Pregnancy is an exciting journey for a woman as she prepares to welcome her new baby, but during pregnancy your body can be put under strain as the baby begins to develop and grow, where joints, ligaments and organs can be put under pressure, causing discomfort and pain and in some cases stress as the mother prepares for the new arrival. Pregnancy massage can help alleviate these problems and reduce stress levels.
Research shows that pregnancy massage can benefit your unborn baby as ‘feel good’ endorphin’s are released by the mother during the massage which are then passed on to the baby.
Receiving regular massages whilst pregnant can help the mother become more aware of her body during pregnancy, helping to increase relaxation during the first stage of labour, which can often result in shorter and easier births. Furthermore pregnancy massage can help to increase the rate of breast feeding success due to the increased prolactin and mammary development.
Other benefits of Pregnancy massage include:
- Stimulation of circulation- helping to deliver essential nutrients and fluid to the vital organs and placenta, which will feed and help the development of the unborn baby.
- Lymphatic Drainage- helping to eliminate toxins from the cells and blood and also reducing oedema (swelling).
- Helps with constipation.
- Releases muscular tension- helping to relieve tension and discomfort in the upper back, shoulders, lower back and hips, easing sciatica, prolapsed discs and Symphysis Pubis Disfunction (SPD) often caused by postural changes.
- Releases nerve compression caused by muscular tension and oedema.
- Reduces risk of varicose veins developing.
- Aids the respiratory system- helping to aid breathing as pressure on the intercostal and pectoral muscles is relieved during pregnancy and birth.
- Deep relaxation and peaceful sleep.
- Reduces emotional stress- helping to create a sense of well-being.
- Balances blood pressure levels.
- Encourages the release of oxytocin- a pain reducing hormone which can provide relief of pain during labour and birth.