Why Prenatal Massages Are Good for Both the Mind and the Body

If you’re like most pregnant women, you’re probably looking for ways to ease your discomfort and de-stress. What could be better than a prenatal massage? Prenatal or pregnancy massages not only feel nice, but they are also good for the mind and the body. In this blog post from our team at Loosen Up Bodywork, we will discuss the benefits of prenatal massages and how they can help improve your pregnancy experience. Learn more below and book your appointment for a prenatal massage today!

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Reduce Stress and Anxiety

One of the main benefits of prenatal massages is that they can help reduce stress and anxiety. Pregnancy is a time of many changes and can be very stressful. Maternity massages can help to ease the tension and worry that comes with pregnancy.

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Improve Sleep Quality

Prenatal massages can also help improve sleep quality. Getting enough rest is important for both mom and baby. Pregnancy massages can help to reduce mental and bodily stress, which can lead to better sleep at night.

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Ease Muscle Aches and Pains

Another benefit of prenatal massages is that they can help ease muscle aches and pains. As your body changes during pregnancy, you may start to experience new aches and pains. A maternity massage can help to relieve these discomforts.

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Reduce Strain on the Ligaments

Prenatal massages can also help reduce strain on the ligaments. The ligaments are what connect the bones and joints and they can become strained and uncomfortable as your body grows during pregnancy. Pregnancy massages can help to reduce this strain and pain.

As you can see, prenatal massages have many benefits for both the mind and the body. Contact our team at Loosen Up Bodywork today to book your appointment. We offer prenatal massages in Danville, Walnut Creek, and the surrounding California areas. We look forward to helping you feel your best during pregnancy!

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Why We Practice Prenatal Work in Side-Lying Position

Recently we received some feedback from a client expressing her desire to receive prenatal work lying on her stomach.  They do make prop pillows to allow pregnant women to lay like this but we do not use them at Loosen Up.  So I thought I would take the opportunity to explain why we prefer side-lying position for our moms-to-be.

From the second trimester, as pregnancy progresses, women’s skeletal structure is pushed into a position to accommodate more room for the growing baby.  The ribs tip back, the pelvis widens, the shoulders and head may round forward slightly.  All of this adjusting, plus the added weight of the abdomen, put a lot of strain on the lower back.  When we put a woman who is in her last months of pregnancy on her belly, even with props, that pressure on the low back is exacerbated.  We can avoid all of that pressure altogether with a side-lying position.

Using a body pillow and head pillow, most pregnant women confirm that this is how they sleep and feel relaxed almost immediately. For the unique specialty case where a woman is not comfortable with these pillows alone, we have many other options for helping them get as relaxed and comfortable as possible.

As always, we love hearing from you and answering your questions, so please don’t hesitate to reach out.  We hope you are well and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours in health, Gina Tibbs

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