Pregnancy massage has the same goals as regular massage –
- To relax tense muscles and ease sore spots;
- Improve circulation and mobility; and
- Bring about a sense of relaxation and an improved state of mind.
It is also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies. Carrying a baby changes your centre of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your back, knees, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, so that your pelvic joints are less stable, and changes your posture, pulling your pelvis forward. All of of these changes can bring about muscle, joint and ligament pain from the new and different stresses placed on the body.
It is important to note that continuing to receive massages from your regular massage therapist may no longer be appropriate during pregnancy if they are not qualified to give pregnancy massage. There are areas of the body where massage must be avoided (such as some acupressure points) so as not to stimulate the uterus to start contracting. Additionally, the style of massage needs to be gentler than you may be used to, to ensure the safety of the baby and also to prevent stress on your circulatory system (which is already working overtime). Some aromatherapy oils must also be avoided.
As a trained NutureLife Practitioner, Karen can target those sore spots and provide relief, while knowing which areas, and what techniques, to avoid.