By Jade Calitz-Nolte, a certified massage therapist and the founder of The Rub studio in Amsterdam.
Celebrating the arrival of a new life fills us with immense joy and excitement. But, as expectant mothers embark on this journey, they face numerous changes and challenges, both physically and emotionally.
During this special time, pregnancy massage is like a comforting hug that brings relief and many benefits for both the mom and baby.
In this article we explore the world of pregnancy massage – understanding what it is, discovering its various advantages, and learning how this caring practice promotes the overall well-being of expectant mothers.
Pregnancy massage, also known as prenatal massage, is a specialized form of therapeutic touch tailored to address the unique needs and changes experienced by expectant mothers throughout their journey to childbirth. This gentle, soothing practice is designed specifically to accommodate the anatomical changes, discomforts, and emotional fluctuations that often accompany pregnancy.
Crafted with a deep understanding of the pregnant body, pregnancy massage focuses on easing the physical strain, reducing stress, and promoting overall well-being. Skilled therapists carefully adapt their techniques, using cushions, bolsters, and specially designed tables to ensure the utmost comfort and safety for the mother-to-be in various stages of pregnancy.
The strokes and pressure applied during pregnancy massage are modified to suit the specific needs and concerns of expectant mothers. This gentle therapy primarily aims to alleviate common discomforts such as back pain, swelling, joint stiffness, and muscular tension that arise as the body adjusts to the growing baby and hormonal changes.
What sets pregnancy massage apart is its emphasis on enhancing circulation, reducing stress hormones, and fostering relaxation, contributing to a more tranquil pregnancy experience. Importantly, prenatal massage is typically safe for most pregnant women when performed by a certified and experienced therapist who understands the complexities and precautions necessary during each trimester.
There are numerous health benefits pregnancy massage can bring to expectant mothers:
At The Rub, we believe in taking good care of our bodies and treating massages as essential body maintenance. Just like a car needs a fix-up, we need to refresh ourselves periodically. Approximately 80% of health complaints are linked to blocked emotions, and we're here to help you balance a healthy relationship between mind, body, and soul.
We offer various services, including Mommy Rub, Signature Rub, Deep Rub, Rock ‘n Rub, Anti Migraine, and Rub ’n Run. Especially for moms-to-be, we provide specialized services such as Mommy Rub, Baby Massage, and Pregnancy Yoga.
What is Mommy Rub:
Pregnancy Massage is increasingly popular with expectant mothers. Our experienced therapists know the correct way to position and support a mother's body during a massage and how to modify techniques to suit. Pregnancy massage can alleviate back, neck, pelvic, and shoulder pain associated with changes in the body during pregnancy. It assists to decrease swelling and reduce stress and anxiety. The massage is customized to each client's individual needs.
You can find more information about the pregnancy massage in our studio and book your appointment here. To answer one common question already - we have a specifically designed pregnancy massage table, so your belly fits snugly into the space, allowing you to lie safely and comfortably on your stomach! Our mamas love it!
Why Baby Massage Course:
Touch is your baby’s first language, so massage is a great way of establishing trust and confidence between you both. It lets you communicate with your baby and focus on each other.
As you touch your baby during the massage, it causes an increase in oxytocin in both parent and baby. Oxytocin is the love and nurturing hormone.
Birth is the strongest massage your baby will ever receive. It stimulates the peripheral nervous system and major organs in preparation for life outside the womb. Baby massage continues this process, with developmental techniques that work with the muscles, joints, and reflexes, helping the baby to fulfill his or her full potential at each stage of development.
Baby massage is a powerful way of communicating and bonding with your baby, building confidence in your parenting skills, and enhancing your baby’s health and resilience.
Our Baby Massage Course is designed around strengthening the bond with your baby and enhancing health and resilience. The course takes approximately 1,5 hours and is done with a small group of like-minded parents.
Let us answer some common questions about prenatal massage.
During pregnancy, specific areas on the feet are considered to potentially stimulate uterine contractions or affect sensitive points that could lead to complications. As a precaution, it's advisable to avoid intense pressure on certain points of the foot that are believed to be linked to the uterus and pelvic areas.
The areas to avoid during foot massage include the inner ankles, the area between the ankle bone and heel (known as the Achilles tendon), and the webbing between the big toe and second toe. Applying deep pressure on these specific points, especially using reflexology or acupressure techniques, is suggested to be avoided during pregnancy to prevent the potential stimulation of the uterus.
It's crucial to communicate openly with your massage therapist about your pregnancy and any concerns you may have. A trained therapist experienced in prenatal massage will be knowledgeable about the areas to avoid and will modify the massage techniques accordingly to ensure a safe and beneficial experience for both you and your baby.
Massage can be a soothing and helpful technique to alleviate soreness or tenderness in the breasts during pregnancy. However, it's essential to approach breast massage with care and gentleness, especially during this sensitive time.
Here are steps to consider when massaging sore breasts during pregnancy:
Always listen to your body during the massage. If you feel any discomfort or pain, stop immediately and consult with a healthcare professional for guidance.
At Mamamoon we love bringing the best professionals to our mamas and mamas-to-be. Jade and her team have taken amazing care of many Mamamoon mamas before, helping them through pregnancy and beyond. We couldn't be more grateful for having them as part of our expert team sharing their passion, experience, and knowledgeable insights with the Mamamoon community.