Pregnancy massage addresses the changes in a woman’s structure, musculature, and physiology through and after pregnancy. Prenatal massage is done in different positions depending on what stage the pregnancy is in, and a detailed health history form is completed to get a thorough understanding of the client. Postnatal massage is done right after birth and up to two years afterwards. A primary focus is strengthening the core musculature which allows for greater support and treating any pain complaints.
Benefits of Pre & Perinatal Massage:
- Reduces stress and promotes relaxation (promotes normal blood pressure) Stress can reduce blood supply to the uterus by as much as 65%, resulting in lower fetal heart rates and reduced blood oxygenation
- Increases blood and lymph circulation and supports the physiological processes of pregnancy
- Increases secretion of prolactin, the hormone responsible for milk production
- Enhances placental function
- Improves sleep and mood
- Enhances a women’s kinesthetic awareness and her ability to relax deeply which may be helpful during labor
- Offers labor supportive techniques that may increase comfort during labor
- Promotes shorter, less painful labors and reduction of complications, including prematurity, and interventions
- Reduces stress of weight bearing joints and eases musculoskeletal strain and pain
- Relieves muscle spasms, cramps, and myofascial pain, especially in the back, neck, hips, and legs.
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