Pregnancy massage can be of enormous benefit not only to the mother but also to the unborn baby. Pregnancy massage emotionally and physiologically supports a woman during that all important time when her body is undergoing many changes so her body can prepare for the birth.
Pregnancy is a wonderful time for a woman, however the joys of a new baby's development, comes many changes to the mothers body putting pressure on the joints, ligaments and organs, often causing discomfort and pain.
There is a lot of evidence which supports the amazing benefits of pregnancy massage. It can help alleviate aches and pains and other common health problems associated with pregnancy. The preparation of the birth and arrival of a new baby brings a lot of excitement, but also a lot of stress.
Massage can help to reduce stress levels due to its calming effect.
Research also shows that the baby can benefit greatly from massage as ' feel good' endorphins are released by the mother during the massage are passed onto the baby.
BENEFITS OF PREGNANCY MASSAGE
Stimulation of circulation - distributes essential nutrients and fluid to all the vital organs of the body, especially the placenta, which will feed and aid the baby's development.
Lymphatic Drainage - will eliminate toxins from the cells and blood and helps reduce oedema.
Sluggish bowel movement is aided, helping to avoid constipation
Releases muscular tension of the upper back, shoulders, lower back and hips, easing discomfort of sciatica, prolapsed discs and Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), often caused by postural change and hormone release.
Releases compression on the nerves caused by muscle tension or oedema
Helps to avoid varicose veins from developing
Helps the respiratory system and aids breathing during pregnancy and birth
Induces deep relaxation and peaceful sleep
Helps lower emotional stress, anxiety and creates a sense of wellbeing
Helps to lower or keep high blood pressure balanced.
Massage encourages the release of oxytocin. This is a pain reducing hormone providing vital relief of pain during labour and birth
By partaking in self care during pregnancy this determines an emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing which in turn physically determines mums health promotes baby's health.