I’ve been a massage therapist for eighteen years. One of the most gratifying parts of my work is giving someone their first massage.
Benefits of massage go far beyond relaxation
Most people willing to spend the time and money on a massage are looking for time and space to relax their body and mind, but massage provides benefits well beyond a few minutes of relaxation.
Massage is a crucial component to a healthy lifestyle. By helping to alleviate stress, lower blood pressure, and working the lymphatic system, the health benefits of massage are just as helpful as the peace and relaxation it provides.
Prenatal massage and a healthy pregnancy
Prenatal massage is chock-full of benefits. Pregnancy is an amazing experience but it can also lead to a multitude of new stressors. Aside from taking the time and space to slow down and reset, massage can also help maintain a healthy pregnancy. By getting regular massages you help lower high-stress levels, restore blood flow to areas stifled by your ever-changing body, and assist your body and mind in finding balance.
Induction massage aides the natural transition into labor
We offer a wide variety of massages here at The Motherhood Center. One of my favorites is the induction massage. I am always honored that my clients have allowed me to be a part of this special stage in their pregnancy. As you reach the last few weeks of your pregnancy so much is happening physically, mentally, and emotionally. Regular massages are especially helpful during this time. When you reach your due date, we offer an induction massage to help the body naturally transition into the beginning of the birth of your baby.
In an induction massage we still pay attention to the areas that are problematic for you, but the focus of this type of massage is acupressure points. The stimulation of acupressure points during your induction massage can assist in supporting natural body processes that are underway during the final stages of pregnancy. These points can be found throughout the body from the back to the legs, feet, and hands. By helping you reach deep relaxation while stimulating these points, the body is better able to naturally do what is designed to do.
One of the best experiences I have had as a massage therapist was helping one of my clients who came in, incredibly stressed out. Her doctor wanted to induce labor in two days. During the massage, she was able to relax as I talked to her about the acupressure points I was working. At the very end of the massage, her water broke! With help of Laura, a member of the Motherhood Center team, we called her husband, and helped her get ready to go to the hospital. She delivered a beautiful baby the next morning. While this is not a typical result of an induction massage, I was glad to be there for my client.
Here at The Motherhood Center, we are committed to helping you during the journey from pregnancy to parenthood. We strive to provide the best education and an environment that allows you to enjoy this time in your life to the fullest.
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