Pregnancy is an amazing process. As a child I was in awe of pregnant women – I would see them in the grocery store, or walking down the street, and be amazed at the abundant belly, filled with life. Playing at home, I would stuff a pillow under my shirt and pretend to be expecting. I could not wait to be pregnant, thinking that it was all beauty and bliss! That childhood wonder eventually led me to become a Doula, followed soon after by my Massage Therapy certification. When I became pregnant with my son, I discovered that as beautiful and miraculous of an experience pregnancy is, for me it was rarely blissful.

I was lucky in my pregnancy to feel relatively well throughout, despite the major exhaustion during the first trimester and wicked restless leg syndrome during the third trimester. There were two things that made me feel my best: massage, and the amazing anti-gravity effect of floating in the pool. From my experience as a Massage Therapist, I knew that receiving regular massage would greatly benefit both my son and me.

Studies have found that prenatal massage is proven to reduce depression, anxiety, and leg and back pain in expecting mothers.

Massage truly shifts the hormone balance: decreasing the “stress hormones” and increasing the “feel-good hormones”.

Prenatal massage utilizes Swedish massage techniques that help to both flush the lymphatic system and relax muscle tension.

At this point, you may be wondering, “is there any reason NOT to get a massage while I’m pregnant?”

Prenatal care is more than seeing the midwife or doctor. It is also the food you eat, staying hydrated, keeping your body moving with gentle exercise, and stress management. It also includes holistically preparing your mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical body for the tremendous act of crossing the threshold into motherhood. Regular prenatal massage will help you make the transition with ease and grace!