- Monday, 27 February 2017
Pregnancy places a large amount of physical and emotional strain on the body. Massage therapy during pregnancy is proven to be highly effective in helping you relax and deal with bodily changes resulting from pregnancy. Regular massage is also shown to be valuable for treating depression and anxiety, lowering cortisol levels and reducing excessive foetal activity.
Easing pain and tension during pregnancy
Massage therapy is a powerful means of relieving pain and tension caused by pregnancy. Benefits include:
- Relief of pain in the legs, lower back and upper back joints and muscles
- Reduction of muscle cramps and painful trigger points
- Increased flexibility, making it easier for your body to adapt to its changing shape
- Slowing down the development of varicose veins
- Relief of headaches
- Easing constipation and heartburn
- Reduction in excess fluid retention
- Increased circulation - helping to reduce swelling and improve the oxygen supply to the baby
Tackling fatigue and stress
Being pregnant can be tiring and stressful. Many pregnant women are left feeling drained and exhausted.
Massage is proven to be highly successful in combating fatigue and stress during pregnancy. Many women find that it improves their sleep patterns and increases their energy. Regular massage also helps you become more aware of your body, allowing you to consciously manage tension as it builds during the day.
Ensuring your comfort
During your massage you are supported with pillows or a pregnancy cushion, and your therapist will ensure you remain comfortable at all times. In the later stages of pregnancy, you may also prefer to receive your massage while lying on your side. Your therapist will discuss the most appropriate position with you.
Self-care at home
During your treatment your therapist will also suggest steps you can take at home to relieve pain and tension and help you relax. This might include showing you how to use cushions and pillows to support painful areas, as well as practical advice on posture, breathing techniques, and exercises.
Getting ready for labour
For many women, labour can be the most daunting part of pregnancy, especially if they feel unprepared.
By ‘teaching’ your body how to control and manage pain, massage helps you prepare for the experience of childbirth, enabling you to go into labour feeling confident and relaxed.
A postnatal massage is an effective way of relieving any tensions that have built up during pregnancy and birthing. It can also help you deal with the demands of caring for your new-born baby, as well as helping alleviate any depressed or anxious feelings, which can be common following giving birth.