Safe Massage While Pregnant

By Megan Jett

 

Being pregnant can be uncomfortable, to say the least. You have a tiny human growing inside you, putting pressure on your sacrum and making your toes go numb. That baby is pressing on your bladder after you’ve finally found a comfortable spot to sleep, so your sleeping schedule is a bit off too.

 

That’s why getting a prenatal massage is so great!

It will help relieve the stress and tension of your muscles, and aid in relaxing the body and mind. So lay back and relax because you are in good hands.

 

What types of massage can you get while pregnant?

Swedish massage is recommended because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the changes brought on by pregnancy. The American Pregnancy Association has found that woman who receive massage bi-weekly for 5 weeks had amazing results. Hormones like norepinephrine and cortisol reduced, and dopamine and serotonin increased.

 

On top of reducing anxiety and decreasing symptoms of depression, there are many benefits for you such as:

  • Reducing edema
  • Improving oxygenation of soft tissue muscles
  • Reducing headaches
  • Promoting better sleep

There are also great benefits for your baby!

Primal Baby says that babies from moms who received massage during their pregnancy seem to have better motor control, have better social interactions, and are easier to calm down, perhaps reflecting the calmer and more relaxed state of their mothers.

How can you be comfortable during your pregnancy massage?

We have 2 main options: Side Lying or Prenatal Pillows, both with the safety and comfort of mom and baby in mind. We also have pillows and other options to maximize support and comfort.

  1. Side lying position – We use a full body pillow you cuddle and a pillow for under your head. While you’re face-up, you are propped up on a pillow to keep the baby from putting pressure on major blood vessels.
  2. Prenatal Pillows – These pillows are specially designed that are adjustable to contour to your body and baby. These pillows provide a comfortable  support along your sternum and your lower ribs and the outside of your hips.

Keep in mind that we have a TON of different bolsters and supports to help you be comfortable during your massage.

 

Is it safe to get a massage while pregnant?

There are some special considerations for your therapist to keep in mind while giving a prenatal massage on an expectant mother. Before beginning a prenatal massage, we ask if there is any reason you should not be receiving this massage. We want to make sure you do not have anything we can’t massage you for, such as pre-eclampsia. It is dangerous to get a massage with it because it is a type of toxemia characterized by high blood pressure, excessive swelling in the arms and legs and sodium retention. There are other risks we need to be aware of, so if you aren’t sure if it is safe, just tell us and we can determine if it is.

 

We need to avoid specific pressure points for expecting mothers. AcuFinder has a great article on breaking down these points. We are trained to know what points to avoid during pregnancy to help you stay safe while getting your relaxation.

 

You will be focused on that child’s safety for the rest of his or her life, so please relax and let us take care of you both. You deserve it!

11 Massage Myths Debunked

By Jackie Fedyk

 

Massage therapy is the manipulation of skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments by an licensed therapist to promote wellness, range of motion and many other health benefits. However, there are many myths surrounding the science of applied massage therapy, so make sure to educate yourself and get to know this therapy better and how it can improve your lifestyle.

 

A massage is a massage no matter where you go.

No!  There are many different types of massage modalities; you and your therapist will decide what is best for you. Not only that, each LMT will deliver these modalities in different manners, which will also play a roll in how you

  • Swedish Massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you. Swedish is for those who wish to relax and relieve stress, it may also improve circulation and lower blood pressure.
  • Deep Tissue Massage. Using slower, deeper strokes to target the underlying layers of muscle and connective tissue commonly helps with muscle damage from injuries and improve range of motion.
  • Sports Massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries and can be used to prepare and invigorate the body before an event.
  • Trigger Point Massage. Focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.
  • Neuromuscular Therapy. Deeper tissue massage that focuses on movement patterns.
  • Orthopedic Massage. Focuses on rehabilitating after an accident or injury.
  • Table Thai Yoga Massage. Wear loose clothing, because your Massage Therapist is going to help you stretch and increase your range of motion.
  • And many more. These just name a few types of massage we offer.

 

Massage is only for pampering yourself.

No! Massage therapy has many benefits.

  • Massage can reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression and can even help relieve symptoms of insomnia.
  • Massage can help the body heal from injury, improve, or even speed up rehabilitation.
  • Massage is a great way to maintain wellness and fitness even when you are not in pain.
  • Some massage techniques can relieve headaches.
  • Studies have also proven that massage can help lower blood pressure through long term and consistent use.

 

A sign of a good massage is being sore the next day.

No! Although it is normal to feel tenderness the day after, especially if you receive a deep tissue massage, it is also normal to feel no pain. Being sore is not the only indication of a productive massage. You may experience some discomfort during a massage and some pain is productive. It’s best to keep the pain range around 7 in a 1-10 pain scale, 10 being too much pain to tolerate.

 

Massage therapy flushes toxins out of the body.

No. This is a very common misconception. There is actually no scientific evidence that having a massage can release toxins from your muscles. However, a long term effect of massage therapy can improve circulation, which will help with your body’s natural ability to dispose of waste.

 

Massage can get rid of cellulite.

No–if it did, we would be millionaires! However exercising and engaging in a fitness routine can reduce cellulite, and massage can help you recover from that pain in the arse.

