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Pregnancy Massage

prenatal massage

Are you pregnant and want or need a great massage?

Pregnancy massage is also called prenatal massage or mother's touch massage. And they can really help you with your pregnancy. They can help with relief from low back pain, sore hips, tight shoulders, stiff neck, swollen ankles, or over-all stress that being pregnant can cause.

When you schedule your pregnancy massage with us, we send a professional State Licensed Massage Therapist that is properly trained for your massage to your door. The massage therapist will bring everything they need for your massage, though you may need to provide them with a few pillows. Plus, you get to relax even more after the massage because you will not have to drive back home.

Pregnancy massage differs slightly from other styles of massage, it utilizes techniques and positioning that is specifically for pregnant women. It can help with low back pain, hip pain, ease some of the stress your body goes through while being pregnant, and it is great for mom and baby.

Getting massages during your pregnancy can have several long term benefits for both mom and baby. With regular massage during your pregnancy, it can help reduce over-all healing time, it can help keep your stress lower which is great for your health your baby's health, and more.

If you are consider getting a massage while pregnant it should be discussed with your doctor prior to scheduling an appointment, just to be on the safe side.

Mobile prenatal massage appointments are available 7 days a week to woman all over the Phoenix valley, whether you live in Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, Ahwatukee, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale or beyond.  We can provide a massage for your partner as well. Pregnancy can be tough for both of you, and you both need a great massage.

Testomonials for pregnancy massage from Traveling Therapeutic Massage

"I had the fortune of having Rachel over for prenatal massage every 2 weeks of the entire pregnancy with my son. She is phenomenal and so in tune with the pregnant body and what is needed to keep things functioning and feeling optimal during such a stressful time on the body. It lifted my spirits and healed the aches and pains that would settle in between massages from pregnancy! Having her come to my home for it was what made it possible while balancing a hectic work and family life with my other child! I don't feel it is by coincidence that not only was I a much happier and relaxed person during my pregnancy from my prenatal massages, but my son is one of the happiest, most relaxed, and enjoyable little human beings I've ever known still at nearly 2 years old! I believe Rachel's energy and amazing gift for massage most certainly passed on benefits to my unborn son as much if not more than it did for this Momma who was carrying him!"
Shaunna A, Nurse
Gilbert, AZ

"Rachel has provided me with two prenatal massages since I have found out I am pregnant and both have been transformative. When she arrives I am an achey, tense mess. When she leaves I feel like a new woman! She is always on time, professional and available at the drop of a hat. She has provided me with some tips on infant massage I can't wait to use when my baby arrives. I have recommended her to friends and family and they are consistently impressed. I have never had a less than amazing massage from her. I would trust no one else!"
Heather F, Therapist
Peoria, AZ

"Rachel came through for me in a pinch when I really needed a prenatal massage. The massage was fabulous! I also appreciated that her communication was clear--she was clear on what I wanted/needed, checked in with me throughout the massage, and made sure she covered everything at the end!"
Amberly B, Counselor
Phoenix, AZ

"Had a lovely in-room prenatal massage with Tamara while staying at the Four Seasons Scottsdale.


She was extremely professional and very good at working with aches & pains of being 30 weeks pregnant. I added on a sugar scrub, which left my skin feeling fresh and exfoliated - I highly recommend!"
Elle K
Seattle, WA

Benefits of Getting a Pregnancy Massage

Massage has many great benefits for all people, but especially for pregnant woman. It can not only help with the normal aches and pains, but when you are pregnant there are a lot changes that your body goes through that regular massages can help with. The Touch Research Institute for the University of Miami has done several studies that have shown the benefits of receiving massages while pregnant, which are listed to the right.

 

What to Expect for Your Massage

For your pregnancy massage, you can lay on your stomach up to about 12 weeks, as long as there is no discomfort, and up to 20 weeks on your back. After that time most of the massage will be done on with your laying on your side.  While lying on your side you will be supported with pillows to help keep you comfortable and relaxed.

Your and your baby’s comfort are one of the most important things, if you experience any discomfort during the massage please notify the therapist immediately so adjustments can be made.

During your massage, you back, hips, legs, feet, arms, neck, head, and belly (only if it is ok with you) will be massaged.  The techniques used will help relieve some of the tension and discomfort, while still being 100% safe for mother and baby.

  • Better sleep
  • Reduced back, leg and joint pain
  • Reduced muscle tension and headaches
  • Increased lymph system function, helps reduce swelling and elimination of waste
  • Increased levels of dopamine and serotonin, the feel good hormones
  • Improved oxygenation to cells, baby is better nourished as well
  • Decreased levels of stress hormones, helps reduce complications during pregnancy and labor
  • May help improve labor outcome and newborn health
  • Reduced postpartum healing time, physically and mentally
Studies for Pregnancy Massage

For the studies listed below and many more please visit The Touch Research Institute.

Field, T. (2010). Pregnancy and labor massage therapy. Expert Review of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 5, 177-181
"Women who received massage therapy reported decreased depression, anxiety, and leg and back pain. Cortisol levels decreased and, in turn, excessive fetal activity decreased, and the rate of prematurity was lower in the massage group. In a study of labor pain, women who received massage therapy experienced significantly less pain, and their labors were on average 3 h shorter with less need for medication. An underlying mechanism we have been exploring is that these effects are mediated by increased vagal activity."

Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Hart, S., Theakston, H., Schanberg, S., Kuhn, C. & Burman, I. (1999). Pregnant women benefit from massage therapy. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 20, 31-38.
"Twenty-six pregnant women were assigned to a massage therapy or a relaxation therapy group for 5 weeks. Both groups reported feeling less anxious after the first session and less leg pain after the first and last session. Only the massage therapy group, however, reported reduced anxiety, improved mood, better sleep and less back pain by the last day of the study."

Latifses, V., Bendell Estroff, D., Field, T., & Bush, J. (2005). Father massaging and relaxing their pregnant wives lowered anxiety and facilitated marital adjustment. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 9, 277-82.
"Fathers learned to massage their pregnant wives conducted progressive muscle relaxation. Massage therapy lowered the fathers’ anxiety and improved marital adjustment."

Field, T., Diego, M., Hernandez-Reif, M., Deeds, O. & Figueiredo, B. (2009). Pregnancy massage reduces prematurity, low birth weight and postpartum depression. Infant Behavior & Development, 32, 454-460. 
"Pregnant women diagnosed with major depression were given 12 weeks of twice per week massage therapy by their significant other or only standard treatment as a control group. The massage therapy group women versus the control group women not only had reduced depression by the end of the therapy period, but they also had reduced depression and cortisol levels during the postpartum period. Their newborns were also less likely to be born prematurely and low birth weight, and they had lower cortisol levels and performed better on the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment habituation, orientation and motor scales."

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