Pre Natal Massage is similar to your regular massage which eases the body muscles and relaxes the mind and body. The benefits of it are that it caters to pregnant women to ease discomfort, increase mobility, ease sore spots and improves circulation. Pregnant women should definitely try these Therapists and Masseurs trained in these kinds of massages as they are aware of the techniques, pressure points etc. required and they can customize it accordingly. They are also aware of different sore spots as well as points to ease various discomforts like back pain, swollen feet, neck and shoulder pain that come up during pregnancy.
Posture during the Massage:
Specialised massage centres ensure that the client is extremely comfortable during these sessions. As the tummy grows in pregnancy it just gets harder for the woman to be comfortable in the regular positions at a stretch. It’s impossible to lie on your stomach and lying on your back also puts a lot of pressure on the lower abdomen. The most relaxing position is on your side with a lot of cushions on either side for support. Some therapists also use a special table with pads or hollow areas with cushions to support you. Get the O.K from your gynecologist before you decide to get a pre natal massage for yourself.
Benefits Of a Pre Natal Massage:
Tummy Area – Due to the stomach muscles expanding at a fast rate the area tends to get stretched and it could be painful or itchy. Sometimes dryness also occurs. Using an oil to gently massage the tummy area soothes it and provides a lot of relief. It also aids in digestion. Do not exert a lot of pressure. Soft round circular motions around your belly will definitely bring a smile to your face. You might be in for a surprise if your baby responds to your touch and moves with your hands.
Neck and Shoulders – Your neck and shoulders too get over stressed with all the weight that you have been carrying. Migraines or tension headaches are also reduced by relaxing and massaging the trigger points on your head, neck and shoulders.
Muscle Spasms – They are also very common because of the extra weight and stress that you are carrying during your pregnancy. The correct technique if applied through massage can provide a lot of relief and reduce these spasms drastically.
Fatigue and Weakness – A massage can be a huge stress buster and can leave you feeling refreshed and energised. Swelling and Edema which is a common occurrence in women can be tackled largely with these beneficial massages.
Oils – Though you get a lot of essentials oils in the market nowadays yet there is a certain charm if you make them at home. Firstly, you can be sure of the exact quantities since you cannot add anything in excess and Secondly, you can explore your favorite essential oils and mix and match as per your liking.
I used a simple oil recipe during pregnancy and I really enjoyed my massage sessions.
To 100 ml of Pure Almond Oil add 3 – 4 vitamin E capsules and then add few drops of Rose and Lavender Oil. It smelt really heavenly and I really slept well at night. J
- Although, you can try and make your essential oils be sure to not exceed the recommended dosage.
- Please check with your gynecologist as there are some oils that should be avoided altogether during your pregnancy.
- The first trimester no massages are recommended.