By Carolina Cuartas - April 4, 2019
Prenatal massage is a type of massage therapy specifically tailored to the needs of pregnant women. A woman’s body changes during pregnancy may cause discomfort for a mom-to-be. During pregnancy, the abdomen grows outward and your center of gravity shifts outward which realigns your center of gravity over your hips. This may cause stress on one’s lower back, pelvic, neck, or shoulders.
Massage may also help reduce swelling may occur during pregnancy. The fluid buildup tends to be more pronounced in your legs, ankles, and feet because the growing uterus puts pressure on the veins in the legs. In addition, prenatal massage is also used to boost mood, improve sleep, and enhance overall well-being.
A pregnant woman's body is positioned and supported during the massage for the comfort and safety of the mother and growing baby. After about 20 weeks, moms-to-be are positioned lying on their side rather than her side or back. Bolsters or pillows may be used to support your back, knees, and/or feet. Alternatively, your massage therapist may suggest that you sit upright or in a semi-reclining position. A prenatal massage tends to be more gentle than the average deep tissue massage. Your therapist may apply deeper pressure in areas away from your belly. Please feel free to discuss any concerns or health issues with your massage therapist.
Prenatal Massage is a perfect treat for that special mom-to-be! We offer this service is offered at both LoDo Massage Studio locations!
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(Please consult your doctor before getting a prenatal massage, especially if you are in your first trimester of pregnancy.)