A Prenatal Massage is a massage for pregnant women that used to reduce stress on weight bearing bones. It helps with blood and lymph circulation, relaxes nervous tensions to help provide better sleep, and can help with symptoms of depression and anxiety caused by hormonal changes during and after pregnancy.
During the prenatal massage, side-lying positioning with supportive, soft cushions are used to alleviate the extra strain on the lower back and pelvic areas when the pressure of massage techniques are applied. Through the second trimester, you may prefer to lie on your back with a small, cushioned wedge placed under both knees. Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, your licensed massage therapist can provide a pregnancy pillow if you wish to lie face down.
Prenatal massages offer a multitude of benefits. It’s best to discuss the results you would like to see with your licensed massage therapist to ensure you are receiving the best massage for your needs. Some of the most common benefits of a prenatal massage include:
- Headache Relief: Provided by massaging focused on the head, neck, and shoulders. Massage is also known to relieve stress by relaxing trigger points and muscle spasms, thus reducing the potential for migraines and tension headaches.
- Muscle Tension Relief: Often created by the extra weight of a baby, muscle tension can be relieved by encouraging blood flow to the affected areas. This provides more nutrient-rich oxygen and also increases the flow of lymphatic fluid, which sweeps away toxins and metabolic waste.
- Fatigue, Backache, Leg Cramp, and Swelling (Edema) Relief
- Ordinary Ache and Pain Relief: Prenatal Massage stimulates the release of serotonin, the body’s natural anti-pain chemical, which helps to reduce the natural aches and pains of pregnancy
While women with normal, low risk pregnancies can benefit greatly from massage therapy, women with high risk pregnancies should consult their health care provider before beginning a massage therapy routine. Our licensed massage therapist will not schedule a massage for a woman until she has entered her second trimester.
Prenatal Massage Prices
- 30 Minutes – $40.00
- 1 Hour – $75.00
- 1.5 Hours – $95.00