Sore muscles, swollen feet, tender breasts? Being pregnant is not all sunshine and rainbows (although there are plenty of those) and sometimes you will just need a little extra TLC. This is where a massage therapist trained in prenatal massage can help. Prenatal massage helps with the same issues that a regular massage does, but also takes into consideration the mother’s safety and well-being. So not only will you leave feeling refreshed and less sore, but also less stressed out because you know that your health and the health of your baby was the number one priority.
Let’s take a look at a few things to know before scheduling your prenatal massage:
- Position–The therapist will not make you lie on your stomach or flat on your back for the duration of the massage. Neither one of those positions will work for a pregnant woman as lying on your stomach hurts your breasts and belly and lying on your back puts too much pressure on the vein that returns blood from your legs to your heart. The therapist will most likely use a table with a hollow area and special pillows for your belly or they may have you lay on your side with pillows and wedges.
- Reduce Anxiety and Headaches–During your massage, the therapist’s goal is to completely relax you and they may use massage techniques on your neck and shoulder areas to reduce and eliminate headaches. When you leave, you will feel as if a weight has been lifted.
- Sleep Like A Baby–Massage helps your body to release serotonin, endorphin and dopamine which helps to send you straight into slumber land.
- Techniques–The therapist will use a variety of techniques during your massage to ease common issues. If you have a particular trouble area, talk to her about it. Also if at any point you experience discomfort, tell her immediately.
As you move into this new phase in your life, know that our goal is to make you feel as comfortable and relaxed as a possible. All of the therapists at Practically Perfect are trained in prenatal massage. Please give us a call at 770-704-5614 if you have questions about massage and talk to your doctor first before scheduling your appointment.