Many methods of massage therapy are both effective and safe during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum periods of women’s pregnancies. Prenatal-specific techniques can reduce discomforts and increase the emotional and physiological well-being of both mother and developing child. Studies show that prenatal massage yields higher dopamine and serotonin levels (which results in better moods and a more relaxed state) and lower levels of cortisol and norepinephrine (stress hormones). Apart from easing moods brought on by hormonal changes, this can help to relax the body, improve sleep and boost the immune system. Carrying a baby places unusual strains on muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Prenatal massage can ease these common pains, like back ache. Bodywork helps your changing body adjust so that the changes are integrated into your body more readily.
Mentally and emotionally, massage can alleviate a lot of fears that pregnant women have relating to their bodies as they adapt to their new body image. At a time when women may be afraid that people will find their new body unattractive, touch can make them feel beautiful and more connected to their changing body.
And a more relaxed happy mother, makes for a happier and healthier baby!
Skilled touch can also expedite labor, shortening labor times and easing pain and anxiety. During the postpartum period, massage can assist in rebalancing the structure, physiology, and emotions of the new mother and may help her to bond with and care for her baby.
Our prenatal-massage-trained-therapists will offer pillows and their adjustable tables are often used to aid in comfort. Depending on your stage of pregnancy, the massage may be carried out with you lying on your side or semi reclined, instead of lying on your stomach or flat on your back. However some therapist rig their massage tables with custom pillows that have cutouts for pregnant bellies so one may face down.