While a woman is pregnant, her body undergoes numerous changes both physically as well as physiologically. The physical changes can cause stress and or discomfort to the mother and pregnancy massage is a wonderful way to help alleviate many of these discomforts, as well as providing a sense of well-being.

Pregnancy massage is beneficial after the first 12 weeks of pregnancy; however, if you are having a high risk pregnancy it is best to discuss your condition with your midwife or physician before seeking a therapist. After doing so,  you may be able to receive a massage with a written release.  Pregnancy massage is specially designed to address the aches and pains of a pregnant woman such as lower back pain or sciatica or odema while using the apappropriate level of pressure.  I always ensure that you are comfortable lying on your side supported by pillows on the massage table, before I begin the treatment.

Benefits that a women may experience:

  • Reduces swelling in hands, feet and ankles.
  • Eases muscular discomforts in areas like the lower back & neck.
  • Tones lost muscles relaxes tense muscles and can help increase flexibility.
  • Helps with relaxation which in turn can decrease insomnia.
  • Increases blood and lymph flow which can help with fatigue.
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers, into the brain and nervous system.