Pregnancy massage is a must for mums to be. It has many benefits for mum and baby, It can help relax, relieve aches and pains, and help through the changes that the body experiences.
During pregnancy, there are many physiological changes that occur. The extra weight of the growing baby shifts the women’s centre of gravity forward. The body compensates for this as the natural curve of the lower back becomes exaggerated, causing lower back pain, a common problem in pregnant women. In addition, the hormones released during pregnancy can cause the soft tissues of the body to soften. Muscles can become stretched and may become sore and tense.
Massage can help to alleviate stress on weight-bearing joints and the soft tissues of the body, decreasing discomfort like lower back pain, leg cramps, stiffness and tension. It can also help with other conditions such as sciatica, carpel tunnel syndrome, headaches, heartburn and constipation. Pregnancy massage increases blood circulation, which helps bring oxygen and nutrients to both mother and baby. It stimulates the lymphatic system to aid in the removal of toxins.
It is important for women to relax and enjoy carrying their baby. Massage provides time to unwind, reduce anxiety and stress, improve sleep and it also releases ‘feel-good’ hormones. Research suggests massage has an indirect relaxing effect on the baby as the mother becomes less stressed by the release of those feel-good hormones. Commonly, a more relaxed pregnancy and birth is a result of the mother feeling relaxed and as comfortable as possible through her pregnancy.
During pregnancy massage, I would work with you to find comfortable and safe positions to enable me to help relax your muscles and soft tissues which will help you feel the amazing benefits of massage.
Call Gail today on 07425162597 and speak to me if you have any questions in regard to pregnancy massage or to book your pregnancy massage appointment.
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Calm Holistic Therapies provides a mobile out of hours pregnancy massage service
Treatment time varies according to your needs - Cost is £40
Here's how pregnancy massage can soothe away aches and pains:
During the latter stages of pregnancy your digestive system becomes sluggish, allowing time for the baby to absorb vital nutrients. This may cause constipation and heartburn. Stress can make heartburn worse, so a massage will help to reduce anxiety and tension and can help ease symptoms.
Anaemia during pregnancy
Due to the increased demands placed on your body during pregnancy, iron deficiency is common. It is a condition in which there is insufficient haemoglobin in the blood. As well as increasing your iron in-take, a full body massage will help boost blood and lymph circulation, plus help relieve tiredness. By stimulating circulation it will also raise the red blood count and produce more haemoglobin.
As your baby grows, your posture changes and backache in the lower and upper back is common. Massage can help greatly as it will help loosen any tight muscles and help relieve tension in the back.
SPD or PGP
Ligaments and joints are being softened by the over production of the hormone, relaxin. This can lead to symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) or pelvic girdle pain (PGP), which can be very debilitating. Massage can assist in helping release oxytocin and endorphins, which can help relieve the discomfort and pain.
Sciatica in pregnancy
As your baby and your uterus grow, it can also compress the sciatic nerve and women may also experience sciatic pain down the back of the thigh, lower part of the leg and the sole of the foot. Gentle massage can help bring relief by releasing the nerve.
Migraine and headaches
Ten per cent of women suffer from migraine in pregnancy. Headaches can also be caused by hormonal action or by stress or tension on the head, neck and shoulder area as a result of poor posture. Massage will help relieve tension and improve blood circulation.
As your bump grows, the skin will stretch causing tightness and stretch marks. Massage with a good nourishing oil can help moisturise and soothe the skin. You should not use any essential oils unless it has been uniquely blended for pregnancy by an aromatherapist, as some may not be safe or suitable for pregnacy.
The circulation is working twice as hard as it usually does, so leg cramps, oedema (swelling in the ankles and hands) can be a common symptoms of late pregnancy. Massage can be very helpful in helping to boost circulation and encouraging lymph to move around the body, helping to remove toxins and reduce swelling
Massage can be a wonderful way to ease away aches and pains. However, it is important that any massage treatment be carried out by a therapist who is qualified in pregnancy massage. There are times when it is not appropriate to have a pregnancy massage, if for example you are suffering from any of the following:
- Morning sickness or extreme nausea
- Heavy vaginal discharge or if it is bloody or watery
- High blood pressure
- High temperature/fever
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Unusual or identified pain
- Contagious illness
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