Pregnancy Massage


Pregnancy Massage: General overview of pregnancy,

Benefits of Pre- and Perinatal massage, Precautions and

Contraindications

Either You are planning to have a baby or already have this happiness in Your life, I recommend You to learn more about Pregnancy Massage AND Infant massage, as of course You want to be a healthy mommy and have a healthy and happy little one.   

 

General overview of PREGNANCY

1st trimester (1-13 weeks):

  • Emotional & Hormonal adjustment
  • Fatigue
  • Enlarged, tender breasts
  • Frequent urination
  • “Morning” sickness – nausea throughout the day
  • Feelings range: joy, fear, denial, etc.

2nd trimester (14-26 weeks):

  • Pregnancy seems more “real”
  • Feeling movement of baby
  • Weight gain
  • Back, pelvic, hip and leg pain may develop
  • Ligament pain may occur
  • Stretch marks can appear
  • Skin and hair changes
  • Varicose and spider veins may appear
  • Heartburn and constipation may occur

3rd trimester (27-40 weeks):

  • Eager, anxious to give birth
  • More weight gain
  • Increased stress on pelvis, hip back
  • Abdominal muscle may split – diastus recti
  • Pubic symphysis separation may occur
  • Digestive problems could develop or continue
  • Hemorrhoids may develop
  • Increased edema in feet and legs
  • Leg cramps may occur
  • Varicose veins may develop or worsen
  • Stressed; lack restful sleep
  • Increased connection and awareness of baby

Benefits of Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy

  • Reduces stress and promotes relaxation through emotional support and physical nurturing
  • Reduces edema and high blood pressure, increases blood and lymph circulation
  • Facilitates hormonal, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary, and other prenatal physiological processes
  • Reduces musculoskeletal pain and strain
  • Contributes to developing the kinesthetic awareness, flexibility, and preparation necessary for active birthing
  • Contributes to shorter, less painful labor and reduces labor complications, medication, and interventions
  • Improves infant wellbeing
  • Fosters nurturing maternal touch
  • Facilitates post-partum recovery, including structural and abdominal restoration, healing from Cesarean birth, and relief of muscle strain of childcare activities

Precautions and Contraindications

ABDOMINAL:

  • No abdominal massage without specialized training

THIGHS, LEGS & FEET:

  • Avoid completely if client is on bed rest (clots can form)
  • Avoid percussion on lower legs
  • Varicose veins – light to No pressure
  • Avoid acupressure, reflex points, cross-fiber friction, deep tissue and trigger points on feet, medial lower leg and thigh
  • Avoid these specific points: SP-6, UB-60, KI-3

BACK:

  • Work at “oblique” angle to the back, not perpendicular
  • Use caution working around costal margins (diaphragm)

SHOULDERS, ARMS, NECK & CHEST:

  • Avoid acupressure points: GB-21, LI-4, TH-15
  • Work within client’s tolerance – Deep Tissue, MFT, etc.

GENERAL:

  • Avoid rocking movements with nausea
  • Avoid hyperextension of all joints
  • No circulatory massage with underlying heart conditions
  • No deep tissue work with unregulated diabetes
  • Avoid techniques that detoxify the system
  • Use caution with moist heat application – can increase blood pressure
  • Many essential oils are contraindicated, always check for compatibility in pregnancy and dilute

Feel free to write comments or ask questions!

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