Prenatal Massage

There are numerous techniques for massage therapy. One that has evolved over time is prenatal massage. Prenatal massage is recommended throughout the pregnancy to reduce anxiety, stress, and swelling as well as relieve muscle aches and reduce tension during labor.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, “studies in the past 10 years have shown that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered, leading to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health…” (para 5). Results of this study show that “women who received bi-weekly massages for only five weeks, hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol (‘stress hormones’) were reduced and dopamine and serotonin levels were increased” (para 5). These positive changes in the hormone levels contribute to a better birthing process; fewer complications during birth and for the new born. Many women don’t notice that the swelling and edema that they experience during pregnancy is caused by increased pressure on the major blood vessels in the body which then reduces circulation. “Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints, which also improves the removal of tissue waste, carried by the body’s system” (para 6). There are also other benefits to prenatal massage such as reducing back pain, headaches and joint pain. It also improves sleep, oxygenation of soft tissues and circulation.

Our massage therapists, Abby, Benny and June are all trained to perform prenatal massages. Our hours of massage are currently Monday through Friday from 8am to 7pm. Call in and make your appointment today!

Abby: Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 8am-12pm

June: Tuesdays/Thursdays 8am-12pm

Benny: Monday through Friday 12pm-7pm

 

Field, T. (1999). Pregnant Women Benefit From Massage Therapy. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Mar;20(1):31-8.

Field, T. (2004). Massage Therapy Effects on Depressed Pregnant Women. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Jun;25(2):115-22.

Heimlich, Patti, RMT, CD, ICCE, The Benefits of Massage During Pregnancy, Labor & Postpartum. www.expectantmothersguide.com/library/houston/massage/htm. Article accessed online 10/18/2007.

Howell ,Julie, NMT, PMT, Prenatal Health Through Massage Therapy: For Women and Their Babies. www.newlifejournal.com/decjan03/howell/01/03/full.shtml. Article accessed online 10/18/2007.

“Prenatal Massage: Massage During Pregnancy.” (2010). American Pregnancy Association: Promoting Pregnancy Wellness. http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/prenatalmassage.html Accessed: 5 June 2012

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