Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.
Important benefits of pregnancy massage include:
1 Reduces your stress levels and gives you the space to deeply relax and enjoy your pregnancy.
Studies done in the past 10 years have shown that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered, leading to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health, when massage therapy was introduced to women’s prenatal care.
Hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol (“stress hormones”) were reduced and dopamine and serotonin levels (low levels of these hormones are associated with depression) were increased
2Eases pregnancy aches and discomforts including back pain, pubic symphysis and aching hips and legs.
3 Reduces swelling in the legs and feet, easing the discomfort of varicose veins and achy joints.
Swelling of the joints during pregnancy, is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints, which also improves the removal of tissue waste, carried by the body’s lymph system
4 Improves all the body’s systems, therefore helping you realise your full health potential and benefiting your baby within.
5 Helps you develop mind/body awareness, A benefit for you and your baby
Having regular massage helps you to become aware of where you are holding tension and being able to consciously
release it. A essential skill in the birthing room.
As with exercise, the benefits of massage increase with regular treatments. You will become more body aware and experience deeper relaxation with each massage. You can also choose to focus on different parts of the body depending on how you are feeling and where you are carrying tension. Your baby will also benefit from your relaxed state, lowered stress levels and improved health.
Preparing for Birth.
Regular massage treatments can also help you to prepare for birth by improving your flexibility and posture and ensuring that you feel well and energised in the last few weeks.