Why Massage During Pregnancy?
Massage during pregnancy offers undeniable physical benefits. Pregnancy is a tumultuous period for a woman’s mind and body. Any woman who has been pregnant can sympathize with the mental and physical fatigue associated with being pregnant. Not only does a woman experience physical changes, she also experiences mental changes as well.
Massage has been known to calm many of the aches and pains associated with pregnancy such as sciatica, swelling, back and neck pain, and stomach upset. Prenatal massage has also been shown to improve physical discomforts by encouraging circulation and by stretching the muscles and joints to their full range of motion to improve skin elasticity and body tone. Studies show that pregnant women who receive regular prenatal massages are more at ease – furthermore relaxing the fetus inside their womb. I incorporate the use of specially designed body cushions so that you can lie comfortably (if only for the hour) on your belly.
What Are The Benefits Of Prenatal Massage?
Massage therapy is a wonderful, complimentary choice for prenatal care and a healthy way to reduce stress and promote general well-being. I will work to relieve the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches, joint pain, and edema. In addition, by relaxing nervous tension, you can experience a better night’s sleep.
Are There Times When Massage During Pregnancy Should Be Avoided?
It is very important you obtain approval from your obstetrician before receiving any form of massage during pregnancy. Women with normal, low-risk pregnancies can benefit greatly from a professional massage. However, women in high-risk pregnancies should consult with their doctor or midwife before beginning a massage therapy session. If at any time during the massage you experience discomfort, tell your therapist immediately.
During labor, a massage has been shown to do wonders for the mother-in-waiting. A massage can be given to a woman in labor as she lies on her side, in a reclined position, or on her belly with the use of a pregnancy pillow. Women have often asked for soft music to be played in the background during their labor in order to create a peaceful setting for birth, and to soothe their nerves and pain during labor.
In the postpartum period, specialized massage techniques can help to rebalance the structure of a woman’s body by improving skin elasticity and muscle tone. Massage also has a physiological effect on a new mother; it can help ease any postpartum depression and encourage her to bond with her new baby.