Massage is a powerful tool that helps you keep up with the demands of a rapidly changing body. Prenatal massage can help reduce lower back pain, encourage sleep, lessen edema, improve circulation, and relieve muscle tension and pain. Integrating massage into your prenatal care has been proven to help improve pregnancy outcomes and overall maternal health.
60 minutes, $105 (side lying pillow positioning)
90 minutes, $145 (side lying pillow positioning)
Prenatal Massage with a Pregnancy Cushion
We use a unique support cushion for any stage of pregnancy and anyone who can not lie comfortably on their stomach. This system provides support so pregnant women can safely and comfortably receive a massage in the prone (face down) position. Just being able to lie face down will be a such a relief you will not want to get up.
60 minutes, $105
90 minutes, $145
Benefits of Prenatal Massage Therapy
Reduced back pain
Reduced joint pain
Reduced muscle tension and headaches
Reduced stress and anxiety
Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
Pregnancy and Massage: Is prenatal massage safe throughout the entire pregnancy?
Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy – during the first, second, or third trimester. Many facilities will refuse to offer massage to a woman who is still in her first trimester because of the increased chance of miscarriage associated with the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. However, there is no substantive evidence to support the claim that massage is unsafe for first trimester pregnant women.
Here at Massage Hope, we gladly welcome prenatal massage through all stages of your pregnancy.
Massage and Pregnancy: Precautions for prenatal massage?
As with any therapeutic approach to pregnancy wellness, women should discuss massage with their prenatal care provider. The best way to address the risks of prenatal massage is to be informed and to work together with knowledgeable professionals.
Seek an appropriate massage therapist
It is important to seek care from a certified prenatal massage therapist. Certified therapists have received training beyond the national standards for massage therapists and know how to address specific pregnancy and massage needs. They are aware of how to position you safely and prevent strain to the uterine ligaments. They are also able to watch for symptoms of blood clots and varicose veins.
Women who have recently experienced bleeding, preterm contractions, or have any of the following conditions should speak with a health care provider prior to receiving a massage:
High risk pregnancy
Pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH)
Previous preterm labor
Experiencing severe swelling, high blood pressure, or sudden severe headaches
Recently gave birth
Pregnancy and Massage: Prenatal Massage as part of Prenatal Care
The benefits of massage can improve overall prenatal health for many pregnant women. Along with the guidance and advice of a prenatal care provider, massage therapy can be incorporated into routine prenatal care as an emotional and physical health supplement proven to improve pregnancy outcome, and maternal health. Consult with your midwife or obstetrician before beginning any new therapeutic practice.