Prenatal Massage is becoming an increasingly common treatment for many of the aches and pains associated with pregnancy. Though it is not a part of the core curriculum at the CCMH, our school will give you the core education you need in order to expand your practice and specialties later on!
Like most forms of Massage, Prenatal Massage acts on the muscles to ease pain throughout the body. However, it also addresses a few issues that are unique to expectant mothers. As it expands, the uterus puts pressure on the lower back and upper leg, which can in turn cause pain or numbness in the sciatic nerve. Prenatal Massage can reduce the tension in the surrounding tissue, thereby minimizing or even eliminating those symptoms in the lower part of the body.
Massage can have similar benefits for women experiencing edema, or swelling around the joints. Prenatal Massage improves blood circulation and helps the body flush out excess fluids and waste that can build up during pregnancy, restoring normal bodily function and making each trimester as comfortable as possible.
Finally, Prenatal Massage can affect mood and alter the production of hormones within the body. Every RMT knows that Massage Therapy can help a patient relax. Those effects are especially pronounced for pregnant women. Prenatal Massage has been shown to reduce cortisol levels while simultaneously boosting the release of dopamine and serotonin. Cortisol is associated with stress, so Prenatal Massage is an effective way to mitigate negative emotions (and increase positive ones) throughout the pregnancy.
The benefits of Prenatal Massage can even extend beyond the delivery room. Maintaining good physical and mental health during pregnancy can reduce the risk of complications during childbirth, making it an excellent care option for women with high levels of anxiety. That’s why a growing number of massage clinics are offering Prenatal options.
Of course, the practice requires training, and as a responsible RMT, you will need to take certain precautions when working with pregnant patients. Prenatal Massage is safe for women in every trimester, but many Massage Therapists will either avoid or be cautious around the abdomen, especially in the first trimester when there is still a chance of miscarriage.
Fortunately, there is no need to avoid Prenatal Massage as long as you communicate with your patients and observe the proper safety measures. Prenatal Massage has helped countless women make it through the challenges of pregnancy and childbirth.
Getting Prenatal Massage training will give you a fantastic opportunity to continue your massage education beyond CCMH!
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