During pregnancy, the female body experiences numerous changes in shape, hormonal balance and flow, weight distribution, posture, emotion, psyche, and sometimes even spirit. Massage therapy can help a pregnant woman cope with the changes during her pregnancy, during labor, and post-partum. At Inner Roots Massage and Bodywork, owner and Massage Therapist Jeanette Lundell is certified to performed prenatal massage. Her space is a safe place where you can trust your body, as well as your growing child, in her care.
A little history...
Prenatal massage is at least 3,000 years old, and many traditional cultures have practiced it for centuries. They have used massage as a means to support the woman through her pregnancy and delivery, and continue to use it post-partum to get the woman back into shape as soon as possible, to regain her strength and heal faster. In one study, women were given a 20 minute back massage five times a week during their pregnancy. The result? These women described less anxiety, showed fewer stress hormones in their blood and were able to achieve a much deeper sleep, improved moods, and fewer back and leg complaints. How's that for research!
Reduction of swelling, improvement of nerve pain (related to sciatic nerve pain from pressure from uterus), reduced stress, improve respiration (as massage helps with structural alignment to correct restrictive posture so that a woman can take deep breaths), improve digestive health (as massage can increase the production of food absorption hormones, relieving some discomfort of nausea, indigestion, vomiting and heartburn, and improve infant nutritional absorption), reduce aches and pains, varicose vein control, prepares for easy delivery, increased red blood cell count, increase immune support, and increase energy. Why would you NOT want to get massage? It gives you the time to rest your body from fatigue, particularly if you cannot enjoy the pleasure of being off from work for long, and also gives you time to relax into a meditative state, focusing only on you!
Please check with your doctor, and receive written consent to receive massage if you are at risk, or have any of the following:
Cardiac Disorders- heart disease
Previous Problem in Pregnancy - previous miscarriage
Mothers under 20 or over 35
Suspected RH Negative Mother or other genetic problems
Drug addictions or exposure to drugs
Previous multiple births
It is advisable, to get a doctor's release before receiving massage for any of the following conditions:
Complications due to DES used during pregnancy
Lung or liver disorder
Abnormal Fetal Heartbeat
Decrease or absence of fetal movement
Interuterine growth retardation
Poor lifestyle habits (drug abuse, poor nutrition, smoking, alcohol
Low weight gain
No prenatal care