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Mom and Baby

 

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PRENATAL MASSAGE

mom and baby

Prenatal Massage is a safe and highly effective tool for pain relief, promoting relaxation and increasing energy levels in all stages of pregnancy. Pregnancy is a period of many changes; a woman’s entire body adapts to a new life growing within.  Most of these changes are welcomed and enjoyable, although some may be uncomfortable and not as pleasant.  Dealing with the news of an addition to the family can be a positive change but also a stressful one.  Regularly receiving Massage Therapy through out your pregnancy can help relieve pain and tension, improve sleep and boost energy levels.

 

Benefits of Pregnancy Massage

  • decrease pain and discomfort in your muscles and joints that must support extra weight
  • reduce muscle cramps
  • improve mood
  • improve circulation
  • stimulate the lymph system and boost immunity
  • reduce excess fluid retention
  • relieve stress and promote relaxation

How Pregnancy Massage differs from a regular Massage?

There are a number of adaptations to a prenatal treatment compared to a regular Massage Therapy treatment.  Certain areas are avoided at specific times depending on the stage of pregnancy.  Joint mobilizations techniques are omitted due to joint laxity.  Also, during the final stages of pregnancy, your treatment is performed in side-lying.  It is advisable that receiving Massage on a table with a hole in the centre to allow women to lie on their stomach should be AVOIDED as this can exacerbate low back injuries and create further pain.  Blood pressure is also monitored regularly.

Its advisable to find a suitable RMT that has additional training or extensive clinical experience when treating pregnancy. Our team of Massage Therapists at Ohana Wellness Clinic are knowledgeable and experienced to provide safe and effective massage treatments during pregnancy. Massage Therapy is an excellent method of pain relief without the use of medication and is perfectly safe for Mom and baby.  Two of our RMT’s Yvonne & Jen have taken additional training through Trimesters Massage Therapy Education.

POSTNATAL MASSAGE

postpartum massage

Congratulations, your bundle of joy has arrived!  Your body has undergone SO many changes, in a relatively short period of time.  If you’ve had a c-section, not only are you recovering from carrying your baby for 9 months but you’re also healing from surgery.  Massage Therapy can be an effective tool for helping in the first few weeks to months after delivering a baby.

 

  • reducing muscle soreness and tension (your body quite possibly just performed the hardest work-out EVER)
  • reducing water retention
  • relieving neck and shoulder pain often caused by breastfeeding
  • alleviating pain and symptoms of DeQuervains Tenosynovitis (inflammation of the thumb joints)
  • promoting proper scar healing for c-sections (once the incision is fully recovered)
  • craniosacral therapy can be an effective treatment in reducing an epidural headache

How soon after having a baby can you come for a massage!?

We get asked this question a lot! There is no specific waiting period to have a massage.  If you’ve had a c-section, specific modifications are made to make you as comfortable as possible and to avoid any unwanted pressure on your incision.
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INFANT MASSAGE

Baby receiving a relaxing massage

You’ve heard how wonderful infant massage is for your baby! BUT, you’re not feeling perfectly confident in how to do it.  We offer Infant Massage Workshops for Moms, Dads & Caregivers.  Infant Massage is a beneficial tool for promoting improved sleep, aiding digestive discomforts, promoting weight gain and enhancing bonding. These comprehensive classes will leave you feeling comfortable and confident massaging your baby.

Our group workshops are taught by Sarah Nottingham, RMT and take place over three separate days.  Usually one day per week for three consecutive weeks.  We’ve found this format the most beneficial for learning and prevents baby from becoming too stimulated in a single session.

  • Week 1: Benefits of Infant Massage, understanding newborn reflexes, discuss use of oils, techniques/strokes for chest, legs and feet.
  • Week 2: Recognizing Baby’s Cues, understanding reflux, and common digestive complaints, techniques/strokes for tummy, arms and hands.
  • Week 3: Understanding baby’s behavioural states, techniques/strokes for back and face including teething and congestion.

Monthly group workshops are held at Baby on the Hip in the Junction (private sessions available too).  **Next group workshop begins Nov 10th**