Pregnancy Massage wwith Claire Marie Miller - Live Interview

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http://www.ClaireMarieMiller.com http://massagenerd.com http://worldmassagefestival.com Nurturing the Mother pregnancy massage utilizes a comfortable, secure side-laying position to avoid undue pressure on a growing abdomen and the lower back. Mothers are completely supported by pillows, keeping top hip, knee and ankle on the same level to avoid pulling on the sacroiliac joint and to maximize blood and lymph circulation. Nurturing the Mother uses a combination of the following methods:

Calming Swedish massage strokes for deep muscle relaxation, tension release and increased circulation
Gentle range-of-motion and stretching movements to relieve pressure through neck, shoulders, rib cage, lower back and hips, and to promote greater strength flexibility band balance
Deep tissue work in the hip and gluteal area to help alleviate chronic lower back and hop pain
Abdominal massage for round ligament pain, to support digestion, increased circulation to the placenta and baby. Increase awareness of the baby. The baby will feel and benefit from the massage.
Lymph drainage strokes to reduce pregnancy induced edema
and polarity therapy for physical/psychological/emotional/spiritual centering
Accupressure and reflexology techniques shown to be effective in treating many common pregnancy related complaints

Nurturing the Mother pregnancy massage therapiss are trained in precautions/contraindications, and will refer to the mother's healthcare provider when necessary.
Pregnancy Massage

Helps relieve nausea
Increases circulation
Increases flow of nutrients to placenta
Aids in postural realignment
Gives relief to joint discomfort
Relieves minor edema by aiding venous return
Opens chest for deeper breath and supports learning deep breathing
Fetus receives gentle massage and relaxation benefits
Teaches awareness of body tension patterns

Labor Support Massage

May be performed by a massage therapist, a birth partner or doula. Techniques will include:

Relazation strokes
Jaw release techniques
Lower back pain compression
And movements with massage, such as squatting and pressure points
Massage has been shown to reduce labor time, labor pain, and even technical intervention

Postpartum Massage

Massage in the postpartum period helps bring the body into it's pre-pregnancy alignment. A massage within the first week of postpartum feels wonderful. It flushes lactic acid out of the tissues relieveing sore and achy muscles.

It supports and enhances the realigning process, with a focus on the pelvis and ribs
Assists breast feeding, alleviating tightness, helps with some breastfeeding difficulties
Aids in the process of the uterus returning to its normal size
Release shoulder, neck, and arm tension from the care and feeding of and infant
Helps relieve tension from the birth process
Helps the mother regain vital energy (chi) to help reduce fatigue
Supports fluid balancing
Encourages pelvic and abdominal organs to return to the pre-pregnant positons

Infant & Newborn Massage

Aids in the bonding process between parent and child
Increases communication skills through touch
Alleviates digestive discomfort (colic)
Supports the growth of nerve pathways
Enhances sleep

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