Massage During Pregnancy pt. 2

Pregnant Massage
Many women want to get a massage during their pregnancy. We have previously explored the many benefits for mothers and their children. Once you understand how good a massage can truly be for you, then its time to hop on that massage table and relax. But where can a woman find a massage therapist or clinic that has the expertise required for pregnancy massage?

Choosing a Specialty Massage Therapist

-Search the internet or yellow pages to find qualified massage therapists

-Call the local massage clinics in your area and ask if they have a massage therapist on staff that is trained to perform pregnancy or specialty massage.

-Find out if they have a certification in Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy

-Your massage should be in either a massage chair or while lying sideways on a massage table. NEVER lay face down or up while getting a massage. Massage tables that have a hole for your belly may seem like a good idea but in fact this is very detrimental

At Home Pregnant Massage

-Take a workshop or a course on performing massage while pregnant, many massage schools or clinics offer them in your area.

-Buy a book that has instructions and illustrations some good ones are:

Mother Massage: A Handbook for Relieving the Discomforts of Pregnancy

Pre and Perinatal Massage Therapy: A Comprehensive Practioners’ Guide to Pregnancy, Labor, Postpartum

Massage Practice for Pregnancy

Massage for a Peaceful Pregnancy: A Daily Book for New Mothers and Fathers

-Buy a video that demonstrates the proper techniques a good one is:

Mastering Pregnancy Massage

Pregnant Chair Massage

Tips

-Keep an open line of communication throughout

-Trim nails and remove jewelry before beginning

-Avoid massage during the first trimester, the second and third will make the mother most comfortable

-If pain is ever felt immediately stop, there shouldn’t be pain during this process

-Use massage lotions and oils to lubricate the skin and reduce friction

-Play soothing music, fountains and running water are also very relaxing

- Massage should be performed on a weekly basis, sometimes even more

- The back is not the only place to massage, try including the neck, arms and legs as well

-Avoid massaging any open wounds, sores or cuts

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy can be a great help to the body and facilitates massage for a more effective experience. Some of the best oils for pregnant women are:

  1. Tea Tree
  2. Neroli
  3. Tangerine
  4. Sandalwood
  5. Lemon
  6. Geranium

Some oils to avoid are

  1. Jasmine
  2. Basil
  3. Aniseed
  4. Juniper
  5. Majoram
  6. Sage

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