Prenatal Massage addresses the special needs of pregnant women.
Benefits of Prenatal Massage can include reduction of swelling in feet, legs and hands; relief of lower back pain; improved sleep; stress reduction as you prepare for labor and birth; and natural pain relief. Side-lying postures are used to prevent putting pressure on the abdomen.
Research shows Prenatal Massage therapy can help reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Plus, studies show that pregnant women who have received regular massage therapy reportedly have shorter labors, shorter hospital stays and less incidence of post-natal depression.
Before booking an appointment, potential clients should discuss the option of massage therapy with their prenatal care provider.
5 Major Benefits:
- Reduce Swelling
When your feet, legs, and hands swell during pregnancy, it is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels. Massage can help stimulate the soft tissue, move the extra fluid and reduce the swelling, leaving you feeling more comfortable.
- Relieve Lower Back Pain
Prenatal Massage improves lower back pain, including sciatic nerve pain, by addressing the tight muscles in the affected area. Prenatal Massage also increases blood flow and helps release the tension that can be brought on naturally by pregnancy.
- Improve Sleep
Getting good quality sleep becomes harder and harder as your pregnancy progresses. Prenatal Massage relaxes the nervous system and releases feel-good hormones, which will leave you more relaxed and let you sleep better.
- Prepare Your Body for Labor and Birth
Prenatal Massage may help you have an easier delivery, not only because it can reduce your overall stress level but also because of how well it can keep your muscles toned and relaxed before labor starts.
- Relieve Pain Naturally
Prenatal Massage offers a natural, safe, drug-free alternative for pain relief. This is beneficial because doctors limit the use of medications during your pregnancy for the safety of your baby. The increased blood flow to your tissues and the relaxation your body will experience during and after a session can significantly alleviate many of the common discomforts of pregnancy.