Prenatal Massage

Why get Prenatal massage?

Pregnancy can be a very stressful time in a woman’s life, on the physical level as well as on the emotional. Prenatal massage is beneficial for both the body and the mind.  It improves circulation of blood and lymph when your body is feeling increased pressure.  It helps you sleep better from increased comfort and relaxation.  Many moms to be also report feeling less stress, anxiety, or fear associated with anticipating their little ones arrival.

Prenatal massage also relieves common pregnancy symptoms such as muscle cramps, spasms and myofascial pain commonly experienced in the lower back, neck, shoulders, hips and legs.  Swelling of the extremities (arms, hands, legs and feet) can also be reduced.

Many independent studies have conclusively shown that the beneficial effects of massage therapy during pregnancy also benefit the growing child in the mother’s womb.  Techniques learned on the massage table also promote easier labor and a less painful delivery.

Walnut Creek Pregnancy Massage

What is the difference between Pregnancy Massage and any other massage?

There are a number of very important differences which should not be overlooked between standard massage and massage for expecting mothers.  Therapists who perform massage therapy on pregnant women must be specially trained and certified accordingly, and they must always take a few important precautionary measures:

      • There are obvious physical adjustments that need to be made for pregnant women when their belly starts showing.  Adjustments to position can also be utilized early on in pregnancy to accommodate for things like nausea, discomfort, or even heart burn.  At Loosen up we prefer to use a side lying  or semi reclined position to the tables with cutouts for the abdomen.  The tables with cutouts or even the pillow propping systems can put more stress on the lower back than is already present during pregnancy.
      • Always discuss your health history with your massage professional and your physician to make sure that prenatal massage is appropriate you and your coming baby.
      • A wide variety of pillows (body pillows and extra padding pillows) are used set in a few strategic places under the pregnant woman’s body to add to her comfort.  Learning different ways to use pillows can also be helpful for pregnant women when trying to get comfortable while sleeping.
      • A trained Prenatal massage therapist is familiar with all the changes that are expected and not expected during pregnancy.

For the great majority of the time, pregnancy massages are perfectly safe and much advised. However, under certain very specific conditions pregnancy massages should not be attempted without consulting a medical specialist.  Those conditions may be (but are not limited to): women who are at risk of preterm labor and women with blood clots or related blood clotting disorders.