What is special about prenatal massage?
What are the benefits of prenatal massage? Research shows that massage can reduce stress hormones in your body and relax and loosen your muscles. It can also increase blood flow, which is so important when you’re pregnant, and keep your lymphatic system working at peak efficiency.
Whats the difference between prenatal and regular massage?
A prenatal massage differs from a regular massage in the sense that different techniques are used. These techniques are specific to the many anatomical changes a woman undergoes during pregnancy and will in no way cause harm to the mother or the baby.
When should I switch to a prenatal massage?
Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy – during the first, second, or third trimester. Many facilities will refuse to offer massage to a woman who is still in her first trimester because of the increased risk for miscarriage associated with the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
What do they do in pregnancy massage?
The massage therapist will use a variety of strokes to relax and relieve the muscles in your back, shoulders and hips. If you are not yet in the third trimester and are comfortable to do so, you may lie on your back in the supine position for a short amount of time to have legs, feet and head massaged.
Do you lay on your stomach during a prenatal massage?
As long as you are comfortable, laying on your stomach during a massage will not hurt your baby.
Can I rub my pregnant belly?
There’s no evidence that it can cause any harm as long as you use soft, gentle movements. Even so, you may want to avoid it for the first three months, just to be on the safe side. Massaging your bump in the first trimester may also make morning sickness worse.
Can I get a massage at 9 months pregnant?
The American Pregnancy Association says that women can begin massage at any point during a pregnancy. However, many prenatal massage therapists will not accept clients until the second trimester of pregnancy.
What is included in a Swedish massage?
It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on topmost layers of muscles. This is also combined with movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish therapy can be both relaxing and energizing. And it may even help after an injury.
Can I get a hand massage while pregnant?
Yeah, massaging your hands is also highly discouraged during pregnancy. See that meaty strip of flesh in between your thumb and index finger? That’s a no-go zone for the masseuse. Also known as the Hegu, massaging this area can cause contractions.
What side should a pregnant woman lay on during a massage?
The left sidelying position allows maximum maternal cardiac functioning and fetal oxygenation, though most pregnancies are perfectly safe with mom on either their left or right side.