Pre Natal Massage
Pregnancy can cause discomfort!. It compresses your lower back, weakens your core, and places a lot of pressure on your legs and feet. Plus, the weight of your growing baby can cause leg muscles to tense and swell. This inflames nearby nerves and can lead to sciatic nerve pain. Sciatic pain during pregnancy can be caused by a tight buttock muscle – a pregnancy massage can help to relax this muscle and relieve the pain caused by the pinched nerve.
Applying mild pressure to your muscle groups helps reduce swelling by stimulating blood flow throughout your body relieving muscular discomforts, stiffness, tension and cramps.
Postural changes also causes muscular imbalance caused by postural changes – a prenatal massage can help the lumbar region to regain balance and relieve discomfort.
Pre Natal massage has been shown to ease pain and reduce anxiety in the first stage of labour. It can help you to cope with contractions by making them feel less intense and more manageable which, in turn, can reduce labour time and pain relief required.
Studies suggest that mums-to-be who get a weekly pre natal massage have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and higher levels of the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine
As well as feeling relaxed, there are many benefits to having a pregnancy massage, such as:
Constipation – regular abdominal massage will encourage your bowels to move.
Headaches and sinus pain – massage of the face, neck and shoulders can help to alleviate sinus pressure and headaches caused by tension.
Swelling / oedema – extra pressure your uterus places on your legs can lead to swelling in your feet and ankles. Massage can improve circulation and lymph flow to the affected areas, helping to reduce swelling.