What does the Prenatal Session Consist of, & How will the Session Benefit My Baby & Me?
What is prenatal massage & yoga?
When you are pregnant, your body experiences several changes over a relatively short period. Prenatal yoga and massage are designed specifically to assist with these changes in mind. Whether a seasoned yogini, frequent massage recipient, or brand new to both, there are specific practices which should be avoided or performed with caution during your pregnancy. Massage Therapists and Yoga Instructors working with prenatal patients should be well trained to ensure the experience to be beneficial and safe for both the client and her baby. Prenatal massage and yoga assist in developing your stamina, strength, balance, reduce tension, and calm your nervous system. It is also an opportunity for you to develop a deeper connection to yourself and your child.
How does it benefit my baby & me?
Prenatal massage and yoga have several benefits that contribute to a healthy pregnancy. Studies show that prenatal massage and yoga can reduce pain, swelling, tension, headaches, stress, and anxiety, improve circulation and sleep, and increase flexibility, blood circulation, and hormone regulation. All of which can also benefit the fetus. For example, increased circulation can potentially enable for more oxygen and nutrients to reach the baby. Reducing stress helps to prevent inflammation caused by the release of cortisol, the fight or flight hormone. If you are a high-risk pregnancy, it is required that you obtain written consent from your physician before receiving a massage or participating in a yoga lesson.
How should I prepare for my session?
The first step to take to prepare for your session is to make sure that you call in advance to book your appointment. Calling ahead will help ensure that your session can be booked at a time desired. When you call in, it is also a great time to ask any questions you may have about the session to help put your mind at ease before you arrive. Be sure to inform the therapist what trimester you are currently in. It is recommended that you have a hot shower prior to the appointment to help prepare your muscles for the massage.
It is best if you wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in, and shoes that offer good support. This not only helps you to undress and dress easily, but it will assist you when you are leaving. Having had bodywork done, wearing restrictive clothing or shoes can cause you pain or discomfort. You will be requested to remove all jewelry for the session. A space will be provided for storing your belongings, but please leave anything at home that you do not wish to remove in the massage room. If you have long hair, please pull your hair up. Feel free to bring your mat, blocks, bolsters or belts. However, these will be available for your use at the studio. Plan to arrive at your appointment 15 minutes early to complete your intake process.
How should I expect my session to go?
On the day of your appointment, please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to complete your intake process. You will be provided forms to complete with your personal contact information, and medical history, as well as to request any focus areas for the day’s treatment. Once the intake forms are complete, we will discuss them along with a quick observation reviewing your areas of concern. Based off of the observation and review of your forms, we will plan the session to include either yoga, massage or both to best accomplish your goals. Typically for a prenatal yoga session, the movements are restorative, slow, and relaxing. Each lesson we will build off the last and adapt as your needs adjust. During the lesson, we may schedule time specifically for pranayama (breathing practice), mindfulness, and meditation practice.
Once the yoga portion is completed, we will setup the room for your massage. In my personal practice draping is required. You will be asked to undress to your comfort and to lie down on the table on your side, and under the top-sheet. Several pillows will be available for your comfort. I will leave the room, allowing you to change in privacy. There will be space provided for you to store your belongings. After you have finished changing and are on the table under the top sheet, I will enter the room to perform the massage. Music will be playing in the room unless you request it be turned off. Please feel free to communicate with me during the session if you have any questions, or something causes discomfort. I will also check in with you periodically during the session. Once the massage is completed, I will leave the room to allow you time to dress. I will return to the room so we can have a quick discussion about the treatment and plan moving forward.
What should I do after my session?
After your session, please take your time leaving the practice, especially if you are driving yourself. Feel free to sit in the lobby or take a few minutes to sit in the car before putting it into gear. After being in such a relaxed state, it may take a couple of minutes to get your bearings back. Drink some water, and avoid anything they may promote dehydration. If you plan on eating, have something light. I may provide some specific post-treatment recommendations, such as icing a specific area, that should help extend the session and hopefully reduce any expected soreness. If you have any question or concerns after the session, please feel free to call.
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