Prenatal Massage in Lansing

prenatal massageMoms-to-be seeking a safe and effective way to relax during pregnancy should consider prenatal massage. Mikki, a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) at Rassel-Daigneault Holistic Health Center, has considerable experience and expertise in this type of bodywork.

What Are Some Benefits?

Prenatal massage can offer numerous benefits for expectant women, including relief from muscle tension and discomfort, improved circulation, reduced swelling, stress relief, and enhanced overall well-being. It can also help alleviate common pregnancy symptoms such as back pain, headaches, and joint pain.

Effective Prenatal Massage Techniques

Aligned with her prenatal training, Mikki ensures all potential health contingencies are accounted for, from distinguishing between a hypoglycemic shock, heart attack, and a panic attack to preventing arterial blockage by incorporating the correct bolstering techniques. By focusing on maintaining the muscles around the skeletal structure, Mikki helps pregnant women maintain better body alignment, resulting in smoother, faster deliveries.

Areas of Focus

Prenatal massage involves a lot of neck and shoulder work with the mom in a semi-reclined position. The attachment points at the pec muscle are also addressed but without contact with the breast tissue. This enables pregnant women to lactate more efficiently. The paraspinal region, essential for back strength and balance, receives significant attention. Mikki lays the patient on her side and uses her thumbs, knuckles, or even elbows for gentle circular friction and static pressure.

She also incorporates gentle myofascial release techniques on the ribs, which can be quite beneficial. This involves draping a pillowcase over the breasts, with the client holding the top of the pillowcase while Mikki skillfully pulls down on the sheet to expose the ribs.

“That helps the baby be more comfortable where they are and stretch out a little because if your muscles around your ribs are impinging on your lungs and your diaphragm, that would also impinge on the baby’s face. So loosening that up is often helpful,” said Mikki.

Preventing Lymphedema

Lymphatic massage on the legs is often incorporated to ward off early lymphedema, a problem commonly associated with the postnatal period. Primarily employing Swedish and lymphatic techniques, Mikki also includes therapeutic work around the shoulders and upper back to ensure complete relaxation and health benefits.

When to Start & What’s the Ideal Frequency?

The best time to get a prenatal massage is typically after the first trimester when the risk of miscarriage is lower. However, it’s essential to consult with your healthcare provider before scheduling a prenatal massage, especially if you have any high-risk factors or pregnancy complications.

With respect to frequency, Mikki recommends that expectant mothers receive a prenatal massage at least twice per trimester. This regularity ensures continual upkeep of alignment, overall muscular relaxation, and prevention of potential complications.

Experience the Benefits Today

You deserve to enjoy a more comfortable pregnancy with the help of prenatal massage. Schedule a session with Mikki today!


Prenatal Massage Lansing MI | (517) 336-8880