Therapeutic massage has been used for centuries to improve overall health, reduce stress, and relieve muscle tension. Massage and pregnancy has often received ambivalent responses from the health community regarding the safety and purpose of massage during pregnancy. Modern investigation and research is proving that prenatal massage therapy can be a very instrumental ingredient in women’s prenatal care and should be given careful consideration.
Although most massage training institutions teach massage therapy for women who are pregnant, it is best to find a massage therapist who is certified in prenatal massage. The APA does work with some massage therapists who are trained to work with pregnant women, but it is still important to ask about qualifications.
Modern investigation and research is proving that prenatal massage therapy can be a very instrumental ingredient in women's prenatal care and should be given careful consideration. The licensed massage therapists at Rio Vista Wellness Center have trained to provide the very best in prenatal and post partum massage therapy utilizing time honored and cutting edge techniques and the finest equipment for your safety and comfort.
Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.
The therapists at Rio Vista Wellness Center address different needs through varying techniques. Swedish massage which aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body. Swedish massage is one of the recommended prenatal massage methods during pregnancy as it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy. Mild stretching and light Swedish massage strokes are used to soothe your sore body. You will appreciate the reduced aching in stress bearing joints such as the ankles, knees, hips and the lower back. Our goal is to leave you feeling relaxed, restored, and rejuvenated!
Sometimes a deeper touch is required with deep tissue, neuromuscular work, or myofacial release. Additionally, Active Isolated Stretching or A.I.S. has proven to be extremely effective as well.
Your therapist will discuss the treatment options and help formulate a treatment plan while adjusting to your changing body and needs.
Studies done in the past 10 years have shown that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered, leading to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health, when massage therapy was introduced to women's prenatal care. Hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol ("stress hormones") were reduced and dopamine and serotonin levels (low levels of these hormones are associated with depression) were increased in women who received bi-weekly massages for only five weeks. These changes in hormone levels also led to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications, such as low birth weight. The evidence points strongly to maternal and newborn health benefits when relaxing, therapeutic massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care. Active Isolated Stretching or A.I.S. has proven to be very effective at preparing the muscles and tissues for the stresses of childbirth, especially when started early on, pre pregnancy.
Edema, or swelling of the joints during pregnancy, is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints, which also improves the removal of tissue waste, carried by the body's lymph system.
Sciatic nerve pain is experienced by many women in late pregnancy as the uterus rests on muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back. The pressure of the uterus spreads tension to the muscles of the upper and lower leg, causing them to swell and put pressure on nearby nerves. Massage therapy addresses the inflamed nerves by helping to release the tension on nearby muscles. Many women have experienced significant reduction in sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy through regular massage.
Other potential benefits of prenatal massage:
As with any therapeutic approach to pregnancy wellness, women should discuss massage with their prenatal care provider. The best way to address the risks of prenatal massage is to be informed and to work together with knowledgeable professionals.
Rio Vista Wellness Center incorporates the use of pregnancy massage "body cushions" and hydraulic adjustable massage tables, as well as an assortment of other cushions and bolsters to ensure comfort and safety. Often, the best position for a pregnant woman during massage is side-lying., but there are options. Your therapist will discuss all of the options to ensure your comfort at any stage in your pregnancy. We often hear that being on our tables in the only way a woman can get comfortable!
The latest information suggests that women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy - during the first, second, or third trimester. However, at Rio Vista Wellness Center, we feel that the first trimester has often been considered somewhat risky and therefore not generally recommended. With safety being our top priority, we do not offer massage during the first trimester unless specifically requested by a physician. We suggest beginning massage therapy and AIS stretching PRIOR to pregnancy, if at all possible. The benefits are amazing.
Women with the following conditions should speak with a health care provider prior to receiving a massage:
Incorporating Massage Therapy Into Your Prenatal Care
The benefits of massage and AIS stretching can improve overall prenatal health for many pregnant women. Along with the guidance and advice of a prenatal care provider, massage therapy can be incorporated into routine prenatal care as an emotional and physical health supplement proven to improve pregnancy outcome, and maternal health. Consult your midwife or obstetrician before beginning any new therapeutic practice.
Please talk with your massage therapist to see if Prenatal Massage would be beneficial for you.
