The benefits of massage can improve overall prenatal health for many pregnant women. Along with the guidance and advice of a prenatal care provider, massage therapy can be incorporated into routine prenatal care as an emotional and physical health supplement shown to improve pregnancy outcome and maternal health. Consult with your midwife or obstetrician before beginning any new therapeutic practice.
At Carolina Thai Healing Arts, prenatal sessions can be done on the mat (floor) or table in the side-lying position. Deep stretching is discouraged for prenatal and postpartum clients due to the presence of the hormone relaxin. Rhythmic gentle rocking, compressions, light stretching, and herbal balms create a therapeutic and soothing experience.
PreNatal Thai Massage
The combination of Thai Massage and pregnancy is not so widely known, but those women who have received it know how great it feels and what a relief it can bring them.
Rhythmic gentle rocking, compressions, light stretching, and herbal balms create a therapeutic and soothing experience.
Often people wonder if Thai Massage can be done on pregnant women? The answer is: “Yes of course! Why not?”
Some people have the erroneous concept that Thai Massage is a mandatory sequence of massive stretches.
This is simply not true. Thai Massage includes lots of techniques for working on the legs, the feet, the arms, the hands, the neck and the head.
Therapeutic massage has been used for centuries to improve overall health, reduce stress, and relieve muscle tension. Massages during pregnancy have often received ambivalent responses from the health community regarding their safety and purpose. Modern investigation and research has shown that prenatal massage therapy can be an instrumental ingredient in women’s prenatal care and should be given careful consideration.
Swedish PreNatal Massage
Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques, one of which is called Swedish Massage.
Swedish Massage aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body. Swedish Massage is the recommended massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts.