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Massage in Pregnancy

Massage in Pregnancy for Self Care

photo credit: Darcy Elizabeth Photography

The benefits of prenatal massage include a wide range of physiological, emotional, and psychological benefits.

Ariana Vincent

Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Instructor

A Second Pregnancy

I found out I was expecting my first child, two weeks into my course of studies in massage therapy.

As a massage student, I was giving and receiving massages daily as part of the curriculum and practice. DAILY massages – it was wonderful!

Receiving massage throughout my first pregnancy was a gift – well worth the cost of tuition, in fact! In my second pregnancy, though, I didn’t have access to daily massage. Having studied the benefits of massage in pregnancy coupled with my personal experience I made an important decision…

Massage Therapy is NOT a luxury, it is an important piece of a self care regimen in pregnancy.

Benefits of Massage in Pregnancy

Any single massage therapy session will offer the expecting mother the following benefits. For a more detailed description, visit this article.

  • Alleviates stress on weight bearing joints and musculo-fascial structures
  • Soothes many common discomforts during pregnancy
  • Increases blood circulation
  • Stabilizes hormonal levels and mood
  • Relaxes the nervous system
  • Assists in maintaining good posture
  • Offers emotional support through nurturing touch

When massage is received as part of an ongoing regimen, these benefits build on each previous session. In addition, as Mother moves closer to birth, she will have practiced attuning to the sensations in her body at each massage session; noticing which areas feel relaxed, which areas are sore or tender, and how these sensations change from week to week. In labor, this practiced attuning benefits mother and child, as the mother’s kinesthetic awareness is practiced and strengthened through massage.

My Homestretch Prenatal Massage Package

I have created a “Homestretch” massage package with the needs of mom-to-be in mind. You will receive a 90 min prenatal massage at 34 weeks, a 60 min prenatal massage at 36, 38, 39, and 40 weeks, a 60 min prenatal massage TWICE weekly at 41 and 42+ weeks, and finally a 90 minute postpartum massage. All prenatal massages up to and including 40 weeks are guaranteed and if baby arrived before you are expecting him/her, you will receive any unused sessions as additional postpartum massages.

I purchased Jane’s pregnancy package and it was worth every penny plus some. It’s really a great deal for the amount of massages you get and really kept me comfortable through my pregnancy. I still go back and see her postpartum and I’m never disappointed.

Christin D

Prenatal Massage Package Client

Jane really cares about the pregnant woman and wants to make sure you feel like a goddess throughout your pregnancy. Thank you, Jane! I can’t wait for my next massage!

Sara S

Prenatal Massage Package Client

If you’re looking for a nurturing prenatal and/or postpartum massage experience, this is it! Jane has a kind and gentle spirit that helps create a relaxing and supportive environment. Highly recommended!

Jen S

Prenatal Massage Package Client

Every time I had just about lost the will to be in an upright position, I would remember I had an appointment with Jane coming up. It was just the treat I needed… and it really let my husband off the hook!

Carmen B

Prenatal Massage Package Client

June Discount From Pure Touch Massage

The value of the Homestretch Prenatal Package is $640+.

Last week, I ran a discount on this package on Instagram (check me out over there if you haven’t yet!). Because of the huge response I’ve received, I decided to keep the discount running through the end of the month. I regularly price the Homestretch Prenatal Package at $545, a 15% discount on the value of the services. Through the end of June, I am offering a deeper discount, bringing the price point down to $495, nearly a 25% discount.

Use promo code JUNEHOMESTRETCH to receive your discount at check out.

Email me at jane@puretouchmassage.com with any questions.


For Mom, with Baby

Oh, cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
But children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust, go to sleep.
I’m rocking my baby. Babies don’t keep.

Ruth Hulbert Hamilton

Song for a Fifth Child

For Mom

I discovered my interest in prenatal and postpartum massage just before the birth of my second child. While on maternity leave, over several months, I added my certification and set up my service menu. During that time, I reflected often on my own experience in pregnancy and postpartum to arrive at just the right offerings.

What did I need?

I needed gentle care through massage therapy. In the newborn period, my body was producing sustenance for my newborn through breastmilk. My endurance was being tested in the form of sleep deprivation. The muscles in my arms, neck, and back were strained because of the holding and love-gazing – the essential bonding I was engaged in with my newborn. All the while, my body was still recovering from the demands of pregnancy and childbirth.

I needed a quiet and peaceful escape. It was new to have a tiny life that depended on me 24/7. It was an adjustment! Taking a moment to rest, to reflect, to be the cared-for instead of the care-giver was a deep need at this time.

With Baby

When I was a new mom, I loved the poem “Song for a Fifth Child,” I still do. My aunt told me that my grandmother sang it often.

It highlights for me, the last need that I felt during this time. One that was much more difficult to find in a massage therapy setting: I wanted to be with my baby.

It quickly became a non-negotiable for my menu of services. So, baby is welcome in my studio during mom’s massage session. I also waive my mobile fee for mothers in the newborn period (3 months postpartum) so if mom prefers to stay in her home environment she can remain there.

That is not to say that all mothers feel this way – some new moms still very much want their quiet escape to be without baby. Each mother will know what she needs and can choose accordingly.

Postpartum Massage Session

Last month, I had a postpartum client arrive with her new baby girl. Baby girl was fussy. Mom said she had been fussy quite a lot lately. She told me that while it was tough, they were managing. I could see the love in mom’s eyes as she told me this.

We made a safe space for baby on the table, next to mom.

Once the two were settled, I began the session. Dark room, soft music, quiet space. It was just like many of the sessions I have with new mothers. Then, toward the end, mom shared, “Jane, thank you so much. I will remember this forever.”

I could feel her gratitude. It was palpable. I was grateful, too.

Immediately, I was transported back to those early days. The days when it was new. When my body was still healing and my brain was still adjusting to the idea that this new little life was in my care. To the tiredness. To the physical demands on my body. To the simple yet overwhelming need I felt to be with my baby.

For this moment, I created a space for my client to relax into it all during her session.

I created this postpartum service with this client in mind. A gift to mom. A gift to baby.

A gift to me.

Postpartum Services

Postpartum massage is beneficial for the new mother. Body, mind, and soul are rejuvenated, leaving you at your best. Newborns are welcome at the postpartum session. The mobile fee is waived for postpartum mothers in the newborn period.

Schedule today.

photo: my *babies*  photo credit: Jeana Marino

nurtured. safe. empowered.