Manage the Discomforts of Pregnancy with Prenatal and Postnatal Massage Therapy
Do you know that there is relief from the discomforts of pregnancy available, via prenatal and postnatal massage therapy, from a massage therapist near you? When a woman is pregnant, her body rapidly transitions through myriad changes in an extremely short period of time. These changes produce bodily aches, pain and overall discomfort that a mommy-to-be often endures daily. One way to soothe the discomforts triggered by pregnancy and childbirth is with a relaxing visit to a massage therapist.
Checkout some of the common discomforts of pregnancy, that prenatal and postnatal massage therapy addresses, watch the video below:
Most women are unaware that prenatal and postnatal massage therapy is different from a regular massage. Also, not every massage therapist is qualified to administer massages to pregnant women, so be sure your chosen therapist is qualified. Massage therapists must be properly trained in order to safely provide prenatal and postnatal massage therapy.
Pregnancy massage is conducted while the woman lies on her side, upon maternity massage pillows designed to provide support and comfort to both mom and baby. The massage therapist will focus on massaging the woman’s back, neck and pelvic regions as these are the most common areas of discomfort for the mother-to-be. (Please note that the pillows I use for your massage are different from the ones shown in the image below, and I conduct your massage on a massage table, not on the floor).
Pregnancy massage is worth exploring if you’re past the first trimester of your pregnancy or if you have recently given birth. FYI: Massage during the first trimester is not recommended. However, during the remaining six months of your pregnancy you may have a prenatal massage as often as you like, under the following conditions:
1) if you are not experiencing complications in your pregnancy and 2) your OBGYN approves.
There are many health benefits to be derived from regular massage sessions, for men and woman. And, they’re super beneficial to woman who are pregnant and/or who have just given birth. The common pregnancy aches, pains and discomforts are covered in the video within this article. Suffice it to say that when a pregnant woman is stressed, so is her baby. Regular massages will help to keep stress levels under control and the mommy-to-be, relaxed as she prepares to give birth. The primary benefits of prenatal massage focus on helping the woman and her baby relax and get comfortable by lessening discomfort and enhancing well-being. Additionally, most expectant mothers are happy to learn that prenatal massage helps prepare them for labor and delivery.
Once the baby arrives, postnatal massage assists the new mom in a variety of areas:
assisting with the elimination of fluid retention,
rebalancing the new mommy’s body,
toning her body, and…
assisting the body with re-establishing its pre-pregnancy shape
One important factor soon-to-be and new mommy’s need to know about my prenatal and postnatal massages is that since I’m a Certified Level 1 Reiki practitioner, you and baby will also receive the healing benefits of Reiki during one of my massages. You can read more about Reiki energy healing, HERE:
If you are pregnant and live in the Stockton, CA area and want to relax, de-stress and manage your discomforts of being pregnant or having recently given birth and want to experience prenatal and postnatal massage therapy, give me a call at 209-436-7706.
Have you ever pondered about the healthy aspects of receiving a massage, plus Reiki or do you hold a belief that getting a massage of any kind is a luxury that only the rich and famous indulge in? It’s true, having a massage can feel like an indulgent luxury but it’s so much more than that.
There are a variety of massage techniques or styles of delivery and a variety of benefits derived from a massage that will help foster your well-being. More about the different types of massage in a moment, but first a slight, yet significant, detour.
Stop! Is Your Massage Therapist Also a Reiki Practitioner?
Are you aware of the increased healing benefits you gain when your massage therapist is also trained as a Reiki practitioner? No?! Keep reading to discover why you want a dual-trained Massage-Reiki bodyworker for your next massage. Massage, plus Reiki is something everyone needs to experience!
Reiki (Ray-key) is a Japanese form of laying-on of hands energy healing. It’s soothing, relaxing, gentle and the perfect accompaniment to any form of bodywork, including massage. The Reiki energy flows from a trained practitioner’s hands the moment they touch someone, it’s automatic and its healing to one’s body, mind and spirit. That means when you receive a massage from a Reiki practitioner you reap the benefits of two healing modalities for the price of one! It unfolds automatically during a massage, plus Reiki session.
Bodywork & Massage Services I Provide for My Clients
‘Now, lets go over the common forms of massage therapy and bodywork treatments I include within my practice. Swedish massage, Hot Stone massage, Deep Tissue massage, Prenatal/Postnatal massage, Reiki (as a stand-alone session and it’s automatically included with every massage) and Cupping Therapy.
