Massages are relaxing, can ease stress and pain, and increase energy. So imagine what prenatal massages can do! Many expecting women experience swollen joints, sciatic nerve pain, migraines, and increased stress during pregnancy. Prenatal massages can help with all of these issues and more and put you in the right mindset to relax and welcome baby to your home. Plus, the baby will love the sense of calm coming from mommy! Sign me up, right? Before you get on the table, it’s important to know that prenatal massages aren’t exactly the massages you may experience when you are not expecting, and it takes a massage therapist who is trained to work with pregnant woman to ensure the experience is not only relaxing and wonderful but safe for you and your baby. Here are some things to keep in mind when thinking about getting a prenatal massage.
Prenatal Massages Are Not Regular Massages
Prenatal massages differ from regular massages in a few ways. Baby’s safety comes first, so precautions must be taken during a prenatal massage. For example, there is no abdominal kneading or deep tissue work in prenatal massages. There are different pressure points that prenatal massage therapists focus on. When pregnant, the added weight strains the back and legs so, during prenatal massages, the therapist will focus on these areas to help you relax and relieve pain. Additionally, there are different positions you must lay in during a prenatal massage. Since prenatal massages are more common during the second and third trimesters, you won’t be laying on your stomach to get a massage. Instead, to accommodate the baby, your prenatal massage therapist will help you lay in different positions that will still allow you get a massage but will not harm the baby. Some massage tables can accommodate pregnant bellies, but be sure you can accommodate your stomach in the space provided. If not, don’t risk it. A specialist in prenatal massages will know exactly which positions to have you lay in so that you can get a great massage as safely and comfortably as possible.
Prenatal Massage Therapists Needs Special Training
A prenatal massage therapist requires special training to give massages to pregnant women. Your favorite massage therapist may not know how to give a prenatal massage. That’s ok. You can go back after your delivery. Prenatal massage therapists get special training to learn about the unique needs and concerns specific to pregnant women. When choosing a massage therapist for your prenatal massages, make sure to choose a qualified therapist through the American Massage Therapy Association.
Prenatal massages are supposed to be relaxing and pain relieving experiences and the last thing you want is to put yourself or your baby in danger because of an inexperienced or negligent massage therapist. Your doctor, obstetrician or doula can recommend places that offer prenatal massages. Make sure to go to highly recommended and good quality facilities to ensure you get the best and safest service possible.
Not All Resort Spas Offer Prenatal Massages
Did you get a number of spa day certificates at your baby shower? Or maybe you have a favorite day spa that you visit regularly for massages. Chances are you will most likely not be visiting either during your pregnancy! That’s because prenatal massage is a specialization that not many massage therapists have unless they have a specialist on staff who is trained to give prenatal massages. One of the best places for you to get a good quality prenatal massage therapist is at a facility that focuses on women’s health and pregnancy.
At Unique Wellness Center in Coral Springs, we understand the special needs of expectant mothers, and that prenatal massage requires great care and attention. That is why prenatal massage is only performed after the first trimester by therapists with specific training and certification. To benefit from this therapeutic wellness service – or any of our other medical or wellness specialties, call (954) 368-9656, or request an appointment online.