The changes expectant mothers experience as their bodies adjust to accommodate and sustain another life are enormous. Pregnancy is typically accompanied by discomfort as tendons and skin are stretched, weight is gained, the structural alignment of the body changes, hormones are out of balance, organs are constricted and pressure on various body structures increases. Therapeutic massage has been used for centuries to improve overall health, reduce stress and relieve muscle tension.
Studies have shown that regular massage, particularly from about thirty weeks until birth greatly reduced the mother’s perception of labour pain, thus reducing the amount of pain relief needed. Also excellent when combined with reflexology.
- Reduces muscle discomfort
- Increase lymphatic drainage and reduce edema
- Increases flexibility
- Improves sleep through stress reduction
- Nourishes the foetus through increased blood circulation to fetal cells
- Nausea or vomiting
- Risk of miscarriage
- Cramping / bleeding
- Gestational diabetes
Please check with your Doctor if you have any concerns about massage during your pregnancy