Here’s a brief description of each of the above referenced services:
Swedish massage is the most commonly-known form of massage, famous for inducing a sense of relaxation, peace-of-mind and inner calm. The massage itself is conducted by using oil on the client’s bare skin and incorporating long sweeping, circular-motions and/or rhythmical massage strokes. A Swedish massage, plus Reiki takes your relaxation to a whole new level.
Hot Stone massage is a massage that incorporates the use of heated stones. Essentially the hot stones become an enhancement to your therapist’s healing touch. They are used to dissolve and melt-away muscle tension and to facilitate the release of trapped energy held deep within your muscles. Hot Stone massages are particularly popular during the winter months when people frequently experience being chilled-to-the-bone.
Deep Tissue massage introduces the application of firm pressure into your massage. This increased pressure works deeply into muscle tissue to facilitate the release of nagging, relentless muscle tension. It also stimulates blood circulation within the muscles and promotes increased flexibility and ease of mobility. A deep tissue massage, plus Reiki adds the healing properties of energy healing to your session.
Prenatal/Postnatal massage is therapeutic bodywork specifically designed to focus on a woman’s body during (prenatal) and after (postnatal) pregnancy. When a woman becomes pregnant her body goes through many changes, relatively quickly, that impact the function of her joints, muscles, circulation, as well as cause mental and physical fatigue. Prenatal and Postnatal massage provides noninvasive massage techniques designed to ease the discomfort associated with pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum recovery and helps the mother-to-be prepare for labor both physically and emotionally. Your prenatal/postnatal massage, plus Reiki enhances the healing properties to your session. It also helps the new mother’s body return to pre-pregnancy form and firmness.
Reiki is an ancient hands-on healing modality that is used as a complementary healing treatment throughout the world. It is offered in hospitals, surgery centers, cancer centers, physical therapy centers etc., in addition to spas. It is gentle, subtle, relaxing, healing and pampering to your body, mind and spirit.
Cupping Therapy is an ancient Oriental healing treatment that uses suction to stimulate blood-flow in muscle tissue, which facilitates healing. The cupping treatment provides the following healing benefits: Release of toxins, activates the lymphatic system, helps to reduce muscle soreness and pain and it also promotes increased oxygen-flow in one’s muscular tissues and fascia. I include cupping therapy, upon request, into massage sessions at no extra cost to my clients.
It’s no secret that receiving a massage is incredibly relaxing. It often puts people to sleep and induces a natural, euphoric high that makes you feel great and life in general is made to seem less hectic and stressful. Massage, plus Reiki adds all the additional benefits of energy healing to your massage with no additional expense.
How Bodywork & Massage Therapies… Work
You may be wondering… how, exactly, do these different therapies work? To me, the Traditional Chinese/Oriental Medicine perspective offers the most complete explanation. Physicians who practice Oriental medicine believe that the skin and muscle stimulation that occurs during a massage and other bodywork therapies helps to rid the body of stagnation within a person’s energy field, or Chi (the Japanese call it “Ki,” Hawaiians call it “Mana” and in Sanskrit it’s called “Prana”). They believe that blocked, locked and stocked-up energy is the primary cause of all dis-ease, be it mental, emotional, physical or spiritual.
Any healing modality (massage, Reiki, cupping therapy, for example) that releases blockages and restores the natural flow of the body’s energy, facilitates and brings about healing on every level of existence. As my Reiki Master, Denise Crundall, used to say, doing so “…allows your body to heal itself.”
There have been many scientific studies conducted in order to evaluate the healing benefits of massage. These are the symptoms most commonly cited as being reduced by massage and coincidentally, Reiki reduces them, too:
Before you decide to get a massage there are a few health issues you need to consider, to take under advisement and/or discuss with your doctor… First. If you have (or suspect you may have) cancer, blood disorders, open wounds, bone fractures, severe osteoporosis deep vein thrombosis or other serious health conditions must be fully evaluated between you and your doctor and then communicated to your massage therapist. Be advised, under certain conditions your massage therapist may require written permission from your physician before they will book a session with you.
When it comes to massage, plus Reiki… the bottom line is it’s much more than a luxurious pamper session. Massage, plus Reiki has the potential to garner far-reaching, positive effects to your overall well-being and general health status. Massage, by a dual trained Massage-Reiki practitioner, needs to be a tool in everyone’s self-care arsenal.
