Research shows that massage can reduce stress hormones in your body and relax and loosen your muscles. It can also increase blood flow, which is so important when you’re pregnant, and keep your lymphatic system working at peak efficiency, flushing out toxins from your body
After practicing pregnancy massage and helping more than thousands of Mums over the10 years In Northwest Donegal. I experience, most of my previous clients have returned for their 2nd and third pregnancy massage and reflexology. I ask them personally how they been feelings. Everyone has a positive experience, they express that pregnancy massage and diet talk really help them during pregnancy, they feel supported and guided. They said it controls anxiety and makes them feel relaxed. Lots of people also said they get better sleep for weeks after one massage session. As a male therapist, I being judged previously on how a man can know about pregnancy, etc, but I never stop helping because my grandfather did the same, it is not a gender thing, it is about helping and sharing the knowledge. I pursued my training in India about pregnancy, prenatal and postnatal massage, and have seen so much benefit for mother before baby and after baby. All mothers need relaxation time and recovery time. And they should never feel bad about taking time out to get better, getting healthy and happy for them-self and their baby. It is totally a huge experience for lots of New mum and one of the best times of their life.
Are pregnancy massages safe?
Maternal massages are generally considered safe after the 3rd trimester, But you’ll want to avoid massage during the first three months of pregnancy as it may trigger dizziness and can add morning sickness, as Ayurveda says.
You might have heard, there is no magic button that will accidentally disrupt your pregnancy. I avoid certain pressure points, including the one between the anklebone and heel, because of concern that it may trigger contractions, but the evidence on whether massage actually can kickstart labor is not existence. It is a good idea to avoid having your tummy massaged since pressure on that area when you’re pregnant can make you uncomfortable. Also, it is very important to get a massage by a trained therapist, not just go to spa and get a massage from a newly trained beauty therapist, they really have no clue, I worked in Spa and seen a young therapist they only trained in Swedish massage and manager forced them to massage pregnancy, its a business for them. But for pregnant women, it is important to have a safe pregnancy. While any massage therapist can, theoretically, work on pregnant women, it’s best to go to a specialist who has a minimum of 16 hours of advanced training in maternal massage. (There’s no specific certification, so you should ask when you make your appointment.) This way, you can rest assured you’re in the hands of someone who knows exactly how to relieve any pain and pressure related to your changing anatomy
If you are in the second half of your pregnancy (after the fourth month), don’t lie on your back during your massage; the weight of your baby and uterus can compress blood vessels and reduce circulation to your placenta, creating more problems than any massage can cure.
Finally, always check with your practitioner before receiving a prenatal massage — particularly if you have diabetes, morning sickness, preeclampsia, high blood pressure, fever, a contagious virus, abdominal pain, or bleeding — they’re complications that could make massage during pregnancy risky.
Benefits of pregnancy massage
Research shows that massage can reduce stress hormones in your body and relax and loosen your muscles. It can also increase blood flow, which is so important when you’re pregnant, and keep your lymphatic system working at peak efficiency, flushing out toxins from your body. And it reconnects your mind with your body, a connection that’s comforting if you sometimes wonder if there’s a baby in there or if an alien has taken up residence inside of you.
During pregnancy, regular prenatal massages may not only help you relax but may also relieve insomnia, joint pain, neck and back pain, leg cramping, and sciatica. Additionally, it can reduce swelling in your hands and feet (as long as that swelling isn’t a result of preeclampsia), relieve carpal tunnel pain, and alleviate headaches and sinus congestion — all common pregnancy problems. Massage may also lift depression without the use of medication, according to some scientific studies.
What is different between pregnancy massage and regular massage.
Prenatal massages are adapted for the anatomical changes you go through during pregnancy. In a traditional massage, you might spend half the time lying face-down on your stomach (which is uncomfortable with a baby belly) and half the time facing up (a position that puts pressure on a major blood vessel that can disrupt blood flow to your baby and leave you feeling nauseous).
But as your shape and posture change, a trained massage therapist will make accommodations with special cushioning systems or holes that allow you to lie face down safely, while providing room for your growing belly and breasts. Or you might lie on your side with the support of pillows and cushions.
And don’t expect deep tissue work on your legs during a prenatal massage. While gentle pressure is safe (and can feel heavenly!), pregnant women are particularly susceptible to blood clots, which deep massage work can dislodge. That, in turn, can be risky. On other body parts, the pressure can be firm and as deep or as gentle as you’d like. Always communicate with your therapist about what feels good — and if something starts to hurt.
How much pregnancy massage cost?
Most insurance plans don’t cover prenatal massage, Ganesh Healing offers pregnancy massage invert basic price, a session can cost between 45- 50 euro 60-minute massage.
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