Prenatal and Infant Massage

Prenatal Massage

Prenatal massage is performed by a trained prenatal specialist using a variety of massage methods that are effective and safe prenatally, during labor and postpartum periods of a woman’s pregnancy. Specific techniques can reduce discomforts and concerns and enhance the physiological and emotional well-being of both mother and fetus. Skilled, appropriate touch facilitates labor, shortening labor times and eases pain and anxiety. In the postpartum period, specialized techniques rebalance structure, physiology, and emotions of the new mother and may help her to bond with and care for her infant. Specialized, advanced training in the anatomy, physiology, complications, precautions and contraindications is recommended, and many practitioners require referrals from physicians prior to therapy especially if the pregnancy is considered to be high risk.

Infant Massage

Infant massage is a vital, dynamic interaction that forms the foundation of relationship building that lasts a lifetime. The original infant-parent tie is important for infants because it is from this attachment and bonding that all subsequent attachments will follow. The first language of an infant’s development is through the skin (the largest organ of the body) and has many benefits including:  instilling a sense of love, acceptance, respect and trust; strengthens digestive, circulation and gastrointestinal systems; reduces discomfort from teething, congestion, gas, colic and emotional stress.