NICOLE BUDEAU LMT, CPMT, OWNER
Licensed Massage Therapist
Certified Pre-Natal Massage Therapist
Pain during pregnancy is common, but does not have to be normal and does not need to be inevitable. “Pain-free” pregnancy is gained by regular pre-natal massage sessions throughout pregnancy following 12 weeks or the 1st trimester with a certified pre-natal massage therapist. Through emotional support and caring touch, our therapist will assist you in experiencing the joys and fulfillment of a pain free pregnancy.
Pre-natal and post-natal massage therapies are designed to focus on the extreme physical changes occurring in the mother. Expert training for the massage therapist is essential to ensure proper care is given throughout pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum recovery.
Benefits Of Pregnancy Massage
- Stress relief on weight bearing joints (ankles, lower back, and pelvis)
- Relief of calf cramps, headaches, insomnia, sinus congestion, and swelling
- Alleviation of neck, back, ribs, side, ligament and sciatic pain
- Emotional support and caring touch
- Preparation of birthing muscles used during delivery
Our Massage Pregnancy Care Includes:
- Chinese Medical Massage/Tui Na & Acupressure (high risk)
- Pre-natal/Pregnancy Massage
- Partner Massage Training
- Labor Preparation
- Labor Support
- Post-partum/New Mom
- Therapeutic/Deep Tissue
We Offer Chinese Medical Massage/Tui Na & Acupressure For Pregnant Patients
Chinese Medical Massage/Tui Na and acupressure are modalities of manual tissue manipulation used to return the body back into balance. The Chinese believe that pain is caused by blockages of energy (qi) and/or blood. Tui Na massages and acupressure are used to address imbalances and are able to target therapeutic difference for each individual.
Acupressure is safe and effective for ages 1-100, has been utilized for over 2,500 years, and is still used today throughout hospitals and centers all over the world.
Our therapist utilizes Tui Na and acupressure points during pregnancy to stabilize and hold the pregnancy. This is a crucial component especially when working with individuals who are considered “High Risk” due to prior miscarriage, fertility treatments, and or multiples. Note: deep work to shoulders, feet, and inner calf are considered dangerous during pregnancy due to the labor inducing points that are located there.
At term, 38 to 40 weeks gestation, acupressure points can then be used to prepare the body for labor and assist in inducing contractions, easing delivery. Your therapist will discuss this with you further upon request.
The many other benefits of Tui Na and acupressure are:
- Alleviation of neck, back and body pain caused by muscle and structural imbalance
- Relief of pain associated with headaches and migraines
- Reduction of swelling and edema
- Accelerated recovery of muscles, tendons, and tissues, i.e. sciatica, tendonitis is, carpal tunnel, tennis/golfer’s elbow
- Reduction of fatigue and stress
- Strengthened immune function
- Lowered anxiety, blood pressure, and depression
- Increased energy and mental alertness
- Reversal of degenerative effects of aging
- Relief from digestive disorders and fibromyalgia symptoms
- Improved muscle tone, flexibility, mood and self-esteem
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Each state has a different legal standard for massage. In the state of Wisconsin, it is not required to be certified or licensed, only registered as a practitioner. A certified therapist is someone who is licensed, insured, and has graduated with over 800 hours of training through a massage institution, and has passed the national massage certification examination. It is important to note that some practitioners have also received massage institution training. Simply inquire when scheduling an appointment.How do I choose a massage therapist during my pregnancy?
You should choose a certified pre-natal massage therapist or CPMT. This type of therapist is specifically trained in pre-natal, labor and postpartum massage. This ensures a safe and effective pre-natal massage. If you are unable to find a certified pre-natal therapist, then a certified massage therapist or CMT is the next best option. This therapist has received some basic training in pregnancy massage and understands the correct positioning and areas to avoid during pregnancy.
When should I schedule my first appointment?
Although massage has never been associated with first trimester miscarriage, most pregnancy massage educators recommend receiving the first massage after 12 weeks of gestation. During the second trimester, one massage per month is recommended and during the third trimester, one per week or as needed.
What should I expect during my first session?
Your initial session will begin with a comprehensive medical background and pregnancy interview. The massage table will be set up appropriately, either in a semi-reclined or side-lying position. Both are very comfortable for you and safe for your baby. Body pillows will be used for your added comfort. Following massage, it is critical to drink four to five eight-ounce glasses of water to properly flush out toxins trapped in sore and tight muscles. While the muscles heal, there may be soreness in some areas for 24-48 hours following massage.
Is pre-natal massage painful?
If properly administered, a pre-natal massage should not be painful, but extremely relaxing and effective. There may be areas that are tender or painful before massage and should be discussed with your therapist, so that she can effectively release those areas and muscles. During the process, it can be uncomfortable. Pre-natal techniques are specially designed to penetrate the muscles and areas most affected by pregnancy so that you receive relief immediately following your session.
Are there any precautions I can take to ensure a successful pregnancy?
Always inform any service provider of your pregnancy. There are a few treatments that should be performed carefully or avoided altogether during pregnancy:
- Hair coloring/highlighting – Make sure chemicals used are not applied directly to scalp.
- Pedicures – Should be performed carefully to avoid focussed pressure to toes, feet, ankles and inner leg.
- Shoulder massage – Focussed pressure to tops of shoulders should be avoided due to labor-inducing points.
- Extreme heat or cold therapies – Hot Stone Massage, hot tubs, and anything that can change the fragile body temperatures of you and your baby.
- Any treatment that cannot be performed side lying or semi-reclined after approximately 18 weeks.
Our certified therapist can discuss additional precautions and concerns during your session.
What if I have a “High-Risk” pregnancy?
This does not mean you are unable to receive a certified pre-natal massage treatment. Our therapist has worked with many clients with high-risk pregnancies due to previous miscarriage, fertility treatments, and or multiples. She is certified to provide both pre-natal massage and Chinese Medical massage and acupressure, which includes many acupressure points to hold the pregnancy and stabilize the fetus. Our therapist will discuss this with you and work with your doctor or midwife in determining appropriate care.