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Nurturing Touch: The Benefits of Prenatal and Postnatal Massage

There is nothing quite like the power of touch. It’s been used since the beginning of mankind as a medium of connection and to promote health and vitality. It brings comfort, relaxation, and peace to the body-mind-spirit trifecta. And that can have a profound impact on an expecting or new mother. Prenatal and postnatal massage is incredibly supportive as women go through the most amazing transformation of their life. During this time– the body changes, hormones shift, and women often face a challenging time physically, mentally, and emotionally. Incorporating massage as a part of regular self care can help to alleviate much of the discomfort associated with pregnancy, support stress management and hormone shifts, and promote healthy blood flow and circulation throughout the body. COMFORT FOR PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS During pregnancy– a woman's body goes through many changes. The weight of a growing baby can put pressure on the mother's back and hips, causing discomfort. Massage therapy helps to alleviate this pain by releasing tension in the muscles and improving circulation. This also helps reduce swelling in the hands and feet that is often associated with the later months of pregnancy. Oftentimes, expecting mothers are also faced with sluggish circulation. Increasing blood and lymph flow with gentle strokes and kneading helps to feed the cells throughout the body with oxygen and nutrients, which can have a profound effect on comfort and energy levels. This also promotes healthy metabolism and digestion in the body.

Lastly, stress and tension can be a very real thing for a mother on her child bearing journey. This can be due to a variety of factors, including the physical and emotional changes that occur during pregnancy, concerns about the health of the baby, and the responsibilities and adjustments that come with becoming a parent.

Massage therapy is, hands down, one of the best tools in helping to relieve stress, release tension, and bring a sense of calm to a new or expecting mother. HOW WE CURATE THE EXPERIENCE

At PK, we take every measure possible to make sure our mamas are comfortable for their prenatal/postnatal session with us. We have a variety of pillows for different stages of pregnancy, and we’ll help to find the most supportive position for your time spent with us. We focus on gentle and mindful pressure, light sweeping strokes, and whatever areas are causing the most discomfort or pain. Our goal is to allow the body to completely relax, to reduce any swelling and discomfort, and to inspire a fresh sense of vitality in the body, mind, and spirit. Whatever your specific needs are– is what we’re here for. We’ll have a thorough consultation with you prior to your session to ensure we can make the most out of your massage. If you have any other questions about prenatal/postnatal massage– please don’t hesitate to reach out! And to schedule your next session, click here.


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