Swedish Massage Therapy
Traditional type of massage that involves the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. Can be practiced in therapeutic treatment for many musculoskeletal conditions/injuries, a deep tissue massage, or for pure relaxation.
Massage is safe and effective in helping to decrease some discomforts associated with pregnancy and to maintain a healthy and relaxed state of being. There is special consideration paid to positioning depending on the stage of pregnancy. Most often sidelying is adopted around 4 months which enables the therapist to continue to access areas needing treatment while allowing mom to feel more comfortable and to avoid baby being squished. Massage can be a benefit if you experience backache, headaches, restless legs, cramping, swelling, or if you have difficulty sleeping.
**Remember to drink lots of water throughout your pregnancy.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage is the application of smooth stones heated in water and used as an extension of the therapists hands to massage the body. The stones provide a deep penetrating heat to sooth tired and sore muscles. Clients often feel a greater sense of relaxation and the benefits of a deeper massage without the associated soreness during or post treatment. Then the therapist will use her hands to focus on specific areas of concern. Very effective for chronic tension and pain.
**This is not recommended for people with high blood pressure, diabetes, or during pregnancy.
The cups create a suction which pulls the skin and underlying tissues into the cup and creates a stretch. It is not painful and can feel very relaxing. Possible benefits include increased blood flow, decreased pain and inflammation, and decreased restrictions caused by scar tissue and adhesions in the muscles and connective tissues.