Pregnancy massage available at Okinawa Sports and Spinal

August 7, 2023 by admin

What is pregnancy massage and why is it a great idea ?


Pregnancy is a transformative and miraculous experience for any woman. As the body undergoes significant changes during this time, it is essential to prioritize self-care and well-being.

One such nurturing practice that has gained popularity among expectant mothers is pregnancy massage and our remedial/ Sports Massage therapist Naomi Matheson is specifically trained in pregnancy massage here at Okinawa Sports and Spinal.

This specialized form of massage is tailored to address the unique needs of pregnant women and offers a plethora of physical and emotional benefits. Okinawa Sports and Spinal delves into the wonderful world of pregnancy massage and explore the various advantages it brings to both the mother and the unborn child.

Some of benefits of pregnancy massage in Okinawa

1. Alleviates Physical Discomfort:

Pregnancy often comes with a range of physical discomforts such as back pain, swollen feet, and achy muscles. Pregnancy massage is specifically designed to target and alleviate these discomforts. Through gentle and soothing strokes, a skilled massage therapist can ease muscle tension, improve blood circulation, and reduce swelling. The increased blood flow can also contribute to a reduction in headaches and sciatic pain, which are common complaints during pregnancy.

2. Stress Relief and Improved Sleep:

Expectant mothers are no strangers to the stress and anxiety that accompany the anticipation of childbirth. Pregnancy massage is known to promote relaxation and reduce stress hormones such as cortisol. The soothing touch of a massage therapist can trigger the release of feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine, fostering a sense of calm and well-being. As a result, pregnant women often experience improved sleep quality, which is essential for the overall health of both the mother and the developing fetus.

3. Hormonal Balance:

During pregnancy, hormonal fluctuations are inevitable. Massage therapy can help regulate hormones and promote balance throughout the body. Studies have shown that pregnancy massage can reduce cortisol levels while increasing oxytocin, known as the “love hormone.” Oxytocin is not only associated with emotional bonding but also plays a vital role in preparing the body for labor and breastfeeding.


4. Improved Posture and Body Awareness:

As the baby grows, the body’s center of gravity shifts, leading to changes in posture. Pregnancy massage can help expectant mothers become more aware of their body alignment and posture. By addressing any muscular imbalances and tension, massage therapy can assist in maintaining better posture throughout pregnancy, reducing strain on the spine and other weight-bearing joints.

5. Reduced Swelling and Edema:

Swelling, especially in the ankles and feet, is a common complaint during pregnancy due to increased fluid retention. Pregnancy massage techniques, such as lymphatic drainage, can aid in reducing swelling and edema by encouraging the natural flow of lymphatic fluid. This can provide much-needed relief to pregnant women who often feel uncomfortable and heavy due to excess fluid accumulation.

6. Preparation for Labor and Delivery:

As the due date approaches, many expectant mothers feel anxious about the labor and delivery process. Pregnancy massage can play a role in preparing both the body and mind for childbirth. Certain massage techniques, such as acupressure, can stimulate specific points on the body that are believed to aid in inducing labor naturally. Additionally, the relaxation and pain-relieving effects of massage can help reduce fear and tension surrounding the birthing process.

7. Decreased Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety:

The emotional well-being of expectant mothers is as crucial as their physical health. Pregnancy can bring about feelings of anxiety, depression, and mood swings due to hormonal changes and life adjustments. Pregnancy massage has been found to be effective in reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. The nurturing touch and emotional support from a massage therapist can offer a safe space for emotional release and comfort during this vulnerable time.

Is pregnancy massage  safe ?

Research has shown that pregnancy massage, when performed by trained and certified massage therapists, is generally safe for pregnant women.

However, certain precautions must be observed to minimize potential risks. Deep tissue massage and certain pressure points should be avoided to prevent potential harm to the developing fetus even though the medical medical literature has not yet found a link.

There is a theoretical risk of dislodging blood clots during massage, particularly in pregnant women with a history of blood clotting disorders. However, there is limited evidence to substantiate this claim but again in the interests of maximizing safety therapists at Okinawa sports and spinal are trained to decrease this risk as much as possible through frequent repositioning and use of props. 

Closing note

Pregnancy massage is a beautiful and nurturing practice that offers numerous benefits for both the mother and the unborn child. From physical relief and improved sleep to emotional support and bonding, the advantages of pregnancy massage are abundant. 

With the guidance of a qualified and experienced massage therapist, pregnancy massage can truly be a blissful and transformative journey for all mothers-to-be.

If you would like to find out more or book with our pregnancy massage expert Naomi Matheson you can learn more here 


Okinawa Sports and Spinal. Quality off-base Physical Therapy and Chiropractic
1F 1-477 Miyagi Sunabe
Chatan-Cho Okinawa

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