During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes countless changes.
For many women, this time is affected by various stresses, both emotional and physical. Pregnancy massage is a relaxing and natural way to support a woman throughout her pregnancy and in the postpartum period.
Our Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) use various techniques to improve the circulation in soft tissue, increase lymphatic drainage, and relieve areas of myofascial pain throughout the body. In particular, massage therapy targets weight-bearing muscles and joints in order to reduce the strain or dysfunction that commonly afflict these areas during pregnancy. Our therapists will also offer suggestions for home care such as hydrotherapy techniques, postural exercises, and self-massage to support a woman’s comfort in between treatment sessions.
Benefits of massage therapy during pregnancy:
- relieves stress and promotes relaxation
- relieves muscle spasms, cramping, and myofascial pain
- relieves headache discomfort
- increases circulation of blood and lymph
- relieves stress on weight-bearing joints
- provides emotional support and nurturing touch
Post-natal massage helps to:
- reduce muscle tension and fatigue
- address the physical strain of carrying and caring for a newborn baby
- decrease pain associated with breastfeeding and poor posture
- reduce scar tissue formation after c-section
Massage for cesarean scarring:
Women recovering from cesarean births are often met with a host of unique physical and emotional challenges. Finding the time to nurture and support their own healing while caring for a newborn can be difficult but essential to a new mothers health and recovery.
Massage Therapy helps facilitate healing after a cesarean section by increasing circulation, reducing inflamation and improving the suppleness of the scar and surrounding tissue. Post surgical massage also helps to restore flexibility, strength and natural movement patterns. By promoting rest, relaxation and hormonal balance, Massage Therapy can help restore a mothers body to it’s pre-pregnancy condition.
At the Elements of Health Centre, our licensed practitioners focus on meeting the unique therapeutic needs of our pregnant patients; each therapist has completed specific course work in order to provide safe obstetrical care. In addition, we use specialized pregnancy pillows during treatments to ensure that women are well-supported and able to relax completely.