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If you’ve had a massage before, you know how amazing it feels after a session — feeling all the tension stripped away from your body, feeling so relaxed that you just fall asleep and not want to move. And now that you’re pregnant, you feel the extra weight stressing your body and allowing you to move as you please. But you wonder…
Is it safe?
Yes, it is. Its main purpose is to relieve your body discomforts such as lower back and hip pains, leg cramps, and swellings due to water retention and the increasing weight of your bump. But it is generally recommended to only get one after 28 weeks of pregnancy and the latest by 2 weeks before your estimated delivery date, or as long as your doctor says you can. The reason for this is because getting a massage too early into pregnancy may worsen morning sickness and even make you dizzy.
Benefits of prenatal massage
When it comes to prenatal massage, the benefits are numerous. But here, we have narrowed it down to 4 significant ones that are often felt after a good session.
1. Relieves soreness, back pain, and leg cramps
Being pregnant means that your body is experiencing a lot of changes that are quite alien and cause a lot of discomfort. A massage will be able to help with nerve pain by releasing muscle tension to reduce inflammation, and also leg cramps as it includes a foot massage. This brings relief to soreness and back pain too by extension.
2. Reduces lower hip and back pain
Carrying extra weight 24/7 can be quite daunting and it can cause a great deal of stress on joints and the lower back, plus the pelvic area. Having a massage relieves some of the stress and fatigue, and thus allows your body to move better and without so much pain.
3. Improves blood circulation and reduces swelling
Pregnancy demands a lot from the body, giving it more tasks to carry out, such as delivering nutrients to the placenta and removing waste, and the weight of your baby and uterus can compress blood vessels and reduce circulation to your placenta. All these may lead to poor blood circulation which can cause edema, preeclampsia, hypertension, and many more conditions that might not bode well for you. So, getting a massage could help with improving blood circulation while reducing swelling and eliminating excess water retention.
4. Promotes relaxation and reduces stress
If you thought excess weight, body ache, and swelling are the end of the “side effects” that come with pregnancy, you’re about to be disappointed. Sleep problems and stress are among the most common occurrences when it comes to pregnancy too thanks to hormones and muscle tension. By getting a massage for pregnancy woman, relaxation comes naturally and you’ll be able to be calm and be in an overall better mood.
How is prenatal massage typically done?
Depending on the place, there may be variations as to how a prenatal massage is done. With PNSG, here are the steps our therapists take for our clients to be at their highest level of comfort possible during their sessions.
Step 1: Warm up
Warming is a must no matter the activity in order not to shock the body. A massage is a gradual process and warm up is done to ensure your body is completely relaxed and calm to avoid the risk of injury.
Step 2: Remove water retention
After warming up, we move on to the legs where swelling commonly occurs, especially the calves. And as the whole leg gets massaged, water retention is reduced around the thigh as well, and relief from swelling and leg cramps are felt.
Step 3: Full body massage
Next, moving on to the body, we understand that pregnant ladies are no strangers to aches and pain. So, we focus on providing relief to your discomfort by soothing muscle tension around the spine, and this helps with back pain too.
Step 4: Relaxation
The final step of our prenatal massage is to allow you to be as relaxed as possible, both mind and body. Here our attention is on relieving soreness and tiredness around the shoulders, neck, and arms. But that’s not all, as a light massage is given to the temples as well to soothe any migraine or headache.
Where to avoid
If you go to any prenatal spas near me, you’ll learn that there are a couple of spots or parts that massage lady Singapore would avoid. In PNSG, our therapists will avoid massaging the breasts and the stomach for prenatal massage as these are considered sensitive areas and pressure on those areas can add discomfort to your already uncomfortable body. So with this knowledge, you know that you are in great hands with our massage lady Singapore here at PNSG.