Soulstice Spa Blog
Oh, Baby! September 30 2013
As many of our customers can attest, we've had babies on our minds at Soulstice with two of our therapists welcoming little boys in recent months! We love taking care of expectant and new moms, and enjoy nurturing them during this special time in their lives. Massage therapy is a safe and wonderful way to ease the body, mind and spirit through the many physical and emotional changes it is going through during the nine months of pregnancy.
Body ~ Massage with rich, emollient natural oils can help keep skin supple and pliable, minimizing stretch marks. It can also help ease the aching in the low back or hips that comes with carrying a growing child. Sciatica - a very common and painful condition where the nerve is compressed - can send shooting pain down the hip and leg. Massage can be very effective at loosening the tightened muscles and easing the discomfort of sciatica. Lymphatic massage can improve swelling in the feet and legs as well as water retention and bloating.
Mind ~ Expecting a baby is a joyful time, but it can also be a stressful time! Massage is one of the best stress-relievers around... it is very calming to the mind and nervous system, reducing anxiety and worry. Feeling calm and balanced will help you feel more in control and grounded.
Spirit ~ Massage therapy puts you in touch with your sensations and feelings. This can enhance the connection between your heart, mind and emotions, and bonding with your growing baby. Nurturing yourself makes you stronger and better able to nurture others, including your baby-on-the-way.
Massage during pregnancy is safe for most women. Prenatal massage therapists are specifically trained to administer massage during and after pregnancy. If you have any complications, it is a good idea to speak with your doctor or midwife if there are precautions you should take or if massage might be contraindicated. During a normal pregnancy however, massage is a wonderful way to nurture and prepare yourself for motherhood.
Depending on how far along you are, your prenatal massage may be completed while you're laying face up or on your side... whichever is more comfortable for you. Additionally, we have a specially designed pregnancy cushion that can allow you to lay face down if you like, even during the latter stages of pregnancy!
If you or someone you love are interested in receiving massage during pregnancy, please give our friendly staff a call. We're happy to answer any questions you have!