So you're expecting -- an exciting but likely very demanding time for you.
Did you know that there is a simple way to help to alleviate stress and labour pain, and improve your soon-to-be-born baby's health while also reducing the risk of complications?
The centuries-old practice of massage therapy can help to provide these benefits and many more to you and your unborn baby.
How massage will benefit you during your pregnancy, labour and birthing
Studies support what more and more women are discovering about massage therapy during pregnancy – it has been shown to:
- improve maternal mood
- decrease depression and anxiety
- decrease pain
- decrease stress hormones in pregnant women (including those suffering from depression)
- decrease obstetrical complications, and
- improve neonatal health and development.
In addition, the overall benefit of improved mood to maternal and neonatal health has the potential to positively impact the health of individual mothers and children.
There is also evidence that massage therapy through the labour and birthing process helps to:
- decrease pain in all three stages of labour (latent, active, and transition),
- reduce anxiety in the latent stage,
- reduce stress during labour, and
- increase the quality of your experience of childbirth.
These immediate effects of massage therapy may affect other longer-term effects such as decreased length of labour, shorter hospital stay, less touch sensitivity and fewer instances of postpartum depression.
Your newborn baby benefits too
Studies conclude that preterm (premature) infants receiving massage gain more weight and leave the hospital sooner. Massage therapy may also improve sleep patterns and behaviour in infants.
Common Concerns about Pregnancy Massage
You and your baby's well-being comes first. Our Massage Therapist is professionally trained to work with you to develop an effective and safe massage therapy treatment plan during your pregnancy that will complement the care you are receiving from your doctor and other healthcare providers. Specially-designed massages tables, ergonomic cushions and supports are used to ensure your safety and comfort during your massage therapy treatment. Massage Therapist is also prepared to address the subtle needs of expectant mothers like yourself, including the potential need for frequent restroom breaks and the use of unscented massage oil so as to not aggravate a sensitive sense of smell. Good communication with your therapist will result in the most beneficial and rewarding pregnancy-massage therapy for you and your baby.
Massage therapy – a safe and effective way to improve the experience of birth
Although massage therapy is an ancient art, it is a relatively new field of scientific inquiry. While more research remains to be done, evidence of the benefits of pregnancy massage to both mother and baby continues to mount.
At Medspa Health Centre, we offer a comprehensive variety of referral and non-referral massage therapy treatments, including:
Our Registered Massage Therapists
Nadia is a graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. She also brings the expertise of her previous
education and work experience from Moscow, Russia.
She has successfully completed training in massage therapy, hydrotherapy, remedial exercises, breast care,
arthrokinetic therapy, TMJ, and cranial therapy. She has also taught physiology at PCU College. Nadia plays an
active role in assisting patients in implementing their treatment plans while managing the staff and overall
business strategy of Medspa. Nadia has been practicing for more than 22 years and is a knowledgeable massage
therapy practitioner known for her caring and gifted hands.
Sergei is passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle and enjoys sports of all kinds. He strongly believes in
the importance of having a balanced approach to health and in prioritizing health concerns when they arise in
life. He received his accreditation from WCCMT, which is one of Canada's most rigorous and reputable colleges of
massage therapy, and graduated with honours at the top of his class. Sergei pays close attention to the needs of
his patients and tailors each treatment plan to address the areas of care that are needed, and the existing
strengths of the patient that can be utilized, to heal and repair.
Peppino is a 3,000 hour program graduate from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Throughout his life, he
has been involved in a variety of competitive and non-competitive sports. As a result, he has had first-hand
experiences with different injuries and the short and long-term difficulties they pose in day to day life. From
a young age, Peppino was passionate about helping people and knew he wanted to pursue a career in improving the
health and lives of others. This, coupled with his direct experience in learning how to cope with and repair
different injuries from his lifelong involvement in sports, ultimately lead him to his calling as a practitioner
in the field of massage therapy.
Brianne is a graduate of the 3000 hour program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. She has an
excellent background in customer service. She is proud to work in the healthcare industry and thoroughly enjoys
helping people. Massage therapy has had a positive affect on her life and she is excited to spread her knowledge
and experience to her patients. Brianne especially likes working with pre and postnatal women to help them relax
and teach them to care for their bodies.
Graduating in 2017 from the RMT program at Vancouver Career College, Allison has gathered several years of
hands-on experience in massage. She uses a combination of Swedish massage, as well as more active techniques and
myofascial to treat common issues such as back and neck pain, as well as many more serious conditions such as
impingement, whiplash, disc herniations and more. Coming from a place of chronic pain, Allison understands the
importance of focusing on making small changes in daily habits that can help to decrease stress or pain
conditions and looks forward to working with you to create a tailored plan to combat these issues.