The Many Benefits of Receiving Massage Therapy During Pregnancy.
- Prenatal Massage can reduce anxiety
- Aid in the women's ability to find restful sleep at night,
- Decrease symptoms of depression,
- Relieve Muscle Aches and joint pains,
- Improve labor outcomes and newborn health.
Prenatal Massage helps to fascilitate a graceful adaptation to the many changes that come with carrying a child. General relaxation & Swedish Massage techniques are performed during Prenatal Massage. Myofascial Release techniques may also be utilized for women with specific needs: round ligament pains, sciatic pains & hip tightness to name a few...
Receiving massage therapy during ones pregnancy addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts.
The benefits of prenatal massage are physiological, emotional and psychological.
Benefits include but are not limited to:
•The alleviation of stresses on weight-bearing joints/muscles & facial structures like round ligaments •Aids as a remedy to the many of the common discomforts experienced during pregnancy: muscular discomforts, lower/upper back pain, headaches, fatigue, leg cramps, sciatica, stiffness, tension and knots, carpal tunnel syndrome, edema or swelling, heartburn and acid reflux, varicose veins, sinus congestion, shortness of breath, neck pain, sacroiliac and hip joint pain
•An Increase in blood circulation, providing more oxygen and nutrients to both mother and baby, this stimulates the lymph system, increasing immunity and the bodies defense mechanisms
Stabilization of hormonal levels and helping to relieve depression & anxiety that can be caused by hormonal changes
•Soothes and relaxes the nervous system by releasing endorphins into the mother’s body. The expectant mother will feel more relaxed, at ease & will sleep more soundly •Helps the mother to maintain good posture and adjust to her shifting skeletal alignment caused by the baby’s increasing weight & the mobility of her joints & ligaments •Massage increases muscle tone which can enhance her ability to carry the extra weight while also relieving aches and pains •Deep relaxation eases the load on the heart and helps to regulate blood pressure •Enhances the pliability of skin and underlying tissues which can alleviate itchiness & stretching of the skin •Supports the return of blood flow to the heart and increases blood flow to the uterus and placenta. A mothers blood volume doubles by the time she is 20 weeks along, this is an enormous demands placed on the circulatory system during pregnancy, As pregnancy progresses and the uterus enlarges and presses deep into the pelvic bowl, venous return to the heart can be hampered, proper positioning during the massage and while sleeping can take care of this •Prepares the mother-to-be for an easier delivery with its sedating effect on the nervous system, promoting relaxation & stress relief •Allows for bonding time between the mother and her baby, as well as time alone for the expecting women to reflect on her intentions for her pregnancy & birthing experience •Offers a natural, safe, drug-free alternative choice for pain relief, since taking medications are often limited during a pregnancy for the sake of the baby •Therapeutic Prenatal Massage provides pregnant women with the emotional support and nurturance through human touch and energy.