Healing touch as you progress through your pregnancy, your body will shift and change, adapting to your growing baby. These changes can result in decreased mobility, leading to tight and painful muscles and joints. Prenatal massage is specifically designed to help the pregnant woman not only by releasing tightness, but also preventing such pregnancy-induced physical complaints as sciatica, pubic pain, and swelling of the lower extremities. While it may feel like a prenatal massage is an indulgence, it in fact will help you to not only survive your 40 weeks of pregnancy, but to do so comfortably.
After your baby arrives, you’ll feel tired, stressed, and your body will feel sore from the delivery as well as the daily care of your newborn. According to Ayurveda, the 5,000-year-old ancient healing system from India, new mothers should be nurtured for at least the first six weeks postpartum. During this time, Ayurvedic doctors and doulas stress the importance of daily massage for both mother and infant. Massage helps speed up your recovery, nurtures you both physically and mentally, and enables you to be more present and open in your new role as a mother. So, book your pre and post-natal massages now as a way of nurturing and honoring yourself as you become or adjust to being a mother.
-Melissa Williams, Sr. Editor, Healing Lifestyles & Spas