Savanna has been coming to me for a couple of years now and she’s due July 31st. Before she got crazy busy with her new baby, I wanted to ask her some questions about her experience with pregnancy massage.
As soon as Savanna told me she’d found out that she was pregnant, back in February, I decided to take a prenatal and postpartum massage course. The class was a wonderful experience (I got to work on a woman the day before she was induced!)
Together, Savanna and I have had a lot of fun practicing and perfecting the most amazing pregnancy massage experience.
Did you have any objections or skepticism about pregnancy massage?
I actually was a little bit skeptical.
While I am a big fan of massage, I was skeptical about whether or not I could still enjoy it if I couldn’t lay on my back or stomach.
I wasn’t sure exactly how it would work or if I would just have to lay on my side the whole time.
Mainly I think I just didn’t know exactly what to expect so I was skeptical about whether or not it would be as comfortable or relaxing as a regular massage.
What were some of your concerns or worries?
I was mainly worried or concerned at the beginning about whether or not it was completely safe for the baby.
I had read some mixed reviews online about the safety especially for the first trimester.
I had also read that sometimes massage made morning sickness worse.
(*Special note: the reason massage can have a bad rep for first trimester is that the first trimester is a very sensitive time and many women do not end up carrying to term. When something happens and the pregnancy is terminated, the massage is not a direct cause, but all the pain from losing the baby can often lead women to search for a cause. Because of this it’s important to work lightly and check in a LOT with the woman to make sure she feels comfortable, healthy, and safe.
Also, in the case of losing a baby, massage is excellent for mental health and emotional healing.)
What were you hoping would happen?
I was hoping that my skepticism and/or worries would be for no reason and that I would enjoy pregnancy massage as much if not more than regular massage.
Why did you choose to come to me (instead of someone else)? What made you trust me?
I had already had good experiences with your massages so that helped.
Also I know that you are always reading and researching so I knew that you would be well versed in what was safe and unsafe for both me and the baby.
Plus knowing that you went to the effort to take the pre-natal class was reassuring as well.
But even without the prenatal class I was confident that you would do your homework and look into what was and wasn’t safe for pregnancy so that was reassuring.
What can other people expect? Juicy details, please! What were some highlights of the experience?
Pregnancy massage is obviously somewhat different than a regular massage, but it is also the same in many ways.
With the physical changes that pregnancy brings come a lot of aches and pains, and you need a relaxing massage more than ever.
Despite what I originally had thought, the massages can be just as relaxing as a regular massage, they are just a little different.
The “cloud” was also very nice. (*A special combination concoction of pillows to prop you up so you can have your head, neck, arms, and feet worked on. Feels like floating on a cloud….)
Because I was propped up on pillows I rarely felt nauseous or lightheaded.
When I did I always was able to be adjusted in a way that alleviated that feeling.
It was also helpful that you were very open minded and always willing to make little adjustments as we went to make sure that I was always comfortable.
What concerns or worries were taken care of?
I was reassured after talking to one of our midwives who actually said not only is it safe but that they recommend massage and/or chiropractic care.
I was also reassured that you took the prenatal massage class so I was very confident that you would know what was and was not recommended during pregnancy.
I also appreciated that you were open to trying different things and I always felt comfortable letting you know if we needed to adjust my position, if I needed another pillow, etc.
What was different about this experience compared to regular massages?
The most obvious is that you can’t lay on your stomach or your back. Other than that the experience as surprisingly similar.
The added stretches and the tummy massage is an extra perk.
What pleasantly surprised you?
I was surprised that despite having a different position for the massage it was really just as relaxing as a regular massage.
What was most satisfying about the experience?
Massages were great in helping relieve the aches and pains of pregnancy, as well as relieving the tension from stress and anxiety that comes with pregnancy.
It was nice to take an hour a month (or sometimes a couple of hours a month) to relax.
(*Savanna, it’s been an honor working on you throughout your pregnancy. Because I’ve worked on you every month it’s been so cool to watch your baby grow.
Thank you for being patient while I figured everything out. I know you said it felt good even the first few times when I was a little unsteady with all the techniques.
I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you better. AND it was SO COOL to be one of the very FIRST people to hear about your pregnancy!! (Even before your parents, wow.)
I can’t wait to meet your little baby and get to know her :)