Pregnancy massage can help you cope with the changes to your body that occur while you are pregnant. It can be especially useful to ease discomfort at a time when you can't use some medicines or some other medical options.
Pregnancy or prenatal massage is used to reduce stress, reduce swelling in the arms and legs and relieve muscle and joint pain in pregnant women.
Massage in pregnancy can involve many different massage techniques. It is usually a gentle massage.
Pregnancy can put a lot of stress on your back, shoulders, neck and abdominal muscles. Pregnancy massage is designed to relieve some of the aches and pains that are common during pregnancy. A qualified therapist will understand the areas to target and which to avoid.
Before the massage begins, your therapist will talk to you about your health and lifestyle. They will ask you to lie on a specially-designed massage table and will cover you with towels to protect your privacy and to keep you warm. They will probably use creams or oils to help them to massage your skin smoothly.
At Natures Calm Embrace, Narre Warren, we have comfortable speciality pregnancy matts that are straped to the top of the massage table that enables you to lay on your front, as the matt has a whole for your tummy. Remember it is not a good idea to lie flat on your back while you are in the second half of your pregnancy since this puts too much pressure on the vein that runs from your legs to your heart.
There hasn’t been much research into the health benefits of pregnancy massage, but it does seem to reduce stress, relax and loosen your muscles, increase blood flow and improve the lymphatic system. It can also improve mood, lower anxiety and help you sleep better.
Always talk to your doctor before you have a pregnancy massage, especially if:
You don’t need to be in pain to visit a Remedial Massage Therapist. Once symptoms have settled treatment may focus on maintaining your mobility, reducing muscle soreness and reducing the likelihood of further injury and keeping you moving and performing at your best.