Prenatal and Infant Massage
At Lifepath Massage Therapy, we are pleased to offer prenatal and infant massage services. Prenatal Massage is beneficial for both mother and baby, while Infant Massage is ideal for strengthening the parent-child bond.
Why Prenatal Massage?
When a woman is pregnant, getting a massage is a good way to reduce the stress of pregnancy. Studies have shown that Pregnancy Massage can improve the woman’s mood, ease the pain, decrease depression and anxiety and reduce the risk of pregnancy complications.
Since the stages of pregnancy introduce large hormonal changes in a woman’s body, this can often cause fatigue, irritability, nausea and water retention. Since the fetus is continually growing throughout the pregnancy, the body’s hormones cause ligaments and tendons to relax to make room for the growing child, which can cause numerous muscular aches and pains to develop. These can be alleviated with pregnancy massage. Prenatal massage can be used to treat the following:
- Neck pain
- Mid-back (thoracic) and chest pain
- Rib and shoulder girdle pain
- Hip and pubic bone pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Lower leg cramps
- Plantar Fasciitis.
Let our multidisciplinary team of chiropractors, physiotherapists, acupuncturists, naturopaths and massage therapists help you manage your back pain so you can enjoy all the beautiful experiences pregnancy brings!
Why Infant Massage?
Our Massage Therapists will teach you the extraordinary benefits of infant massage and help you develop a personalized massage routine for your baby. Some of the benefits of massaging your baby are:
- Helps relieve discomfort from gas, colic, and constipation
- Improves blood circulation
- Aids in digestion
- Enhanced development of the nervous system
- Increases alertness/heightened awareness
- Reduces stress hormones and increases relaxation (possibly aiding in sleep)
- Improves immune function
- Enhances communication between parent and baby and deepens bonding
Infant (baby) massage is a very traditional parenting practice around the world. In western society, however, it is virtually unknown. In fact, many parents worry that massaging their babies might hurt them! Not only is massaging your baby not harmful, but it can also actually be a great bonding experience for you, and it can help your baby live and grow more comfortably.