The Hot Topic in Healthcare: Article Review

The Hot Topic in Healthcare: Article Review

The hot topic is healthcare is pelvic floor! But what does that mean and should I be paying attention to mine? Nancy Charlebois breaks down the need-to-know in this article review about what to expect when you're..... not feeling 100%.

What to Expect from the Pelvic Floor in Pregnancy & Post-partum

What to Expect from the Pelvic Floor in Pregnancy & Post-partum

We live in wonderful times as women's health issues are coming to the forefront of medicine.  Just 1-2 generations ago, incontinence, pelvic pain and pelvic dysfunction were not discussed and rarely treated. 


Traditional Massage

Massage promotes healthy soft tissues by increasing circulation, improving delivery of nutrients to soft tissue for growth and repair, while facilitating the removal of metabolic waste. Benefits you may experience include: improved sleep, strengthened immunity, reduced blood pressure and heart rate, reduced anxiety, an increased sense of well-being, and beneficial stimulation to internal organs.

At Jade Integrated Health, we provide customized massage therapy performed by our licensed massage therapists, who have advanced training in all areas of massage including:

  • Prenatal Massage
  • Swedish
  • Deep Tissue
  • Sports
  • Infant

Prenatal Massage

Not only is massage relaxing, but it also contributes to a healthy pregnancy. Bodywork has been shown to increase circulation, decrease prematurity, relieve aches due to pregnancy, promote a sense of well-being, and reduce labor complications. Nancy is certified in prenatal massage, ensuring that you have a relaxing, safe experience.

All sessions are tailored to address specific areas of concern. We also strive to educate you in caring for your physical health.

Questions About Prenatal Massage?

We have some answers

I became interested in treating pregnant women for many reasons.  Mainly because it is such an amazing opportunity for women to learn how to take better care of themselves.  Often times, women are highly motivated to improve their health and well being as they realize the positive impact it can have on their unborn baby.  Prenatal massage is just one way to pursue better physical and emotional health in pregnancy.  Women also have very good questions about prenatal massage so I would like to share my experience and expertise in this area!

Gentle Yoga

Seek out a massage therapist that is CERTIFIED in prenatal massage.  Massage therapists are required to be licensed, but do not necessarily receive training in prenatal massage.  Massage therapists may pursue continuing education to advance their skills to provide safer and more effective massage to pregnant women.  The advanced coursework includes optimal positioning for comfort, massage techniques to address specific areas of complaint and contraindications to massage.

Massage can be very rewarding from the first trimester through the post-partum year. Prenatal massage is safe from the onset of pregnancy.  Typically, monthly massage through the first 34 weeks and weekly massage during the last 6 weeks is most beneficial. When you are in early labor, if you can get in to see your massage therapist, it is a wonderful time to have relaxed focus in preparation for active labor.

Massaging the feet and ankles is safe and feels great!  Massaging firmly, even in the areas around the acupuncture points, will not initiate early labor.  Positioning on a massage table is best in side-lying and reclining. Lying face down on prenatal pillows or with a hole cut out of the table has the potential to increase fetal blood pressure, strain the abdominal musculature and strain uterine ligaments. Lying on your back is also safe well into pregnancy as long as you do not experience shortness of breath, dizziness or nausea.

Deep massage is safe, but should never be painful.  The only areas that should NEVER be massaged deeply are the inner calf and inner thigh.  Pregnant women have an increased risk of developing blood clots. The inner calf and inner thigh are typical areas where a blood clot may develop. Deep massage has the potential to dislodge a clot or cause microtrauma to form a clot.

What are the benefits of Prenatal Yoga?

  • Increases strength and flexibility
  • Helps diminish swelling and joint inflammation
  • Prevents and decreases pain in the lower back and sciatica pain
  • Stress Relief
  • Creates and maintains a sense of well being
  • Relaxation, imagery and breathing are useful in labor
  • Aids in digestion

  • If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

    - Nancy Charlebois, PT,MT