Prenatal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage – to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good. But it’s also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies, and therapists who are trained in prenatal massage adjust their techniques accordingly.
The few studies that have been done about massage therapy in pregnancy show that getting a pre-natal massage may decrease stress and promote relaxation, helping you cope with discomfort even if it doesn’t specifically alleviate or prevent it.
Carrying a baby inside you changes your center of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, so that your pelvic joints are less stable, and changes your posture, pulling your pelvis forward. Add to that the extra weight you’re carrying and you may find you’ve got an aching lower back.
A trained prenatal massage therapist knows where a pregnant woman’s sore spots are likely to be and may be able to provide some relief.
Our in-house massage therapist, Erica Eversgerd, is availabe by appointment to provide prenatal massages to our pregnant patients. Our spa-like massage room is located in our Breese office and packages and gift certificates are available. Erica also offers a full range of massage services for out patients who are not pregnant.