvenation Spa.