Those of us that work in the bodywork/massage industry often say that the world would be a much happier, healthier place if everyone could partake in a massage session once or twice a month. When you’re ready to feel better and to have a happier personal worldview I’ve got a open massage table waiting just for you! Book your massage, plus Reiki with me, TODAY!
There are 4 Categories of Massage Therapy Benefits Known to Promote Wellness
The number of people taking advantage of The Benefits of Massage Therapy treatments doubled from the later years of the 1900‘s through the early years of the 21st Century (beginning on January 1, 2001)! This data was revealed in a study conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association and the good news is that this healthy trend continues to the present day.
Here are The Benefits of Massage Therapy Broken-down into Four Primary Categories:
Neuromuscular massage therapy is especially effective for treating chronic cases of lower back pain, but any type of deep tissue massage can provide similar benefits for anyone dealing with body aches and pains. If you have sore or pulled muscles due to over-exertion of any kind, getting a massage could very well be the fix your body needs. Massage increases circulation, and blood circulation delivers oxygen to help sore muscles heal. In addition, it also flushes-out lactic acid that can make muscles sore.
Did you know that one of the benefits of massage therapy is that it can improve your heart’s health? Massage lowers your heart rate, reduces blood pressure, and improves blood circulation (thereby increasing lymph fluid flow). These are all extremely beneficial to the overall health of your heart. The increase in lymph fluid flow also strengthens the body’s immune system, providing further protection against conditions that may have negative effects on heart health and general wellness.
Mental and Emotional Health:
Scientific studies show that not only is massage therapy beneficial for the physical self, but it is also a great way to improve mental and emotional health, and to combat conditions like anxiety and depression. As previously mentioned, massage increases the body’s ‘feel-good’ chemicals, including endorphins. It also flushes-out toxins that can literally make people feel sick with worry. Massage therapy is a great way to improve the healing of the mind-body connection, which can be your best defense against life’s stressors.
Muscle and Joint Health:
In addition to relieving soreness and tension in the muscles, massage therapy also improves their overall condition, especially when administered over an extended period-of-time. Massage therapists typically recommend at least four sessions in six weeks, as a good start. Another benefit of massage therapy is that it can help loosen-up tight tendons, leading to increased flexibility and range of motion. Flexible tendons help make everyone’s life easier and for athletes and the elderly, healthy tendons can restore ease of movement.
Massage therapy can be of great benefit to a wide array of people, and for a variety of reasons. Neuromuscular massage therapy is especially effective for treating chronic cases of lower back pain, but any type of deep tissue massage can provide similar benefits for the physical self, but it is also a great way to improve mental and emotional health. Enjoying a massage does wonders to combat conditions such as anxiety, burn-out and depression and those a only a few of the benefits of massage therapy a person can experience.
If you are interested in finding out what the benefits of massage therapy can do for you, then it’s time you find a massage therapist that you can trust. Lorrie J. Peterson, in Stockton, CA, is the therapist you’re seeking. She is a massage therapist that specializes in pain management and… she’s also a Reiki (Pronounced =: Ray-key and it’s a Japanese form of energy healing) Practitioner. That means that her massage clients also receive the healing benefits of Reiki during their massage sessions. That’s a two-for-one bargain at no additional cost.
Brrrrr! It’s Cold Outside! It’s Time for a Hot Stone Massage by Lorrie
There’ nothing better than a Hot Stone Massage to alleviate the bone-chilling discomfort brought on by cold weather. Hot Stone massages provide a wide array of benefits that encompass eliminating the discomfort of being chilled to the bone, pampering sore muscles, decreasing pain and taming muscle spasms. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg (no pun intended… yet, quite appropriate).
Let’s Take a Closer Look at the Many Healing Benefits of Hot Stone Massage.
Pain Management is at the top of the list of hot stone massage benefits. When painful muscles are manipulated and stretched, pain is diminished. In many cases pain has been known to disappear completely. When hot stones are incorporated in your massage the pain reduction results are experienced immediately.
If you’re experiencing tight, painful muscle spasms or sore muscles you can expect rapid relief after a hot stone massage. Your muscles will loosen-up and relax, allowing your massage therapist to more easily implement further relief via deep tissue manipulation.
Blood circulation improvement and unrestricted energy flow are also achieved during your massage session. During the course of your massage you can expect your therapist to place the hot stones on strategic locations of your body to help alleviate restricted circulation and energy blockages.
