Pregnancy can take a toll on your body and make the entire experience unbearable. So, what are you supposed to do? Should you bear the burden on your own and sacrifice your happiness to become a mother. Of course not! One of the health practices you can consider to enjoy the entire experience is prenatal massage. Although this form of massage resembles regular massage, it's specially designed for pregnant mothers.
The therapist will use unique positions to ensure you are comfy and safe as they apply gentle pressure on specific parts of the body to help you feel better. Some of the benefits you will enjoy include back pain relief, reduced stress, better mood and sleep and reduced labour complications.
But before you visit your therapist, it's important to know some of the things you should do to have fabulous prenatal massage sessions. The following tips should help you get started.
Do not stress
One of the first things you should do to enjoy your massage is to know what's required to avoid getting stressed. Begin by calling to confirm the time you should show up for the session if your therapist doesn't offer in-house services. Then, get comfortable clothing and shoes you'll wear. Arrive about fifteen minutes earlier so you can fill any paperwork or relax before the session starts. If you get there late, you will feel rushed, and this will affect the end results.
Be honest with your therapist
Your therapist will ask a number of questions before they start the massage. These questions are meant to help them know how you feel, so they can provide the best services. For this reason, it's important, to be honest with your therapist. Make sure you share everything about how you feel and other medical problems you may be dealing with. Even if they do not ask, be sure to let them know. The more they know, the more you will benefit from each session.
Bring your essential oils and lotion
Most pregnant women are sensitive to smell. If you are struggling with this issue, you should consider bringing your body lotion or oils so your therapist can use them instead. Your therapist will not take offence since they understand your situation more than you can imagine. If you aren't sure if the body oil you use is suitable for massage, consider talking to your therapist earlier. This way, you can shop and get the lotion or oil with the scent you like if the one you have isn't ideal.
To learn more about prenatal massages, reach out to a local massage therapist.