The journey to parenthood can cause anxiety and tension and this can have an affect our minds as well as our bodies. During early pregnancy the hormone relaxin can cause our joints to have more mobility and the muscles surrounding those joints tend to tense up to create more stability. As your pregnancy progresses the weight of the baby and your growing body can cause your posture to shift and you may experience more upper and lower back pain. After delivery your body can hold quite a bit of tension from the birth and all the time you spend feeding and looking at your beautiful baby can put quite a bit of strain on your neck and shoulders.
At Helping Hands Doula our Registered Massage Therapists have special training in pregnancy, postpartum and infant massage. Your Massage Therapist brings the table, sheets, oil and magical hands and you provide the space and pillows. You can slip off the massage table and right into bed if that is what you desire.
Benefits of massage during the pre and postnatal period:
- Relieve muscle cramps and painful trigger points;
- Relieve pain in muscles and joints of your legs, upper and lower back;
- Increase flexibility, making it easier for your body to adjust to changing shape;
- Ease constipation, gas and heartburn;
- Reduce excess fluid retention;
- Slow the progress of varicose veins;
- Relieve headaches;
- Reduce pain in upper back and neck from infant feeding
Choose from one of our wonderful packages or contact us to customize your own to suit your needs.
I Need a Full Embrace
- 75 minute massage treatment for one parent/caregiver
- 75 minute massage treatment for other parent/caregiver
- 30 minute Infant massage instruction for parents
- Discussion on how to help decrease gas and other digestive upset
- Discussion on soothing and sleep techniques
What forms of payment are accepted?
For massage therapy treatments we currently accept cash and e-transfer payments.
What does the RMT bring to the in home visit?
Your RMT brings a massage table, oil and sheets. All you need to provide is pillows and the space to set up.
Is pregnancy massage done on my stomach?
We feel very strongly that a pregnancy massage NOT be done on the stomach and therefore it is done on your side. Many clients find this so comfortable that they start implementing the same position for sleeping at night.
How soon after delivery can I receive a massage?
You can receive a massage anytime after delivery. Depending on breast soreness or discomfort for a c-section incision you may still want to have the massage done on the side.
Is it covered under my massage therapy insurance?
If you have massage therapy coverage through work benefits you will be able to claim your massage from Helping Hands Doula. A receipt will be provided after the treatment for you to submit to your insurance company.
The massage technique is among the best I’ve ever experienced. She’s so skilled at providing real relief from any pain or tension I’m feeling while still keeping me very comfortable and relaxed even in late pregnancy. I know she’ll be a huge help during labour to provide counter-pressure as well as a soothing touch to get me through. I wish I would have discovered them sooner, but I’ll for sure be a long time client going forward.