Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backache, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches, edema (or swelling), and sore muscles & joints.
In addition, massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax your nervous tension — which aids in better sleep — and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
Bahia Shortlidge is a certified prenatal massage therapist, who is knowledgeable and passionate about concerns related to body changes during pregnancy; she utilizes a variety of techniques including circulatory massage, deep tissue massage, reiki, and craniosacral. In her practice, Bahia focuses on prenatal ailments such as shoulder and back aches, sciatica, hips, and fatigue. Massage can be especially beneficial for first time mothers, as it is known to ease anxiety.
Our exceptional prenatal massage therapist, Bahia Shortlidge, takes extra care to ensure our pregnant clients are relaxed and comfortable. Positioning techniques with supportive cushions are used to alleviate strain on problem areas when the pressure is applied. She aims to avoid any potential discomfort, while giving you an effective therapeutic massage session.
Through the second trimester, you may prefer to lie on your back with a small, cushioned wedge placed under one hip to provide a slight elevation. Depending on where you are in your pregnancy, Bahia may also utilize such massage techniques as reflexology or Swedish massage depending on your personal requests and needs.
Common complaints throughout the three trimesters vary. From skin concerns to breast tenderness, massage can help you through the discomfort in a surprising number of ways.