Nurturing the Mother Pregnancy Massage
Nurturing the Mother Pregnancy Massage is designed for all the phases of pregnancy, including postpartum. Karen Earls, LMT, is a Certified Nurturing the Mother Pregnancy Massage Therapist.
This group of massage services was developed by Claire Marie Miller with special attention to a mother's needs during each trimester and after the birth of her child or children.
During pregnancy, a woman's body experiences vast change in numerous ways. Her body has to make space for a whole human being to grow - and sometimes there are multiple babies growing. This requires major adjustments to joints, ligaments, organ positions, hormone production, blood production, water retention, and body weight. All of these changes can wreak havoc on a woman, physically and emotionally; and when the birth is over, everything has to go back where it was, causing an equal upheaval but in reverse. The good news is: our bodies are designed to handle every bit of it. The even better news is: professional massage can help!
How can massage help? Studies have shown that massage during pregnancy may help:
- Reduce pain levels
- Reduce stress hormone levels
- Aid in more restful sleep
- Lower risk of complications during labor
- Lower risk of postnatal complications in infants
Massage during labor is also highly beneficial to the mother. Possible benefits include:
- Reduced labor time
- Shorter hospital stay
- Reduced risk of postpartum depression
Postpartum massage should be considered for every mother, to help smooth out the process of returning the body to its pre-pregnancy state. This is also helpful in reducing the risk of postpartum depression.