Are you expecting a bundle of joy? Do your hips and back hurt, do you get anxious or are you struggling to sleep undisturbed?
Pregnancy can be a joyous time for a mother-to-be. However, the changes in a woman’s body and natural fears and anxiety can also be very stressful, both physically and emotionally.
Massage has a profound ability to decrease stress as well as prevent or minimize many of the common symptoms and discomforts of pregnancy. Regular pregnancy massage therapy sessions can mean the difference between a comfortable, relaxed pregnancy and one defined by miserable aches and pains.
Massage is especially useful because pregnant women are often unable to take many medications that are normally used to manage common problems. Pregnancy massage can help manage these aches and pains and is completely safe for both the mother and fetus.
According to a study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, the benefits extend beyond just making mum feel good. Researchers found that for women who received regular pregnancy massage, there were fewer complications both during pregnancy and afterwards, including fewer premature births.
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"Studies show that with regular pregnancy massage, there were fewer complications both during pregnancy and afterwards, including fewer premature births."
Massage can have a beneficial impact on a whole range of problems associated with pregnancy, not just muscle aches.
Morning sickness is the nausea and vomiting that many women experience early in the pregnancy. Although it is called morning sickness, it can occur any time during the day or night. As with many other problems, hormones are largely to blame. However, stress also appears to play a very significant role. By using regular massage to relax, the incidence of nausea and vomiting can actually be reduced.
Hormones can also cause constipation as they cause the muscles of the digestive tract to relax. Gentle massage to the abdomen can help relieve constipation by activating a reflex that stimulates movement in the intestines. Massage therapists can also use rocking and passive range of motion techniques to get things moving. Deeper abdominal massage that is often used to relieve constipation in non-pregnant clients is never used, so there is no risk to the fetus.
Headaches are another common problem in pregnancy. A non-drug approach is by far the best way to treat them. Massage has been proven to be extremely useful in dealing with headaches and should be considered the preferred treatment choice. Research shows that headaches become shorter and less frequent with regular massage.
In the second trimester more pronounced physical changes take place. As the abdomen and breasts grow larger, a woman’s posture starts to change. Typically most women develop an increased curve in their low back or sway back to compensate for the extra weight at the front of their bodies. It’s no surprise that about half of all pregnant women develop back pain.
Pregnancy massage can help through this period by minimizing muscle imbalances, relaxing tense muscles and improving their blood flow. A specially trained massage therapist can help minimize episodes of back pain by developing a simple home exercise program to stretch and strengthen various muscles.
Another distressing problem that massage can assist is swelling in the ankles and hands. It’s common. About 75% of all pregnant women will experience ankle swelling during pregnancy. The increased fluid in the hands can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful wrist condition. Massage has proven to be extremely effective in relieving this type of swelling as the broad sweeping massage movements help push the fluid out of the limbs.
Take a look at what the My Expert Midwife team have to say about some of the benefits of pregnancy massage!
Massage therapists are flexible in their approach and can do massage to the back, legs and gluteals even when it is no longer possible to lie face down. By about month four or five in the pregnancy, your massage therapist will more than likely have you lie on your side for the massage. Throughout your pregnancy your massage therapist will always ensure that you are safe and comfortable.
We use the amazing Comfy Client Cushion System, a unique 3 piece interlinking body cushion that gives clients maximum comfort and full support in all positions during pregnancy massage.
1Pregnancy Massage: lowers stress and improves the wellbeing of both mother and baby.
2Pregnancy Massage: helps the physical, mental and emotional health conditions.
3Pregnancy Massage: can help aches and pains associated with changes in the body.
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If you are expecting a child or have recently become a new mum, make sure you book a regular pregnancy massage. Your body and baby will thank you.
Massage is invaluable through a woman’s pregnancy. It can be equally beneficial both through childbirth and afterwards.
Labor is tough on a woman’s body. It’s painful, exhausting and stressful. Massage can be a wonderful way of helping the mother through the process.
Massage helps the muscles relax between contractions, reduces pain and anxiety, increases self-assurance and also demonstrates loving encouragement and support. Your massage therapist may be willing to be present for support throughout labor. At the very least, they can teach the woman’s partner or support team a variety of simple, effective techniques that can be used to give the mother some relief and support.
After the birth, the focus falls on the newborn. Unfortunately, in all the excitement, the new mother’s needs are often forgotten. However, this is a time when she could probably use massage the most. The massage can help greatly with her recovery process. For a number of weeks immediately after a vaginal birth, regular abdominal massage will help the uterus contract and shrink back to a normal size. It will relieve muscle aches and pains as well as help the woman deal with her fatigue.
Pregnancy Massage and Depression
Mild depression is common after birth. About 60% of new mothers experience what is referred to as “baby blues”. Massage can have a positive impact on a woman’s emotional state and is a great way to lift her spirits.
Massage is a wonderful stress relief therapy for just about everyone but especially for expectant or new mums. The benefits go far beyond stress relief, though. A massage with moderate pressure for as little 15 minutes can offer relief from stress, anger, anxiety and depression.
So if you are expecting a child or have recently become a new mum, make sure to book a pregnancy massage session. Your body and baby will thank you. If you know someone who is pregnant, think of giving her a gift certificate for pregnancy massage. It will be needed and appreciated.
Although everyone’s attention is on the mother and baby, it’s important to remember that the new father could use massage too. New roles and responsibilities can produce a fair amount of stress and anxiety. Without a doubt the father will appreciate the opportunity to unwind and relax!
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"Very friendly and made me feel really comfortable, I feel so much better and relaxed after my pregnancy massage"
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"Fantastic - highly recommend! Just what I needed at 37 weeks pregnant."
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Invest in yourself and your baby, prices start from £25. Not only will you feel fantastic but pregnancy massage can really help with the symptoms associated with various changes your body goes through over 40 weeks.
At the very least, pregnancy massage will greatly support the overall wellness of your mind, body, spirit and baby.
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Our Pregnancy Massage Service incorporates specific techniques and positioning to enable you to stay healthy, comfortable and stress free during your pregnancy.
You now have the opportunity to experience pregnancy massage and see how it can benefit your health, for yourself and your baby.
It offers varying benefits and is used to address different pregnancy related conditions or issues. The physical benefits from pregnancy massage can help the symptoms from pain relief, circulation issues, muscle tension, swollen joints, hip pain, chronic pain management, sciatica, back pain, and more. However, pregnancy massage goes beyond physical benefits as it can help you achieve maximum emotional and mental well-being.
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Did you know?
Midwives in Japan are called “Sanba,” which literally means “elderly woman who massages.” Japanese sanbas are known for performing acupressure during pregnancy, as well as foot and leg messages while mama labors. (source)