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After 30+ years of being in the Hand & Body Lotion, Massage Oils & Lotions, and the Cosmetic Industry. I realized that there wasn't a good place for people to get the proper information, news, and articles about the massage industry. Whether it be making massage products, proper techniques of massage, which oils go with what essential oils, etc... After navigating the internet for the last 10 years I noticed a small amount of websites trying to do this with little effect.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

About Prenatal Massage

I personally feel a wonderful positive energy as a massage therapist when working with pregnant women. I have several children myself and I just love the whole process! When I’m massaging an expecting mom, it’s almost like giving a massage simultaneously to two people – I just can’t describe the joy I feel.When a woman is pregnant, she is often uncomfortable, with low back and other pains. Her obstetrician will tell her this is normal. However, a good pre-natal massage can alleviate the pain she is feeling, improve her mood and mental attitude, and thus help the baby by having a happier mom.
An expectant mom will feel lighter, with increased capability to maintain good posture after a massage, which is essential in pregnancy. Prenatal massage is especially beneficial for improved circulation and removal of toxins from the body, which is especially helpful for expectant moms. Of course, I tell everyone to drink lots of water after a massage to help remove the toxins dislodged from the body during the massage.
As massage therapists, we have special ways to treat pregnant women. In the second trimester, we might bolster her and have her lay on her tummy comfortably. Later in the pregnancy, we might utilize a position where she lays on her side. We can easily provide soothing massage strokes to her back using this position. An expecting mom needs lots of attention on her back, especially her lower back. During a pre-natal massage, I spend a lot of time in this area. Her neck and shoulders are also a focus, as stress is commonly found there. I focus on her legs, using centripetal strokes toward the heart to reduce blood pooling common in the legs of pregnant women. I do a full body massage for expecting moms, which includes the head/scalp, feet, hands, and face. Gentleness is key while in areas like the shoulders and lower back, I am able to provide a deep enough stroke to address the pain the patient might be feeling due to temporary additional weight during pregnancy.I normally don’t massage women in their first trimester of pregnancy without the permission of their obstetrician. After the first trimester, and after the baby is born, massage is extremely beneficial.
After the baby is born, every new mom is under all kinds of stress – sleep deprivation, a complete change in her life, and physical stress due to caring for the newborn. New moms need special pampering and comfort. I really enjoy working with new moms to help them adjust to the physical and emotional demands of their babies with all the love they can give. By comforting them and making them feel physically better, I feel that I am doing a wonderful service for the whole family.
A lactating new mom once asked me after the massage, because of released toxins, if her breast milk was safe for the baby. Good question, but yes, no new toxins were introduced that were not already there.
It’s not an easy task, bringing this new generation into this world. Anything we can do as massage therapists to enhance the pregnancy and post-partum to alleviate discomforts is an honor!
About the author:Denise Conlon, one of the licensed massage therapists at Aegean Skin and Massage Therapies in Boca Raton. Denise worked as a Doula for five years, and is certified in infant massage. The word "doula," comes from the Greek word for the most important female slave or servant in an ancient Greek household, the woman who probably helped the lady of the house through her childbearing. The word has come to refer to "a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth." (Klaus, Kennell and Klaus, Mothering the Mother)
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