You may not know it by our name, but at European Tanning Club & Hair Design, we offer a wide range of salon and spa services including full-body massage and prenatal massage. Our resident massage therapist specializes in prenatal massage, a treatment that is quickly becoming more and more popular for moms-to-be, especially during the later stages of pregnancy.
If you’re pregnant and dealing with the aches and pains that a changing body brings, you’ve likely been searching the internet for things like “prenatal massage near me” or “how to get rid of lower back pain when pregnant.” Thankfully, you’ve landed in the right place! Prenatal massage looks a little different than traditional massage, so be sure you choose someone with experience and knowledge of prenatal massage instead of just a regular massage therapist.
Benefits Of Prenatal Massage
Carrying a baby is a lot of work! Not only is there the added emotional stress that could be causing tension in your body, but your body itself is changing. Your center of gravity changes, which causes your muscles to be used in new ways, as well as puts stress on your back, neck, knees, and ankles.
Pregnancy massage uses a variety of techniques to soothe your aching joints and provide much-needed relief to sore bodies. But that’s not all it can do. According to the American Pregnancy Association, studies have shown that massage during pregnancy can increase the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine while reducing hormones associated with stress, which can lower your risk of pregnancy-related depression. This change in hormones has also been shown to lead to fewer instances of low birth weight and a more positive birthing experience for both mom and baby.
Many pregnant women also experience sciatic nerve pain due to the increased pressure of the uterus on the pelvic floor and lower back. This can cause the nearby nerves to experience immense pain, and even cause swelling in the legs. Prenatal massage can help to reduce this tension and pressure and limit the amount of sciatic nerve pain.
Below are just a few of the other benefits of prenatal massage for pregnant women:
- Improved mood
- Lower stress
- Reduce back pain
- Reduce joint pain
- Improve circulation
- Reduce tension headaches
- Better sleep
- Reduce edema
What To Expect At A Prenatal Massage Session
If you’ve had a normal massage before, you’ve probably laid face down on a massage table. Obviously, with a baby in your belly, laying on your stomach becomes next to impossible. Depending on the specific stage in your pregnancy, your personal comfort, and any medical advice you’ve received from your doctor will determine what position your massage therapist has you lie in. However, most prenatal massage sessions will occur with the pregnant mother on her side.
Can Any Mom-To-Be Get A Prenatal Massage?
Women who are experiencing normal, healthy pregnancies can receive regular prenatal massages with no expected risk factors, however, if you have any concerns at all we always recommend checking with your doctor first to see if it is okay for you to get a prenatal massage. Women with high-risk pregnancies, high blood pressure, severe swelling, preeclampsia, previous experience with a preterm birth, or any other pregnancy-related health concerns should especially talk to their physician before scheduling an appointment.
European Tanning Club’s Spa Services Offer Prenatal Massage!
If you’re pregnant and stressed, experiencing lower back pain or joint pain, be sure to treat yourself (and your baby) to a prenatal massage. Our amazing massage therapist can help to reduce tension, stress, and strain during the later stages of your pregnancy. Be sure to schedule an appointment with our prenatal massage therapist soon!