What happens during a prenatal massage. And how is a prenatal massage different from a regular spa massage that is adapted for pregnancy? Well, a regular spa massage is often very, very similar, um, to, to what most people would expect from a spa. The spa massage. It’s just that the, we’ll put women in more comfortable positions and use more pillows so that they can give her the nice relaxing massage that she is looking for. A prenatal massage from a utility body work is a different thing. Now. First of all, our goals are different. Yes, we do want mom to relax, but we want her body to really be able to relax. Um, as it was intended from the inside out as it were. We want her muscles to be long and then strong where they need to be longer strong. We want them to be short and flexed where they should be short and flexed.
We want, um, some places to have the tension and we want other places to release the tension. We don’t want too much or too little in effect. We are trying to balance her body so that she is most comfortable and so that her baby is best cared for. We will start off the session by doing what’s called a squat test and this is a test that will determine if there is likely to be complications at some point during the labor and delivery process. The squat test will tell us if there is going to be tension in the woman’s low back in her lumbars in the top of her sacrum, in the bottom of her sacrum or in the pelvic floor. What we want is for her to be able to do the squat test without discomfort and without any little hiccups. It’s important to note that we are also going to do the squat test before the prenatal massage and we’re going to do this clock test after the prenatal massage. Mum is going to notice a significant difference in the before and after.
The next thing that we want to do is we want to introduce ourselves to the baby it prenatal massage is not just for mom, it is for the baby too. We are going to be altering and improving and taking tension off of the baby’s environment. So it is vital that during the prenatal massage that we treat the baby as a real person as well. The baby is not just a blob of tissue who is hanging out there. The baby knows when mom is comfortable, the baby knows when mom is stressed, the baby knows when it is comfortable and knows when date is stressed. And so we are going to be doing things to mom’s body that are going to help her to be able to take the best care of her baby. And we want the baby to know that this isn’t okay and a good thing. And very often the therapist who will be rewarded by various kicks or wiggles from the baby when, uh, the baby has additional freedom of movement and additional comfort in the womb.
That’s it. After we have done the squat test and have introduced ourselves to the baby, the next point in the prenatal massage is to start working with the uterus and to relax the uterus. Now this is done very soon, fully and very gently and quite simply, the therapist is going to take the tension off of the uterus so that the uterus itself can relax. Mom is here laying on her side with some pillows and she’s in a very, very comfortable position. She’s not in pain at all. This is not rough or intense work. It’s just simply taking the tension off of the uterus and this simple little movement can have a profound effect on what actually happens with the uterus and with the baby. Sometimes the uterus tends to get a little bit tight as it grows and it is really helpful to have it [inaudible] time where we can just take the tension off of the uterus, allow it to relax, and when the uterus can relax from the inside, then it can have a profound effect on the room that is available for the baby to grow.
The next thing that we will affect his mom’s diaphragm. Okay. During the pregnancy, her diaphragm is being pushed upward by the growth of the uterus and by the growth of the baby, her organs are being all moved out of place and her diaphragm, which is the muscle that she’s using for breathing, he is being shoved upward into her chest and this can lead to tension on the diaphragm. It can mean that mom can’t take deep breaths like she is accustomed to doing. It can mean that things are her, her heart and her lungs are being pushed upwards. So we need to go and we need to take the tension off of that diaphragm as well. So during their prenatal massage, the therapist will come behind mom and put his hands on either side of her diaphragm, right on the rib cage and gently give some pressure.
This is often something that feels quite safe, feels quite secure, feels quite good for mom. It is not something that is intense or okay or painful. It is something that is good and relaxing. Now there are a couple other important things about the diaphragm. One of them is that the esophagus comes through the diaphragm and then goes right into the stomach. It’s right by the diaphragm that there is a valve called the cardia valve that is responsible for keeping the acid in the stomach and out of the esophagus when the Cardia cannot do this job properly. Heartburn is often the result, so if there’s heartburn during pregnancy, so that is a good indication that maybe some prenatal massage is in order. One of the things that we can do is to take the tension off of the diaphragm. If the tension is off of the diaphragm, then that valve, that cardio valve will have less tension on it as well.
That is one of the ways that we can affect mom’s body to release the tension so that she can feel more comfortable. This is another one of the ways that a prenatal massage by motility bodywork is different than a regular spa massage. We are actually trying to change mom’s body to make it more comfortable from the inside out so that she feels more comfortable and so that she can take better care of her baby. The diaphragm release. We’ll all, we also have the added effect of allowing mom to breathe better. Very often during a pregnancy. She feels like she can’t catch her breath or she can’t take deep breaths and releasing the diaphragm can be a part of clearing up this problem.