Prenatal massage is an ideal treat that also offers several health benefits for pregnant women. It can relieve discomfort, muscle tension, joint pain, and hormonal changes, as well as improve sleep, lower blood pressure, alleviate morning sickness, and even ease labor pain.
Massage Envy’s prenatal experts at each of the 15 locations in DC work with each client to customize their massage therapy regimen to meet their needs and address any problems or concerns. Before introducing massage into prenatal care Massage Envy offers a few Do’s and Don’ts to help with a wellness plan:
If receiving prenatal massage do:
Consult a physician: Because prenatal massage involves both mother and baby, Massage Envy requires that women consult with their physicians prior to adding massage to their prenatal care. For women with normal, low-risk pregnancies, massage can be integrated at any point but it is advised that massage regimens align with care from a physician or midwife.
Begin prenatal massage as early as your first trimester: Massage can be integrated into prenatal wellness early in the first trimester.
Stay mobile and hydrated: Staying active throughout pregnancy and regulating water intake increases tissue pliability allowing massage therapists to better manipulate the muscles and address problems.
If receiving prenatal massage don’t:
Apply too much pressure: Massage Envy prenatal therapists are specially trained and certified in this modality and most often use gentle to medium touch while avoiding sensitive pressure points.
Stop prenatal massage during your third trimester: If experiencing a healthy pregnancy it is advised to receive regular massage at least once a month throughout the final trimester. This will help increase circulation and flexibility which can ease labor pain and improve the birthing process.
Forget the importance of homecare: In between massage appointments keep feet elevated and regularly rubbed to help relieve edema, swelling due to excess fluid, and strain. Because feet may be difficult to reach try placing a tennis ball on the floor and with slight pressure roll along the bottom of each foot.
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Deadline: Sunday, May 16, 2010 11:59 p.m. ET
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