I had some prenatal massage training for continuing education required to maintain my state license, but I did not do enough massages to be comfortable enough to offer them on an ongoing basis.  I was also really busy with postpartum massages at that time. Eventually I decided to do the Certification training, which was a much more intensive program - and I LOVED it!!  That training finally gave me the confidence I needed to offer Prenatal and Labor Stimulation Massage anytime/all the time.

I want to start by saying the Prenatal Massage is SO beneficial throughout the pregnancy.   Massage provides relaxation for Mom and Baby, which is so important to overcome various stresses that come with pregnancy - not to mention those from outside sources as well.   Managing stress is SO important, especially during pregnancy.  Prenatal Massage provides relief for various pains that come along during different stages of the pregnancy,  and also helps with the tight muscles and stiff joints, blood pressure issues, and swelling.  Prenatal Massage increases circulation while promoting relaxation, which circulates the needed hormones and helps overall metabolism, including digestion.  Prenatal Massage will often improve sleep quality and overall mental state and outlook. 

Many  places will not offer Prenatal Massage during the first trimesters of the pregnancy, I have even heard some say that it is not safe.  This is NOT true.  Prenatal Massage will NOT harm Mom or Baby during the first trimester.  The problem lies in the fact that if something is to go wrong with a pregnancy, it most commonly occurs during the first trimester.  The first trimester is also when there is most of the morning sickness and nausea, which does not make for a very relaxing session for anyone.  The general thought is that if we give a massage during the first trimester and then Mom goes home and experiences problems later that day, or the next day, or even the next week, she or someone else may get to wondering if it could have possibly been caused by the massage.  Many therapists do not want to risk the possible association,  or blame in that kind of situation.  I have done many Prenatal Massages during the first trimester, and have not had any problems.  I also did have a situation where someone inquired about a massage while still in the first trimester, and I was working at a place that did not allow them.  I explained the situation and scheduled her appointment for after 13 weeks, but she had to cancel because she lost her baby a week or so before the appointment.  So, it really does happen, and she could have been left wondering if it was caused by the massage.  It can be a very delicate situation, for sure.  

I never imagined this would become such a passion for me, but working with new moms and helping them through and after pregnancy is definitely where my heart is.....


The Gift of Massage

Gift Certificates for Massage make AWESOME gifts, even for those who have never had a massage.

The health and healing benefits of massage have been well documented, even with infant babies.  I am constantly amazed by outcomes.

In the hospital, postpartum massage would often completely change how a new mom was feeling - physically and emotionally. By promoting relaxation, reducing and/or eliminating pain, often times bringing in the breast milk by stimulating and circulating hormones, and speeding up healing overall.

Infant massage has been proven to help infants and caregivers. For babies, massage helps to synchronize the digestive system - which helps with colicky babies.  It also helps to tone muscles, develop the sensory system, promotes relaxation, better sleep, better digestion, and so much more.  While the baby is learning to love massage, they are also developing trust and communication with the caregiver.  For the caregiver, Infant Massage is a tool to comfort and relax the baby.  It also helps with bonding as the trust and communication develop during the Infant Massage process.

There are also those who are caregivers of others who are sick and/or aging.  They definitely deserve the Gift of Massage.  As well as anyone who works hard, or is under a lot of stress, or both.   Massage also helps with many different illnesses and various injuries, often times when nothing else will help.

I think we can all think of someone, or several someones who would benefit from massage.  But truthfully, a lot of people will NOT spend the money on themselves - especially for a first massage.  That is why Gift Certificates make such a GREAT gift!

For the full benefit of total relaxation and a full body massage, 1 hour is best.  The cost of a 1 hour massage is $70.  30 minutes is great for working out specific areas, and postpartum healing.  A 30 minute massage will cost $40.  And, a Gift Certificate for a single session of Infant Massage Instruction is $45.  Gift Certificates can always be purchased for a dollar amount which allows the receiver to decide which service they would prefer, and they would always have the option to upgrade. 

Gift Certificates are great by themselves and fun to add to gift baskets also.

I hope that you will think of Massage Gift Certificates when you are planning to attend a bridal or baby shower, or are planning to give someone a gift who just had a baby.  Or if you just want to do something special for someone you Love....

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Lorelei Vaughan, MMT, CIMI

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