I had my first pre-natal massage on Saturday. I was wondering how it was going to work since I can’t lie on my back or really on my stomach (unless they had a massage table with belly cut out; some of the specialized spas do…). Basically I was just propped up on pillows on one side and then on the other and she worked on me that way. I went to the spa at my old fitness center, which is affiliated with the local hospital network. So they did have a masseuse who was certified in prenatal massage, but it wasn’t their specialty.
It felt wonderful during the massage and immediately after, but I felt like total crap later on. I’ve noticed this the last few times I’ve had a massage. I feel so chill and relaxed after that I go home and take a nap. Then when I wake up from my nap, I inevitably feel terrible. Just kind of sore and groggy and nauseous and gross.
Maybe you’re supposed to keep moving to keep the “toxins” from building up? I know they encourage you to drink water immediately after, which I do. Maybe they should also tell you not to take a nap.
I wouldn’t say that the massage had lasting effect one way or the other. I’m not feeling any more limber and in fact I had some serious discomfort in my hips on Sunday. Either it was a coincidence that things are just stretching out in my pelvis, or it was leftover from being poked and stretched.
I had tentatively planned to treat myself to one massage a month going forward here, but now I’m on the fence as to whether it’s worth it. Maybe I will try again one more time but avoid the napping after and see how I feel. I might also try one of the specialty places like Becoming Mom to see if it’s any differerent.