What is Pregnancy Massage?
More and more expectant mothers are discovering the benefits of this massage that focuses on the physical needs of the mum-to-be, providing her with a nurturing and soothing touch.
The massage itself creates a heightened sense of wellbeing due to improved circulation, pain reduction and increased energy.The benefits of relaxation and balanced emotions can then be passed on to the unborn child, as your cortisol and endorphin levels reach a level of harmony.
Pregnancy Massage is mainly carried out in a reclining side-lying position, with plenty of blankets, towels and pillows for support and relaxation. This is not only comfortable, but also safe for you and your baby. The massage focuses on the scalp and face, neck and shoulders, arms and hands, back and hips and finally, legs and feet.
What can Pregnancy Massage be used for?
With so much change happening to your body inside and out throughout your pregnancy, there are lots great reasons to invest in one or more sessions:
- helps reduce stress and anxiety
- reduces stress on weight-bearing joints
- relieves muscle aches, cramps, spasms, myofascial pain and stiffness especially in the lower back, neck, hips and legs
- helps the lumbar region balance and relieves discomfort caused by postural changes
- helps to soften and release the buttock muscles to reduce sciatic pain
- helps increase blood and lymph circulation which can assist in reducing fluid retention
- enhances the health and nourishment of skin and underlying tissues
- reduces painful headaches
- reduces sinus congestion
- helps lower blood pressure
What are the benefits of Pregnancy Massage?
Carrying a baby inside you alters your centre of gravity, changes your posture and relaxes your ligaments. Pregnancy Massage can help decrease the stress caused by these changes, helping you cope with discomfort even if it doesn’t specifically alleviate or prevent it.
Pregnancy Massage also improves blood circulation that brings more oxygen and nutrients to the cells of both mother and baby. This means less fatigue for you and improved nourishment for your baby.
Who is Pregnancy Massage good for?
Mums-to-be and new mums can benefit. Before the baby arrives, it helps prepare the body for childbirth by loosening the pelvis and clearing the body of excess tension prior to the onset of labour. Once the baby is born, it provides care for new mums by supporting the physical and emotional strains of mothering.