Are you looking for the best massage therapists in Utah to schedule your next prenatal appointment with?
You should be!
Carrying a baby inside you changes your center of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Pregnancy relaxes your ligaments making your pelvic joints less stable. It also changes your posture, pulling your pelvis forward. Add to that the extra weight you’re carrying and you may end up with an aching lower back!
Prenatal massage is therapeutic bodywork that focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of pregnancy. It enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue. The gentle, noninvasive approach of prenatal massage can ease discomfort associated with pregnancy, help the mother-to-be prepare for labor and give her nurturing emotional support.
“Studies done in the past 10 years have shown that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered when massage therapy is introduced to a women’s prenatal care. This leads to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health. These changes in hormone levels also led to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications, such as low birth weight. The evidence strongly suggests there are maternal and newborn health benefits when therapeutic massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care.”
The benefits of prenatal massage are similar to regular massage – it aims to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good. But prenatal massage is also customized to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies, and therapists trained in prenatal massage adjust their techniques accordingly. Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy – during the first, second, or third trimester. A trained prenatal massage therapist knows where a pregnant woman’s sore and swollen spots are likely to be and should be able to provide some relief. They will also know which techniques and areas to avoid, if any.
“Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.”
This style of massage is altered to offer safety and comfort to both mom and baby. One of the biggest differences between a prenatal massage and a typical massage is the positioning of the client on the table. Prenatal massage can be performed by:
- having an expectant woman lie on her side, propped up with pillows;
- utilizing specially designed maternity cushioning systems, which allow the expectant mother to lie on her stomach, supported by the cushions; or
- positioning the mother-to-be in a semi-reclining position propped up by pillows.
At Body Balance Massage and Float we know that the safety of your baby and your health and wellness is very important. Our staff, the best massage therapists in Utah, are here to help and support you through this amazing journey. Our massage therapists are trained, certified and experienced to allow for you to receive the best care possible. Schedule your appointment to come in and start enjoying the benefits today!