Persons who are dealing with a variety of rehabilitation scenarios (such as sprains, torn ligaments, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.) often experience easy, accelerated recovery after receiving a hot stone massage.
If you don’t want to read about the Hot Stone Massage Benefits, watch this video!
If you’re suffering from Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Hypertension, or a musculoskeletal heath issue your physician will more than likely recommend regular visits to a massage therapist and/or Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) practitioner for symptom relief. Reiki is a Japanese form of hands-on healing that’s being used in hospitals and healing centers worldwide.
TIP: Whenever possible seek-out a massage therapist, such as Lorrie, who is also a trained & certified Reiki Practitioner. That way you receive enhanced healing from both the Reiki and the massage in one glorious session! It’s economical, too because you pay for the massage and receive the Reiki for FREE!
Reduction of stress is a major benefit of massage. There are myriad medical studies that substantiate the roll that stress plays in disease and disorders that people experience. Everyone knows that too much stress leads to all kinds of health-related issues. One of the best ways to tame your stress levels is with regular massages and a hot stone massage should be at the top of your list.
Another often and most welcome benefit of hot stone massage is better sleep. Anyone who has ever dealt with pain knows that when you’re in pain, sleep is nearly impossible. Many clients experience restful sleep after a massage. Actually, many clients experience it while they are still on the massage table!
Built-up toxins are stored in your muscles and bodily tissues and they are released during a massage. That’s why all massage therapists tell their clients to drink plenty of water after receiving a massage. Doing so aids the body in expelling unwanted and unhealthy toxins. You can assist in your own healing by following your massage therapist’s advice by drinking lots of water to flush the toxins released during your massage.
The next time you’re chilled to the bone, let that be a reminder to you that it’s time for a Hot Stone Massage. If you live in the San Joaquin Valley or near Stockton, CA get a #MassageByLorrie. Within 60 to 90 minutes those hot stones and Lorrie’s warm Reiki hands will do wonders to ward-off the bone chilling effects of cold, wet winter weather.
Are you ready to experience the healing benefits of a Hot Stone Massage PLUS Reiki?
Discover the Differences Between the Most Requested Types of Massage –
Are you a massage therapy newbie who is ready to make your first massage appointment, yet you’re a little confused about what types of massage are available and which one to get? Don’t feel alone, this is a common dilemma for most folks who have never had a massage. The good news is, it’s not difficult to pick the type of massage that will best suit your needs if you know where to start. But before we dive into explaining the differences between the top five, most requested massage techniques, let’s cover some general massage info.
Massage therapies have been around for centuries and over the years have evolved into a wide range of varying types of massage techniques. The different techniques are designed to produce specific results for the massage recipient. Some people seek massage to produce varying degrees of stress relief, pampering and/or me-time. Athletes are often looking to massage as a means of getting relief from muscular pain and/or to aid in injury recovery. And some patients incorporate massage into their treatment plan to address cancer, arthritis, muscular dystrophy and many other illnesses.
No matter what one’s reasons are for wanting to get a massage, you are going to have to define what you want to achieve, in the form of benefits to your body, mind and spirit, before selecting the type of massage to get. The following descriptions of the most popular massage techniques will help you decide which one will benefit you the most. We have listed them in reverse order.
Neuromuscular Massage Therapy
The fifth most popular of the types of massage is called Neuromuscular Massage Therapy. It’s also known as “Neuromuscular therapy” or “NMT” (as it’s known in Europe), and sometimes it’s called neuromuscular massage.
This form of massage is known for its ability to treat and prevent soft tissue injuries coupled with chronic pain. Neuromuscular massage therapy is often offered by chiropractors, osteopaths, naturopaths, physical therapists, etc. It’s important to note that in most cases this form of massage isn’t offered in day spas. You’re more likely to find it in a medical setting due to local regulations that often require a specialized license for providing this service.
The most significant distinction of this form of massage has to do with how the therapist incorporates static (little to no movement) techniques by strategically applying pressure on the client’s body. Some of the techniques used consist of targeted compression, friction and stretching of muscles, tendons and muscular attachments. In other words, the massage therapist places their fingers, heel of the hand or elbow in a strategic position on the client’s body, known as ‘trigger points.’ The applied pressure is used to stimulate the skeletal muscles and to balance the central nervous system.
