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Massage has so many benefits. For one, it eases muscle tension and makes you feel great. It also relieves anxiety and stress. It's good for circulation, and it can even help manage joint conditions like arthritis. All you need to do is get a massage, and you'll experience these benefits for yourself. This website is a place where you can read and learn about massage and all of its benefits. Explore different massage modalities and determine which one is best for you. Learn how to find a good massage therapist and what you can expect during the appointment. The sky is the limit!



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Prenatal Care: Can You Safely Ease The Tension In Your Body?

by Jonathan Mason

The second trimester can be difficult for some mothers-to-be. Pregnancy can cause some tension to develop in your head, neck, and shoulders. The tension may disrupt your ability to rest, work, and even keep up your home. Safely ease the tension in your body with the prenatal care tips below.

Support Your Body When Lying Down

No matter what stage of pregnancy you're in, your body needs sleep to keep your unborn baby healthy. But for some mothers-to-be, sleep doesn't come easy. Not only does insufficient sleep affect your child's growth and development, but it can also increase the tension and stress you feel throughout your pregnancy.

If you experience body aches during the night, support your body when you lie down. Support tools, such as full-body pillows or "belly" support pillows, can keep the muscles in your neck, shoulders, arms, and legs relaxed. 

You also want to keep your head, neck, shoulders, and hips perfectly aligned when lying on your side. Keeping your knees slightly bent can help you maintain this position after you fall asleep.

If you need additional help to relieve your pregnancy-related body aches, schedule an appointment with a prenatal massage therapist right away.

Receive Gentle Massage Therapy Care

Even pregnant women in their second trimester can benefit from prenatal massage therapy. Prenatal massage has the following benefits:

  • improves blood circulation to your uterus, heart, and lungs
  • lowers your risk of stress and mental fatigue
  • promotes better sleep habits and relaxation during and after pregnancy
  • releases tension in your muscles and joints

Prenatal massage may also make labor and delivery easier or less stressful in some mothers. If you previously experienced a difficult pregnancy, prenatal massage may benefit you and your child.

Before a therapist uses prenatal massage therapy to treat your symptoms, you'll need to meet certain qualifications first. For example, your pregnancy must be low-risk or without any serious or major complications. High-risk problems, such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and high blood pressure, may be complicated by certain treatments. Your doctor may need to confirm your status before you sign up for massage treatment.

After your doctor confirms your health status, a massage therapist will provide care to you for as long as you need it, or for as long as your obstetrician recommends. 

If your pregnancy aches, pains, and other body discomforts plague you day or night, reach out to a prenatal massage therapist for the help you need today.

To learn more, contact a resource that offers prenatal massage therapy.