Mother & Child Services

Prenatal Massage

Prenatal massages are adapted for the anatomical changes you go through during pregnancy. Lying on your side with the support of pillows and cushions, you will slowly drift into deep relaxation. 

Research shows that massage can reduce stress hormones in your body and relax and loosen your muscles. It can also increase blood flow, which is so important when you're pregnant, and keep your lymphatic system working at peak efficiency. And it reconnects your mind with your body, a connection that's comforting if you sometimes wonder if there’s a baby in there or if an alien has taken up residence inside of you.

During pregnancy, regular prenatal massages may not only help you relax, but may also relieve:

  • Insomnia

  • Joint pain

  • Neck and back pain

  • Leg cramping

  • Sciatica

  • Swelling in your hands and feet (as long as that swelling isn't a result of preeclampsia)

  • Carpal tunnel pain

  • Headaches and sinus congestion

Post Partum Massage

While these are good enough reasons for anyone to want a massage, new mothers in particular may consider massage. 

Benefits of massage for the postpartum mom include:

  • Reduced swelling. Many mothers find that their body swells during labor. Massaging can help to redistribute water within the body and encourage the draining and circulation of excess fluids.

  • Improved milk production. For moms seeking an increase in their breast milk supply, massage can be a great way to increase circulation and the necessary hormones to make this happen, as evidenced in this 2020 studyTrusted Source.

  • Hormone regulation. The postpartum body is one of constantly fluctuating hormones. In addition to touch, many massages involve essential oils that may help elevate one’s mood and may encourage hormonal balance.

  • Reduced anxiety and depression. Many new parents experience the “baby blues” or even postpartum depression. Getting a massage can help to decrease stress contributing to these anxious and depressed feelings.

  • Better sleep. Everyone knows new parents need as much sleep as they can get! Massage can help parents relax and get their body ready for deep, restorative sleep.

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Infant Massage Classes

Numerous studies have shown the many developmental benefits of positive contact as part of baby’s early life. Touch is your baby’s first language and infant massage is one of the most natural and pleasant methods of providing this early nurturing contact.
 

Infants who experience regular massage often see reduced stress, nervous system improvements and improved self-regulation and body-awareness.

In relevant studies, parents have reported improvements in many developmental aspects like muscle tone, joint mobility, gastrointestinal issues and response to forms of therapy (such as physiotherapy). It is especially helpful for children who require extra support, including babies born premature, babies born addicted, and HIV+ babies.

Our classes are cue-based and baby-driven. Parents/Caregivers are encouraged to respond to the individual needs of their babies. The classes are warm and relaxing, allowing individual baby’s needs to be considered and the small class sizes (or individual support) and structured once-a-week format allows the time and space to learn from each others’ knowledge and experiences.

Pediatric Massage

As young people are growing, their bodies undergo significant physical and developmental changes. We consider a child’s size, developmental aspects and growth in our treatment plan, and also employ cognitive considerations and age-appropriate language adaptations as we build trust and rapport.
Massage therapy has shown positive effects for preterm infant growth, for psychological problems including aggression, anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder, for gastrointestinal problems including constipation and diarrhea, for painful procedures and pain syndromes including burns and sickle cell, for muscle tone/movement disorders including cerebral palsy and Down syndrome, and for chronic illnesses including diabetes, asthma, cancer, and HIV. 

Pediatric Massage for the Young Athlete
Child athletes are more and more frequently presenting with the same sports and repetitive stress injuries that adult athletes experience. Sports and orthopedic pediatric massage can help young athletes as well as their adult counterparts.