Prenatal and perinatal massage therapy can be a helpful tool in managing some of the stresses pregnancy and birth can put on a woman's body, such as muscle and joint pain, cramping in the legs, neck stiffness, headaches, sciatic pain and altered function of pelvic floor and abdominal musculature.
Massage therapy is safe for women in all stages of pregnancy, however, some precautions and modifications may be necessary depending on your stage of pregnancy and general health. Massage therapy cannot be safely performed on women who are experiencing certain complications with their pregnancy, such as pre-eclampsia. If you are experiencing complications, we suggest that you consult your physician before receiving treatment.
Perinatal Treatments & Rehab
Perinatal treatments and rehab deal with the specific needs of prenatal and postpartum clients; usually 10-20 weeks prior to, and 1-4 weeks after giving birth. Prenatal treatments aim to relieve symptoms and prepare the body for birth, while postpartum treatments focus on recovery, and core and pelvic floor rehabilitation.
Clients will learn basic strategies for correcting incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, repairing diastasis recti (abdominal separation), and restoring stability and strength in the core / abdominal muscles.
Work with one of our Therapists
Kelly Swift, RMT, has received training in both prenatal and perinatal massage therapy treatments and basic pelvic floor and abdominal rehabilitation.
Jocelyn M. Van Ryn is a Registered Massage Therapist in Peterborough, Ontario and has owned and operated Peterborough Massage Therapy Clinic since 2012.