Pregnancy massage can reduce stress, decrease swelling (edema) in the arms, legs, hands and feet, and relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints. Certain areas of the body need to be avoided during pregnancy massage as should certain massage strokes. Pregnancy massage can be a very beneficial complementary therapy during pregnancy, especially when choices for pharmaceutical pain relief are often limited. Massage is not only physiologically beneficial during pregnancy, but the human touch can be a comforting psychological benefit as well. Massage therapy has been found to reduce anxiety and depression which often occur during pregnancy as well as post pregnancy. If you are expecting and believe that you will benefit from pregnancy massage, please contact us to schedule an appointment.
Who Shouldn’t Receive a Pregnancy Massage?
As a precautionary measure, NO deep tissue massage work should be performed throughout the pregnancy. Massage should not be performed without a doctor’s permission. Conservatively, massage should not be performed during the first trimester. Massage should be avoided if you are at high risk of miscarriage (placental abruption, preterm labor), or are experiencing nausea, vomiting, or morning sickness.