Pregnancy Massage (Prenatal and Peri-natal Massage)
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a Certified Pre and Peri-natal Massage Therapist?
Yes. I completed my certification and training in June of 2006 in Watertown, Massachusetts. The training was presented by the Body Therapy Associates of San Diego, California, under the direction of Carole Osborne-Sheets, a nationally recognized authority in the field.
What is Prenatal Massage?
Massage during pregnancy is therapeutic bodywork which focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body, mind and spirit go through the dramatic changes of the childbirth experience. It enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue.
What does Peri-natal Massage mean?
“Peri” means around. The “peri-natal” period lasts from the first day of pregnancy, through the labor and delivery, into the post-partum period. The same precautions as in the case of the pregnancy are practiced for 8-10 weeks post partum. The need for post partum massage therapy can last for months, or up to a year, depending on the needs of the mother.
Who should receive Prenatal Massage?
Massage during pregnancy is safe for most mothers. It is important that a thorough health intake be completed, including information on any high risk factors or complications. If these are present, it does not necessarily mean that a mother cannot receive massage, it only means that prior approval for and discussions about massage therapy treatments may be required from her primary caregiver, midwife or OBGYN.
What are the benefits of Prenatal Massage?
Maternal massage offers tremendous physiological and psychological benefits during labor. In addition to the fact that massage during pregnancy just plain feels good, there are many other benefits for the mom-to-be and her baby. Touch is vital to the mother’s physical and emotional well-being as she adapts to her new body image. Regardless of individual circumstance, a pregnant woman’s body is challenged, changed and stressed in many ways. Massage gives special attention to the mother-to-be, which in turn nurtures the new life that grows within her.
How will I be positioned for my massage?
Depending on what week you are in your pregnancy, and your own unique health, there are various possibilities for positioning. The main positions that you will be in will be supine (on your back) and side-lying (on your side).
Why don’t you use one of those pregnancy massage pillows?
I do not use those pillows because they can put undue stress on your ligaments, which are already loose, adjusting to the extra weight of a pregnant uterus.
Scented products make me sick to my stomach, what sort of oil/lotion do you use?
I use unscented, professional massage products for my pregnant clients, unless scents are specifically requested.
Can I bring my baby or young child with me to the office?
If you would like to bring your baby or small child to the office during your appointment, either because you are breastfeeding, you are more comfortable having him or her along, or because child care is difficult to find, that is fine. I have a pack-and-play in the office, as well as a travel baby swing. I just ask the child not crawl, toddle or run around during your treatment, as the office is not a child-proof environment. If you have specific questions about this, please feel free to contact me directly to discuss.