Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness.
For high risk pregnancies we will ask for your doctor to sign off that massage therapy is not contraindicated.
A prenatal massage is a full body massage designed for women, the entire process is designed to promote wellness during pregnancy. Every step is taken to ensure a positive, healthy experience for mothers. This massage is done in a side-lying position and you will be securely propped with pillows.
We adapt our techniques to address the changes a woman's body goes through during pregnancy. For instance, blood volume increases dramatically as much as 50% during pregnancy. Blood flow to the legs often becomes sluggish and the levels of anticoagulants in the blood naturally rise. These circulatory changes put a pregnant woman at risk of blood clots in the lower legs, typically in the calves or inner thigh. To be safe, we will avoid deep massage and strong pressure on the legs.
Following introductory prenatal training, Ashley Ortiz advanced her skills with certification from nationally renowned expert Elaine Stillerman (MotherMassage®: Massage for Pregnancy) With a prenatal massage moms can expect a full body massage that reduces a wide range of pregnancy related symptoms. Some of the most common benefits that a pregnancy massage can provide include:
·A significant reduction in swelling
· Eliminates headaches
· Increased state of relaxation that can promote healthier sleep
· Alleviates both physical & emotional stress