Our glowing client Ashley, 9 months pregnant, with Nikki.
For years, one of the first pieces of literature an expecting mother receives or purchases herself, is the famous ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’. Spending hours upon hours reading the book, front to back, back to front… several times, asking every mother you know, there are always new questions and “what if’s”. No matter how prepared one believes themselves to be for pregnancy, there is always ample stress to follow.
When clients of ours first find out that they are pregnant, many believe that they will have to give up their routine massages. However, that is far from the truth! Yes, the massages will be done with different techniques and yes, the table will have a different look to it. But, we can guarantee that you will enjoy yourself and find the same benefits, plus many more, than with your previous maintenance massages.
Below are several proven reasons why Therapeutic Prenatal Massage is wonderful for both mother and child(ren):
1) There are numerous changes happening to the Mother-to-be physiologically, chemically, hormonally, mentally and emotionally. All of these greatly increase the levels of stress during a crucial time developmentally for the baby. Studies show, massage increases the levels of Dopamine and Serotonin (happy and good hormones) and lower levels of Cortisol and Norepinephrine (stress and bad hormones). This allows one to live a life with less anxiety and lessen symptoms of depression during pregnancy.
2) While a lot of women welcome the changes to their bodies during pregnancy, that does not mean that there are not times of great discomfort. Muscle strain is common, as tendons and ligaments are being pulled and stretched, to accommodate this new precious life. Prenatal Massage will allow women to have their whole back worked on, as they are comfortably and most importantly safely lying in a specially designed Pregnancy Pillow. The massage will also increase circulation, which will greatly help the baby’s growth as well!
3) Those that receive Prenatal Massage throughout pregnancy find that the actual birthing process is shorter and less painful. I’m pretty sure that point alone is enough of a reason to look into Prenatal Massage.
Most importantly, Prenatal Massage is safe and scientifically proven to be beneficial to both mother and child. The mother-to-be garnishes the best results when massage is scheduled on a monthly basis. This allows clients to reach and practice great relaxation. Whether pregnant or not, we all know that mental stress effects us physically and physical stress can be emotional draining. It is crucial to keep your body and mind in optimal “shape” to ensure the baby has the best conditions to grow and develop into the perfect little, gloriously screaming gift after 9 long months.
If you want to learn more about massages during pregnancy, don’t hesitate to reach out to your family doctor, OBGYN or us, here at 6th Sense Health and Wellness Center. We would love to help you during this transitional time. There can be a lot of uncertainties during a pregnancy, however, we would love to be apart of your child’s development and take care of you and be a safe place of welcomed and certain relaxation. We can also incorporate Prenatal Massages into a Couples Massage, which can be a wonderful way for you and your partner to regroup, relax and enjoy time together!