The benefits of prenatal massage
All of the changes your body goes through while you are pregnant can mean that (along with the obvious things like an ever-growing belly and some sleepless nights) you can suffer from unexplained and unusual aches and pains.
The last trimester in particular is well known for being uncomfortable as baby grows and your body must accommodate the rapid growth rate. Massage can be a great way of easing the discomfort that growing another human being can cause! Being pregnant is a unique journey for every mom, but massage has universal benefits. So, if you’re sitting down at night with swollen feet or walking around during the day holding your lower back, consider coming in for a beneficial treatment.
A growing baby changes your posture, which can lead to lower backache and sometimes upper backache, too. Massage helps to relax and loosen up tight muscles, which reduces tension in your back and prevents backache.
As pregnancy progresses, you may find that your digestion slows down and you end up with complaints like constipation and heartburn. If you are stressed, it makes things even worse. Massage will help calm you and your digestive system back down, which may help to ease symptoms.
SPD or PGP
These conditions are caused by the ligaments and joints being softened, due to a hormone called relaxin. This can lead to symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) and pelvic girdle pain (PGP), which can both be very debilitating, and massage helps the symptoms by releasing oxytocin and endorphins, to help relieve the discomfort.
Pregnancy can put pressure on your sciatic nerve which leads to pain down the back of the thigh, leg and sometimes the sole of the foot. Try a gentle massage if you’re suffering from sciatica, as it can sometimes help to release the pressure on the nerve that causes the pain.
Headache and Migraine
A common pregnancy complaint, headaches are often affected by hormones and made worse by stress or tension in the head, neck and shoulder area. Massage is well known for being excellent at headache relief, and can also be a Godsend if you can’t take any painkillers.
Massage in pregnancy – warning
You should always make sure that if you are booking a prenatal massage, because it allows your qualified therapist time to set up the massage space to properly accommodate your physical needs.
If you are suffering from any of the following, please see a healthcare professional rather than your massage therapist.:
- Morning sickness or extreme nausea
- Heavy, bloody or watery vaginal discharge
- High blood pressure or/and pre-eclampsia
- High temperature or fever
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Unusual or identified pains you have not had before
- Contagious illness
Massage is safe for anyone experiencing a healthy pregnancy and can help with common discomforts, as well as make you feel great! We are looking forward to providing comfort, support, and relaxation during your prenatal journey!
Posted in: Treatments