A friend once gave me advice that’s stuck in my head for the last seven plus months. She said, ‘A relaxed, happy mama makes for a happy pregnancy and hopefully a happy baby.”
So when my partner and I found out we were expecting a visit from the stork this March, I took that little nugget of maternal wisdom and found my happy place: on the massage table.
Massage is my go-to stress buster either before or after a crazy week of: work, exercise or travel. When I became pregnant I continued accessing massage services to circumvent the sometimes not-so-sweet physical side effects (hello itchy belly, nausea and Playland wooden roller coaster-esque mood swings).
Besides feeling fantastic, prenatal massage can reduce swelling in ankles and feet, lessen lower back aches and pains, ease calf cramps and increase blood and lymph flow to help toxins exit your lymphatic system. Probably the best part of massage, for me, is the release of endorphins – our body’s natural pain killers and relaxants. My prenatal massage glow can last for a few hours or even up to a couple of days after.
The first prenatal treatment in my third month of pregnancy was so glorious, I vowed to have at least one for every month this little person was growing inside of me. Now I’d like to be a bit evangelical and spread the gospel about the awesome pregnancy massage spots right here in and around Vancouver. Continue reading:
Six spots to have an ultra-relaxing Prenatal Massage in Vancouver