The popularity of Sports Massage has grown substantially of late. Today, some massage therapists limit their entire practice to this type of massage. Of all the types of massage at our spa, sports massage is one that is growing in popularity. Given its name, it’s no surprise that sports massage is comprised of massage techniques that address the specific needs of athletes. Sports massage offers relief from sports related activities and injuries regardless of the athlete’s age or level of expertise. The unique aspect of sports massage comes from the tailor-made techniques the therapist uses to address each athlete’s specific health needs. They are designed to heal what’s wrong and get the athlete back-in their specialized sport as soon as possible. These types of massage therapists are in high demand!
Sports massage is often viewed as a massage ‘specialty’ given its clientele. It’s not uncommon today for professional athletes to demand the services of a massage therapist, often of their own choosing, as part of their professional contracts. As a matter of fact, some massage therapists specialize in one specialized sports field, such as football, baseball, hockey or golf, for example. These specialized massage therapists are highly sought-after by die-hard athletes of all kinds.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage has grown very popular among massage enthusiasts and for good reason. It’s considered to be the most luxurious and relaxing type of massage available on the market. Most massages are conducted via your massage therapist’s hands, forearms and sometimes their elbow. Hot stones are many of my client’s most preferred types of massage, especially during the cold of winter.
During a hot stone massage, heated basalt massage stones are used as a tool during your treatment. The stones are typically heated in a warmer that looks similar to a crock-pot. Once the stones are heated to a comfortably warm temperature, the massage therapist uses them to massage you, utilizing long, gliding strokes. The heated stones help to loosen tight muscles. The warmth of the rocks and the accompanying massage strokes strip away stress and tension leaving the client in a state of blissful contentment.
Deep Tissue Massage
The title of the second most requested types of massage goes to… Deep Tissue Massage. This form of massage is readily available no matter where you live. Deep tissue massage is taught in every massage training course (just like Swedish Massage) so you’d be hard-pressed to find a certified massage therapist who doesn’t know how to do this kind of massage.
This form of massage is chosen by clients who are seeking relief from chronic tension from deep within their muscles and connective tissues. Conditions that create chronic pain and moderate-to-severe loss of range of motion, ( in one’s joints), are what garner a high popularity rating for deep tissue massage. Fun Fact – Typically, men request this form of massage more often than women.
Deep tissue massage sometimes gets a bad rap because some massage therapy practitioners tend to apply so much pressure during the massage that their client becomes uncomfortable and/or experiences varying levels of pain. Some people believe that if it doesn’t hurt, it’s not working and nothing could be further from the truth. It doesn’t have to be painful for a massage to be effective!
Always inform your massage therapist of any issues you have about the amount of pressure being used or any other aspect of your massage that you’re uncomfortable with. It’s noteworthy to mention that the benefits of deep tissue massage can be achieved with more moderate pressure levels. Clients are capable of achieving great results from a lighter level of pressure.
If you don’t like a technique your therapist is using or how they are doing it, tell them. Conversely, also let them know what you find comforting and helpful. Remember, it’s important to keep the lines of communication open between you and your massage therapist.
Swedish massage, of all the types of massage available to spa clients, is the most requested type of massage. It’s the form of massage that people from all over the globe have heard the most about. Swedish Massage is often thought of and referred to as ‘spa massage.’ This may be due, in part, to Swedish massage being referenced so often in movies and TV shows. Many people have heard about Swedish massage but they typically cannot explain what it is, exactly. The truth is, it’s much more than what people believe it to be.
The primary objectives of Swedish massage are to induce relaxation, relieve stress and to improve range of motion. During this type of massage the masseuse uses varying combinations of the following strokes; long-gliding, kneading, friction and percussion. In addition to these stroke patterns your therapist will incorporate joint manipulation and movements to free-up stiff joints and tight muscles.
All forms of massage are therapeutic in nature and this is certainly true for Swedish massage. It’s also the form of massage best known for achieving deep relaxation and “feel good” results. Spa professionals believe the ‘feel good’ aspects of Swedish massage are the primary reason this form of massage holds the top spot.
There are many more massage therapies available on the market today, offering a wide variety of healthy benefits, that are worthy of checking-out and experiencing. If you’re new to the wonders of massage, you don’t need to fret if you don’t know what kind of massage to get. Ask your massage therapist to help you select the perfect massage for your particular needs. They are trained professionals and will help you make a well-informed decision.
Every single one of the Types of Massage described in this article can help you reap the health benefits of massage, so book yourself a massage… today!