Pregnancy Massage, a Future Mothers Best Gift

October 21, 2021

Pregnancy is an important life changing time for a woman. Regardless of if it is your fist time becoming a mother or you already have experienced it, every pregnancy is unique and can be felt as a completely new experience every time.

Your hormones are working hard to prepare you physically, mentally and emotionally for what is coming. Your heart is racing, your temperature increases, your hips are expanding, your baby is growing inside while your body is trying to find new ways to walk, sit and sleep with a mama belly.

Pregnancy massage is a gentle, caring form of massage where we will focus on areas that are put to stress during pregnancy such as neck, back, spine, wrists, hips, legs and feet

FAQ’s of pregnancy massage

Can I lie on my stomach during pregnancy massage?

Yes, we offer clinical grade pregnancy pillows to take the pressure from your back and enjoy your massage in all the stages of your pregnancy with safety.

Is my belly going to be touched during pregnancy massage?

Depends of you. You can ask for abdominal massage during pregnancy. This massage is gentle, lighter than an ultrasound and encourages circulation and relaxation for the abdominal muscles.

Can I have a massage during my first trimester of pregnancy?

Yes, you can have the benefits of pregnancy massage if your pregnancy is not considered of high risk by your medical provider.

What to expect during my pregnancy massage?

At your arrival we would like you to fill a pregnancy massage form, after that you can refresh in the restroom and grab a glass of water and sit until your room is ready.

In the massage room you can have a talk with your therapist about what you would like to be addressed during your treatment, previous experiences and concerns. The therapist will explain to you how to use the pregnancy pillows and find the most comfortable position to start your session.

During your session you can relax and enjoy the fabulous experience of having a massage during pregnancy. You might keep communicating with your therapist for feedback. When the session ends you might enjoy few minutes of contemplation with deep breaths before getting dressed and returning to the reception.

Can I have a massage after giving birth?

Yes, is important that you have all the support available during this period. Postpartum massage will allow you to relax, relief pain, improve circulation, adjust better to new body mechanics and regain flexibility.

If you have a C-section we will lie you on your side for the first 4 weeks to allow fast healing

We can help with:

“Sciatic pain” during pregnancy.

During pregnancy your hips become wider, ligaments naturally loosen and the continuous growth of the baby causes the body’s centre of gravity to shift. The sciatic nerve moves out of the original position and you might feel a shooting pain travel down the buttocks and sometimes the back of the legs which is considered to be piriformis syndrome1, as opposed to sciatic pain.

Pregnancy massage can help loosen the muscles around your hips and improve the uncomfortable nerve sensation you’re experiencing.

Carpal tunnel during pregnancy

Pregnancy can affect peripheral nerves. Causes include weight gain, salt and water retention, oedema and temporary diabetes.2 Two entrapment neuropathies that occur commonly in pregnancy are carpal tunnel syndrome and the “skinny pants syndrome”. Muscle tightness, circulation and nerve compression problems can be treated with massage.

Back pain during pregnancy.

Lower back pain in pregnant women can be up to four times higher than in non-pregnant women3 Pain during pregnancy can have a significant negative impact on day to day functioning affecting ability to work and sleep4. The centre of gravity no longer falls over the feet, increasing anteroposterior and medial-lateral sway5, resulting in the need for women to lean backward to gain equilibrium, causing disorganisation of spinal curves.

Leg swelling during pregnancy

Manual lymph drainage helps to reduce limb size of pregnant women during the day. Oedema is the most common and resilient manifestation in pregnant women. Lymphatic drainage can effectively relieve this symptom.6

Lordosis, kyphosis and scoliosis during pregnancy.

Reported postures during pregnancy include a reduction in lumbar lordosis an increase in both lumbar lordosis and thoracic kyphosis or a flattening of the thoracolumbar spinal curve. There will be compensatory changes to posture in the thoracic and cervical spines, and this combined with the extra weight of the breasts may result in posterior displacement of the shoulders and thoracic spine, increased anterior pelvic tilting, and an increase of the cervical lordosis.7These changes may remain for 8 weeks after delivery. Don’t be in pain during this special time, have a pregnancy massage to loosen muscles and improve posture.

How I can help physical discomfort during pregnancy?

  • Try to be active and continue your normal routine as much as possible.
  • Take time to practice yoga.
  • Have a pregnancy massage.
  • Use pregnancy pillows to support your belly.
  • Take warm showers.
  • Use heating pads.
  • Visit a health practitioner.

1 “Piriformis Syndrome: A Frequently Misdiagnosed Pain in the Buttocks.” The DO, 1 Sept. 2017, thedo.osteopathic.org/2017/09/piriformis-syndrome-frequently-misdiagnosed-pain-buttocks/.

2 Pariwat Thaisetthawatkul and Eric Logigian. Neurogical diseases and pregnancy: A coordinated care model for best management. https://oxfordmedicine.com/mobile/view/10.1093/med/9780190667351.001.0001/med-9780190667351-chapter-27

3 Gutke A, Östgaard HC, Öberg B. Predicting persistent pregnancy-related low back pain. Spine. 2008;33(12):E386–E393. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5073404/#CR2

4 Robinson HS, Eskild A, Heiberg E, Eberhard-Gran M. Pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy: the impact on function. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2006;85(2):160–164 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5073404/#CR3

5 Danna-Dos-Santos A, Magalhaes AT, Silva BA, Duarte BS, Barros GL, Maria De Fátima CS, Silva CS, Mohapatra S, Degani AM, Cardoso VS. Upright balance control strategies during pregnancy. Gait & posture. 2018 Oct 1;66:7-12.

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