You can theoretically get a massage safely in the 1st trimester, however, since the risk of miscarriage is greatest in the 1st trimester, massage therapists typically only massage 2nd trimester forward to avoid the likely link-up of miscarriage being due to the massage. To continue along this train of thought, there is also a misunderstanding in the amount of power massage therapists have to induce labor. According to my training, if you are beyond 35 weeks, pin point work to specific acupressure points in the body should be avoided, however, even after 35 weeks, if the mother’s body is not ready to have the baby, even aggressive pin point work wouldn’t induce labor. That said….
As pregnancy progresses, your body adjusts to additional strain on your back and legs and increases stress on weight-bearing joints. Massage can aid flexibility and relieve aches and pains, leg cramps and muscle spasms. The effects of relaxation and decreased tension positively impact the physical state of muscles and joints and assist in balancing emotions.
The body of research on massage and pregnancy is small but growing. It suggests a reduction in anxiety, stress, insomnia, back pain, decrease in complications in delivery. In some research, newborns had fewer postnatal complications and moms had shorter labor and shorter hospital stays and less postpartum depression.
Emotionally, massage can be a gentle and nurturing way for women to take care of themselves when they’re pregnant. Many pregnant women don’t necessarily get as much physical touching as they would like. It’s very therapeutic to have a competent and informed massage therapist take time to make sure you are bolstered and comfortable and simply take care of you and be present with you.
If you’re interested in pregnancy massage support A Basic Knead is located just outside of Worcester in the Chauncy Place Healing and Wellness Center, diagonally across route 9 from Massage Envy. If you are seeking specialized therapies from a licensed and certified massage therapist, I am pleased to see you. You can conveniently book by clicking below on the booknow button.