For anyone seeking to deal with stress, relax and have a good time in a natural way. Massage is definitely one of the best treats. There are however different types of massage techniques and prenatal massage is one of the most popular ones. Thanks to the many benefits it offers to pregnant mothers as they go through the tough 9 months of carrying another life/lives within them.
When approaching premarital massage, it is important to appreciate that there are some major differences between the technique and the regular massage and only qualified therapists and spas can offer this kind of massage safely and effectively. There are some spas offering special prenatal massage such as Nouri Face & Body Concepts, but these have qualified and experienced therapists who know how to carry out the work.
Is Prenatal Massage Different From Regular Massage?
First, it is good to note that the goal of premarital massage isn’t in any way different from that of regular massage. Both of them are intended to help you relax and de-stress while at the same time helping deal with any pain, soreness or tension in the body thus helping you feel better. Both the regular and prenatal massage techniques are also used to bring about some balance in the mind and body.
In normal cases, pregnant women have a lot to deal with and these are as a result of the changes taking place in their bodies. A big percentage of women will agree that issues such as swollen feet, hip tension or pain and low back pain are very common due to the change in their body weight coupled with that of the baby they are carrying. Other issues likely to complicate things include breathing problems and digestion as a result of the new being growing within them thus pressing against the organs within the abdominal cavity.
Other issues which are not part of every woman’s regular life include back problems caused by the front weight pulling them forward and putting a demand on the back for support. As such, pregnant women’s bodies are different and go through major changes from what they are normally used to. As such, Massage comes in handy to help women relax and ease the pressure during such times.
When women visit a spa for a prenatal massage, a few changes are normally done from what is offered during the regular sessions. This is however determined by the trimester. That said, let’s look at some of the differences to expect during the prenatal massage.
To begin with, one of the main differences between the regular massage and prenatal massage has to do with the target areas of the body. After the very first trimester, your therapist does not work on face down or prone position. This is aimed to help avoid putting unnecessary pressure and stress on the abdomen and uterine ligaments. In normal cases, the Massage is done. While the pregnant woman is lying on her left side or in a semi-reclined position during the later stages of the pregnancy. You can be massage while lying on the back briefly but this is largely determined by the trimester you are in. By so doing, the therapist will be avoiding against compression of women’s vena cava, thus preventing against decreased circulation and low blood pressure.
Prenatal massage is also done with the support of numerous soft pillows while lying on your side so as to provide you with maximum comfort and safety. Regular massage can, however, be performed while you lay on your stomach and target almost every part of the body without any kind of difficulties and complications.
Pointed or deep pressure is always avoided when dealing with pregnant women. Especially in areas such as the abdomen, certain reflexive points, inner parts of the legs and others known to promote uterine contraction. Massage on the abdomen is done very gently thus relaxing both the mother and her baby.
The therapist, however, does also seek to establish whether there are any doctor’s restrictions or advice based on the pregnant woman’s condition. This is very important and professional spas such as Nouri Face & Body Concepts will always seek to establish whether there are any special instructions given to the expectant mother by her doctor.
When looking for the prenatal massage, it will be good too, first of all, make sure that the therapist conducting the sessions is certified and experienced in this kind of work. Certified therapists are normally trained to carry prenatal massage safely, effectively and have a clear understanding of the pregnant woman’s body anatomy. As such, your safety and that of your baby will always be prioritized and this will not only help you relax but also go through the entire term safely and comfortably.