• Pregnancy Massage

  • Pregnancy massage is specifically tailored to the delicate requirements of the pregnancy year. Drawing on a combination of techniques and strokes based on Swedish massage and other gentler forms of bodywork, the specially-trained therapist does a careful evaluation of the client and creates a custom treatment plan specifically focused on the individual needs of mother and unborn child, paying particular attention to the stage of the pregnancy and any other complicating factors.

    Pregnancy massage can be particularly beneficial because of the extra strain on the body, the extra weight that the mother is carrying, and the resulting stiffness, fatigue, and muscle soreness that the pregnant mother experiences.Because so many changes occur to the mother’s body during pregnancy, there are specialized issues that must be considered and addressed, and because of this, in some cases, the therapist may be limited in what s/he can provide without advance clearance from the client’s physician to ensure the safety of mother and child.   Several therapists at Inner Harmony have specific skill and experience in working with pregnant women, and massage therapy during the pregnancy year can be a lifesaver in reducing or eliminating some of the more uncomfortable aspects of pregnancy, including headaches, low back and hip pain, stiffness, swelling, and muscle soreness.

  • What Does a Pregnancy Massage Feel Like?

    Done laying one ones side, Pregnancy Massage is much like receiving a Swedish/Integrative Massage, but with specific modifications. The positions that the Therapist puts the expecting mother in are very important, as they relieve pressure off of vital arteries, and allow the mother to relax as they have their tension and knots worked away. One of the side effects of pregnancy is chronic tension and tenderness, this is because as the body gets closer to the due date, it is pumping out chemicals to break down muscle and “open up”. Massage moves residual leftovers of this chemical around the body which leaves the effect of that chemical, but takes away the pain and stiffness. The therapist will have to avoid some areas entirely, as they are sensitive or can have undergone changes since the pregnancy that inhibit the ability to be worked on. Since the position the client is in during the massage that most mothers sleep in during their pregnancy, it is really common for them to almost or totally fall asleep. Many people even after they have their baby, request sideline massage, because it feels different, but very good. Since this is a complicated modality, it is important to see a Massage Therapist who has been formally trained in Pregnancy Massage, as it both benefits you and your baby better.

  • What Conditions Are Improved With Pregnancy Massage?

    • Improved Circulation
    • Hormone Regulation
    • Reduction of Joint Pain
    • Reduction of Back and Hip Pain
    • Reduced Edema
    • Deduced Swelling
    • Improvement of Nerve Pain
    • Sciatic Nerve Pain
    • Reduced Muscle Tension
    • Reduced Headaches or Migraines
    • Reduced Stress and Anxiety
    • Better Sleep
  • When is Pregnancy Massage Not Recommended?

    Pregnancy Massage is not recommended for clients experiencing the following:

    • High Risk Pregnancy
    • Previous Pre-Term Labor
    • Preeclampsia
    • Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH)
    • Fever/ Oncoming Sickness
    • Nausea
    • Jaundice
    • Bleeding/ Exposed Wounds
    • Acute Phlebitis
    • Diabetes
    • Neurological Disorders
    • Recent Trauma or Surgery
  • Who Preforms This Service?