While pregnancy is a beautiful thing, as we are creating new life, it is physically taxing on the body. Not only is a pregnant person going through drastic hormonal changes, but they are also quite literally growing another person. The added weight alone is enough to cause some serious discomfort. There are some ways in which a pregnant person can seek relief for their symptoms, including prenatal massage. At Prana Endura, prenatal massage is one of the many services we offer to our clients.
We’ll discuss what prenatal massage is, what techniques are used, and the benefits.
What is prenatal massage?
Prenatal massage, or pregnancy massage, is specifically designed to reduce the pain and discomfort of pregnant people. With this massage, the comfort and safety of the pregnant person and the baby are a top priority. It is a full-body massage and uses techniques similar to Swedish massage. During the session, the pregnant person is often laid on their side, especially if they are in their second or third trimester. They are also propped up with pillows to ensure comfort. The massage therapist may use some deep tissue massage techniques, as well as Swedish massage techniques, to alleviate pain and discomfort.
What are the benefits of prenatal massage?
There are so many benefits to prenatal massage, and we would recommend it to any pregnant person, whether they’re in serious discomfort or not. Here are some of the benefits of prenatal massage.
Alleviated back pain
Back pain is arguably the most common physical discomfort suffered by pregnant people. Carrying around that extra weight for weeks on end will surely do that. A pregnancy massage is an excellent way to provide relief for that discomfort.
Reduced labor pain
If there’s a way to reduce labor pain when the time comes, wouldn’t you do it? Well, prenatal massage can reduce labor pain. Studies have shown that pregnant people who get regular prenatal massages experience less pain during labor and have shorter labor times.
Reduced anxiety and stress
We know that any kind of massage comes with the benefit of reduced stress and anxiety, and prenatal massage is no different! Pregnancy is a particularly stressful time for many reasons. People are planning a life with a new person in it and preparing for it financially. Not to mention hormones fluctuate consistently throughout the entire process. A pregnancy massage can alleviate some of the stress.
It should be no surprise that pregnant people struggle with getting quality sleep, especially during the second and third trimesters. Many pregnant people suffer from poor sleep and even insomnia. Prenatal massage helps pregnant people with this.
Prenatal massage at Prana Endura
Prenatal massage is one of the many services we offer at Prana Endura. We offer massages ranging from 30 to 90 minutes.