Prenatal or pregnancy massage—a must for both mom and baby as it is not only therapeutic but beneficial. In the case of mom, a pregnancy massage can help reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression as well as relieve muscle aches and joint pain. For baby, a prenatal massage helps provide regular blood flow to the uterus and placenta, promote the delivery of oxygen and nutrients as well as accelerate the removal of waste products which improve the overall health of both mom and baby.
Despite myths saying otherwise, pregnancy massages do not disrupt a pregnancy nor will it trigger contractions. It only provides positive benefits for expectant mothers to help calm the mind and body to help alleviate discomfort and improve rest.
Prenatal massages are generally safe after the first trimester and should not be done without your doctor’s consent. Pregnancy massages should be avoided during the first trimester as the body is still adjusting and treatment during this time may only add to more discomfort.
When you come in for a prenatal massage at Elu Wellness, we will ensure both you and baby are comfortable during your time in our care.
You will be supported by specialty pillows, cushions and wedges on the traditional massage table while in a semi-recline and side-lying position. If at any time you feel any discomfort, your Registered Massage Therapists can make adjustment to ensure you feel more at ease.
If you are pregnant there are so many benefits of a prenatal massage which include:
- Reduced back pain
- Reduced joint pain
- Improved circulation in the body
- Reduced edema
- Reduced muscle tension and headaches
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
- Better sleep
As with any therapeutic approach to pregnancy, women should discuss massage with their prenatal care provider and the experts at Elu Wellness. This is to avoid any risks from a prenatal massage. With Elu Wellness our staff is fully licensed and experienced in pregnancy massages.