Prenatal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage – to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good. But it’s also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies, and therapists who are trained in prenatal massage adjust their techniques accordingly.
Pregnancy changes your center of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Your ligaments become relaxed, so that your pelvic joints are less stable, and your posture changes, pulling your pelvis forward. Add to that the extra weight you’re carrying and you may find you have an aching lower back.
Massage during pregnancy is a valid and useful means of reducing general pregnancy discomfort. It uses the principles based on Swedish massage techniques to help reduce muscle tension, improving blood flow and provide for lymphatic drainage.
Our special massage chair enables you to sit comfortably and relax, whilst preventing any pressure on the spine or discomfort of lying on your back or abdomen. Current research supports the use of seated massage chairs, rather than those which have a hole cut out in them to accommodate the pregnant belly, as “Cut outs” can allow the abdomen to be unsupported and cause stretching of the uterine ligaments..
Ante natal massage has proven to:
- reduce stress hormones
- reduce anxiety
- improve in general mood
- re energize the woman
- relieve nausea and heartburn
- relieve aching neck, sore back, and heaviness in the pelvic bones
- alleviate leg cramps, swelling of the ankles and feet and edema relieve joint pain
- help relieve sciatic nerve pain of late pregnancy
- improve sleep
Seated massage can also be used for people who are otherwise unable to lie flat due to medical conditions such as respiratory problems, benign positional vertigo, post operative patients or other conditions that prevent them from otherwise having a conventional massage treatment.
For more information or to make and appointment for seated massage Contact Coastal Health Solutions >>
or phone (02) 4344 2704.
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