Nurturing your body and growing baby is a vital part of addressing the body mind dynamic during your pregnancy.
Pregnant woman experience posture changes with the centre of gravity shifting during pregnancy. This may lead to (lumbar lordosis) curvature of lower back and rounding shoulders resulting in lower back pain coupled with sore shoulders. Regular massage treatments will assist in relieving tension, decreasing edema & increase blood & oxygen flow to baby.
MOM & BABY
Touch is the first language that parents & babies use to communicate. A language that has the potential to support and nourish, a language beyond words. As babies, our most powerful experience comes through the medium of touch. We reach out to touch and explore the world around us. We are held and cradled by our parents. Some believe the quality and quantity of touch our baby receives is crucial for healthy emotional, physical and mental development. Every emotion and physical experience mom has during her pregnancy is in some way transferred to the baby. Massage during pregnancy support the "mothering" hormones that influence breast feeding and enhance the critical function of the placenta. The art of skillful touch can bring depth to the experience of pregnancy. Nurturing is pivotal to happy healthy babies & glowing pregnant moms. So why not enjoy a warm bath followed by a massage in the comfort of your home!
BENEFITS OF MASSAGE DURING PREGNANCY
Pregnant women may suffer from aches and pains, tension and edema during
pregnancy. Psychologically they may be affected by stress, anxiety, hormonal
changes, vivid dreaming or insomnia. There are some fantastic benefits for you and
baby when incorporating massage in your antenatal health plan during pregnancy in
preparation for labor and childbirth.
Relief from muscle tension, lower back pain, shoulder & neck tension
Assists in lengthening the spine and creating space for baby
Assists in treating edema
Soothing, induces a calming effect on the nervous system
Stress relief on weight bearing joints
Nurturing touch for mother to be & baby
CONTRA – INDICATIONS FOR PREGNANCY MASSAGE
There are some contra-indications for pregnancy massage they include heavy discharge, gestational diabetes, fever, high blood pressure, abdominal pain, deep vein thrombosis, placental dysfunction.
There are many different schools of thought regarding massage in the first trimester of pregnancy. It is a time of critical development and growth for the fetus. All of mother to be's energies shift at once to support and nurture the growing embryo. Your wellbeing should be closely guarded. Every pregnancy is different, the body may reject the pregnancy as unviable. There is no research or medical reason to support the first trimester as a contra – indication for massage. Massage can be extremely helpful at this time, as a woman comes to terms with the physical, emotional and spiritual changes and prepares to transition into a new role and identity.
New mothers have just experienced an extensive output of energy. A new mom has birthed her baby and a part of herself as well. Especially for woman who have experienced their first pregnancy and have been transformed through their birthing rite of passage. The invisible mystery that grew inside has entered the world and mom is now face to face with a whole new life. Massage can help a new mom adapt to the psychological and physiological challenges ahead. A woman's core energy is often depleted as the body begins the process of recovery and healing. The new bundle of joy requires all of moms focus and attention, yet she must still cope with new body sensations, rapid hormonal adjustments and overwhelming emotions. Depending on the situation some new moms re-enter the demands and activities of their daily lives fairly soon after the birth and do not have sufficient time for bonding and recovery. During this period moms need nurturing and sleep as much as baby does.
MUSCLE TENSION POST BIRTH
Nursing and emotional nurturing holding & bouncing baby causes tension in the upper back and sore shoulders. Moms also may be experiencing lower back ache from awkward positions and poor posture through the pregnancy. Ligaments along with abdominal and perineal muscles have been stretched and strained. Kegel exercises, abdominal strengthening, acupuncture and massage all will assist in restoring the full function of these muscles.
Receiving a massage in the comfort of your home soon after your birth may assist you to return to equilibrium. New born babies are welcome on the massage table nestled in your chest if you so wish. A time of sanctuary for a new mother, a time to be nurtured and taking a short break from caring for others. We understand last minute cancellations and make allowance for extra time needed for nursing, diapering and whatever might come up during or before a treatment begins.
BENEFITS OF POSTPARTUM MASSAGE
Assists in crucial regeneration of vital energies for recovery
Nurturing time and space
Improved posture alignment
Increases the release of endorphins
Increased blood flow
Reducing stress and anxiety
Decreased muscle tension from nursing, carrying and rocking baby
Post partum massage is a wonderful gift for new mothers.