Pregnancy Massage

A massage technique specifically designed for pregnant women to help relieve common pregnancy discomforts and promote mother and baby’s wellbeing. Pregnancy massage, also called pre-natal massage, is very gentle, effective and natural way to relieve many of the stresses the body experiences during pregnancy. Pregnancy massage can also help labour preparation by teaching the mother to consciously release tension and focus on relaxation breathing techniques, as well as releasing tension in the lower back and abdomen.

How does Pregnancy Massage Work?

The expecting mother’s body must be properly positioned and supported during the massage, using pillows and padding. Proper positioning ensures comfort and safety for the mother and baby.

Key benefits of a pregnancy massage:

  • tranquil relaxation and reduce stress
  • relief from muscle cramps, spasms, and myofascial pain, especially in the lower back, neck, hips, and legs
  • increase in blood and lymph circulation, which can reduce swelling (hands, feet and ankles)
  • reduces stress on weight-bearing joints
  • improves outcome of labor and eases labor pain
  • lessens sciatic pain
  • increase flexibility
  • fatigue reduction
  • increases oxygen in the blood
  • strengthens the immune system
  • stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers, into the brain and nervous system
  • helps relieve anxiety or depression
  • increases energy
  • reduces fluid retention
  • controls breathing
  • provides deep refreshing sleep reducing insomnia

Pre-Natal Massage Therapy:  Contraindications

If a client discloses a high risk pregnancy, it is a strict policy of Tocar Spa to require a signed doctor’s release form in order for the client to receive massage therapy service.  High risk pregnancies include but are not limited for:

  • Early labor, miscarriage threat, placental or cervical dysfunction
  • Gestational Edema Proteinuria Hyptertension (GEPH)
  • Eclampsia
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Pre-existiting cardiac, renal, connective tissues, or liver disorders/diseases
  • Fetal genetic disorders
  • Complications in previous pregnancies
  • Three or more miscarriages

 

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