Everything you need to know about Pregnancy Massage
To mark the exciting launch of massage at Match Skin Salon we wanted to highlight some of the amazing benefits of massage for pregnant women. When carrying a child, the women’s body experiences a lot of changes both physical and hormonal and pregnancy massage can help relieve some of the more unpleasant and uncomfortable symptoms.
Studies have shown that massage therapy during pregnancy can reduce anxiety and decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle and joint aches and pains as well as improve the labour process and new born health.
There are multiple massage techniques used for a variety of outcomes and the most commonly used for pregnancy massage is Swedish Massage. This is because it targets many common discomforts experienced as a result of the pregnancy. The main purpose is to relax muscle tension and improve blood circulation. It uses mild pressure on selected muscle groups so it is gentle and addresses the physical changes brought on by hormone changes,
Hormone levels in prenatal women are constantly changing throughout the pregnancy and relaxation (dopamine and serotonin) and stress hormones norepinephrine and cortisol) are proven to be altered significantly when massage is introduced to the mum-to-be’s care. This hormone balancing improves mood and cardiovascular health.
The more balanced your hormone levels are the chance of complications during birth reduces. The evidence strongly suggests there are maternal and new born health benefits when therapeutic massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care.
Reduction of swelling
According to Dr. Dee at Healing Hands Chiropractic, “Swelling during pregnancy is completely normal as there is increased pressure on major blood vessels caused by the heavy uterus which reduces the circulation. Massage stimulates soft tissue which reduces the fluid build-up in swollen joints.”
Improvement of sciatic nerve pain
In late pregnancy many women experience nerve pain in the lower back as the uterus rests on the muscles of the pelvic floor. The pressure spreads tension to the muscles of the upper and lower leg and nearby nerves. Massage targets the inflamed nerves by helping relieve tension on the nearby muscles.
Other potential benefits of prenatal massage:
- Reduced back pain
- Reduced joint pain
- Improved circulation
- Reduced edema
- Reduced muscle tension and headaches
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
- Sleep better