Your Need for Massage Often is a Need for Strength Many expectant moms come in for massage because they are experiencing discomfort and pain in the lower back, upper back, neck, legs, hips, and feet. This is frequently caused by the pressure of growing another human. While no doubt pregnancy triggers these issues, women today rarely use their bodies as nature intended. Let's get real, women's bodies are designed to grow babies, and our natural movement in today's society is inhibited by modern lifestyle: driving in cars, long periods of sitting, and using computers and smart phones. The results are weaknesses in muscles that are meant to be active and strong, in order for us to be prepared for birthing. Getting back to moving our bodies in a more natural way activates those core and pelvic muscles. Strength in these areas makes us able to carry pregnancy with more ease and birth with confidence. It makes recovery from birth free of long term issues such as weak pelvic floor muscles (no more "peeing when you sneeze") and diastasis recti (gaps in our abdominal muscles which cause low back discomfort). Your prenatal and postpartum massage sessions will ease those discomforts by addressing both too tight and overstretched muscles. However, ultimately you will need to strengthen and stretch these muscles. ONE STRONG MAMA offers a complete prenatal exercise program that you can purchase and have access to forever! The best part is that you can do the exercise and the movement at home, and your massage sessions will compliment the progress you make as you use the program.