Pregnancy is a state of wellness that allows for changes physiologically, muscularly, emotionally, and affects virtually very organ system in the body. As a Registered Massage Therapist, being aware of the normal and potentially abnormal changes during pregnancy are necessary in providing a safe and effective treatment plan throughout the 9 month period. There are some modified strokes and positions when treating Mom-to-be during the gestation period.
Within the first trimester, regular massage techniques and pressure are used but expect only light massage on the lower back and abdomen. Positioning is in regards to comfort at this time. In contrast, the second trimester is a time of large growth for Baby and side lying position is introduced. This position is appropriate as there may be a change in blood pressure while lying face up, and face down may become increasingly uncomfortable later into the second trimester.
The massage treatment in the second and third trimester is catered to the individual needs of the client, with the goals to decrease pain and discomfort while inducing relaxation for stress. There are also many drug free, effective self care techniques that can be done at home that are relative to each Mothers condition. Massage therapy can be helpful for expecting mothers with pregnancy related sciatica, edema, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, muscle tension and back pain.
Have a great day,
The RMT’s at Vitality Clinic