During pregnancy a women’s body has to deal with some rapid changes and fluctuating hormone levels. Pregnancy can be a physical & physiologically challenging time for a mum-to-be. Therefore a massage during pregnancy can help to relax tense muscles, improve circulation and generally aid in decreasing stress levels.
Pregnancy can bring about change in many of a woman’s body systems – urinary, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, muscular, digestive & hormonal. As the belly gets bigger it changes the expectant mum’s posture resulting in an increased lordosis which can lead to lower back pain in some women. A Pregnancy Massage can give an expectant mum some time & space to herself, easing aches & pains associated with pregnancy & be nurturing at the same time.
Other benefits of pregnancy massage include:
- helps to reduce or alleviate muscle cramps, spasms & myofascial pain especially in upper & lower back, hips & legs
- increases circulation to tired muscles
- relaxation increased/stress levels decreased resulting in better sleep and less anxiety
- may aid oedema
- improves muscle tone,
- promotes & maintains good health
- ease discomfort
- time out of a busy schedule to relax and unwind
Massage can be effective in the early stages of labour to help ease pain & reduce anxiety. It may also help you cope with your contractions, making them feel less intense & manageable, so make sure you get your birthday partner on board with this.
Post Pregnancy massage can help relieve tension in the body resulting from the birthing process. Massage is also good to help with shoulder, upper back & neck tension from breastfeeding. It can improve your well-being, helping with possible baby blues & post-natal depression. It is also an opportunity to have some much needed time out for yourself to relax & rejuvenate.
When booking a massage it is important to be confident that your therapist is aware of what is safe for both mother & baby during massage. Here at Head2Toe Massage in Rangiora all 3 of our therapists are qualified in pregnancy massage and can adapt your massage to ensuring your comfort. We do prefer you to wait until after the 1st trimester before booking a massage with us and if you are considered a high risk pregnancy & are unsure whether a massage is ok for you, please check with your midwife or obstetrician first.
Nurture yourself & your baby….call 03 313 0349 or book online at www.head2toe.co.nz
I am passionate about massage & how it can enhance a person's physical & mental wellbeing, Louise.