LaVida Massage requires you be past your 1st trimester before receiving massage.
Pregnancy is a wonderful time of beauty and growth. It is also a time when the body undergoes many painful and stressful changes, and one of the best ways to relieve stress and ease pain is through a Prenatal Massage Session from LaVida Massage. Massage has been used for thousands of years to relieve stress, relax the muscles, and improve general health - and that remains true during pregnancy. While the essential benefits of massage therapy remain the same, prenatal massage requires different techniques to insure the safety of both the mother and the baby. With a few precautions (after the first trimester, you will need a note from your doctor) and a clear line of communication between the mother and her therapist, there is little to no danger to either the mother or the child. But it is incredibly important for the prospective client to ask the massage therapist if they have specific training in prenatal massage. LEARN MORE about Your First Visit and the necessity of communicating with your trained therapist about the condition of your health
Benefits of Prenatal Massage
Numerous studies including one from the University of Miami School of Medicine have identified the benefits of Prenatal Massage as follows; "lowered anxiety, decreased back & leg pain, improved sleep, decreased levels of the stress hormone norepinephrine, increased levels of serotonin and dopamine, decreased levels of cortisol (a stress indicator common in depressed pregnant patients), and an overall improvement in mood." LEARN MORE about the importance of therapeutic massage in our Massage Benefits section
During a Prenatal Massage Session at a LaVida Massage Wellness Center, the expectant guest will lie on their side instead of lying on the stomach like during many traditional forms of massage. Your therapist will offer extra pillows or sheets in order to make you more comfortable during your session. If you need anything, do not hesitate to ask…we're here for you! LEARN MORE about Your First Visit
Duration of Pregnancy
The type of massage the expectant mother receives depends on where they are in the term of their pregnancy. You must be in your second or third trimester to receive a prenatal massage session, and the general rule of thumb is the further along the pregnancy, the less rigorous and deep the massage becomes. Most techniques concentrate primarily on a technique referred to as Effleurage. Effleurage is a Swedish massage technique that, in translation, literally means to "touch lightly." This technique allows the therapist to use gentle, gliding strokes to soothe large areas of the body or specific problem areas without applying too much pressure. For areas such as the shoulders and legs, it is likely the therapist will use the deep effleurage method, employing slightly more pressure in order to stretch and broaden the muscle tissue. This is therapy is both soothing as well as allowing the therapist to warm and ready the muscles if deeper massage techniques are required.
Because every pregnancy is different, we require that all of our pregnant guests consult a physician prior to scheduling a Prenatal Massage.
All LaVida Massage Sessions include five minutes for check in & initial consultation as well as time to undress. For example, a 60-minute custom massage session will consist of five minutes for initial consultation and undressing, 50-minutes of a hands-on custom massage and five minutes for redressing and recommendations. LEARN MORE about LaVida Therapeutic Massage Sessions at Your First Visit.