Massage for Mothers and Mothers-to-Be

Posted: May 14, 2012 in Ethics, Health & Wellness, Massage Therapy, Special Modalities
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“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”
Abraham Lincoln 

With yesterday being Mother’s  Day, I only feel that it is appropriate that I write about Moms and Moms-to-be. Mothers do so much for us and although they may not always show it, they go  through tremendous amounts of stress. Moms go non-stop from  organizing,  preparing, worrying, protecting,  and making sure everything is done which is beyond exhausting. In my personal opinion, there is no one that deserves a massage more than a mom! Massage will help them to relax and recover from all the hard work that they do for us.

Being a mom is tough and can be physically exhausting, we have established that, but becoming a mother can be even tougher as it has a more dramatic effect on the body! Pregnancy is a gift, a blessing, and a miracle all  in one and wrapped in physical, mental, and emotional stress bow. It is the expecting mother that can even benefit from a massage more that  just about anyone!

Massage can be very beneficial for expecting moms

There have been countless discussions about massage being good or bad during pregnancy and I’m sure I could go into great detail about all the specifics, but I will save the in depth discussions for future Blogs. I would like to take this time to discuss the general facts that massage during pregnancy is both good and bad! How is that you may ask? During the first trimester (12 weeks), a pregnant woman’s body is going through so many hormonal changes as well as physical changes that adding massage may cause  more pain and discomfort,  so it is advised by many doctors and therapists to avoid massage therapy during that time period. Another thing to keep in mind is that during that first trimester, the fetus is attaching to the uterine wall and too much movement and manipulation to that area could potentially cause the fetus to detach. After the first trimester though, many women are in the clear to receive massage to help manage pain as well as assist in a smooth and easy delivery!

Due to the amount of physical changes such as the hips expanding to make room for the growing child as well as the additional pull on the low back, muscles and bones go through sudden shifts that cause pain, discomfort,  and even unwanted swelling to a pregnant woman’s body.  All of these side effects can be easily managed with therapeutic massage and light stretching. Another great thing about massage is that it helps aid in the removal of wastes and toxins in the mother’s body which in turn makes the child’s environment a healthier  and safer one to develop.  It is always important to get clearance from a doctor prior to scheduling a massage due to a short list of contraindications that could cause complications to the pregnancy if massage is as added.

Another good thing  to know is that there are special courses that therapists can and should take to optimize treatment for an expecting mother. These courses are designed teach therapists the right positions to put the expecting mothers into to ensure comfort and safety of the child. The courses are also responsible for teaching the proper amount of pressure to use as well as places to avoid that may cause problems during a pregnancy. Make sure that if you are seeking a massage therapist to help with your pregnancy  or someone else’s pregnancy that they have adequate training and experience.

If you have questions or comments about how massage can affect pregnancy, please leave them below and I will be sure to address them in future Blogs. And to all those Mothers and Mothers – to – be….Happy Mother’s Day from DEFINED: Therapeutic Massage!

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