Prenatal massages are adapted for the anatomical changes women go through during pregnancy. In your normal massage appointment, you might spend half the time lying face-down on your stomach (which is not possible with a baby belly) and half the time facing up (a position that puts pressure on a major blood vessel which can lead to disruption of blood flow to your baby).
But as time goes on and your shape and posture changes, a professional massage therapist can make it work with special cushioning systems or provisions that can allow you to lie face down safely, while providing room for your growing belly and breasts.
Prenatal massages are generally considered safe after the first trimester, as soon as you get a go-ahead from your practitioner and also, you have to let your massage ktherapist know about your pregnancy. You might want to avoid massages during the first three months of pregnancy as it may trigger dizziness and add to morning sickness.
Although there isn't much scientific proof that specific types of massage can affect your pregnancy in any way or kickstart labour, professional massage therapists avoid certain pressure points, including the one between the anklebone and heel, because of concern that it may trigger contractions.
So keep in mind that even though massage therapists can work on pregnant women, it’s best to go to a specialist with advanced training in maternal massage or opt for a massage that’s tailored towards pregnant women. By doing so, you can rest assured you’re in the hands of someone who knows exactly how to relieve any pain and pressure related to your changing anatomy.
Massages reduce stress hormones in your body as well as relax and loosen your muscles. It can also increase blood flow and keep your lymphatic system working at its best which is so important when you're pregnant.
Regular prenatal massages may not only help you relax but may also relieve:
- Joint pain.
- Neck and back pain.
- Leg cramping.
- Swelling in your hands and feet (as long as the swelling isn't a result of preeclampsia)
- Carpal tunnel pain.
- Headaches and sinus congestion.
Before you go for your appointment, make sure to drink enough water and continue hydrating after your massage, too. Massages can be dehydrating and extra fluids are very important during pregnancy.
Ensure that the environment is clean, the room and linens freshly laundered and that your therapist washes their hands before your massage.
At ORÍKÌ, we provide these and more from the Prenatal Massage and Mother-To-Be Body Treatment with 100% Pure Plant Oil, specially designed for expecting mums and specialists to carry out these treatments following safety measures to a conducive and healthy environment. Book an appointment now and enjoy a more blissful pregnancy.