This question is on every newly pregnant mother’s mind as she starts to experience the aches of her changing body. Massage therapy has a myriad of potential benefits including reduction in pain, lowered stress and anxiety levels, boosted immune system, increased range of motion, better sleep, release of endorphins, improved sense of well-being. If you have regularly received massage treatments then you should be ok to continue even once you are pregnant, but it’s always a good idea to check with your care provider. If you have not gotten bodywork done before or it’s been a long time, you may want to start with shorter sessions, lighter pressure, and possibly wait until closer to the end of your first trimester.
To make your massage experience as comfortable as possible, P3BW has a top-of-the-line hydraulic table and a variety of cushions and pillows to get you in the best position. As your pregnancy progresses and your body continues to adjust, receiving regular massage therapy will help you manage the pain and fatigue so you are ready to welcome a new human into your family. Don’t forget to utilize postpartum massage as well! We also offer instruction in utilizing comfort measures during pregnancy and labor. Add this on to the end of your massage or come in with a partner to practice together.