Give the gift of a prenatal massage at the next baby shower you attend. Forget the bottle warmer, the mother-to-be will be elated to pamper herself with a massage or pedicure and will appreciate the personal gift. Prenatal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage – to relax tense muscles, improve circulation and mobility, and just make the mom-to-be feel great.So, how do you lie face down on a massage table with a growing belly and swollen breasts? For those reasons, some prenatal massage therapists use a special table or pad with hollowed-out areas and special pillows to accommodate the belly. If only a traditional massage table is available, you can lie on your side with pillows, wedges, or a full-length body pillow for support.
Carrying a baby puts a lot of stress on the back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Add to that the extra weight of carrying a baby and you have the recipe for an aching lower back. A trained prenatal massage therapist knows where the sore spots are likely to be and may be able to provide relief to the ailments pregnant women often experience.
So, next time you receive a baby shower invitation skip the baby store and buy a gift certificate to the spa, because God knows she won’t have much time to relax by herself as soon as the baby is born.
For more information on massage therapy or other spa services contact 248-524-3622.