The Amazing Benefits of Prenatal, Labor and Postpartum Massage

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by Hilah Zohar

Benefits

To read more about each individual benefit listed (including references to the studies) you can read my Guide to the Benefits of Massage.

During pregnancy:

  • Decreases rates of complications during labor
  • Decreased rates of postnatal complications for the baby
  • Decreases rates of premature birth
  • Decreases stress hormone levels in mother
  • Increases oxygen and nutrients to the cells of mother and baby
  • Promotes easier breathing
  • Reduces swelling (edema) in the hands and feet
  • Decreases pain in low back, shoulders, neck, and hips due to shift in posture
  • Alleviates stress on weight-bearing joints due to additional weight of the baby
  • Alleviates leg cramps
  • Alleviates sciatic pain
  • Decreased insomnia
  • Helps prepare the muscles used during childbirth

Postpartum: Lymphatic, Visceral Manipulation (Gentle Repositioning of Organs)

  • Better milk production and easier breastfeeding
  • Helps to realign the pelvis after birth
  • Relieves soreness after birth
  • Faster recovery from a cesarean
  • Relieves stiffness, tension, and aches and pains associated with caring for a newborn
  • Realigns and lifts organs in their proper positions

Most of my prenatal clients purchase a prenatal massage package ($15 off 3 massages, $50 off 6 massages, or $100 off 9 massages) and see me throughout their pregnancy and postpartum period. Studies show the greatest benefit for those who receive regular massage during their pregnancy (although even one or two sessions can be hugely beneficial). These benefits are described below.

During prenatal massage, you will be able to lie comfortably on your side with the support of pillows and bolsters (except during the first trimester when you may lie face down). I will focus on your specific needs depending on your stage of pregnancy and your individual experience.

My postpartum massage focuses on physical recovery and rejuvenation after childbirth,through Lymphatic drainage massage, and organ repositioning.i will  gently reposition organs to their proper position, releasing any adhesion’s  that may have formed during pregnancy. Giving you some space to focus on how your own body is feeling, and to relieve stiffness, tension, and pain associated with caring for a newborn.

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