There is a rumor going around that you shouldn’t get a massage while you are pregnant and this is not true! Massage has so many wonderful benefits for just about everyone, and once you are growing a new life it is all the more reason to get regular treatment and look after yourself in these precious months ahead.
As a Registered Massage Therapist I would love to see more woman use massage while pregnant. I truly believe it should be considered part of your prenatal care routine. Studies have shown that “Massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor”(americanpregnancyassociation.org).
Think about these few things before you book your massage:
1: Seek out an RMT. We are trained in the benefits and risks of pregnancy massage, and understand fully what changes your body is going through. Swedish Massage is the most used prenatal massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes but that does not mean you are limited to any of the many other techniques we use! You may be pregnant but you are still you, and we will treat you accordingly.
2: Ask if the clinic has a pregnancy pillow! At Living Wellness Centre I have a pillow designed specifically for the growing belly which allows you to have a massage in the most comfortable position…on your tummy! It can be adjusted for each time you come in, and it gives you the amazing ability to lay on your front without compromise to your little one. There are also cut outs for your breasts which can get very tender throughout the duration of your pregnancy, and the pillow it is easily slid out when it is time to turn over. I take into account that you may need to lay in multiple positions throughout the treatment and will always accommodate whatever is most comfortable for you and your little one.
3: Will she know how to treat my specific aches and pains? Prenatal massage has been proven to ease back pain, reduce swelling, and help nerve irritations caused by the growth and change in a woman’s body during pregnancy, and I have seen this all first-hand and I am willing to tackle any pain you might be in.
The American Pregnancy Association states that other benefits you may also see are:
- Reduced joint pain
- Improved circulation
- Reduced edema
- Reduced muscle tension and headaches
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
- Better sleep
I encourage all pregnant mama’s to get regular massage white pregnant. You could be having the most wonderful experience during your pregnancy, waddling in pain, or just a sudden feeling of being overwhelmed. My goal is to help you easy any physical pain and emotional stress that comes along with the beautiful process of creating a new life. It can be scary, exciting, happy and sad all at the same time and I encourage all pregnant ladies to come and share their stories and their aches and pains with me, and I will do my best to make you feel like the amazing life creating woman that you are!
I am always taking on new patients, and can’t wait to meet you and your belly.
Suzanne Schmidt, RMT