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Bill Neckman, the Neuromuscular Massage Therapist in residence at Rio Vista Wellness Center, is superb. I've had hundreds of massages in my life from many highly regarded therapists. What Bill does goes far beyond traditional massages he can actually fix what ails you. For example, I had some very uncomfortable tightness on the left side of my chest. I'd been to several doctors, thinking that I might in fact be having a heart issue. They couldn't find anything, but it was very uncomfortable, and had been with me for years. During a session with Bill, I described the issue. He did some very deep work that lasted about 10 minutes, and the pain is now gone. I've never met anyone that knows the body, how it moves, and how to fix things like Bill. I can't recommend him highly enough. The only thing I would say, is that if you want a relaxing massage, go to a Spa, but if you have a musculoskeletal issue that you need help with, see Bill.
After 15 years of suffering from fibromyalgia, I am feeling much better, thanks to Bill Neckman. When it was diagnosed 15 years ago my Rheumatologist recommended Therapeutic Massage to relieve the pain. I found a good massage therapist, but then she moved out of town. I tried many other therapists since then, with no relief. Then one day I noticed a Therapeutic Massage sign at Rio Vista Wellness Center in Rio Vista neighborhood. After one session I felt significantly better and signed up for a series of ten more treatments. I went weekly and now I feel tremendously better. I had no idea massage could help so much. Since starting my massage regimen, I have lost 15 pounds, began to play golf and started training with a personal trainer. Now I tell everyone about Bill. After waiting 15 years, my tissues feel like they have oxygen in them again. I went in a shriveled old lady and came out breathing again. It greatly reduced the pain. I have signed up for another ten therapy sessions and am going every other week now. I'm very confident that I can keep my fibromyalgia under control and live an active lifestyle. Bill is the most wonderful person: professional, knowledgeable, and fun to be around. I recommend him highly to anyone with fibromyalgia or any other ailment.
In July of 2009, I was doing heavy barbell curls in the gym when I felt a sharp pain in the left side of my neck. In the days and weeks that followed, the pain moved from the left side to the right side. It went from sharp to dull. But it never went away. From that day forward, I spent more than 9 months looking for a massage therapist who did neuromuscular re-education ---- which is basically massage therapy on steroids. Unable to find anyone who did NMR, I went from one massage therapist to another. To put it mildly, it was painfully obvious that none of them knew what they were doing. You see, it wasn't just my neck. It was my neck, my back, my hips, legs-- all the damage I'd done to my body over years of playing rugby, being greedy in the weight room, and now working 12+ hour days as a lawyer. But in spite of all this, some massage therapists would spend 50 minutes working on my back and then tell me how everything seemed great. But I knew everything wasn't great. I knew that I had done lots of damage to my body and needed someone who could fix all of this. Really, someone who could heal me. Through good fortune or serendipity, I found Bill. And from day 1, I knew this guy was the real deal. I'll put it this way: As far as I know, there are only 2 people in the country who are true masters of NMR. Bill is one of them. This guy has saved me from finding myself in a wheelchair at age 50.
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Blown away! Myofascia release is an amazing modality of pain relief/healing! I wasn’t sure what to expect, really, I made the appointment for my boyfriend's chronic back pain from failed herniated disk surgery, but I had to try it as well. It is by no way typical massage, but rather targeted therapeutic pressure, and motion with some massaging. I imagine treatment varies by individual. If during a “regular” massage they hit the spot, but then keep moving, and you wish they’d just stay on that spot, you will LOVE this myofascial massage/release. A completely transformative experience, really. My BF left in the least pain he’s felt in YEARS and was asleep(not in a fetal position) 30 minutes after getting home. My neck and shoulders (typically bothersome from a car accident coupled with stress) feel better than I can remember in years. In addition to his unique talent in targeting pain, Bill is an interesting man who really seems to take pride in his work and seeing the outcome of total bliss on your face when he is done. He’s also located in a cool old historic building, beautifully renovated inside and super clean. Parking was close, easy & free, first-floor office. We drove from Coral Springs to SE FTL, and it was worth the effort. If you have chronic or targeted pain that has been difficult or impossible to treat with meds or surgery, make an appointment. It’s a unique experience probably unlike any other you’ve had prior. Thanks, Bill!
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