Pregnancy massage or prenatal massage, while similar to other types of massage, makes use of specially designed cushions that allow for you to be in a prone (face down) position during all stages of pregnancy. This type of massage promotes relaxation, calms nerves, improves mobility and circulation, and relieves strained muscles that are trying to deal with the bodies changes.
Relieve back aches and swelling
The extra weight you’re carrying in the belly can start to put a strain on the back, hips and legs, which results in a myriad of symptoms including back aches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches, swelling and overall discomfort. Massage therapy throughout your pregnancy is an excellent complement to prenatal care and will help to improve your overall well-being and preparedness for birth.
Pregnancy Massage at Cranky Knot Wellness Centre
As your belly continues to grow, it may be not comfortable to lie face down or simply lay on a traditional massage table. At Cranky Knot Wellness Centre, we use specially designed side pillows, wedges, and full body pillows to support you and make sure you’re in a comfortable position for your massage. Once you’re settled in, our therapists can begin working on any areas of discomfort you may be experiencing.
Common benefits of pregnancy massage
You may experience more relief from your massage as you enter your second trimester, as the body has more weight to compensate for. The pregnancy massage treatment will be useful in relieving all of those aches and stiffness you’ve been experiencing. Pregnancy massage offers many benefits, but it’s always a good idea to discuss your particular symptoms with your practitioner to ensure you get the most out of your treatment.
- Relieve headaches by focusing on the head, neck and shoulders
- Relieve muscle tension and encouraging blood flow
- Relieve fatigue, backaches, leg cramps and swelling (edema)
- Release serotonin, your body’s natural pain killer
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. Cranky Knot Wellness provides pregnancy massage in Vancouver, and as a technique, pregnancy massage has proven a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness during pregnancy. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and swelling.
If you are a woman with a normal, low-risk pregnancy, you can benefit greatly from the variety of massage techniques offered by one of our massage therapists. However, if you feel you are currently in a high-risk pregnancy, you should first consult with your doctor or midwife before beginning one of our massage therapy programs. Reach out to us if you’re interested in pregnancy massage Vancouver, we would love to help.