Prenatal Massage

Massage is a wonderful way to relax, increase your energy, and relieve discomfort during your pregnancy. The caring touch of massage can help you experience your changing body in a positive, accepting way.

Massage is healthful and enjoyable during a normal pregnancy. It is a good idea, however, to inform your primary health care provider before receiving prenatal or postpartum massage.

Our Medical Spa has special massage tables, specifically built to accommodate pregnant women. These tables can be used until the later stages of pregnancy, when side-lying massage is more comfortable.

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Prenatal Massage for pregnant women offers a number of benefits, and it's always a good idea to discuss with your therapist any everyday symptoms you'd like to see relieved. Those might include:

  • Headaches can be relieved by massage focusing on the head, neck and shoulders. In addition, maintaining optimal levels of stress relief through massage reduces the chances of migraines or tension headaches by relaxing trigger points and muscle spasms.
  • Muscle tension created by carrying the extra weight of a baby can be relieved by encouraging blood flow to the afflicted areas. This provides more nutrient-rich oxygen and also increases the flow of lymphatic fluid, which sweeps away toxins and metabolic waste, improving immune function to protect the mother against disease.
  • Fatigue, backaches, leg cramps and swelling/edema can all be relieved through various types of massage for pregnant women.
  • The ordinary aches and pains of pregnancy are countered by the release of serotonin, your body's natural anti-pain chemical, which is stimulated by massage.
    • Improves posture
    • Relieves depression
    • Reduces swelling