Massage Therapy Services
Massage for Pregnancy, Birth Preparation and Beyond
Massage therapy during the prenatal period is an incredible complement and support during a profound, and often overwhelming time of transition physically and mentally. It enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and relieves mental and physical fatigue. The gentle, non-invasive approach of massage can ease discomfort associated with pregnancy, help the patient prepare for labour and give her nurturing emotional support.
It is a privilege for us to be a part of your pregnancy journey. Prenatal massage treatments can be done on your stomach and or back in the first trimester and in a side-lying or the semi-reclining position as you transition into the second and third trimester.
Some common pregnancy related complaints that can be alleviated by massage are:
- Reduced stress and increased relaxation
- Relief of muscular tension and spasms — in particular in the hips, legs, back and neck
- Reduction of stress on weight-bearing joints
- Assistance in pain relief for any sciatic pain that may arise during pregnancy
- Reduced swelling in hands and feet
- May reduce frequency and duration of headaches, backache, and muscle strain
- Improved energy levels and reduced fatigue
- Maintenance/awareness of good posture
- Sore feet
- Round ligament pain
- Peripheral neuropathies (thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel, sciatica)
- And more
We also collaborate with the clinic’s pelvic physiotherapists on an ongoing basis.
Postpartum Massage Therapy
The postpartum period is typically thought of as the period that immediately follows birth. In the first six weeks there are many adjustments including physical, emotional and psychological, and can all be aided by massage therapy. The pelvic floor and associated structures (back, abdomen, hips, inner thigh, etc.) have gone through extensive changes during nine months of pregnancy and birth.
Postpartum massage is safe as soon after birth as Mom feels comfortable to come in for treatment, and can benefit you whether you have had a vaginal or cesarean birth. You are welcome to inquire about bringing your baby to your session to ensure you get your self-care time in or book back-to-back sessions for both of you. Please inquire when booking.
Breast health is too often ignored until after a problem arises. It’s an area of the body with powerful associations that sometimes make women hesitant to seek care, despite the fact that the vast majority of them experience breast discomfort at some point. Whether it’s breast congestion, discomforts from lactation and breastfeeding, abnormalities such as lumps or cysts, or surgical procedures, any breast problem can create heightened anxiety and stress that can diminish overall health. Receiving breast massage can be a wonderful way to support healthier breasts and healing.
Therapeutic breast massage can result in:
- Increased circulation of blood and lymph
- Reduced congestion in breast tissue
- Relief from mastalgia (breast pain)
- Improved posture
- Restored range of motion in the upper body
These physical improvements may provide huge psychological and emotional benefits, especially for those recovering from breast disease and the aftermath of invasive treatments and changes resulting from lactation and breastfeeding.
“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.” — Deborah Day