Pregnancy massage safety

By: Maria Murchie, RMT, Aug 15, 2013
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Pregnancy massage safety, Maria Murchie, RMT

Is pregnancy massage safe?

A massage while pregnant may sound relaxing, but is it safe?

Many moms-to-be ask this question. They don’t want to do anything to harm their unborn baby. But massage is absolutely safe for both Mom and baby.

All pregnancies are different, but the majority of woman can lay on their stomachs for the duration of the massage, till about week 14 or 15. Later into the 2nd trimester, therapists are taught to treat side lying, which is still effective treatment, but ultimately keeping up with the same massage on the stomach would be the best. Now therapists have that option. There are maternity cushions out there that have cut outs for the breasts and growing stomach.

It may sound strange to visualize the baby just hanging, but believe it or not, it actually takes the pressure off moms lower back, and gives the treating therapist the freedom to do a regular massage without altering his/her posture.

Now the next question is are there any parts of the body that should be avoided? There is one part, and that is the lower back in the first trimester. Depending on the therapists’ choice, it can be avoided altogether or just treated lighter.

Maria Murchie, RMT, resident of Hamilton, Ontario, always knew she wanted to be in the health field, however at a young age she learned that she had a blood phobia, so she was forced to rethink her nursing career. Massage seemed to be a hemoglobin free alternative and it has been for the last 6 years.
 
A graduate of the Canadian Therapeutic College 2004, and a member of the Canadian Massage Therapists of Ontario since 2005, Maria enjoys finding new therapies and new places to travel, to become more educated in the massage therapy field. Just recently Maria travelled to St. Petersburg, Florida to educate herself on the BAMBOO FUSION massage, and is excited to bring this latest therapy to her clients in Canada.