 

You must drink water after a massage.

It’s not a must, however a hydrated body is a happy body, and nice hydrated muscles tend to be healthier. So go ahead and drink some water, it’s good for you! You did also just spend about an hour on the table, likely mouth breathing for a bit, if not the whole thing (it’s okay; we don’t judge). You probably need to replenish your water.

 

Do not interrupt the therapist with questions or comments during a massage.

You should always say what you need to to your therapist to make sure you are comfortable with your massage. Let them know if you need more or less pressure. Let them know if anything feels too uncomfortable for you. If you need to chat to feel more at ease that’s fine too. If you don’t want to look or speak to another person during your session, that’s fine too. The session is for your benefit and on your dime so make sure you are comfortable and have good communication with your therapist.

 

It is unsafe to get a massage while pregnant.

Not true. Massage is safe for pregnancy and can be very beneficial to both mother and baby. Some women prefer to avoid massage in the first trimester to feel more safe, and that is fine. Massage in second and third trimester is more common. It reduces stress, anxiety, depression, and many aches and pains experienced during pregnancy. 

 

Massage is only for muscles.

No. Massage can improve range of motion in joints and help break down scar tissue. It is also helpful in reducing symptoms of stress, anxiety, PTSD, and depression.

 

I don’t need to discuss my medical history with my therapists.

Wrong! Your therapist needs to know about any conditions that might be contraindicated with massage. This includes some forms of disease, medications, and surgeries. If you’re not sure if massage is right for you, check with your doctor. You can also ask one of the Massage Therapists here, but we aren’t going to be able to guarantee an answer.

 

Massage is too expensive.

Most sessions are 60 to 90 minutes long and can range in price from $60 to $100. This is less money than what most people spend per month of lattes. If you think massage can help you feel better, try making a massage budget for the month or ask your therapist about discounts or memberships to save money. And truly: what is your health worth to you?

While there are even more than these 11 myths about massage, these are some of the more common ones we run across.

What Are You Paying For??

Written by Marissa Orchard

 

What do you really get when you pay for a massage?

 

Relaxation is a pretty obvious answer for most people. De-stressing. Fluff. We’ve ran into people who think massage is only for the elite who have extra money to spend and they can’t afford more than a $30 massage. We’ve heard almost all of the reasons why people don’t value massage at the cost we charge. But seriously, what do you get when you pay for a massage?

 

 

Regular health check-ups. Now, we can’t diagnose anything, nor can we prescribe anything. However, we have been known to suggest to clients to get a skin spot checked out that they never would have seen, or inform a client that they should see a specialist to help with a number of problematic issues. We, unfortunately, are not miracle workers and cannot make all of your problems go away. That’s why we can and will refer you to other professionals that can help. This can range from dermatologist to a neurologist, depending on what your symptoms are and if we can or cannot help you.

 

Mini-vacations! In this crazy, busy world, taking even just one hour for you to check out of the world and check in with your body and mind can change your whole outlook and helps to decrease your overall stress levels, which also boosts your immune system, which helps prevent sickness. We have so many clients describe their sessions with us as a mini-vacation or their short getaway because we strive to create a relaxing, inviting ambiance with dim lighting, relaxing music, ambient noise makers, aromatherapy diffusers, blankets, table warmers, and everything else in the room. A massage is a block of time dedicated to you and no one else. It can be a quick nap for you, too.

 

Increased function. Deep tissue massage can help to keep your joints moving and can even increase your range of motion. As mentioned before, it also helps you immune system, which helps your overall functions. Taking a break for yourself can increase cognitive function. While we are not saying that you will go from 30% to 100%, especially in one session, consistent massage from a licensed professional is an integral part in your function and health management.

 

Specialized care plans. As a Licensed Massage Therapist works on you, we learn what’s going in within your body. If we say you should stretch certain muscles or suggest a change in your daily routine, that suggestion is going to add quality to your life. It will help you with aches and pains, and it will prevent possible injuries. We focus on you and hope to help you be the best you that you can be.

 

A world of referrals. We work with so many other businesses in this community, and we learn about each business so we know why you should choose a certain one. If you need a great plumber, personal trainer, physical therapist, handy man, pest control guy, and a myriad of other professionals, we can help you. If we don’t have one in mind right away, we can help you find the best person for the job.

 

Not only do you get regular health check-ups, a mini-vacation, increased function, specialized care plan, and world of referrals, you get all of the benefits of massage we have talked about time and time again. The value of what you get in one session outweighs the cost every time.

Highlights: Massage and Insurance

We get a lot of people asking about paying for their massages with insurance. So here’s the run down.

  • We currently work with car insurance to pay for massage for injuries from a car accident through MedPay.
  • We can work with Worker’s Compensation cases. You just need to request the referral from the overseeing doctor come to our office.
  • Currently, no standard health insurance covered is billed directly through us.
  • We can generate a super bill for you to submit to your health insurance to be reimbursed for services.
  • Before we generate a super bill for you, please check with your health insurance to see if you have coverage applicable to massage therapy reimbursement.
  • Medicare and Medicaid do not have any Massage Therapy coverage at all, so don’t waste your time.
  • Your HSA or FSA can pay for massage.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Marissa@uptmassage.com or give us a call and ask for Marissa.