When I was pregnant with twins (and considered high risk), it was very challenging to find an experienced and confident therapist who could relieve my discomforts! During one excursion to find a massage therapist, I stopped at three reputable spas only to be turned away because they didn't have anyone who could do a prenatal massage. I have also experienced being pregnant and on bed rest. The aches from lack of movement were the hardest part of my pregnancy, and what I really wanted was a massage at my home! I did manage to have a "normal" pregnancy, and LOVED the massage support I received.
I know I am not the only mama to have experiences like these. What's more, I know that pregnant mamas can be undeserved when it comes to support during a short 10 month period when everything in their world is changing. The shifts are from their skeletal structure, muscles, sleeping, hormones, emotions, mental, spiritual, relationship aspects, and more. AND THEN, there is more change during labor and birth, into the forever years of post-natal and beyond! Plus, women who are pregnant are not just pregnant. They are athletes, have careers, create projects, and are on-the-move-parents who hold the family together!
Postpartum is also an amazing time with many ups and downs, fluidity and rough moments. Massage helps to increase the "feel good" hormones. They are dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin, to name a few. These are all beneficial for mood enhancement, better sleep and connecting with your children. Some women and their partners experience lack of sleep, patience, or feel overwhelmed. What a favor you would be doing if you gave yourself and your partner the gift of massage for self-care! Times are changing where there is more awareness of individual needs instead of acting/reacting through old patterns that no longer suit us.
Mamas give a whole lot of themselves in their lifetime. I'm sending out the signal to say, "I am here for you!" The support does not stop there. It continues. When Mama is happy, everybody is happy! Conscious touch and awareness keeps going and going. The love and support for one passes on to the next person whether a child or adult.
Supporting the Mama supports the World. Malama the Mama.