Prenatal Massage Therapy
Getting a massage during pregnancy is beneficial for mother and baby. In the fall of 2005, I was certified in Prenatal/Postpartum Massage so that I could massage my friends who were starting to have children. After my first class, I realized the miracle of the birth process and the dramatic effect of massage during this time. I fell in love with working with pregnant women. I continued my training and now have 100 hours of Prenatal Massage, Labor Support and Postpartum Massage training. After I gave my first Prenatal Massage, I witnessed my client's face change from stressed, tired, and pale to glowing and radiant. I had no doubt of the benefits that prenatal massage can have.
Massage can be beneficial through all stages of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. A study conducted by Dr. Tiffany Field at the University of Miami School of Medicine showed that massage actually reduces stress hormones in the body. Touch is vital to the mother's physical and emotional well-being as she adapts to her new body image. Regardless of individual circumstances, 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.
When receiving a prenatal massage, you will be side-lying and comfortably supported by many pillows. I always use organic oils.
Take care of yourself and your baby during this amazing time in your life. Take the time to schedule a massage. I look forward to working with you and your baby.
– Kim Young
The benefits of Prenatal Massage include:
- Increased circulation which supports the heart, increases cell respiration, and decreases swelling
- Provides emotional support which helps reduce mood swings
- Creates a nurturing space to enable a pregnant woman to translate feelings of physical and emotional well being to their unborn child. After the child is born, this creates better bonding with the child and more meaningful and caring touch from the mother.
- Improves the development of the child
- Relieves muscle spasms, cramps, pain, and sciatica
- Improves labor outcomes and eases labor pain
The benefits of Postpartum Massage include:
- Promotes postpartum restoration of the abdomen and the body’s alignment
- Provides support for a new mother with physical and emotional challenges