Pregnancy is a magical time for a woman, however along with the joys of her new baby’s development come the changes to her body. Pressure is put on joints, ligaments and organs often causing the Mum-to-be some discomfort and pain. Around 75% of women will experience back pain at some stage during their pregnancy.
Massage during Pregnancy can help ease aches, pains and other common health problems associated with pregnancy. Getting ready for the arrival of a new baby is an exciting time but there is also some stress and the calming effects of massage can help reduce stress levels. Research also shows that the endorphins released by the mother during massage give a feel good effect which is passed on to the baby.
It is said that having regular massage whilst pregnant can make the mother more able to relax during the 1st stage of labour, which in many cases often results in shorter and easier births with less pain and a lower rate of post natal complications.
Other benefits of Massage in Pregnancy are:
- Stimulation of circulation helping to distribute essential nutrients and fluid to all the vital organs of the Mother’s body, including the placenta.
- Lymphatic drainage helps to eliminate toxins from cells and blood so helping ease fatigue and give the mother more energy. It also helps reduce swelling which can be a contributory factor in carpal tunnel and tarsal tunnel syndrome.
- Increases sluggish bowel movement helping avoid constipation and haemarrhoids.
- Releases muscular tension of upper back, shoulders, lower back and hips easing the discomfort of sciatica, prolapsed discs and Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) often caused by postural change and hormone release.
- Releases compression on the nerves by relaxing the surrounding muscles.
- Helps avoid varicose veins from developing during the pregnancy.
- Massaging of the intercostal muscles between the ribs and the pectoral muscles of the front of the shoulders will help ease breathing during the pregnancy and birth.
- Massage induces deep relaxation and aid peaceful sleep (it is reported that Mothers who experience restful sleep during the last month of pregnancy experience a shorter labour).
- Helps reduce emotional stress and creates a sense of well-being.
- Helps lower and keep high blood pressure balanced.
When booking your appointment with Anita for Massage in Pregnancy you will be asked to provide written confirmation from your Doctor or Midwife before arriving for your treatment. You must seek this confirmation before Anita can treat you and she can provide you with a template letter for signature.