Expecting a child represents a wonderful experience but, pregnancy brings with it a variety of side effects, some less pleasant than others. Most pregnant women experience stiffness and muscular tension. Carrying a baby inside you changes your center of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Fortunately, massage therapy is a simple and effective way to ease these discomforts. Prenatal massage therapy can relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, increase flexibility, reduce stress, promote relaxation and just make you feel good.
Massage was advocated in the 1930’s and 40’s by Dr. James Mennell, an English physician specializing in the treatment of fractures. Massage therapy as a separate profession was formally introduced to the United States when the Surgeon General set up a rehabilitation process for soldiers wounded in the first World War.
In Ontario, Massage Therapy was first legislated and controlled under the drugless Practitioner’s Act from 1924 to 1993. Then in December 31, 1993 it was transferred under the Regulated Health Professions Act, bringing massage therapy under the same legislation that governs nurses, doctors,dentists, pharmacists, chiropractors, ect.