Prenatal massages are adapted for the anatomical changes brought on by pregnancy to ensure that your session is comfortable and safe. While traditional massage positions might leave you feeling nauseous or uncomfortable during pregnancy, prenatal massage therapists can accommodate your changing body with customized positions and techniques to help you reach a calm and relaxed state.
During your prenatal massage, your therapist will adjust their technique to address the changes experienced by pregnant women. Keeping this in mind, the following five strokes from Swedish massage make up the foundation of prenatal massage:
Prenatal massage is most often used to help pregnant women find calm and ease by reducing stress hormone levels and relaxing and loosening the muscles. However, prenatal massage also offers many other benefits, such as:
Improves local circulation and reduces muscle tension in painful areas to decrease joint and muscle pain, particularly in the neck and back.
Loosens and warms the muscles in the low back, hips, and glutes to release excess pressure on the Sciatic nerve.
Increases serotonin levels so you can fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
Increased circulation improves your body’s ability to deliver blood and oxygen to muscles and organs. This is important, as it counteracts slowed circulation during pregnancy and enhances the blood flow to your growing fetus.
Increases circulation and decreases stress levels to leave you feeling more energized.
Increases serotonin and dopamine levels, significantly impacting your mood.
Promotes circulation and lymphatic drainage, reducing swelling in the hands and feet.
Improves circulation and stress reduction, the most common causes of headaches and migraines.
Helps the flow of lymph, addressing the lymph buildup causing excess swelling and pressure on the median nerve and reducing carpal tunnel symptoms.
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