Throughout pregnancy, the body undergoes a variety of physiological changes that are necessary for the healthy development of the baby and preparation for birth. These changes can create discomfort or strain.

MASSAGE HAS BEEN SHOWN TO:

  • Reduce stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Decrease nausea and improve sleep
  • Improve immune system function
  • Decrease strain on joints and muscles
  • Increase sense of well-being and reduce stress and fears surrounding birth
  • Reduce swelling, muscle spasms and soft tissue pain
  • Decrease obstetrical complications
  • Improve birth outcomes and bonding
  • Improve lactation and balance hormones
  • Connect mother and baby with abdominal massage

SET YOUR BODY AND MIND UP FOR SUCCESS

Touch is instrumental in creating nurturing pathways and flow in the body. When you are getting ready to conceive, no matter the method, think about ways in which you can re-balance your body and mind. Massage is shown to decrease the anxiety and stress hormones of the sympathetic nervous system, both of which can reduce the ability to become pregnant. It is shown to increase love and sex hormones like oxytocin and serotonin, both which provide a general sense of happiness, relaxation, and contentment. When the body is able to enter the relaxing parasympathetic state, it is better able to perform functions such as digestion and conception.  Massage therapy has even been shown to increase positive pregnancy outcomes in IVF treatments.

MASSAGE HAS BEEN SHOWN TO:

  • Decrease stress hormones that keep us in “fight or flight” mode
  • Increase hormones that promote relaxation, love, and happiness
  • Bring fresh blood to the abdominal area, including the uterus

MASSAGE FOR LABOR PREPARATION

Labor and birth is a powerful force that is transformative and unpredictable. Nurturing and supportive touch can alleviate fears and empower you to go into labor with trust in your own body’s wisdom. Massage itself will not induce labor but will help prepare the body and mind to encourage the birthing process. Specific massage techniques, acupressure points, breathing, affirmations, and visualizations are used in labor preparation massage to get you ready for your labor experience.

MASSAGE HAS BEEN SHOWN TO:

  • Decrease emotional tension that delays labor
  • Release muscles to create length and space vital to the birthing process
  • Increase trust in your own body wisdom
  • Decrease fear surrounding labor and birth

POSTPARTUM: HEAL, RECOVER, AND BOND…

Postpartum is an important time of physical healing from labor/birth and bonding between the new family. The postpartum body goes through a myriad of changes as it shifts to its new non-pregnant self. With these changes, new postural compensation patterns may form from feeding, carrying and holding baby, lack of sleep, and possible stress. Massage can be extremely helpful during the postpartum period! During postpartum sessions, baby is always welcome to be on or near the table for comfort or feeding.

MASSAGE HAS BEEN SHOWN TO:

  • Reduce stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce aches and stress from pregnancy and labor
  • Decrease and prevent pain/discomfort from parenting a newborn
  • Provide emotional support through nurturing touch
  • Facilitates return to pre-pregnant posture
  • Improve lactation
  • Aid in restoring abdominal and perineal muscles to proper function
  • Assist in re-balancing the pelvis

MOTHER & P WELLNESS MASSAGE

The “postpartum period” technically ends one year after the birth of your baby. The physical and emotional stresses of motherhood/parenthood, however, may last much longer. Whether you have a toddler or a teenager, your child continues to have an impact on your body and your psychosomatic experience in life. Massage is a great wellness tool to replenish your energy reserves so that you have more capacity for your child(ren) and YOURSELF.

MASSAGE HAS BEEN SHOWN TO:

  • Increase relaxation and decrease stress hormones
  • Increase ability to cope in stressful situations that come with parenthood
  • Reduce muscle fatigue and tension from parenting activities such as floor play, carrying children, lack of sleep/waking during the night, assisting children at playgrounds, etc…
  • Increase quality of sleep
  • Improve immune system function

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