Prenatal massage...do you do that here?
We get asked about prenatal massage all the time. And the answer is...
All Bodyworks DW therapists are NYS licensed massage therapists and are required to learn basic prenatal massage. In addition, all Bodyworks DW massage therapists have additional advanced training on how to effectively treat pregnancy related pain issues directly from owner David Weintraub. We focus on pain management for pregnancy related issues such as:
- foot pain
- back pain
- knee pain
- shortness of breath
- hip pain
Is it okay for me to get prenatal massage?
If you are generally healthy and have been cleared by your OBGYN for light exercise than you can get prenatal massage at any point during your term.
Be sure you get clearance from your doctor before you try a massage, if:
- You're experiencing nausea, vomiting, or morning sickness
- You're at high risk of miscarriage
- You have a high-risk pregnancy such as placental abruption (where the placenta slightly detaches from the wall of the uterus) or preterm labor
We'd like to dispel a few myths about massage and pregnancy
Myth #1: You can't get massage during the first trimester
False. Doctors used to worry that massage during the first trimester could lead to miscarriages based on a false assumption of how intense massage work can be on the body. This has since been debunked by several studies but the idea still makes the rounds with older doctors who haven't kept up to date. The medical profession used to use the same assumption about getting massage during cancer treatments. After studying the effects of massage on the body, it has been determined that even a deep tissue session is roughly equivalent to a medium workout at the gym. Massage, even deep tissue massage, is safe for both mother and baby throughout the entire pregnancy term, as long as there are no abnormal health issues. If you are healthy enough to go to the gym, you are healthy enough to get a massage!
Myth #2: You can't get deep tissue massage during pregnancy
False. Based on the same bad assumption as above, doctors also used to advise only light massage during pregnancy. This has also been debunked by the above studies. Expectant mother's in pain rejoice...you don't have to suffer through a light rubdown that simply feels like an expensive application of massage oil just because you are pregnant anymore. In fact, due to all the relaxin hormones running through a pregnant woman's system, many pregnant women prefer more pressure during a massage, not less.
Myth #3: You need a table with a large hole cut out
False. Well, okay, you can choose to get a massage that way, and for most women that is fine. For some women, towards the end of the term, those pregnancy tables with the large cut outs aren't big enough and can be uncomfortable to both you and the baby. We do all of our prenatal massage sessions on regular tables in a side lying position with extra pillows. It's safe, it's very comfortable, and it works at any point during the pregnancy.