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Prenatal Massage in Hamilton 

Prenatal Massage in Hamilton

By Chirag Sojitra 21/07/2012


What Is Pregnancy Massage?

Pregnancy massage is a catch-all term for any hands-on massage during or after pregnancy. Massage while you're pregnant is also called prenatal massage. Massage in the few months after delivery is called postnatal massage.


A pregnancy massage typically lasts an hour. Some practitioners use a pregnancy massage table. That's a table designed to accommodate a woman's pregnant belly. Others use specially designed pillows called bolsters to position a woman comfortably on her side. This helps especially during the later stages of pregnancy. Lying on your side is often the most comfortable position for pregnancy massage.


How do you lie on the table?

Most women find it uncomfortable to lie facedown right from the start of pregnancy because of their tender, swollen breast. And you can't lie facedown on a traditional massage table once your belly has started to grow. On the other hand, it's not a good idea to lie flat on your back either, particularly once you're past mid-pregnancy, because the weight of your uterus puts too much pressure on the vein that returns blood from your legs to your heart.


For these reasons, some prenatal massage therapists use a special table or pad with hollowed-out areas and special pillows to accommodate your belly, and often your breasts as well, so you can lie facedown. If you find this position stresses your lower back, or if only a traditional massage table is available, you can lie on your side with pillows, wedges, or a full-length body pillow for support.


Massage helps keep you and your baby in optimum health during pregnancy.

Receiving massage treatments throughout your pregnancy is a wonderful way to nurture your own body as well as your baby within. As well as exercise and a nutritious diet, regular massage helps to keep you in optimum health, easing tension, reducing stress and preventing back pain, muscle aches and other common pregnancy discomforts including headaches and constipation. Receiving pregnancy massage also gives you the time and space to deeply relax and enjoy time with your baby.


Benefit of Pregnancy Massage

  1. Enhances the health of you and your baby : massage treatments have been proven to benefit all of your body's systems including muscular, circulatory, digestive and hormonal.  Improved circulation brings more oxygen and nutrients to the cells in your body and also that of your baby - nourishing the both of you. 
  2. Reduces swelling : eases edema in the legs, feet, hands and wrists.  Soothes the discomfort of varicose veins and achy joints.  Reduction in swelling, fluid retention and waste products also helps to improve your energy levels, making you feel less fatigued.


  1. Eases pregnancy discomforts : massage can soothe back and shoulder pain, pubic discomfort, sciatica, cramps, sore hips and aching legs.


  1. Increased relaxation and decreased stress levels : pregnancy is a time of great change and this, along with fluctuating hormones and broken sleep can sometimes cause stress levels to rise.   This is ok as long as the stress is also balanced with time to relax and be nurtured. Regular massage gives you the space to deeply relax and rejuvenate and the time to enjoy your pregnancy and transition into motherhood.   Relaxed mama = happy baby!


  1. Prepares you for labor and birth : approaching your baby's birthday, massage treatments will improve your flexibility and energy levels as well as helping you to develop mind/body awareness. This means that you become aware of where you are holding tension within your body and are able to consciously release it. An essential skill in the birthing room. A recent study also showed that massage from 36 weeks onward helped to increase the mother’s levels of oxytocin (the mothering hormone) resulting in labours that were quicker with fewer complications both before and after birth. Ask about our 'birth preparation ' massage treatments, which include a special essential oil blend and acupressure points.




  1. Improves sleep and reduces depression : with an enhanced ability to deeply relax you may also notice that your sleep improves. We can also teach you the most comfortable and supportive sleeping positions during pregnancy. Massage has also been documented to reduce the symptoms of depression in pregnant and post-natal women.


Call Centre Of Balance Hamilton and book an appointment on 07-855 7115 now or email us.


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