Select and Choose a Great Massage Therapist
Massage therapy spans a wide variety of therapeutic approaches, working to improve an individual’s health and well-being through the hands-on manipulation of muscles and other soft tissues of the body. Doctors are increasingly recommending it to their patients for stress relief.
Additionally, it is being used as part of treatment programs for many medical conditions, including chronic pain. Many businesses are now seeing its potential to boost worker productivity, help morale, and decrease the number of days that employees miss work. Public interest in complementary therapies has helped many consumers to try massage.
You will find relief in the hands of almost any massage therapist who offers prenatal massage. However, choosing the best therapist for you and your baby’s needs can make a huge difference in your experience.
If you and your therapist are an exceptional “fit”, you’ll want to get pregnant all over again just to keep getting regular massages!
First, choose a massage therapist who is certified and specially-trained in prenatal massage. And one who seeks prenatal clients because they are excited to support your pregnancy and good health.
Avoid getting massages from therapists who are not specially trained, or who seem even-slightly hesitant about working on a pregnant woman. There are many passionate, caring, and qualified therapists to be found.
Next, interview your prospective therapist. Join them for a cup of tea. Ask about their background, and what other kinds of wellness care they provide.
If the massage therapist has a background in another health field, they may be more competent to answer questions and adjust their treatments to your body’s changing needs. For example, a therapist who is also a midwife or doula can help your delivery. A therapist who also practices fitness training can offer exercise guidelines that are safe and effective for your prenatal fitness needs. A therapist who was formally a nurse will know how gestational diabetes and edema contribute to your pregnancy, and to your massage experience.
Trust your instincts. If you meet a massage therapist who does not seem to understand your lifestyle, or who does not agree with your healthcare choices, you are free to seek another therapist.
As your pregnancy progresses, you may wish to get more frequent massages. Monthly may become bi-monthly, and then weekly, depending on your needs and physical challenges that arise.
Like any other choice you make about your pregnancy or your baby’s health, your choices in health and wellness providers are based on long-term relationships of no less than nine months. Your prenatal massage therapist should be chosen with these same considerations.