Ok, so I'm posting in this forum because I'd like more clarification on PROCEDURE w/ regard to pregnancy massage, as y'all understand/experience/perform it (not because I think pregnancy is an "illness" or anything like that. Just so y' know where I stand.
So, I'm pregnant. *I* am the one who's been "officially trained" in pregnancy massage, but I can't massage myself (for the most part). Hubby will be taking on that task. I have a few questions, because: while I have had training and am technically *certified* in prenatal massage, I haven't had the opportunity until now (we're not counting last year) to actually *experience* it for myself, and 2) I have "issues" that we'd ordinarily be working on, but I don't know how far we can go with them! I've had something like a semi-frozen shoulder for (too long). I KNOW I won't be happy having to carry Baby around, nursing, and whatnot, after birth, if I can't get at least partial relief. Yet, how far can we go while I am pregnant?
Also, I have historically had issues with PSD (pubic symphisis diastasis). I noticed after my last birth (when Hubby was a student), that Gracilis seemed to be a pretty major player in that. I have pretty chronically tight *everything* from the hips down. Can we, through regular maintenance massage, somehow *prevent* PSD from happening again? This is a bit <ahem> challenging to admit on a public forum, but my pelvis pops-- a lot. Even when I'm not pregnant. When I had the miscarriage last year, I didn't get far enough along for the full "washing" of Relaxin hormone to affect me, so I believe this is a more chronic thing. I would LOVE to figure out how to not only alleviate these issues for myself (and clients-- I WILL be taking notes on what helps/doesn't help, since I know where I'm headed with this), but if possible, to completely AVOID some of these issues.
And what about varicose veins? Any prevention/help tips for that? I don't technically HAVE them, but it is lurking, if we don't find some way to head it off at the pass.
Also, Hubby wants to know: can he use the cups on me while pregnant? How much is "too much" when it comes to toxin release?
There is a good reason why I do not already have answers to these questions: I have not had ENOUGH training to have this information ingrained in my mind/body/spirit, to where it just flows. And I have only had training from ONE (very good, but still only one) teacher. I have plans to expand my training, in this and many other areas, but there is only so much time and money. And I also have not had clients with the same or similar issues as I, so I haven't had the opportunity to "work my way through" in practice. I know where my one teacher stands on certain points, and I believe that she has valid viewpoints, but I also know the value in "a multitude of counselors".
I understand the usual caveats. If you have experience either giving or receiving massage during pregnancy for these specific issues (and others-- I'm always wanting to learn more!), please share with me.